UCLA welcomes new expert on connected, automated vehicles

Q&A with engineering professor Jiaqi Ma As we head into the fall quarter, we’d like to welcome one of the new transportation faculty members to the UCLA ITS community. Jiaqi Ma joins the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering as an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering. He’ll also lead the UCLA ITS New Mobility program area. Our communications fellow, Lena Rogow, recently sat down with professor Ma to find out more about his research focus and the work he expects to do while at UCLA.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Lena Rogow: Welcome to UCLA! How have your first couple of months been? Jiaqi Ma: I joined July 1 and since then, it’s been great. The environments both within civil and environmental engineering and planning and policy have been very welcoming and warm. There are a lot of synergies between my work and the work of the transportation professors in planning, and I’m looking forward to working with them while here.  LR: Tell me more about your past work and research focus.  JM: My background is in engineering systems, especially in regards to connected vehicles and automated vehicles (AVs). Before coming to UCLA, I had [...]