Raphael Stern


I am a visiting scholar at the Institute for Software Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt University working with Dr. Daniel Work. My primary research interests are autonomous vehicles and how they can be used for traffic control and estimation.


I am currently seeking graduate students interested in vehicle automation, urban sensing, and smart cities to join my lab in the fall of 2019. If you are interested, please contact me directly (raphaelestern@gmail.com).

Research interests

  • Autonomous and connected vehicle control
  • Smart cities
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Traffic data analysis


  • Visiting StudentInstitute for Software Integrated Systems, Vanderbilt University; January 2018 – present
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; May 2013 – December 2017
  • Visiting Scholar, Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, University of California Los Angeles; August 2015 – December 2015
  • Eric & Wendy Schmidt Data Science Fellow, University of Chicago; June 2014 – August 2014
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; January 2012 – May 2013

Honors and awards

  • DeLeuw Award, Departmental, 2017
  • Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellow,  US DoT, 2014-2015, 2018
  • Best Presentation Award, International PhD Student Symposium, 2015
  • David Boyce Fellow, Departmental, 2015
  • Eno Leadership Development Fellow, Eno Center for Transportation, 2014
  • Charles William Koch Award, Eno Center for Transportation, 2014
  • Ira O. Baker Award, Departmental, 2013
  • Carroll C. Wiley Award, Departmental, 2013