Principal Investigator

Joseph Y.J. Chow – Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of C2SMART University Transportation Center


Dr. Joseph Chow is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Urban Engineering and the Deputy Director at the C2SMART Tier-1 University Transportation Center at NYU, and heads BUILT@NYU: the Behavioral Urban Informatics, Logistics, and Transport Laboratory. His research expertise lies in transportation systems, with emphasis on multimodal networks, behavioral urban logistics, smart cities, and transport economics. He is an NSF CAREER award recipient; he serves as the elected Vice Chair of the Urban Transportation SIG at INFORMS Transportation Science & Logistics Society, and is an appointed member of the Editorial Boards for Transportation Research Part B and the Committee on Transportation Network Modeling (ADB30) at the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. At NYU he is an Associated Faculty at CUSP and Rudin Center. Prior to NYU, Dr. Chow was the Canada Research Chair in Transportation Systems Engineering at Ryerson University. From 2010 to 2012, he was a Lecturer at University of Southern California and a Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Irvine, where he led the development of a statewide freight forecast model for Caltrans. He has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from UC Irvine (‘10), and an M.Eng. (‘01) and B.S. (‘00) in Civil Engineering from Cornell University with a minor in Applied Math. Dr. Chow is a former Eisenhower and Eno Fellow and a licensed PE in NY.


Chow’s hometown is New York City, where he immigrated from China at the age of 4, and attended Stuyvesant High School while growing up here. He shares a passion for collecting transit maps from his travels, getting lost in the woods, getting lost in films, reading mind-bending scifi/fantasy, and gaming in all manifestations.


2016 Research Brief

2015 Research Brief

2014 Research Brief (while at Ryerson)