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Larry Head

Professor, University of Arizona

Larry Head

Larry Head is a Professor of Systems and Industrial Engineering and Director of the Craig M. Berge Engineering Design Program at the University of Arizona. He received his Ph.D. degree in Systems and Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1989. He has over 25 years of research and development experience in adaptive traffic signal control, signal priority, traffic management and connected and autonomous vehicle systems. From January 2020-July 2020 Dr. Head served as the Interim Vice Provost for Online Learning at the University of Arizona. From March 2018 to July 2019 Dr. Head served as the Interim Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona. From 2006-2013 Dr. Head served as the Department Head of the Systems and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Arizona. In 2007, Dr. Head partnered with Raytheon, iRobot, Tucson Embedded Systems (TES), and Preferred Chassis to compete in the DARPA Grand (Urban) Challenge. In 2010, in cooperation with Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), they established the MCDOT SMARTDrive National Connected Vehicle Test bed in Anthem, Az. The test bed has been a cornerstone for research in Connected Vehicle systems including the Multi Modal Intelligent Traffic Signal System (MMITSS) Dr. Head served as chair of the National Academies Transportation Research Board’s Traffic Signal Systems Committee (AHB25) from 2006-2012, and is currently a member of the TRB Intelligent Transportation Systems Committee. He was co-Chair of the National Transportation Communication for ITS Protocol (NTCIP) Signal Control and Prioritization Working Group (1211) from 2014-2015 and was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Dedicated Short Range Communication Technical Committee from 2014 – 2018.

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