Yupo Chan, Professor and Founding Chair of the Systems Engineering Department
Dr. Yupo Chan is Professor and Founding Chair of the Systems Engineering Department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He received his bachelor, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in from MIT. His research interests include transportation systems, telecommunication systems, networks and combinatorial optimization, multi-criteria decision-making, and spatial-temporal information. For the past five years, Dr. Chan was the principal investigator on a multi year FHWA-funded research program in Traffic Incident Management, and serve as director of the ITS metaLAB, a Consortium of Laboratories for Intelligent Transportation Systems. Situated in a state that hosts the largest retailer in the world, Wal-Mart, I am organizing an international, multi-campus Center of Excellence in Cyber Transportation Logistics. This would bring together the advances in E-commerce, supply chain, and identity resolution (e.g., RFID) under one roof. The research will support worldwide industries, including the small and medium manufacturers in China that supply the U.S. and other countries with the bulk of consumer products. The Center leverages the close proximity of Wal-Mart, FedEx, and Acxiom–multinational corporations that sell consumer products, ship consumer products, and market consumer products. Aside from benefits to the public, enterprises around the globe–large, medium or small–will gain better efficiency, reliability, and security from breakthroughs in Cyber Transportation Logistics.