Dr. Min-Wook Kang, P.E.

Dr. Min-Wook Kang, P.E.

Civil Engineering / Transportation Engineering


  • Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland
  • M.S. Civil and Environment Engineering, University of Maryland
  • M.S. Transportation System Engineering, Hanyang University
  • B.S. Transportation System Engineering, Hanyang University


Dr. Kang’s research interests are in i) advanced traffic operations and safety; ii) artificial intelligence in traffic management and transportation infrastructure design; iii) accident analysis and modeling...

He has expertise in quantitative methods in transportation engineering involving mathematical modeling and optimization; Artificial Intelligent (AI)-based optimization techniques. He also has extensive experience in simulation-based traffic safety and operations of highways and intersections. Dr. Kang has co-authored many articles in journals and conference proceedings in the transportation literature.


Scholarly Book

Kang, M.-W. and Schonfeld, P. (2020), Artificial Intelligence in Highway Location and Alignment Optimization: Applications of Genetic Algorithms in Searching, Evaluating, and Optimizing Highway Location and Alignments. World Scientific Publishing, https://doi.org/10.1142/11059, Available at major bookstores, Amazon, Barns & Noble, etc. 

Selected Journal Articles (grad students*; corresponding author)

Oyelere*, A., Wu, S. Hsiao, K.-T., Kang, M.-W. Dizbay-Onat, M., Cleary, J., Venkiteshwaran, K., Wang, J., Bao, Y. (2024). Evaluation of cracking susceptibility of asphalt binders modified with recycled high-density polyethylene and polypropylene microplastics, Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 438, 136811. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2024.136811

Biswas*, P., Kang, M.-W., Hossain*, M.R., and Rahman*, M. (Published online in April 2024). Field Assessment of Variable Left-Turn Mode by Time-of-Day for Intersections Being Upgraded with Flashing Yellow Arrow Signal Heads and Offset Left-Turn Lanes, Transportation Research Record, 0(0): Journal of Transportation Research Board. https://doi.org/10.1177/03611981241235223

Biswas*, P., Kang, M.-W., & Rahman*, M. (Published online in Dec. 2023). Safety Evaluation of the Combined Effect of Offset Left-Turn Lanes and Flashing-Yellow-Arrow Signals at Signalized Intersections on Multilane Divided Highways in Alabama Using the Empirical Bayes Method. Transportation Research Record, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/03611981231213076

Jagirdar*, R., Lee, J., Besenski, D., Kang, M.-W., Pathak, C. (2023). Development and Evaluation of Intersection-Based Turning Movement Counts Framework Using Two Channel LiDAR Sensors, Journal of Transportation Technologies, Vol. 13, No. 4. https://doi.org/10.4236/jtts.2023.134024

Rahman*, M., Kang, M.-W., and Biswas*, P. (2023). Dynamic dilemma zone protection system for high-speed signalized intersections: A comprehensive safety -operational assessment, Transportation Engineering, Vol. 12, 100174, Elsevier. ISSN 2666-691X. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.treng.2023.100174.

Biswas*, P., Kang, M.-W. and Rahman*, M. (2022). Machine Learning Based Automated Left-Turn Vehicle Counts With Conventional Presence Mode Long-Loop Detectors: Alabama Case Studies. Transportation Research Record, 2676(10), 570–587. https://doi.org/10.1177/03611981221090519

Rahman*, M., Kang, M.-W., and Biswas*, P. (2021). Time-Varying, Speed-Varying Dilemma Zones using Machine Learning and Continuous Vehicle Tracking, Transportation Research Part C – Emerging Technologies, Vol. 130, Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trc.2021.103310

Rahman*, M. and Kang‡, M.-W. (2021), Analysis of Intersection Site-Specific Characteristics for Type II Dilemma Zone Determination. Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems, 147(11), ASCE. https://doi.org/10.1061/JTEPBS.0000578

Rahman*, M., Kang, M. W. (2020), Safety Evaluation of Drowsy Driving Advisory System: Alabama Case Study. Journal of Safety Research. 74 (2020), pp. 45-53, Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsr.2020.04.005

Kang, M.-W., Rahman*, M., Lee, J. (2020), Determination and Utilization of Dilemma Zone Length and Location for Safety Assessment of Rural High-Speed Signalized Intersections. Transportation Research Record: 2674 (4) Journal of the Transportation Research Board, pp. 1-9, NASEM. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198120911929

Mahbub*, M., Kang, M.-W.,  Lee, J.Y. (2019), Protected–Permissive Left Turn Phasing with Flashing Yellow Arrow Signal: Study of Red Intervals for an Effective Phase Transition. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 46(8), pp. 732-741. Canadian Science Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjce-2018-0381

Jagirdar*, R., Lee, J., Kim, K., & Kang, M.-W. (2019). Development and Evaluation of Traffic Count Sensor with Low-Cost Light-Detection and Ranging and Continuous Wavelet Transform: Initial Results. Transportation Research Record 2673(11): Journal of the Transportation Research Board,  pp. 209-219, NASEM. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198119853564

Kang, M.-W. and Momtaz*, S. (2018), Assessment of Driver Compliance on Roadside Safety Signs with Warning Sounds from Road Surface - A Driving Simulator Study, Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering - Elsevier. 5(1), pp. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtte.2017.09.001

Kang, M.-W., Momtaz*, S., and Barnett, T. (2015), Crash Analysis and Public Survey for Drowsy Driving Advisory Systems, Journal of Transportation Engineering, 141(9), ASCE. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)TE.1943-5436.0000777

Kang, M.-W., Jha, M.K., and Buddharaju*, R. (2014), A Rail Transit Route Optimization Model for Rail Infrastructure Planning and Design: Case Study of St Andrews, Scotland, Journal of Transportation Engineering, 140(1), pp. 1-11, ASCE. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)TE.1943-5436.0000445.

Yang, N., Kang, M.-W., Schonfeld, P., and Jha, M.K. (2014), Multiple Objective Optimization of Highway Alignments Incorporating Preference Information,Transportation Research Part C – Emerging Technology, Vol. 40, pp. 36-48. Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trc.2013.12.010.

Mishra, S., Kang, M.-W., and Jha, M.K. (2014). An Empirical Model with Environmental Considerations in Highway Alignment Optimization, Empirical Model with Environmental Considerations in Highway Alignment Optimization,  Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 20(4), pp. 1-12, ASCE. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000194.

Kang, M.-W., Shariat*, S. and Jha, M.K. (2013), New Highway Geometric Design Methods for Minimizing Vehicular Fuel Consumption and Improving Safety,Transportation Research Part C – Emerging Technology, Vol. 31, pp. 99-111. Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trc.2013.03.002.

Kang, M.-W., Jha, M.K., and Schonfeld, P. (2012), Applicability of Highway Alignment Optimization Models, Transportation Research Part C – Emerging Technology, Vol. 21, Issue 1, pp. 257-286, Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trc.2011.09.006.

Courses at University of South Alabama

  • CE 102: Intro. to Civil Engineering: Spring 2021-Pre
  •  CE 352: Transportation Engineering: Spring 2014-Pre
  • CE 353 (previously CE 452): Transportation Geometric Design:
    Spring 2013-Pre
  • CE 432: Senior Design Project: 1 or 2 sections: Spring 2020-Pre
  • CE 490: Special Topic – Traffic Engineering: Fall 2012-Pre
  • CE 490: Special Topic – Highway Safety: Spring 2012 & Fall 2013
  • EG 501: Research Integrity & Seminar: Fall 2013
  • CE 551: Advanced Traffic Engineering: Fall 2021-Pre
  • CE 552: Highway Geometric Design: Spring 2013-Pre
  • CE 590: Advanced Highway Safety: Spring 2012 & Fall 2013
  • CE 592: Machine-Learning Application for Driver Behavior Prediction at High-Speed Signalized Intersections: Spring 2020
  • CE 592: Simulation-based Traffic Analysis: Summer 2015
  • CE 592: Advanced Highway Engineering/Design: Spring 2013 & Sum 2014
  • CE 599: Master Thesis Research: Sum 2014-Pre
  • SE 699: Ph.D. Dissertation Research: Fall 2019-Pre

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