Zhongren PENG / Professor, Center for ITS and UAV Application Research, School of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Civil Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University

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PENG Zhongren is Zhi Yuan Chair Professor of Shanghai Jiaotong University, Chair Professor of the Changjiang Scholars Program, as well as Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Florida.

Prof. Peng is the co-chair for the Standing Committee on Geographic Information Science and Applications of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Co-Chair of Sensing for the Transportation Subcommittee, and Senior Consultant for the U.S. National Science Foundation.

He is also an Editorial Board member at the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems. Prof. Peng graduated from Portland State University with a doctoral degree in urban transportation.

He served as the tenure-track professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Director of the Center for Advanced Spatial Information Research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, adjunct professor at MIT, Member of the Modeling Advisory Team, U.S. Department of Transportation, and part of the President's e-Government Initiative, Geospatial One-Stop.

Dr. Peng's overall research interest is in urban transportation planning, intelligent transportation systems, and geographic information systems, particularly in the areas of transit planning and distributed geospatial information processing, or Internet GIS. After returning to China, he led the national high-tech research and development project of Transportation Information Systems for Sparse Networks based on UAV and Roadside Sensors, funded by the China Ministry of Science and Technology from January 2009 to December 2011. He was also the leading figure of the key project sponsored by theU.S. National Science Foundation in theoretical research on urban road design based on GIS-T. He chaired over 30 research projects funded by agencies such as the U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Transportation, transportation departments at the state level, and federal GIS committees.

He has published over 50 theses, including the world's first essay on Internet geographic information system: “Distributed Geographic Information Services for the Internet and Wireless Networks,” and was the co-author of a number of renowned publications.

Prof. Peng founded the Center for ITS and UAV Application Research of Shanghai Jiaotong University in September 2011. With the support from State Key Laboratory of Ocean Engineering and School of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Civil Engineering of Shanghai Jiaotong University, the center focused on traffic information collecting via UAV and other micro mobile measuring devices, as well as urban and marine environment monitoring. The center’s area of expertise is new theories and new technologies in the holographic information collection combining technologies on the ground and in the air, as well as applications for real-time integrated transportation (including urban transportation, international freight, logistics, maritime transportation and port) and urban environmental research and marine environment. It has several research focuses on ground and air holographic transportation information systems based on UAV, urban air quality 4-D monitoring and testing based on UAV, and a marine oil spill monitoring system based on UAV.

By Zhongren PENG on ParisTech Review

La Chine s'est lancée elle aussi dans les drones civils légers. La prochaine étape consiste à investir dans la R&D pour développer des produits de référence. Avec en ligne de mire la fameuse «killer app», l'application à succès qui assurera le décollage définitif du secteur. Peng Zhongren, professeur à l'université Jiaotong de Shanghai, a suivi de près l'essor de la dronautique civile. Il décrypte les dynamiques d'une industrie tirée par des ruptures technologiques, mais aussi et surtout par l'invention de nouveaux usages.
China has joined the race. The rapid development of civil uses, such as monitoring pollution and transportation flow, has allowed new players to emerge, aside from large military programs. Applications will drive the growth of this industry, along with technology advances and falling prices. It is still too early to say whether UAVs can be applied on a large scale and overhaul the traditional industries. But some companies are already valued at US$10 billion. Shall we expect consolidation? What is going to be the killer application?


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