BUILT Presentations at IATBR 2018 in Santa Barbara, CA, USA

We had three presentations that were presented at the IATBR conference in the University of California Santa Barbara from July 14 – 20, 2018. 

Tai-yu Ma (presenter), Saeid Rasulkhani, Joseph Chow, and Sylvain Klein. An integrated dynamic ridesharing dispatch and idle vehicle repositioning strategy on a bimodal transport network.

Assel Dmitriyeva (presenter), Daniel Fay, Xuebo Lai, and Joseph Chow. Effect of routing constraints on learning in contextual bandit mobility-on-demand destination recommendation systems.

Susan JIa Xu (presenter), Joseph Chow. Modeling non-separable, social influenced multimodal route choice with congestion link capacities.

2018 Summer Research Presentations

Congratulations to our student researchers in summer 2018. This year we had two high school students and three undergraduates from ARISE and Undergraduate Summer Research, respectively.

The NYU Tandon School of Engineering conducts the Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) program since summer 2013. We had two ARISE participants this summer,  Chengyuan Wang and Annie Eng, who have spent the past five weeks to make practical contributions to our lab’s research objectives. They both gave brilliant presentations at the program’s concluding colloquium.

The UG Summer Research Program was initiated in 2007. This year, three students (Eric Gan, Carol Shlyakhova, and Ziyi Ma) work full time in our lab with their faculty mentors (Joseph Chow)  and other mentors (Brian He, Jinkai Zhou, and Saeid Rasulkhani) on various research topics while also participating in seminars presented by distinguished administrative and academic personnel. 

Joint paper with UTEP accepted for publication and presentation at IEEE ISC2 2018 in Kansas City, MO, USA

Joint work between UTEP researchers and Assel Dmitriyeva, Prof. Chow, has been accepted for publication and presentation at the IEEE Int’l Smart Cities Conference (ISC2) 2018. Conference with take place  in Kansas City, MO, USA in Fall 2018. 

Paper on ’Smart Mobility for Seniors: Challenges and Solutions in El Paso, TX, and New York, NY’ focuses on important question of how to help seniors live comfortably and travel as they age. Survey in two cities was conducted in order to define the requirements and recommendations for an ad-hoc solution on smart mobility for seniors using state-of-the-art technologies. This study provides recommendations for researchers and developers interested in creating solutions for senior citizens’ mobility needs. 

This research was partially supported by the C2SMART University Transportation Center. 

New book by Prof Chow to be published by Elsevier

Elsevier is publishing “Informed Urban Transport Systems: Classic and Emerging Mobility Methods toward Smart Cities” by Prof. Joseph Chow in August. Pre-orders are now available:


The objective of the book is to serve as an indispensable guide of classic theories in urban transportation systems science while tackling emerging issues like shared mobility services, data privacy, city monitoring, and dynamic decision processes. Chow was supported by the NSF CAREER award. 


New research published at Journal of Geographical Systems

For city agencies interested in operating online dashboards to monitor mobility through vehicular GPS data, one obstacle is having computationally efficient GIS tools that relate changes in travel patterns to specific points of interest (e.g. querying adverse weather impact on traffic at the airport, or at a downtown area) in real time. We demonstrate a new technological solution using taxi GPS data from Beijing. The tool is available on Xintao Liu‘s GitHub account (https://lnkd.in/dkHpeKa).

The paper is available hereDATATANG provided the real-time GPS datused in this study. Prof. Chow was partially supported by the C2SMART University Transportation Center. 

Visiting Scholars and Summer Researchers

(comic courtesy of friends on social media)

Summer is upon us once again. As with previous years, we will have several researchers joining us for the summer as visiting scholars or graduate researcher assistants (on top of the PhD student researchers, the summer undergraduate researchers, and ARISE students that we employ). 

Dr. Tai-Yu Ma will be visiting us from LISER for the second of his three year visiting scholar program. Last year we collaborated on dispatch/positioning algorithms for bimodal shared taxi and public transit service. 

Prof. Daniel Rodriguez-Roman from UPRM is making a shorter summer stay at NYU through the Faculty Resource Network. We will be collaborating on public transit network design problems (sorely needed as the MTA plans to redesign the bus network!). 

In addition, Assel will continue to work in our lab this summer, while one of our incoming Fall 2018 PhD students, Anthony Haoran Su, will be joining us from Berkeley to start earlier in the summer. Milos Balac, a PhD student of Prof. Kay Axhausen at ETH Zurich, will also be visiting for the summer to help us with our MATSim model development. Welcome, Anthony and Milos!

Looking forward to a productive and fun summer!