Hassan A. Charara

Charara, Hassan

Research Scientist

System Reliability Division - Gilchrist, Room 136
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Texas A&M University System
3135 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3135
ph. (979) 845-1908 Ext. 51908 · fax (979) 845-9873

Short Biography

Mr. Charara's specialty is in Software Engineering. He has an extensive experience in software design and development of real-time traffic applications, system integration, communications, and database management systems. Mr. Charara is an Associate Research Scientist with the TransLink Research Center. He is currently working on the development of a web-based GIS map to integrate components within the TransLink Laboratory and traffic devices installed at TransLink's test-beds.

Since joining TTI, Mr. Charara has worked on several projects in the areas of Traffic Sensor Technology, ITS, and Traffic Signals Operation. Projects he worked on include:

Installation and maintenance of TxDOT's ATMS system at TransLink Laboratory.

Detection-Control System for Rural Signalized Intersections.

Evaluation of Innovative Methods to Reduce Stops to Trucks.

Evaluation of the Existing Technologies for Vehicle Detection and Establishment of Communication Data Requirements.

Real-time, Multi-modal Traffic Adaptive Diamond Interchange Control (Smart Diamond)

Urban Highway Traffic Operations Project. (Ramp Metering)

Texas Reference Marker - Automated RI-1 Diagrams.

Mr. Charara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Marketing from the Lebanese University in Beirut-Lebanon, a Master of Science in Computer Science from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Computer Science at Texas A&M University-College Station. Mr. Charara is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).


  • M.S., Computer Science, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 1985.
  • B.B.A., Business Administration, Lebanese University, Beiruit, Lebanon, 1982.


  • Research Scientist, System Reliability Division, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, September 2004 - Present.
  • Associate Research Scientist, TransLink® Research Center, Texas Transportation Institute, April 1999 - August 2004.
  • Assistant Research Scientist, Texas Transportation Institute, April 1993 - March 1999.
  • Graduate Assistant Research, Texas Transportation Institute, November 1990 - March 1993.
  • Research Assistant, Scientific Visualization Laboratory, Texas A & M University, 1989 - 1990.
  • Research Assistant, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Texas A & M University, 1986 - 1989.
  • System Analyst, Skychefs, Inc., 1985 - 1986.
  • Management Trainee, GESPA, Beiruit, Lebanon, 1983 - 1984.


  • Member, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Texas Section (TexITE), Brazos Valley Chapter, 2001 - Present.
  • Member, Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), 1988 - Present.

Honors & Awards

TTI/Trinity Research Technical Award, Texas Transportation Institute, 2010.

Selected Publications

N.A. Chaudhary, S.R. Sunkari, H.A. Charara. NTCIP-Based Traffic Signal Evaluation and Optimization Toolbox. 0-6775-S. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. 2014.

N.A. Chaudhary, H.A. Charara, S.R. Sunkari. Development of NTCIP-Based Portable Traffic Signal Evaluation System. 0-6775-1. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. October 2014.

R. Rajbhandari, H.A. Charara, R.E. Brydia, C. Silvestri Dobrovolny. Connected Vehicle Test Bed at the Riverside Campus. 161406-1. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. October 2014.

D.R. Middleton, H.A. Charara, L.E. Cornejo, S.S. Samant. Investigation of Detectors for Border Traffic Counts. 186054-00008. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. September 2014.

S.R. Sunkari, H.A. Charara, P. Songchitruksa. A Portable Toolbox to Monitor and Evaluate Signal Operations. 0-6177-1. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. October 2011.