Matthew Barth

Matthew Barth Ph.D.

Director, College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology
Yeager Family Chair
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1990

Research Areas

Controls and Robotics, Intelligent Systems

Contact Information

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Professor Barth received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from the University of Colorado in 1984, and M.S. (1985) and Ph.D. (1990) degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Barth was also a member of the technical staff in the Advanced Technologies Division of General Research Corporation, Santa Barbara from 1985 to 1986. From 1986 to 1987 he conducted research at the University of Tokyo as a visiting research student. Upon completion of his Ph.D., Professor Barth was a visiting researcher at Osaka University, Japan, conducting research in systems engineering from 1989 to 1991. Dr. Barth joined the University of California-Riverside in 1991, conducting research in Electrical Engineering and at the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), where he is currently Director and the Yeager Families Chair. Professor Barth’s research focuses on applying engineering system concepts and automation technology to Transportation Systems, and in particular how it relates to energy and air quality issues. His current research interests include Intelligent Transportation Systems, Vehicle Activity Analysis, Transportation/ Emissions Modeling, Electric Vehicle Technology, and Advanced Sensing and Control. Professor Barth is active in the U.S. Transportation Research Board currently serving on the Transportation and Air Quality Committee and the Intelligent Transportation Systems Committee. He was awarded the TRB Pyke Johnson Award for TRB outstanding paper in 2007. In 2011, he was one of the winners of the Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge sponsored by U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA). He has also served on a number of National Research Council (NRC) committees. Professor Barth has also been very active within IEEE Intelligent Transportation System Society for many years, participating in their conferences as a presenter, invited session organizer, session moderator, program chair, associate editor of the Transactions of ITS, and member of the IEEE ITSS Board of Governors. He was the IEEE ITSS Vice President for Conferences from 2011-2012, President-Elect for 2013, President for 2014-2015, and Past-President for 2016. He recently received the IEEE ITSS Outstanding Research Award.


IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society Outstanding Research Award, 2016

University of California-Riverside Bourns College of Engineering, Pioneer Faculty Award, 2015

Yeager Families Endowed Chair in Engineering at UC Riverside, 2007 – present

IEEE Fellow, for pioneering research in Intelligent Transportation Systems, 2014

City of Riverside, Smart Riverside Innovation Honoree, 2013

Federal Highway Administration Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge Award, 2011

Innovative Transportation Systems Clean Air Award, Air Quality Management District, 2010

Transportation Research Board Pyke Johnson Award , 2006

Discover Magazine Awards for Technological Innovation, National Finalist 2001

Tau Beta Pi: Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1988

NASA: Public Service Group Achievement Award for the control and operations of university satellite, 1984