Polus

Abishai Polus

, Emer. Prof
Professor Emeritus

Traffic flow and breakdown modeling on freeways. Capacity variability. Flow, level of service and passing behavior on two-lane highways. Consistency modeling. Safety and its relationship to infrastructure characteristics.

Recent Refereed Papers In Professional Journals (From 2000)

A. Polus, M. Livneh and B. Frisher, ‘Passing Behavior on Two-Lane Rural Highways’, Transportation Research Record, 1701,  pp. 53-60, 2000.

A. Polus, K. Fitzpatrick, D. Fambro, ‘Predicting Operating Speeds on Tangent Sections of Two-Lane Rural Highways’, Transportation Research Board, TRR, 1737, pp. 50-57, 2000.

A. Polus and I. Reshetnik, ‘Optimal Setback Planning and Delay Analysis for HOV Lanes’, Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, Vol. 127, No.6, Nov./Dec. 2001.

M. Pollatcheck, A. Polus and M. Livneh, ‘A Decision Model for Gap Acceptance and Capacity at Intersections’, Tansportation Research, Part B (Methodological), Vol. 36B, (7), pp. 649-663, 2002

A. Polus and M. Pollatschek, ‘Stochastic Nature of Freeway Capacity and its Estimation’, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, Vol. 29:  pp. 842-852, 2002.

Polus, S. Shmueli-Lazar and M. Livneh, ‘Critical Gap as a Function of Waiting Time in Determining Roundabout Capacity’, Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, Vol. 129, No. 5, pp. 504-509, September/October 2003.

A. Polus and C. Mattar-Habib, ‘New Consistency Model for Rural Highways and its Relationship to Safety’, Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 130 (3) pp. 286-293, 2004

A. Polus and M. A. Pollatschek, ‘Criteria for Widening of Two-Lane Rural Highways’, Transport Policy, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp 379-385,  2004

M. A. Pollatschek and A. Polus, ‘Modeling Impatience of Drivers in Passing Maneuvers’, in Transportation and Traffic Theory (ISTTT16), Elsevier Science & Pergamon Pub.,  pp 267-280, H. S. Mahmassani (Ed)., September, 2005.

A. Polus, Y. Shiftan and S. Shmueli-Lazar, ‘Evaluation of the Waiting-Time Effect on Critical Gaps at Roundabouts by a Logit Model’, European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, EJTIR, 5, no. 1 (2005), pp. 1-12

A. Polus, M.A. Pollatschek and H. Farah, ‘Impact of Infrastructure Characteristics on Road Crashes on Two-Lane Highways’, Traffic Injury Prevention, Vol 6, No. 3:240-247, 2005.

A. Polus , M. A. Pollatschek, C. Mattar-Habib, J. Jarroush, ‘An Enhanced, Integrated Design-Consistency Model for Both Level and Mountainous Highways and its Relationship to Safety’, Road and Transport Research, Dec., 2005

S. Bassan, A. Polus, A. Faghri, ‘Time Dependent Analysis of Density Fluctuations and Breakdown Thresholds on Congested Freeways’ Transportation Research Record Journal No. 1965, pp. 40-47, 2006.

H. Farah, A. Polus, and M. Cohen ‘Development of an Infrastructure Coefficient by an Analytic Hierarchy Process and Its Relationship to Safety’, IATSS Research, Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 120-132, 2007.

S. Bassan, A. Faghri and A. Polus ‘Experimental Investigation of Spatial Breakdown Evolution on Congested Freeways, Journal of  Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems, Vol. 24, Issue 4, Dec. 2007.

S. Bassan, A. Polus, and A. Faghri, ‘Modeling of Freeway Breakdown Process With Log-Periodic Oscillations’, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, Vol. 34, No. 12, pp. 1577-1586, 2007.

H. Farah, A. Polus and M. A. Cohen, ‘Multivariate Analyses for Infrastructure- Based Crash-Prediction Models for Rural Highways’, Road and Transport Research, Vol. 16, No. 4, Dec. pp. 26-41, 2007,

H. Farah, E. Yechiam, S. Bechor, T. Toledo and A. Polus ‘Association of Risk Proneness in Overtaking Maneuvers with Impaired Decision Making’ Transportation Research,  Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behavior, Vol. 11, Issue 5, 2008, pp. 313-323

H. Farah, A. Polus, S. Bekhor and T. Toledo, ‘Study of Passing Gap Acceptance Behavior Using a Driving Simulator’, Advances in Transportation Studies, an International Journal, Special Issue, 2008, pp. 23-31

Capparuccini, D.M., Faghri, A. Polus, A. And Suarez, R.E., Fluctuation and Seasonality of Hourly Traffic and Accuracy of Design Hourly Volume Estimates, Transportation Research Record Journal, Issue 2049, 2008, pp. 63-70

C. Mattar-Habib,  A. Polus, H. Farah, ‘Further Evaluation of the Relationship between Enhanced Consistency Model and Crash-Rates of Two-Lane Rural Roads in Israel and Germany’, European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research – EJTIR., Issue 8(4), Dec. 2008, pp. 320-332.

A. Polus and M. A. Cohen, ‘Theoretical and Empirical Relationships for the Quality of Flow and for a New Level-of-Service on Two-Lane Highways’ Journal of Transportation Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 135, Number 6, pp. 380-385, 2009

H. Farah, S. Bekhor, A. Polus and T. Toledo, ‘A Passing Gap Acceptance Model for Two-Lane Rural Highways’, Transportmetrica,5:3,159,  172, 2009

C. Habib-Mattar, A. Polus and M.A. Cohen, ‘Analysis of the Breakdown Process on Congested Freeways’, Transportation Research Record Journal, forthcoming, 2009

H. Farah, S. Bekhor and A. Polus, ‘Risk Evaluation by Modeling of Passing Behavior on Two-Lane Rural Highways’, accepted for publication, Accident Analysis and Prevention, forthcoming, 2009

Supervision of Graduate Students

 a) Completed Studies (Towards M.Sc.) (*) indicates refereed journal paper(s) resulting from the thesis of the graduate student

  1. Shmuel Borovsky (1978)*

“Evaluation of Driving Speed Measures as Related to Sight Distance on Two-Rural Highways.” Advisors:  A. Polus, M. Livneh.  Graduated June 15, 1978. * (See papers No. 4 and No. 10 in “Refereed Papers in Professional Journals”)

  1. Sonia Lubitch (1979)

“Some Aspects of Geometric Design Evaluation of Rural Highways”. Advisor:  A. Polus.  Graduated Nov. 11, 1979.

  1. Ariela Ushpiz (1979)*

“Analysis of Pedestrian Movement: Characteristics and Application.” Advisor: A. Polus.  Graduated Nov. 11, 1979. *(See paper No. 19 in “Refereed Papers in Professional Journals”)

  1. Itzchak Grinberg (1979)*

“Operational Characteristics of Heavy Vehicles  on Two-Lane Rural Grades.” Advisors:  A. Polus, J. Craus.  Graduated July 29, 1979. *(See papers No. 11, No. 13, and No. 14 in “Refereed Papers in Professional Journals”)

  1. K.C. Tsou (1981)*

“Analysis of Coal Hauling Truck Performance in Mountainous  Terrain.” Advisors: R.W. Eck, A. Polus, West Virginia Univ., Dept. of Civil Engineering. Graduated, 1981. *(See papers 15 and 16 in “Refereed Papers in Professional Journals”)

  1. Moshe Kumove (1982)*

“A Level of Service Analysis for Public Transportation: Measures & Evaluation.” Advisors:  A. Polus, D. Shefer.  Graduated, June 13, 1982. *(See paper No. in “Refereed Papers in Professional Journals”)

  1. Avraham Adler (1985)

“Analysis of Headway Characteristics of an Urban Bus Service”. Advisor:  A. Polus Graduated, June 26, 1985.

  1. Jorje Factor (1985)

“Analysis of Vehicle Flow Characteristics on Deceleration Lanes”. Advisors:  A. Polus, M. Livneh.  Graduated, September 26, 1985.

  1. Benjamin. Frischer (1985)*

“Analysis of Vehicle Behavior During an Overtaking Process on Two-Lane Rural Highways.” Advisors:  A. Polus, M. Livneh.  Graduated, November 12, 1985. *(See paper No. 57 in “Refereed Papers in Professional Journals”)

  1. Doron Dagan (1986)*

“Analysis of Highway Geometric Design Consistency and its Relationship to Traffic Flow Characteristics.” Advisor:  A. Polus.  Graduated, July 10, 1986. *(See paper No. 35 in “Refereed Papers in Professional Journals”)

  1. Michal Gross (1986)

“Analysis of Capacity and Dense Flow Characteristics on Two-Lane Highways.” Advisors:  A. Polus, J. Craus.  Graduated, December 30, 1986.

  1. Avi Cohen (1987)

“Capacity Characteristics of Non-Signalized Cross and Staggered Intersection”. Advisors:  A. Polus, J. Craus.  Graduated,  March 30, 1987.

  1. Eehud Efrat (1987)*

“Evaluation of Accident Rates for Men and Women”. Advisor:  A. Polus.  Graduated, June 10, 1987. *(See paper No.37 in “Refereed Papers in Professional Journals”)

  1. Joseph Blutrich (1987)

“Simulation and Empirical Evaluation of Flow Characteristics at a Priority Intersection”. Advisor:  A. Polus.  Graduated, June, 1987.

  1. Lidia Marom (1987)

“Operational Characteristics of Trucks on Rural Highways”, Advisor:  A. Polus.  Graduated, June, 1987.

  1. Ilan Marcus (1987)

“Analysis of Models for Functional Evaluation of Shared Streets”, Advisor:  A. Polus.  Graduated, June, 1987.

  1. Yechiel Kamon (1990)

“Models and Methods of Climbing Lanes Design, with Relations to Traffic Flow”, Advisor:  A. Polus.  Graduated, June, 1990.

  1. Ilan Rosenfeld (1994)

“Evaluation of Freeway Control and Surveillance Methods”.  Advisor:  A. Polus. Graduated July, 1994, Graduated, July, 1994.

  1. Moshe Leibovitz (1994)

“Analysis of Flow on Turning Roadways”, Advisors:  J. Craus, A. Polus.  Graduated, July, 1994.

  1. Ronen Cohen (1996)*

“Analysis of Split Rural Signalized Intersections”.  Advisor:  A. Polus.  Graduated, March, 1996. *(See paper No. 50 in “Refereed Papers in Professional Journals”)

  1. Oz Metzer (1996)

“Analysis of Demand and Accessibility to Parking Facilities”, Advisor:  A. Polus.  Graduated June, 1996.

  1. Sergei Kogan (1996)

“Measures and Definitions of Congestion and Flow on Freeways”.  Advisor:  A. Polus.  Graduated, November, 1996.

  1. Sitvanit Shmueli, (1997)*

“Operational Analysis and Evaluation of Traffic Circles”, Advisor:  A. Polus.  Graduated, June, 1997. *(See paper No. 51 in “Refereed Papers in Professional Journals”)

  1. Sara Katznelson (1997)*

“Evaluation of Traffic Flow on Paved Shoulders”, Advisor:  A. Polus.  Graduated, July, 1997 *(See paper No. 54 in “Refereed Papers in Professional Journals”)

  1. Yechezkel Swartzman (1997)*

“Traffic Flow Characteristics During Recurrent Incidents”,  Advisor:  A. Polus.   Graduated, July, 1997. *(See paper No. 56 in “Refereed Papers in Professional Journals”)

  1. Shai Basan (1999)

“Analysis and Evaluation of Flow Characteristics on Freeways”, Advisors:  A. Polus, A. Ceder (substitute advisor during sabbatical), Graduated, March, 1999.

  1. Asael Gadot (2000)

“Analysis and Evaluation of Methods for Speed Reconstruction Prior to Severe Accidents”, Advisor:  A. Polus.  Graduated July, 2000

  1. Caroline Habib-Matar (2000)*

“Development of Models for Consistent Design of Highways”,  Advisor:  A. Polus.   Graduated, July, 2001 *(See papers No. 65 and No. 68 in “Refereed Papers in Professional Journals”)

  1. Lior Bar (2001)

“Traffic Flow Characteristics and Capacity on Freeways”, Advisor:  A. Polus.  Graduated July, 2001.

  1. Mandi Hamza (2003)

“Microscopic Analysis of Dense Flow on Freeways”, Advisor:  A. Polus.  Graduated December, 2003

  1. Asraf Masrwa (2003/4)

“Capacity Comparisons of Unsignalized Intersections and Roundabouts and Feasible Operating Ranges”, Advisor:  A. Polus.  Graduated February, 2004.

  1. Amir Bassan (2004)

Comparative Evaluation Between a Conventional Diamond and a Single-Point Urban Interchange”, Advisor:  A. Polus.  Graduated June, 2004

  1. Hanin Farach (2004)

“Impact of Infrastructure Elements on Road Crashes”, Advisors:  A. Polus, M. Pollatschek. Graduated July, 2004.

  1. Eran Sadan (2005)

“Traffic Flow Characteristics of Israeli Drivers Compared to Drivers in Other Countries”, Advisor:  A. Polus (graduated while on sabbatical under Prof. Ceder’s supervision, August, 2005).

  1. David Mario Capparuccini (2005)

“The Fluctuation and Seasonality of Hourly Traffic, and the Accuracy of Estimates from Traditional Traffic Counts”; Committee member and involvement in advising, Advisor:  Prof. Faghri,, University of Delaware,  graduated March, 2005

  1. Eran Reisfeld (2006)

“Models and Criteria for Conversion of Intersections to Interchanges.”  Advisor:  A. Polus. (Graduated, December, 2006).

  1. Wafa Hamuda (2007)

Models to Estimate Capacity of Two-Lane Roundabouts’, Advisor:  A. Polus Graduated, April, 2007).

  1. Nisreen Shomer (2007)

“Models to Evaluate Level-of-Service on Two-Lane Highways”, Advisor: A. Polus (Graduated, July, 2007, August 2007)

  1. b) Completed Studies (Towards M.E.)
  2. Gasan Mazawi (1996)

“Reliability Chracteristics of Bus Public Transportation”, Advisor:  A. Polus, Graduated, April, 1996

  1. Chen Sasoon (2004)

“Models to Estimate Saturation Flows at Signalized Intersections”, Advisor:  A. Polus. Graduated, June, 2004.

  1. Ala Hamud (2006)

Review of Methods to Determine Permitted Speeds on Highways

  1. Yossi Eitan (2006)
  2. Capacities and Traffic Managements at Work Zones
  3. Salach Gadban (2006)

Analysis of Characteristics and Distributions of Heavy Vehicles Crashes

  1. c) Studies in Progress (Towards M.Sc.)
  2. Reut Sadia (2010)

Evaluation of Interchanges Complexity and Work Load and Resulting Safety

  1. Sofia Rozenshtein (2010)

Analyses of Flow on Two-Lane Highways and Impact of Traffic Impatience

  1. d) Completed Studies (Towards D.Sc.)
  2. Benjamin Frischer (1992)

“Dynamic Patterns of Gap Acceptance.” Advisors:  A. Polus, J. Craus. Graduated, June, 1992.

  1. Sitvanit Shmueli (2001)*

“Impact of Impatience and Learning on Gap Acceptance Models at Rotary Intersections”, Advisors:  A. Polus, M. Livneh.  Graduated July, 2001.

  1. Shai Bassan (2003-05)

‘Modeling of Traffic Flow Characteristics on Congested Freeways and Investigating Transition and Breakdown Processes’, Advisors:  A. Faghri, A. Polus, University of Delaware, (graduated, July, 2005)

  1. Caroline Habib-Matar (2002-06)

“Analysis of Flow Breakdown and Capacity on Freeways”, Advisors:  A. Polus, M. Pollatschek, (Graduated , March, 2007).

  1. Haneen Farah, (2005-08)

‘Models of Accidents Causations with Reference to Drivers Impatience’ Advisors: A. Polus and S. Bechor (Graduated, July 2008).

  1. d) On-Going Studies (Towards D.Sc.)
  2. Tal Sofer (2009-present)
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