Professor Vonu Thakuriah
- Ch2M Chair (Urban Studies)
- Affiliated Professor of the School of Engineering (School of Engineering)
Vonu is the Ch2M Chair of Transport and Professor of Urban Studies and Affiliated Professor of the School of Engineering in the University of Glasgow. She is the founding Director and Principal Investigator of the Urban Big Data Centre funded by Research Council UK's Economic and Social Research Council that includes a national data service to inspire innovations for sustainable and socially just cities. The UBDC is a 7-university interdisciplinary consortium led by University of Glasgow, with the universities of Edinburgh, Cambridge, Sheffield, Reading, Bristol and Illinois-Chicago as partners, and with MOUs or other forms of collaboration with selected Australian, US and Chinese institutions. Vonu is currently a European Commission Marie Curie Fellow.
Vonu's research interests lie in smart, socially-just and sustainable transport and theories and methods explaining transport policies and services and traveller behaviour. She is more broadly interested in Urban Informatics or the analytics of emerging sources of Big Data to understand complex urban problems. She has been Principal Investigator of several significant grants in both the US and UK funded by Research Councils UK, European Commission, National Science Foundation, US Departments of Transportation and Labor and other leading research sponsors. Vonu is currently a European Commission Marie Curie Fellow. She was previously a Fellow of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) – Academic Leadership Program (ALP) of the Big Ten Academic Alliance. Her postdoctoral work at the National Institute of Statistical Sciences was funded by a fellowship program of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Mathematical Sciences.
- Personal website including full CV: http://vonuthakuriah.com
- University of Glasgow Urban Transportation Research Group
- Urban Big Data Centre and UBDC Research Staff Bios
- Academia.edu page: https://glasgow.academia.edu/VonuThakuriah
In the area of smart and sustainable transport, Vonu's work lie in the connections among transportation, society and technology with the view that mobility in cities of the future will require planners to jointly consider social, infrastructural and technological challenges. She has focussed on "smart" public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian active transportation, as well as in connected/collaborative/shared transportation systems. Her research has considered the needs of a wide spectrum of travellers including low-wage workers, seniors, persons with disabilities and young adults and her work links social equity and human capital considerations to the labour market, safety, well-being and other outcomes experienced by travellers. She is interested in the potential of Information and Communications Technology to improve livability, learning and engagement in cities and on the effective use of Big Data for urban planning, policy and business innovations. Aside from journal articles, books and edited work in this area include Transportation and Information: Trends in Technology and Policy (Springer 2013), Proceedings of 4th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science (ACM Press 2011) and Special Issue on Methodological Issues in Accessibility Measures with Possible Policy Implications (Journal of Transportation and Statistics).
Her work in the area of Urban Informatics span analytics of emerging sources of Big Data for knowledge discovery regarding cities and data-intensive policy analysis. She is interested in the technological, methodological, epistemological and political economy challenges related to working with Big Data. Recent work in this area include the forthcoming edited volume Seeing Cities with Big Data: Research, Methods and Applications in Urban Informatics (Springer, expected 2016) and Proceedings of the ACM First International Workshop on Understanding the City with Urban Informatics (ACM Press, 2015). Examples of ongoing projects in this area include the Integrated Multimedia City Data (iMCD) project which looks at multi-modal data collections (e.g., a social survey, travel and activity diaries, GPS, lifelogging data and data from administrative sources and private businesses and a wide variety of social and infrastructure-based sensors) for sensing and knowledge discovery in cities. The Spatial Urban Data System (SUDS) programme aspires to serve small-area data on a wide variety of economic, social, built environment and physical factors in UK urban areas.
Prior to her current position at the University of Glasgow, she was a professor in the University of Illinois at Chicago and a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Statistical Sciences, both in the US. Vonu has published over 165 journal papers, conference proceedings and technical reports. She has been Principal Investigator of grants of approximately about $24 million and has been involved in research grants of over $62 million in total (as PI, Co-I or Investigator) in the US and the UK. She served as the Principal Investigator of a series of research grants to study mobility and accessibility outcomes experienced by low-wage workers, persons with disabilities and seniors. This work was funded by the US Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration and the Community Transportation Association of America together with the US Department of Labor. Her work on ICT and transportation has been supported by the US National Science Foundation, Federal Highway Administration, Navteq LLC, Glasgow City Council and other public and private organizations. Her research work on Big Data and Urban Informatics has been supported by Research Council of UK’s Economic and Social Research Council, US National Science Foundation and the European Commission.
Vonu was previously the PI of an NSF grant on Big Data and Urban Informatics and Co-PI of an NSF IGERT on Computational Transportation Science. She is currently a Co-I of the ESRC-funded Administrative Data Research Centre based in University of Edinburgh. Vonu has consulted on or otherwise collaborated on transportation projects in Malaysia, China, India, Australia, Colombia and the Dominican Republic.
She is a founding co-chair of the joint subcommittee on Computational Transportation and Society of the Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences, which is focusing on the computational, design, analytics, social and legal aspects of Big Data for mobility and accessibility. She served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA Journal) from 2010 to 2013. She is a co-chair of the Urban Data Interest group of the Research Data Alliance.
More information about Vonu’s current research, publications (organized by topic), CV and other topics of interest may be found in http://vonuthakuriah.com.
Selected Recent Publications (last 3 years)
Paule, J. D. G., Y. Sun and P. Thakuriah (forthcoming). Beyond Geo-Tagged Tweets: Exploring the Geo-Localization of Tweets for Transportation Applications. In Big Data and Transportation, an edited volume to be published by Springer.
Thakuriah, P., N. Tilahun and M. Zellner (2017). Big Data and Urban Informatics: Innovations and Challenges to Urban Planning and Knowledge Discovery. In Seeing Cities through Big Data: Research, Methods and Applications in Urban Informatics, Springer, NY, pp. 11-48.
Thakuriah, P., L. Dirks, and Y. Keita Mallon (2017). Digital Infomediaries and Civic Hacking in Emerging Urban Data Initiatives. In Seeing Cities through Big Data: Research, Methods and Applications in Urban Informatics, Springer, NY, 189-208.
Thakuriah, P., N. Tilahun and M. Zellner (2017). Seeing Cities through Big Data: Research, Methods and Applications in Urban Informatics. Edited volume of selected papers presented in workshop sponsored by National Science Foundation on Big Data and Urban Informatics. Springer, NY.
Thakuriah, P., K. S. Nowicka and J. D. G. Paule (2016). Sensing Spatiotemporal Patterns in Urban Areas: Analytics and Visualizations using the Integrated Multimedia City Data Platform. In Journal of Built Environment, Vol. 42(3), pp. 415-429.
Lido, C., Osborne, M., Livingston, M., Sila-Nowicka, K., and Thakuriah, P. (2016) 'Big Data' techniques to improve learning access and citizen engagement for adults in urban environments. In: Scott, L., Watson, C. and Wu, A.T. (eds.) Quality of Life in Adult Learning. Series: Adult learning in professional, organizational, and community settings. Information Age Publishing, Inc.
Lido, C., Osborne, M., Livingston, M., Thakuriah, P., and Sila-Nowicka, K. (2016) Older learning engagement in the modern city. In International Journal of Lifelong Education, Early online: 03 Oct 2016.
Tilahun, N., Thakuriah, P., Li, M., and Keita, Y. (2016) Transit use and the work commute: analyzing the role of last mile issues. In Journal of Transport Geography, Vol 54, pp. 359–368.
Hong, J., and P. Thakuriah (2016) Relationship between motorized travel and time spent online for non-work purposes: an examination of location impact. In International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Vol. 10(7), pp. 617-626.
Moshfeghi, Y., Ounis, I., Macdonald, C., Jose, J., Triantafillou, P., Livingston, M., and Thakuriah, P. (2015) UCUI'15: Proceedings of the ACM First International Workshop on Understanding the City with Urban Informatics. ACM. ISBN 9781450337861
Cottrill, C. D., and P. Thakuriah (2015) Location privacy preferences: a survey-based analysis of consumer awareness, trade-off and decision-making. In Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 56, pp. 132-148.
Cottrill, C. and P. Thakuriah (2014). Privacy in Context: An Evaluation of Policy-based Approaches to Location Privacy Protection. In International Journal of Law and Information Technology, Vol. 22 (2), pp. 178-207.
Refereered Conference Proceedings (last 3 years)
Wu, G., J. Hong and P. Thakuriah (2017). Role of the Internet in Shaping Young Adults’ Attitude, Travel Choices, and Sustainable Lifestyles: Longitudinal Perspective. Proc 2017 Transportation Research Board Annual Conference.
Paule, J. D. G., Y. Moshfeghi, J. Jose and P. Thakuriah (2017). On Fine-Grained Geo-Localization of Tweets. Proc ACM SIGIR conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2017 (ICTIR’17)
Hong, J. and P. Thakuriah (2017). Effects of Residential Locations and Mobile Technologies on Trip Generation: Focusing on Mediating Effects. Proc 2017 Transportation Research Board Annual Conference.
Sila-Nowicka, K., and Thakuriah, P. (2016) The trade-off between privacy and geographic data resolution. a case of GPS trajectories combined with the social survey results. In: XXIII ISPRS Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, 12-19 Jul 2016, pp. 535-542. (doi:10.5194/isprs-archives-XLI-B2-535-2016).
Wu, G., J. Hong and P. Thakuriah (2015). Effect of Employment Status on the Relationship between Time Spent on the Internet and Activity Engagement. Proc 14th International Conference on Travel Behaviour Research, Windsor, UK, July.
Selected Keynotes, Colloquium and Invited Talks (last 3 years)
Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities, Brussels, Belgium. Panelist and Speaker on Big Data and Urban Informatics, May 10, 2017.
Chinese University of Hong Kong. Emerging Data Sources and Urban Informatics: Examples, Prospects and Challenges. Keynote in Advanced Workshop of Urban Studies and Smart Cities, April 28, 2017.
U.S. National Science Foundation Workshop on Acquiring and Sharing Data Within the CMMI Research Community. Invited speaker on Urban Data Infrastructure and Urban Informatics. Also Member of Steering Committee. Feb 5-6, 2017.
Helsinki City Hall, Reboot Helsinki, Tampere and Finland with Big Data. Keynote Speaker. An Overview of the Urban Big Data Center, January 26, 2017.
Big Data Analysis for Transportation Engineering Systems, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India. Indo-US Workshop. Dec 5-6, 2016. Program Committee Member.
Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands. September 16, 2016. Big Data, Urban Informatics and the City. Invited Lecture, Erasmus Paviljoen, Campus Woudestein of Erasmus University.
University of Manchester DACAS Summer School, September 12, 2016. Seeing Cities with Big Data: Emerging Topics in Urban Informatics. Keynote Speaker.
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Sept 6, 2016. Emerging Data Sources and Urban Informatics: Examples, Prospects and Challenges. Invited speaker, Heinz College of Business.
First International Workshop on Big Data Smart Transportation Analytics in Shanghai, China, jointly organized by Purdue University and Tongji University, Shanghai, China, July 16-17, 2016. Unstructured Data for Urban Informatics. Invited speaker and International Advisory Committee member.
U.S. National Academy of Sciences Mapping Science Committee, Washington D.C. Grand Challenges in Smart Cities. April 14, 2016. Keynote Speaker.
Leibnitz Center for Informatics, Saarland, Germany, Schloss Dagstuhl Seminar on Computational Challenges in Cooperative Intelligent Urban Transport, Feb 28-March 4, 2016. Keynote speaker and invited attendee.
U.S. Comptroller General Forum on 21st Century Data Analytics, jointly organized by U.S. GAO and the National Academies Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications. Future Promises and Benefits of Big Data Economy. Jan 27-28, 2016. Washington DC, Invited attendee and speaker.
12th PASCAL Observatory Conference Connecting Cities and Universities at Strategic Frontiers, Catania, Sicily. The Future of Cities: Big Data and the Urban Economy. Opening Keynote Address, Oct 7, 2015
Joint Statistical Meetings, Seattle. Unstructured Social Media Data for Transportation Applications: Benefits and Challenges. Invited presentation in JSM Transportation Special Interest Group’s Session on New Tools for Transportation Statistics, Seattle, Aug. 8-13, 2015.
University of Leeds. Emerging Data Sources and Urban Informatics. Keynote Speaker, Opening Event, Leeds Institute of Data Analytics. July 10, 2015.
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. Smart Transportation Planning and Operations. Colloquium Speaker, Department of Civil Engineering. April 27, 2015.
Association of American Geographers. Frontiers of Research on Urban Informatics. Chair of panel organized by AAG 2015 Symposium on CyberGIS for Fostering New Frontiers of Geographic Research and Education, Chicago, IL, April 2015.
Edinburgh Science Festival. Urban Informatics. Chair of panel and speaker, Edinburgh, April 16, 2015.
University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. Big Data for Urban Informatics: Examples from the Glasgow Urban Big Data Centre. Colloquium Speaker, University College Dublin, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy, March 26, 2015.
European Commission Joint Program Initiative Urban Governing Board. Urban Big Data and Smart Cities. Plenary presentation to the full governing board of the EC JPI Urban, London, UK, on March 9, 2015.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, San Jose. Transport Informatics. Invited panelist and speaker in US Government Accountability Office and UK Parliament Office for Science and Technology joint special session on Social Implications of Big Data in AAAS Annual Meeting, San Jose, Feb. 13, 2015.
High Performance Computing and Big Data Conference (UKHPC), London. Urban Big Data: Addressing the Social, Economic and Environmental Challenges Facing Cities. Plenary Speaker, Annual HPC and Big Data Conference, London, Feb 3, 2015.
Ohio State University, Columbus. Data-driven Modeling for Transportation: Prospects and Challenges. Colloquium Speaker, Ohio State University’s Department of Geography, Columbus, Jan. 16, 2015.
Imperial College, London. Urban Informatics and ICT Entrepreneurship for Data-Driven Public Transport Planning and Operations. Imperial College Centre for Transport Studies (CTS) Seminar Series, London, Nov. 19, 2014.
Holyrood, Parliament of the Government of Scotland. The Science of Running Smart Cities. Keynote speaker, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, Nov 12, 2014.
National Science Foundation-sponsored Workshop on Big Data and Urban Informatics, University of Illinois at Chicago. Big Data and Urban Informatics. Opening Plenary Presentation. August 11, 2014.
Royal Academy of Engineering, London. Urban Informatics: Social and Behavioral Modeling of Transportation. Invited Presentation in IBM Big Data Analytics Workshop, March 12, 2014.
Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, Washington, DC. Urban Digital Infomediaries in an Era of Big Data and Open Data Initiatives. Opening presentation in Workshop on Big Data and Open Data, January 12, 2014.
Current or Recently Completed Grants
- Social Transport with Urban Big Data. European Commission. Approved, contract pending. Principal Investigator. 2014-2018.
- Urban Big Data Centre. Funded by UK Economic and Social Research Council. Principal Investigator and Director. 2014-2019.
- Active Travel and the Role of Information Technology: A Survey-Based Study in Glasgow. Funded by Glasgow Future City Demonstrator/UK Technology Strategy Board. Principal Investigator. 2013-2014.
- Scottish Administrative Data Research Centre. Funded by UK Economic and Social Research Council. Co-PI. 2013-2018.
- Impacts of Land Use Patterns and Public Transit Availability on the Economic and Environmental Sustainability of Electric Vehicles. Funded by US National Science Foundation Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability program. Supervisor of Dr. Elizabeth Traut, NSF-SEES fellow.
- Exploring Traffic Safety Risks to Child Pedestrians in Glasgow, 2013. Funded by University of Glasgow, Urban Studies.
- Big Data and Urban Informatics: e-Infrastructure for Social Science Research on Sustainable Urban Systems. Principal Investigator until December 2012. Funded by National Science Foundation, 2012-2014.
- Urban Informatics, Big Data and Community Engagement: A Study of Enabling Organizations. Principal Investigator. Funded by Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, 2012-2013.
- Next Generation Intermodal Passenger Transportation System. Principal Investigator until December 2012. Funded by Illinois Department of Transportation. 2011-2013.
- Analysis of Bicycle Crashes in Chicago Metropolitan Area. Principal Investigator. Funded by Active Transportation Alliance. 2011-2012.
- Post-Implementation Evaluation of Emissions Benefits Of CMAQ Projects: Phase 2. Principal Investigator. Funded by Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. 2010-2011.
- Transportation Alternatives for Persons with Disabilities. Principal Investigator. U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. 2010-2011.
- Analysis of Employment Transportation Services for the JobLinks Program. Principal Investigator. U.S. Department of Labor through the Community Transportation Association of America. 2009-2011.
- Land-Use and Economic Impacts of Freight Transportation. Co-PI. National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research - University of Wisconsin. 2008-2010.
- Integrative Graduate Program in Computational Transportation Science. Co-PI. National Science Foundation. 2005-2011.
- Evaluation of Transportation for Disadvantaged Populations. Principal Investigator. U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration. 2009-2011.
- Locational Privacy: Legal and Policy Options. Principal Investigator. U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. 2008-2011.
- Post-Implementation Evaluation of Emissions Benefits of CMAQ Program. Principal Investigator. Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.
- Design of Special Events, Weather and Construction Delay Component of a Dynamic Traveler Information System. Principal Investigator. NAVTEQ, LLC. 2007-2008.
Katarzyna Sila-Nowikca, 2014-Current. Pre-doctoral Research Associate in Urban Modeling and Simulation, Urban Big Data Centre
Sun, Yeran, 2016-Current. Postdoctoral Research Associate in Urban Methods, Urban Big Data Centre.
Traut, Elizabeth, 2013-2015. US National Science Foundation: Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellow. Co-supervisor Prof. Chris Hendrickson, Carnegie Mellon University.
Transport and Urban Informatics Group
Jinhyun Hong, Lecturer in Transportation Planning, Urban Studies
Konstantinos Ampountolous, Lecturer in Transportation Engineering, Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
David Philip McArthur, Lecturer in Transport Studies, Urban Studies
Wei Liu, Lecturer in Transportation Engineering, Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
Jing Yao, Lecturer in Urban Big Data, Quantitative Methods and GIScience, Urban Studies
Katarzyna Sila-Nowikca, 2014-Current. Pre-doctoral Research Associate in Urban Modeling and Simulation, Urban Big Data Centre
Sun, Yeran, 2016-Current. Postdoctoral Research Associate in Urban Methods, Urban Big Data Centre – Since March 2016
Guoqiang (Chris) Wu, PhD student
Ashwini Venkatasubramanian, PhD student
Selected Recent Professional Services
Member of steering committee, NSF CMMI Data Infrastructure Workshop, Arlington, VA, Feb 6-7, 2017.
Member of program committee, Big Data and Transport workshop held in IIT-Chennai funded by Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, Chennai, India, Dec 5-6, 2016.
Member, International Advisory Committee, First International Workshop on Big Data Smart Transportation Analytics in Shanghai, China, jointly organized by Purdue University and Tongji University, Shanghai, China, July 16-17, 2016.
Chair, Workshop on Innovative Multi-modal Data on Urban Living. Sponsored by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Glasgow, UK, Feb 3-4, 2016.
Program Committee Member, Workshop on Technological and Social Limits to Future Cities. Sponsored by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Glasgow, UK, April 18, 2016.
Program Committee Member and Institutional Sponsor, 4th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM) 2015 Workshop on Understanding the City with Urban Informatics. Melbourne, Australia, Oct 23, 2015.
Program Committee Member, International Conference on Location-Based Social Media Data, Athens, Georgia, March 13-14, 2015.
Program Committee Member, AAAI-15 Workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Transportation, Austin, Texas, Jan 25-26, 2015.
General Chair, US National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop on Big Data and Urban Informatics, Aug 11-12, 2014.
Co-chair, Workshop on Big Data and Open Data for Transportation Services and Public Engagement. Workshop held in Transportation Research Board Annual Meetings, Jan. 2014, Washington, DC.
Member, Evaluation Strategy Board, Glasgow Future City Demonstrator Project funded by UK Technology Strategy Board.
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA Journal).
Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Transportation and Statistics
Co-Chair, Joint Subcommittee on Computational Transportation and Society, Transportation Research Board.
General Chair, Workshop on Big Data and Urban Informatics. Sponsored by National Science Foundation, March 28-29, 2013. Held in Chicago, IL
Co-chair, Workshop on Mobility Informatics: Innovations in Mining Structured and Unstructured Information for Mobility Decision-Making. Workshop held in Transportation Research Board Annual Meetings, Jan. 2013, Washington, DC.
Member, Technical Advisory Committee, International Conference on Connected Vehicles & Expo Program Committee, Beijing, China, Co-sponsored by Transportation Research Board, IEEE, IFAC and ACM.
Member, Expert Panel, Government of India on Sustainable Urban Transport Project' launched by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India with the help of Global Environment Facility (GEF), UNDP and the World Bank
Member, Program Committee, 5th International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science (IWCTS) in the ACM SIGSPATIAL 19th International Conference on Advances in GIS, Nov 6, 2012.
General Chair, 4th International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science (IWCTS) in the ACM SIGSPATIAL 19th International Conference on Advances in GIS, 2011.
Member, Program Committee, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) - GIScience for Changing Human Environment, 2011. [Website here]
Treasurer, Faculty Women's Interest Group, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, 2010-Current.
Associate Member, MODAP (Mobility, Data Mining and Privacy) funded by EU, FET OPEN, 2009-2012.
Member, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) World Congress Program Committee, 2005-Current.
Member, Accessible Transportation and Mobility Committee, Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences, ABE60
Member, Committee on Urban Transportation Data and Information Systems, Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences, ABJ30.
Presentations since 2010
- Urban Informatics: Social and Behavioral Modeling of Transport. Invited Presentation in IBM Big Data Analytics Workshop, Royal Academy of Engineering, London, March 12, 2014.
- Urban Digital Infomediaries in an Era of Big Data and Open Data Initiatives. Opening presentation in Workshop on Big Data and Open Data, Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, Washington, DC, January 12, 2104.
- Does Better Data Help Solve Problems? Invited presentation in New Limits of Growth Series, King’s College, London, October 4, 2013.
- Analysis of Household Transportation Spending During US Economic Recession. Presented in 2014 TRB Annual Conference (with Yaye Keita-Mallon).
- Transit Use and the Work Commute: An empirical analysis of the role of urban densities, last mile problems, and personal constraints on mode choice. Presented in 2014 TRB Annual Conference (with Nebiyou Tilahun, Moyin Li and Yaye Keita-Mallon).
- An Analysis of Emerging Urban Digital Infomediaries in an Era of Big Data and Open Data Initiatives. Presented in 2013 AESOP-ASCP Joint Congress (with L. Dirks, and Y. Keita Mallon.).
- An Analysis of Household Car-Ownership and Transportation Expenditures during the US Economic Recession. Presented in 2013 AESOP-ASCP Joint Congress (with Y. Keita-Mallon).
- Big Data and Urban Informatics: e-Infrastructure for Urban Social Science Research. Opening presentation in NSF-sponsored workshop, March 28-29, 2013, Chicago, IL.
- Big Data Informatics: Innovations in Mining Structured and Unstructured Information for Mobility Decision-Making. Opening presentation in Workshop on Big Data Informatics in 2013 Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, Washington DC.
- Factors Determining Transit Access by Car-Owners: Implications for Intermodal Passenger Transportation Planning. Paper presented in 2013 Transportation Research Board Annual Conference (with N. Tilahun and Y. Keita-Mallon).
- Transportation in a Connected and Ubiquitous Sensing Environment: Challenges and Opportunities. Invited presentation in Social Issues in Computing for Transportation workshop, National Institute of Informatics, Shonan Village Center, Kanagawa, Japan on Dec 20, 2012.
- Sensors and Analytics: Location Technologies and Privacy Implications. Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago Kent College of Law. Invited speaker and panel discussant in Under Watchful Eyes: The Technologies that Track on Oct. 5 2012.
- Smart and Sustainable Transportation Systems. Invited colloquium, March 2012, University of Glasgow, UK.
- Mobility for Persons with Disabilities: Examining Service and Planning Innovations of the U.S. New Freedom Program. Paper presented in TRANSED 2012, 13th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons held in New Delhi, India from September 17 - 21, 2012. (With Siim Soot).
- Perceived and Functional Independence in Travel: Assessing the Role of Neighborhood Factors and Community-Based Mobility Services for Persons with Disabilities. Presented in 2012 Transportation Research Board Annual Conference (with W. Vassilakis).
- An Assessment of Temporal and Spatial Effects of Bus Arrival Time Information and Implications for Spatially Targeted Locaton-Based Services. Presented in 2012 Transportation Research Board Annual Conference (with L. Tang and W. Vassilakis).
- Geospatial Interoperability and Real-Time Transportation Systems. NSF CyberGIS Workshop on Geospatial Interoperability, Semantics, and Representation. Oak Ridge National Lab, Oak Ridge, TN on Sept. 29, 2011.
- Spatio-Temporal Effects of Real-Time Bus Arrival Time Information. Presentation in ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2011.
- 4th International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science (IWCTS). General Chair. In the ACM SIGSPATIAL 19th International Conference on Advances in GIS, 2011.
- Analysis of Cost-Effectiveness of Employment Transportation Services. Presented in 88th Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, Jan. 2011.
- Will the Psychological Effects of Real-time Transit Information Systems Lead to Ridership Gain? Presented in 88th Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, Jan. 2011. (With L. Tang)
- Integrated and Continuing Transportation Services for Seniors: Case Studies of New Freedom Program. Presented in 88th Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, Jan. 2011. (With S. Soot. C. Cottrill, N. Tilahun, E. Blaise and W. Vassilakis).
- Protecting Locational Privacy. Policy Evaluation. Presented in 88th Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, Jan. 2011. (With C. Cottrill).
- Incorporating Weather Information into Real-Time Speed Estimates: Comparison of Alternative Models. Presented in 88th Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, Jan. 2011. (With N. Tilahun).
- Workshop on Pervasive Data in Transportation. Panel Co-chair, Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, Washington, DC. on January 23, 2011.
- Using Real-Time Weather Information in Traveler Information Systems and Location-Based Services. Presented in 18th International Conference on Advanced in GIS, ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS, San Jose, CA, November 2010. (With N. Tilahun)
- Sketch Planning Methodology for Determining Interventions in Bicycle and Pedestrian Crashes: An Ecological Approach. Presented in 879h Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, Jan. 2010. (With Cottrill, C., N. Thomas and S. Vaughn)
- Car-Ownership Among Young Adults: Generational and Period-Specific Perspectives. Presented in 879h Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, Jan. 2010. (With L. Tang and S. Menchu)
- Mobility for Persons with Disabilities: Examining the Case of New Freedom Service Users. Presented in ACSP Annual Conference, Minneapolis, October, 2010. (With N. Tilahun, S. Soot, W. Vassilakis).
- Evaluating Pedestrian Risk in Areas with High Low-Income or Minority Populations. Presented in ACSP Annual Conference, Minneapolis, October, 2010. (With Cottrill, C.)
- Cooperative Data Sharing: Issues and Challenges. Research and Innovative Technology Administration, US Department of Transportation, Washington, DC. Workshop on the IntelliDriveSM Program on April 28, 2010.
- Humans, Society and the Economy in the Context of Computational Transportation Science. Leibniz Center for Informatics, Dagstuhl, Germany. Workshop on Computational Transportation Science on March 25, 2010.
- Intelligent Transportation Systems Research Needs. Panel on Technology and Innovations held by U.S. House of Representatives Chair Jim Oberstar and Congressman Daniel Lipinski, Chicago. Presentation on March 5, 2010.