John Hourdos

John Hourdos
Director, Minnesota Traffic Observatory, Research Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering
Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering


John Hourdos's research focuses on traffic data analytics for real-time control and simulation, as well as traffic safety focusing on crash prevention.

In collaboration with the ITS Institute, he developed the Minnesota Traffic Observatory, of which he has been the director since 2006. In 2003, Hourdos designed and deployed an array of advanced Traffic Detection and Surveillance Stations in the highest freeway accident area in the Twin Cities, forming the I-94 Field Lab for traffic safety research. This is an active laboratory that has been supporting state and federal projects. As part of the Roadway Safety Institute, the I-94 lab evolved into a connected and automated vehicle (CAV) testbed for the development and testing of new advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) technologies. He also played a leading role in the evaluation of the Minnesota Zone Ramp Metering algorithm, research that received international attention within the transportation research community.

Hourdos received his civil engineering undergraduate degree from the University of Patras, Greece, with a focus on geomatics, and a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota, with a focus in transportation engineering.