Boris S. Kerner
is the pioneer of the much discussed three phase traffic theory
 and a leading expert in vehicular traffic theory and the theory of pattern formation in dissipative physical, chemical, biological systems. He was born in Moscow, Soviet Union in 1947 and graduated from the Moscow Technical University MIREA in 1972. Between 1972 and 1992, his major
interests include the physics of semiconductors, plasma and solid state physics. During this time, Boris Kerner together with V.V. Osipov developed a comprehensive theory of Autosolitons
- solitary intrinsic states, which form in a broad class of physical, chemical and biological dissipative systems. The theory of Autosolitons was summarized in the books [2,3].
After immigration from Russia to Germany in 1992, the major interest of Boris Kerner was the understanding of highway traffic. The experience with autosolitons, helped B. Kerner to revolutionize the understanding, theory and modelling of highway traffic. Empirical spatiotemporal features of
traffic congestion understood by Boris Kerner are the basis for Kerner's three phase traffic theory, which he introduced and developed in 1996-2002.
Currently B. Kerner is a head of a scientific research field “Traffic” at
1. B.S.Kerner, The Physics of Traffic (Springer, Berlin, New York 2004).
2. B.S.Kerner, V.V.Osipov, Autosolitons, (Nauka, Moscow, 1991) (in Russian).
3. B.S.Kerner, V.V.Osipov, Autosolitons: A New Approach to Problems of Self-Organization and Turbulence (Fundamental Theories of Physics), (Kluwer, Dordrecht, 1994).
- The Economist: Traffic jams – Adapting to road conditions – Jul 1st 2004 – From The Economist print edition
- Science News Online, Volume 156, Number 1 (July 3, 1999). Stop-and-Go Science. By better understanding traffic flow, researchers hope to keep down highway congestion
- The article in "The New York Times" titled “Stuck in Traffic? Consult a Physicist“ on Webpage
- Article by Davis in "APS News" titled “Physicists and traffic flow”
- Physics Today -- November 2005 by Henry Lieu (Federal Highway Administration, McLean, Virginia), Reviewer of the book “The Physics of Traffic: Empirical Freeway Pattern Features, Engineering Applications, and Theory” by Boris S. Kerner
- Gao, K., Jiang, R., Hu, S-X., Wang, B-H. & Wu, Q. S. "Cellular-automaton model with velocity adaptation in the framework of Kerner's three-phase traffic theory" Phys. Rev. E 76,026105 (2007)