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dr.ir. M.B. Ulak PhD (Baran)

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About Me

Mehmet Baran Ulak (Baran) is an assistant professor in Smart Mobility at the Transport Engineering and Management (TEM) research group. His research interest spans from transportation safety, mobility, and accessibility to resilience and disaster assessment. He is focused on the statistical and spatial analysis of traffic-induced problems, geographical aspects of transportation mobility and accessibility, and demographic and socioeconomic assessment of daily transportation incidents and natural hazards, and smart city concepts.

He has worked as a postdoctoral associate at the Civil Engineering department of SUNY/Stony Brook University. He holds a Ph.D. degree (2018) in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Florida State University with concentration in traffic safety, urban computing, and transportation data analysis. He also received his B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from the Middle East Technical University (2009) and his M.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (2011).

He has been a part of several Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population (ASAP)-funded research projects (federally-funded by U.S. Department of Transportation) as well as projects funded by National Science Foundation.

Professional Experience

  • 2020-current: Assistant Professor, Transport Engineering and Management (TEM) group, Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Twente
  • 2019-2020: Postdoctoral Associate, Civil Engineering, SUNY/Stony Brook University
  • 2018–2019: Researcher, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Florida State University
  • 2014–2018: Graduate Research Assistant, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Florida State University
  • 20013–2014: Project Development and Tendering Engineer, Dia Holding FZCO, Turkey
  • 20012–2013: Project Management and Coordination Engineer, SWS Engineering, Turkey

Education

  • 2018 PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Florida State University, USA. Dissertation: Geographical Information Systems-Based Spatial and Statistical Investigation to Enhance Transportation Safety for the Aging Population
  • 2011 MSc, Civil Engineering for Risk Mitigation, Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Thesis: On the Influence of Pore Pressure, on the Apparent Tensile Strength of Concrete
  • 2009 BSc, Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey. Thesis: Design of Post-Tensioned Concrete Bridge on Yeşilırmak River

Expertise

Engineering & Materials Science
Bicycles
Extreme Weather
Hurricanes
Social Sciences
Bicycle
Driver
Pedestrian
Business & Economics
Crash
Safety

Research

My research interests are diverse and they span from transportation safety and accessibility to travel mode choice and smart mobility. Of the various subjects, I am interested in broad interdisciplinary areas including the statistical and spatial analysis of urban problems, geographical aspects of mobility and accessibility, geospatial analysis, intelligent transportation systems, and smart city concepts. I have a particular curiosity about often disregarded importance and role of demographics and socioeconomics, or human element in general, in tackling issues related to urban mobility. During my PhD, I also gained invaluable research experience from three major disasters –Hurricane Hermine, Irma, and Michael that hit the region where I studied (Florida, USA). With this experience, I intend to continue my multifaceted research on co-resilience of transportation and power infrastructure against disaster, as well as assessment and mitigation of disaster outcomes.

Publications

Recent
Karaer, A. , Ulak, M. B., Abichou, T., Arghandeh, R., & Ozguven, E. E. (2021). Post-hurricane vegetative debris assessment using spectral indices derived from satellite imagery. Transportation research record, 2675(12), 504-523. https://doi.org/10.1177/03611981211029921
Ulak, M. B., Kocatepe, A., Yazici, A., Ozguven, E. E., & Kumar, A. (2021). A stop safety index to address pedestrian safety around bus stops. Safety science, 133, [105017]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2020.105017
Ulak, M. B., Konila Sriram, L. M., Kocatepe, A., Ozguven, E. E., & Arghandeh, R. (2021). Resilience Characterization for Multi-Layer Infrastructure Networks. IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine, 2-13. https://doi.org/10.1109/MITS.2021.3049368
Ulak, M. B., Yazici, A., & Aljarrah, M. (2020). Value of convenience for taxi trips in New York City. Transportation research. Part A: Policy and practice, 142, 85-100. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2020.10.016
Ulak, M. B., Ozguven, E. E., Karabag, H. H., Ghorbanzadeh, M., Moses, R., & Dulebenets, M. (2020). Development of Safety Performance Functions for Restricted Crossing U-Turn Intersections. Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems, 146(6), 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1061/JTEPBS.0000346
Ulak, M. B., Yazici, A., & Ozguven, E. E. (2020). A Prescriptive Model to Assess the Socio-Demographics Impacts of Resilience Improvements on Power Networks. International journal of disaster risk reduction, 51, 1-16. [101777]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101777
Ulak, M. B., Yazici, A., & Zhang, Y. (2020). Analyzing Network-Wide Patterns of Rail Transit Delays Using Bayesian Network Learning. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 119, 1-17. [102749]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trc.2020.102749
Ulak, M. B., Ozguven, E. E., Moses, R., Sando, T., Boot, W., AbdelRazig, Y., & Sobanjo, J. (2019). Assessment of Traffic Performance Measures and Safety based on driver age and experience: A Microsimulation Based Analysis for an Unsignalized T-intersection. Journal of traffic and transportation engineering, 6(5), 455-469. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtte.2018.05.004
Konila Sriram, L. M. , Ulak, M. B., Ozguven, E. E., & Arghandeh, R. (2019). Multi-Network Vulnerability Causal Model for Infrastructure Co-Resilience. IEEE Access, 7(1), 35344-35358. https://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2019.2904457
Ulak, M. B., Kocatepe, A., Ozguven, E. E., & Horner, M. (2019). How far from home do crashes occur? A network based analysis. Safety science, 118, 298-308. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2019.05.028
Ulak, M. B., Ozguven, E. E., Vanli, A., & Horner, M. (2019). Exploring Alternative Spatial Weights to Detect Crash Hotspots. Computers, environment and urban systems, 78, 1-9. [101398]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2019.101398
Kocatepe, A. , Ulak, M. B., Lores, J., Ozguven, E. E., & Yazici, A. (2018). Exploring the Reach of Departments of Transportation Tweets: What Drives Public Engagement? Case Studies on Transport Policy, 6(4), 683-694. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cstp.2018.08.007
Ulak, M. B., Kocatepe, A., Konila Sriram, L. M., Ozguven, E. E., & Arghandeh, R. (2018). Assessment of the Hurricane-Induced Power Outages from a Demographic, Socioeconomic and Transportation Perspective. Natural hazards, 92(3), 1489-1508. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-018-3260-9
Ulak, M. B., Ozguven, E. E., Vanli, O. A., Dulebenets, M. A., & Spainhour, L. (2018). Multivariate Random Parameter Tobit Modeling of Crashes Involving Aging Drivers, Passengers, Bicyclists, and Pedestrians: Spatiotemporal Variations. Accident analysis & prevention, 121, 1-13. [10.1016/j.aap.2018.08.031]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2018.08.031

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Education

Member of the civil engineering educational programme committee.

Affiliated Study Programmes

Master

Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.
 

Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

Media

Researchers at FAMU-FSU Engineering Use Metric Specific Technology to Keep Seniors Safer on the Road (click for more information)

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Eren Ozguven and graduate student Mehmet Baran Ulak published a new study in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention that uses metrics to analyze the location of crashes, the time they occur and how this relates to the crash occurrence. The study resulted in some interesting revelations including how location is related to senior driver crash rates.


Civil engineering postdoc selected for 4TU Resilience Engineering Fellowship (click for more information)

Onur Alisan, Ph.D., a postdoctoral research associate at the Resilient Infrastructure and Disaster Response Center (RIDER) has received an esteemed fellowship award from the 4TU Center for Resilience Engineering. “I welcome the opportunity to work with Dr. Alisan on such an important topic,” Mehmet Baran Ulak, assistant professor at the University of Twente, said. “Through the collaboration between 4TU RE and RIDER, we have an excellent opportunity to conduct cutting-edge multi-disciplinary research to improve the resilience of our vulnerable communities.

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20)
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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