• Interview with The Dallas Business Journal

    August 2019

  • Smart 50 Award, Smart Cities Connect Foundation and US Ignite

    Our research on Intelligent Traffic Systems receives a Smart 50 Award in the Mobility area. The award annually recognizes the most innovative and influential global smart projects, April 2019

  • CBS 11 News Segment about our research on DALI, an agent-based collaborative traffic signal timing system in the City of Richardson

    March 2019

  • Interview with Smart Cities Connect about our research on Intelligent Traffic Systems

    April 2019

  • Press Article in Dallas Innovates about our research on DALI

    April 2019

  • Invited talk, System Verification Through Agent-Based Simulation

    Raytheon Information Systems and Computing Technology Network Symposium (National Event)

    April 23, 2019

  • Senior PC at AAMAS 2019 Main Track

    Join us in Montreal on May 13-17, 2019!

  • Senior PC at AAMAS 2019 Engineering Multi-Agent Systems Track

    May 13-17, 2019 in Montreal, Canada

  • Steering Committee Member and PC at EMAS 2019 workshop (Engineering Multi-Agent Systems)

    Join us in Montreal for an interesting workshop!

    May 13-14, 2019 in Montreal, Canada

  • On Sabbatical leave for the spring and summer semesters 2019

    January-August, 2019


  • On Sabbatical leave starting Fall 2018

    August, 2018

  • Senior PC at AAMAS 2018

    Join us in Stockholm July 10 - 15, 2018!

  • Steering Committee Member and PC at EMAS 2018 (Engineering Multi-Agent Systems)

    July 14 - 15, 2018, Stockholm, Sweden

  • Invited talk, Agent-Based Intelligent Traffic Management Systems

    2018 Innovation & Technology Summit, The University of Texas a Dallas

    May 16, 2018

  • Invited talk, Agent-Based Traffic Signal Timing System

    Transportation Research Board, National Research Council

    Simulation Committee, Washington D.C.

    January 7, 2018



  • New research collaboration! Project with Dr. N. Gans (EE), Dr. A. Fumagalli(Telecom Eng.), J. Campbell (Applied Research Center), T. Ferris(Texas A&M Industrial & Systems Engineering) and Craig Lee (AT&T)

    An Integrated Human-Infrastructure Intelligent Traffic System

  • Co-Chair of the AAMAS Engineering Multi-Agent Systems Workshop (EMAS 2016.)

    Join us in Singapore!

    May 9-10, 2016

  • Invited talk, University of Alabama at Birmingham

    May 2016

  • Invited talk, Grace Hopper Series, The University of Texas at Dallas

    On Marrying CS and Living "Happily Ever After" in Academia - Everything You Wanted To Know, But Were Afraid To Ask

    November 28, 2016

    Abstract: In this informal talk, Dr. Zalila-Wenkstern will share lessons (learned the hard way) about embarking on a life-long relationship with Computer Science. She will discuss the common mistakes students make while pursuing an education at the undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. levels and who later select a career in academia. She will share a Professor's typical perspective on students and give you hints on how to avoid pitfalls and traps in academia.
    This talk is rated SG-30 : some material may be inappropriate for faculty over 30. Student guidance advised.

  • Invited to participate in the Emerging Leaders Workshop

    Madison, WI, June 2016

    "The workshop's intended outcomes are the support and further development of a new generation of academic women and men prepared and energized to be leaders, mentors and coaches, and to contribute to transforming the climate to enable success for those in science and engineering independent of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, country of origin, and other dimensions of diversity".


  • Grant from the Texas Research Alliance, Smart City Initiative awarded!

    Real-Time Multi-Objective Optimization of Autonomous Multi-Agent Controllers for Adaptive Traffic Management
    With Dr. N. Gans (EE)

  • Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award

    School of Engineering and Computer Science

    "The first award goes to a faculty member who is known for her engaging teaching style and ability to provide students with thorough content. Her class structure encourages participation and gives clear expectations for deliverables that are critical in the work environment. She is recognized as a superb mentor and supervisor who is attentive to the details of her students' research. She is also the founding director of our executive MS in Software Engineering program which has thrived under her leadership.
    Our first Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award goes to: Dr. Rym Zalila-Wenkerstern."
                                                                                                                                                                                        Prof. Gopal Gupta, CS Department Chair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                April 2015

  • Co-Chair of Engineering Multi-Agent Systems (EMAS 2016), an AAMAS Workshop


  • Best Demo Award

    International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2013)

  • Best Paper Award

    Agent Directed Simulation Symposium, Society for Modeling and Simulation International (2012)

  • Best Overall Conference Paper Award

    2012 Spring Simulation Multi-Conference. Society for Modeling and Simulation International (2012)