Software Engineer VConnected Infrastructure Program
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
1111 RELLIS Parkway
Bryan, TX 77807-3135
- M.S., Computer Science, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 1985
- B.B.A., Business Administration, Lebanese University, 1982
Mr. Charara’s specialty is in Software Engineering. He has more than 30 years of experience in the software design, development, field implementation, and evaluation of Connected Vehicle applications, Traffic Signal Monitoring and Analysis applications, ITS, system integration, and traffic sensor testing and evaluation.
Mr. Charara is currently working on the Traffic Optimization for Signalized Corridors (TOSCo) project. Mr. Charara’s role includes the the generation and broadcast of SAE J2735 standard Signal Phase and Timings (SPaT) and MapData (MAP) messages from the infrastructure to connected vehicles in the FM-1960 deployment corridor in Houston, TX. He is also working on the configuration and deployment of 14 Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) Road-Side-Units (RSUs) at 14 intersections in the FM-1960 corridor. Mr. Charara is also working on a demonstration project for North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) to demonstrate wrong way driver detection and mitigation in a connected vehicle environment. A Smartmicro radar sensor is being used to detect wrong-way driving vehicles that feeds its per-vehicle detection information into a road-side unit (RSU) made by Nordsys. The Nordsys RSU generates a Basic Safety Message (BSM) for the wrong-way driving vehicle that is broadcast via the RSU to other vehicles and at the same time forwards the BSM to another road-side application that generates a Road-Side Alert (RSA) message which is broadcast to connected vehicles via the RSU. The RSA message is also forwarded to NTTA central system.