About me

I am an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University. Before that, I was a research scientist at MIT Auto-ID Lab, researching the Internet of Things to build intelligent transportation infrastructure. I was also a principal investigator leading infrastructure sensing and connected vehicle research projects at MIT Mobility Initiative. I received my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2020, supervised by Prof. Sanjay Sarma. During my postdoc training, I also worked with Prof. Jinhua Zhao and Prof. Cathy Wu on autonomy and mobility systems.

Before returning to school to pursue a Ph.D. degree, I was with the vehicle control and autonomous driving team at Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, MI), working on the safety and cyber-security of automated vehicles. I also serves as a committee member and the paper review coordinator on the Standing Committee on Enterprise, Systems, and Cyber Resilience (AMR40) at the Transportation Research Board.

While at ASU, I was devoted to research and teaching in various smart city-related areas, including transportation and beyond. For instance, in the IoT-focused course I am teaching in Spring 2024 (ASU EGR 304), I integrate modules that explore the use of emerging IoT and sensing technologies to improve safety and productivity on construction sites, highlighting the breadth of my research interests in smart cities.

Open Positions

  • I am looking for Ph.D. applicants to work on the Internet of Things, intelligent transportation infrastructure, and multimodal sensing for smart city applications. If you are interested in joining us, please send me an email with your CV and a brief statement about your research objectives.
  • We warmly welcome visiting scholars for collaboration. For inquiries and opportunities, contact Dr. Suo.

Research Philosophy: Smart Roads vs. Smart Cars

From the visionary sketches of Leonardo da Vinci in the 15th century to today’s cutting-edge technologies, the human pursuit of autonomy has been an enduring and ever-evolving endeavor. The world has seen significant strides in designing vehicles that can navigate themselves in varying conditions. Yet, in the CREAT Research Lab at ASU, we posit an intriguing question: What if, instead of solely perfecting the vehicles, we enhanced the environment they operate within? This is where our concept of ‘smart roads’ comes into play.

Drawing inspiration from cross-domain cooperation, we aim to revolutionize the way autonomous vehicles interact with their surroundings. By investing in intelligent road infrastructure, we may potentially alleviate the need for vehicles to be equipped with perfect sensing systems, thus presenting a cost-effective and holistic approach to full autonomy.

Selected Publications

#Connected vehicle cyber-security
Suo, D., Mo, B., Zhao, J. and Sarma, S.E., 2023. Proof of Travel for Trust-Based Data Validation in V2I Communication. IEEE Internet of Things Journal.
Suo, D., Moore, J., Boesch, M., Post, K. and Sarma, S.E., 2020. Location-based schemes for mitigating cyber threats on connected and automated vehicles: a survey and design framework. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 23(4), pp.2919-2937.
#Vehicle-Infrastructure Collective Perception
Qu, A., Huang, X. and Suo, D., 2023. SEIP: Simulation-based Design and Evaluation of Infrastructure-based Collective Perception. arXiv preprint arXiv:2305.17892.
#Zero Energy Vehicle-to-Infracture Communication
Suo, D., Li, H., Bhattacharyya, R., Melià-Seguí, J. and Sarma, S., 2023. RF-enhanced Pavement Markings for Mobile Robot Lane Detection. In 2023 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering.


Invited Talks

  • Talk at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, The University of Central Florida, April 11, 2023.
  • Talk at the Polytechnic School, Arizona State University, March 27, 2023.
  • Talk at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, March 11, 2023.
  • Talk at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Southern California, March 1, 2023.
  • Talk at the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems, The University of Hong Kong, February 21, 2023.
  • Talk at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, The University of Wisconsin–Madison, February 8, 2022.