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Artificial Intelligence Scientist

Job Title:

Artificial Intelligence Scientist

Job Category:




☐Systems and Data Management

Minimum Years of Experience/Position Level:

5-10 Years/Mid-Level

Applicable to:






☒Toll Agency

General Summary of Position / Purpose of Position

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) Scientist will lead selection and development of next generation AI/machine learning (ML) enabled Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for traffic systems operations and management / intelligent transportation system (ITS).  Areas of focus include traffic data analysis, traffic flow theory, traffic signal operation/control, traffic network management, tolling and connected and automated vehicles (CAV).  The successful candidate will apply analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, IoT, and cloud technologies knowledge in creating the foundations for the next generation smart and cloud connected systems and services that will transform our multi-modal transportation system toward a more sustainable and safer environment.  This position provides a unique opportunity to shape the department’s innovation agenda and make a difference through advanced technologies. 

Roles and Responsibilities

1.0 Technical

% of Time

  1. Effectively use programming/simulation skills to enhance traffic system management and performance capabilities.
  2. Apply and integrate AI and ML techniques to solve complex TSMO problems.
  3. Develop cyber security protocols and monitoring systems.
  4. Test and develop/implement continuous improvement processes for transportation system hardware and software.
  5. Participate on committees, task teams and in other groups as needed.
  6. Oversee lead team / group activity, documenting results and related presentations as necessary.
  7. Act as a technical advisor on the development of traffic engineering, ITS, tolling, standards, policies and best practices to other departments, local governments, and agencies.


2.0 Strategic Planning

% of Time

  1. Develop ITS aspects of TSMO business and related plans to guide resource allocation and achieve unit performance targets.
  2. Collaborate with others in plan development, reporting plan results, linking performance targets to specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound, (SMART) objectives in staff expectations, identifying and making resource recommendations.
  3. Develop data-driven support to ensure funding and resources are utilized in the most cost effective and beneficial manner.
  4. Define and drive a technical and strategic vision for integrating ML/AI into all aspects of TSMO practice.


3.0 Project Management

% of Time

  1. Develop and manage ITS-related portions of consultant contracts and other types of agreements that support TSMO functions and/or relate to performance targets.
  2. Develop documentation for ITS/TSMO in contract funding, request for proposal (RFP) and related documents, and participate on technical review committees (TRC).
  3. Participate in acceptance testing for applicable systems.


4.0 Customer Service

% of Time

  1. Participate in meetings, on committees, task teams and other groups with internal and external customers to support TSMO interests and provide technical guidance.
  2. Provide accurate and timely responses to the public, contractors, and other department personnel.
  3. Promote good public relations with internal and external stakeholders while adhering to internal policies.
  4. Communicate effectively (strong written and verbal communication skills) and work well with team members from diverse technical backgrounds.
  5. Communicate effectively (strong written and verbal communication skills) and work well with team members from diverse technical backgrounds.


5.0 Other

% of Time

  1. Perform other duties as required.



☐High School Degree

☐Technical Degree/Associate Degree

☐Bachelor’s Degree in Related Field

☒Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering; or

☒Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science; or

☒Bachelor’s Degree in Business; or

☐Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science

☒Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Economics, Statistics, or another Quantitative Field

☒Master’s Degree in Engineering

☐Master’s Degree in Engineering (preferred but not required)

☐Master’s Degree in Quantitative Field (preferred but not required)

☒PhD in Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Electrical or Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related field (preferred but not required)

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

☐Registered Engineer in Training

☐Registered Professional Engineer

☐Professional Traffic Operations Engineer

☐Certified Information Systems Security Professional