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  • 3015 Cyber Hall
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Dr. Mizanur (Mizan) Rahman

Assistant Professor


  • 3015 Cyber Hall
  • phone (205) 348-1717
  • fax (205) 348-6959
  • Email


  • Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Civil Engineering, B.S., 2008
  • Clemson University, Clemson, SC, Civil Engineering, M.S., 2013
  • Clemson University, Clemson, SC, Civil Engineering, Ph.D., 2018

Dr. Mizanur Rahman is an assistant professor of civil, construction, and environmental engineering at The University of Alabama. His primary research interests are transportation cyber-physical systems for smart cities, cybersecurity and privacy for connected and automated mobility, artificial intelligence (machine learning) based predictive analytics, distributed transportation digital infrastructure, driver behavior modeling for connected and automated vehicles, traffic flow theory, big data analytics, cloud computing, and heterogeneous wireless communication (HetNet). As these suggest, Dr. Rahman’s research interests lie in using an interdisciplinary approach to solve evolving mobility challenges to revitalize our transportation system.

To date, Dr. Rahman has published 27 peer-reviewed publications, which include top-tier multidisciplinary journals, such as IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Sensor Letters,  Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies and Transportation Research Record. He has also published a book chapter on “Characteristics of Intelligent Transportation Systems and its Relationship with Data Analytics.” In addition, he has more than 25 conference presentations and invited talks. He co-developed two new advanced courses for graduate students, “Automated Vehicle Systems” and “Data Analytics for Intelligent Transportation Systems.” Dr. Rahman was involved in developing a training module, “Transportation Cyber-physical System for Connected and Automated Vehicles,” for training professionals from diverse professional backgrounds. In addition, he mentored graduate and undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds, including civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering, involved in several interdisciplinary collaborative projects.  Dr. Rahman was also closely involved in the development of the South Carolina Connected Vehicle Testbed (SC-CVT) at three different levels: i) development of system architecture and prototype in a controlled environment, ii) deployment of the SC-CVT testbed, and iii) validation of the CV applications in the SC-CVT.

After his graduation in August 2018, Dr. Rahman immediately joined as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility (C2M2), a U.S. Department of Transportation Tier 1 University Transportation Center ( He also served as the Assistant Director of C2M2 from October 2019 and August 2020.  As the Assistant Director of the C2M2, he conducted research on connected and automated vehicles and transportation cyber-physical systems, assisted in technology transfer so that the research products developed can be adopted by companies and/or government agencies, and coordinated research activities with C2M2 partner institutions and industries. He also served as a research fellow for the NSF Engineering Research Center for Computer and Network RESIliency and Security for Transportation (CAN-RESIST) planning grant.

Dr. Rahman received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees, majoring in civil engineering (transportation systems), from Clemson University, in 2013 and 2018, respectively. His M.Sc. and Ph.D. research was supported by USDOT Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Transportation Fellowships (DDETF), BMW, the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Transportation. He received the best paper award from the Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) of America, which was sponsored by the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), in 2014 ITS World Congress.

Dr. Rahman has demonstrated connected and automated vehicle technology at several conferences, such as 2020 Consumer Electronic Show, Las Vegas, Nevada; 2019 3rd C2M2 Fall University Transportation Center (UTC) Conference, Clemson, South Carolina; and 2018 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Automated and Connected Vehicle Systems Testing Symposium, Greenville, South Carolina. He has also served as a program committee member for several conferences including the 6th and 7th Annual University Transportation Center (UTC) Conference for the Southeastern Region and the 3rd Fall C2M2 UTC Conference. He was also served as a member of Technology and Innovation Taskforce, Connecting Our Future: Upstate Mobility, Greenville, South Carolina.

Affiliated Areas
Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Selected Publications

  • Mhafuzul Islam, Mizanur Rahman, Mashrur Chowdhury, Gurcan Comert, Easha D. Sood and Amy Apon. Vision-based Personal Safety Messages (PSMs) Generation for Connected Vehicles. IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. DOI: 10.1109/TVT.2020.2982189, (2020).
  • Zadid Khan, Mashrur Chowdhury, Mhafuzul Islam, Chin-Ya Huang, and Mizanur Rahman. Long Short-Term Memory Neural Network-based Attack Detection Model for In-Vehicle Network Security. IEEE Sensors Letters. DOI: 10.1109/LSENS.2020.2993522, (2020).
  • Mhafuzul Islam, Mizanur Rahman, Sakib Mahmud Khan, Mashrur Chowdhury, and Lipica Deka. Development and Performance Evaluation of a Connected Vehicle Application Development Platform. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. DOI:, (2020).
  • Mizanur Rahman, Mhafuzul Islam, Jon Calhoun, Mashrur Chowdhury. Real-time Pedestrian Detection Approach with an Efficient Data Communication Bandwidth Strategy. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, DOI: 10. 1177 / 0361198119843255, (2019).
  • Ankur Sarker, Haiying Shen, Mizanur Rahman, Mashrur Chowdhury, Kakan Dey, Fangjian Li, Yue Wang and Husnu S. Narman. A Review of Sensing and Communication, Human Factors, and Controller Aspects for Information-Aware Connected Automated Vehicles. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. DOI: 10.1109/TITS.2019.2892399, March 15, (2019).

Awards and Honors

  • IEEE George N. Saridis Best Transactions Paper Award for Outstanding Survey, 2014–2017, Lead Author, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 2020
  • One of Three Finalists, Member of a Clemson University Team, Fuel Institute’s Future of Transportation Case Competition
  • First Place Winner, Student Paper Award, 2014 ITS World Congress
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Doctoral Fellowship, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Master’s Fellowship, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration
  • USDOT Connected Vehicle Challenge Winning Team, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration

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