Dr. Douglas Galarus, Ph.D.
Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering
At the Western Transportation Institute, Doug applied technical expertise to the development of applications for transportation safety, including improved tools for road weather management, incident management, traveler information, and data communications. Doug grew a nationally recognized, award-winning program, and supervised numerous students, staff, and multiple labs. Doug delivered and facilitated multiple technical training and professional development opportunities for engineers and technicians. As an Assistant Professor at Utah State University, Doug carried forward with similar research and development, with a focus on Data Science, Data Quality, Spatio-Temporal Data, Intelligent Transportation Systems, and Applications of Data Science to Intelligent Transportation Systems. Now, as an Associate Professor at Montana Tech, Doug continues forward in applying his experience to instruction and research in Computer Science, Data Science, and Software Engineering to students in his home state of Montana. Doug has taught introductory, upper-division, and graduate-level courses. Dr. Galarus holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Montana State University and master’s degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics Education from the University of Montana.
2017 Ph.D. Computer Science, Montana State University
1995 M.S. Computer Science, University of Montana
1993 M.A.T. Mathematics Education, University of Montana
1989 B.A. Mathematics, University of Montana
- CSCI 135 Fundamentals of Computer Science I - Fall 2022
- CSCI 136 Fundamentals of Computer Science II - Spring 2023
- CSCI 444 Data Visualization - Spring 2022
- CSCI 347 Data Mining, Spring 2021 - Spring 2022
- CSCI 447 Machine Learning, Spring 2021 - Spring 2022, Spring 2023
- CSCI 470 Web Science - Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023
- CSCI 102 Computational Thinking with Lab - Fall 2020, Fall 2021
- CSCI 194 Freshman Seminar - Fall 2020, Fall 2021
- CSCI 443 User Interface Design - Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022
- ESOF 486 Software Design Project I - Fall 2020
- ESOF 486 Software Design Project I Lab - Fall 2020, Fall 2022
- ESOF 487 Software Design Project II - Spring 2021, Spring 2023
|2020 – Present||Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Montana Technological University, Butte, MT.|
|2017 – 2020||Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department, College of Engineering, Utah State University.|
|2003 – 2019||Senior Research Scientist/ Program Manager/ Project Lead/ Principal Investigator, Western Transportation Institute, College of Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT.|
|1997 – 1998||Visiting Assistant Professor/ Instructor, Computer Science Department, University of Montana, Missoula, MT.|
|1996 – 2003||Director of Applications Development/ Lead Programmer, Information Technology Office / Information Technology Resource Center, University of Montana, Missoula, MT.|
|1996||Technical Editor, SIMMS Project, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Montana, Missoula, MT.|
|1991 – 1996||Visiting Assistant Professor/ Instructor/ Writer/ Researcher, STEM Project, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Montana, Missoula, MT.|
|1992 – 1993||Programmer/ Analyst, TRIO Training Program, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.|
|1989 – 1991||Operations Research Analyst/ Systems Analyst, Education Logistics / Logistic Systems, Inc., Missoula, MT.|
My research spans the very applied, with development of mission-critical, production intelligent transportation systems, and theoretical, with the investigation and development of data science methods to solve challenges such as spatio-temporal data quality. My labs have conducted research in systems and software engineering to develop cutting-edge applications, applied data science and developed algorithms and methodologies to address challenges faced by the practitioners who use our many applications. We have also investigated the application of data science methods to estimate long-distance travel times during winter, the development of measures to evaluate dimension reduction techniques relative to data science tasks such as the classification of roadside camera images, and the estimation of delay due to chain-up during winter weather.
2023 Chain-up Delay Estimation via Fusion of Bluetooth, WiFi, and ITS Data
CALTRANS / WSDOT (WSRTC)
Role: Principal Investigator
$125,000 (Phase 1)
2022-24 NSF – SSTEM (w/ MSU & UM)
National Science Foundation
Role: Senior Personnel
$99,836 (total to MSU), $3000 (personal travel)
2021-23 ASWSC/ OSS / WeatherShare Maintenance
CALTRANS WSDOT (WSRTC)
Role: Principal Investigator
- Galarus, D., I. Turnbull, S. Campbell, J. Pearce and L. Koon Spatio-Temporal Data Quality in Handbook of Big Geospatial Data, Werner, M. and Chiang, Y. Springer. 2021.
- Huijser, M., D. Galarus & A.V. Kociolek. 2010. Ch. 16. Current and Developing Technologies and their Potential Application in Highway-wildlife Mitigation. In Safe Passages, Beckmann, J., A.P. Clevenger, M.P. Huijser and J.A. Hilty (eds.) Island Press.
- Galarus, Douglas E., and Rafal A. Angryk. "Detecting Spatio-Temporal Data Quality Issues in Weather Sensor Data, Including Identification of Mis-located Sites". International Journal on Advances in Systems and Measurements, v 12 n 3&4 2019. IARIA Publications. December 2019.
- Galarus, Douglas E., and Rafal A. Angryk. "Beyond Accuracy - A SMART Approach to Site-Based Spatio-Temporal Data Quality Assessment". Intelligent Data Analysis, vol. 22, no. 1. (January 2018). IOS Press.
- Galarus, Douglas E., and Rafal A. Angryk. "Spatio-temporal quality control: implications and applications for data consumers and aggregators." Open Geospatial Data, Software and Standards 1.1 (2016): 1., Springer.
- Billstein, R., Williamson, J., Montoya, P., Lowery, J., Williams, D., Buck, M., Burkett, C., Churchill, L., Clouse, C., Denny, R., Derrick, W., Dolezal, S., Galarus, D., Kennedy, P., Lamphere, P., Merrill, N., Morse, S., Petit, M., Runkel, P., Sanders-Garrett, T., T. Seitz, R., Spence, B., Sowders, B., Tuckerman, C., Wenger, K., Wilkie, J., Wilson, C., Winston, B. Middle grades MATH thematics. Evanston: McDougal Littell. 1999. (Three volumes of student materials with three volumes of teacher materials.)
- Campbell, S., Koon, L., Galarus, D., (January 2022) Final Report TPF-5 (241) Western States Rural Transportation Consortium. Prepared for the Washington State Department of Transportation.
- Galarus, D., Francom, B. (October 24, 2020) WeatherShare Phase 5 System Documentation. Prepared for the Caltrans Division of Research & Innovation.
- Hoffman, B., Galarus, D. (August 14, 2020) Automated Safety Warning System Controller Phase 3 SOCCS Web Application User Guide. Prepared for the State of California Department of Transportation, Division of Research & Innovation, and the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium.
- Hoffman, B., Galarus, D. (August 14, 2020) Automated Safety Warning System Controller Phase 3 “Encyclopedia”. Prepared for the State of California Department of Transportation Division of Research & Innovation, and the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium.
- Hoffman, B., Galarus, D. (August 14, 2020) Automated Safety Warning System Controller Phase 3 Development Guide. Prepared for the State of California Department of Transportation Division of Research & Innovation, and the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium.
- Campbell, Sean, and Galarus, Douglas. "Research Pays Off – The One-Stop-Shop – Traveler
Information Tool for Multistate Road Trips." TR News 312 (December 2017).
- Huijser, M. & D. Galarus. 2004. Software for Pocket PC to collect road-kill data. TRB A1F02
Newsletter, Environmental Analysis in Transportation, November 2004, p. 9.
|2019||GEOProcessing “Best Paper” Award, Challenges in Evaluating Methods for Detecting Spatio-Temporal Data Quality Issues in Weather Sensor Data, GEOProcessing 2019 Conference, Athens Greece, February 24, 2019 to February 28, 2019|
|2018-19||Computer Science Faculty Researcher of the Year Award in the Computer Science Department at Utah State University|
|2014||Winner: Best of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Award in the category of Best New Innovative Practice - Research Design and Innovation for work on One-Stop Shop for Traveler Information, ITS America|
|2012||Winner: Best of Rural ITS Award for Best New Innovative Product, Service or Application – Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum, National Rural Intelligent Transportation Systems conference (NRITS)|
|2010||Winner: Best of Rural ITS Award for Best New Innovative Product, Service or Application – Redding Responder Project, National Rural Intelligent Transportation Systems conference (NRITS)|
IEEE (Senior Member) and IEEE Computer Society
- 2007 PACE Chair, R6 NE Area of the IEEE
- 2006, 2007 PACE Chair, Montana Section of the IEEE
- 2006 Chair, Montana Section of the IEEE
- 2005 Chair-elect, Montana Section of the IEEE
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) (Senior Member)
- Family: Wife (Jana), Daughter (Rachelle), Daughter (Lucy), Son (Michael).
- Church: Member of Holy Spirit Parish in Butte. 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus.
- Ranching: We own a small ranch in Elk Park and raise cattle, pigs, and chickens.
- Pet: Scottish Terrier named Traxi. I have had Scottish Terriers throughout my entire life.
- Fishing: I enjoy fly-fishing, ice-fishing, boating, and fly-tying. Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to do any of these in years – not since we lived in Bozeman.
- My family enjoys dinner and movies, spending time together, and volunteering at church and for other causes. Two of my kids have disabilities, so we do what we can to support kids with disabilities.
Dr. Galarus touts website that helps drivers find safest route.
Dr. Galarus has been involved with Western States Rural Transportation Consortium (WSRTC) for the past 20 years. Learn about his work.