Call for Papers: Special Issue of Economics of Transportation in Honor of Herbert Mohring

Call for Papers
Special Issue of Economics of Transportation
in Honor of Herbert Mohring
Economics of Transportation, the journal of the International Transportation Economics Association, invites papers for a special issue in honor of Herbert Mohring, who passed away on June 4, 2012. All submissions will go through a regular peer review process. Papers submitted to the special issue can be on any topic in transportation economics. Papers on topics related to Mohring’s work are especially desirable. Mohring is best known for his work on transportation economics themes such as efficient pricing and capacity provision and the resulting implications for self-financing, and scale economies in public transport.
The special issue will be guest-edited by Marvin Kraus of Boston College (kraus@bc.edu). To submit a paper, visit http://www.journals.elsevier.com/economics-of-transportation/ and indicate that your submission is for the Special Issue in Honor of Herbert Mohring. Any questions or problems should be directed to the guest editor.
Timetable for Submissions
* Deadline for initial submission of papers: February 1, 2013
* First-round referee reports returned to authors by May 15, 2013
* Deadline for submitting revised papers: September 1, 2013
* Second-round referee reports returned to authors by December 1, 2013.
* Deadline for submitting final drafts of papers: December 31, 2013
* Expected publication: Early 2014

Positions: Shanjiang Zhu -> George Mason

Nexus alumnus, Shanjiang Zhu was just appointed to an assistant professor position at the Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering Department in the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University.
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CEIE Welcomes Dr. Shanjiang Zhu | GMU CEIE:

The CEIE Department is pleased to welcome Dr. Shanjiang Zhu to the CEIE Department in August 2012. Dr. Zhu obtained his doctorate from the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, in 2010, and extended his research in transportation planning and engineering as a research scientist at University of Maryland for two years. His research interests include agent-based travel demand models, integrated models of micro-simulation and macroscopic demand models, applications of GIS/GPS in transportation modeling, sustainable transportation, and transportation economics. He enhances the current curricula by integrating problem-oriented teaching philosophy with his research experience in various transportation-related projects, especially those with immediate applications in addressing local transportation problems. Dr. Zhu is currently teaching the Introduction to Transportation Engineering (CEIE 360). He looks forward to working with CEIE students both in the classroom and on transportation-related research projects.”

Positions: Nebiyou Tilahun -> University of Illinois at Chicago

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Nexus alumnus, and new father, Nebiyou Tilahun was recently appointed to an assistant professor position at the University of Illinois at Chicago:

Dr. Tilahun is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2010. His research interests are in transportation planning, travel behavior, the study of travel for social activities, and the use of agent based models for transportation planning applications. His dissertation, Matching Home and Work: Job Search, Contacts and Travel, developed a framework for work trip distribution from the perspective of the job search process. Between May 2009 and December 2011, he successively held postdoctoral researcher positions at the Urban Transportation Center (UIC) and the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs (UMN) working on issues related to Job Access and Reverse Commute and Human Services Transportation (at UIC), and linking transit accessibility to the regional economy in the Twin Cities (at UMN). As a graduate student he was a member of the NeXuS research group. Previously he also worked as a Transportation Engineer at the Washington State Department of Transportation (2001-2002). Dr. Tilahun’s Civil Engineering studies started in Ethiopia at Addis Ababa University’s Faculty of Technology. During the Fall of 2012 he will be teaching UPP 502 Planning Skills: Computers, Methods and Communications and UPP 562: Urban Transportation III: Laboratory.

Award time

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Congratulations to Nexus alumnus (and new father) Lei Zhang, (now at the University of Maryland) who was granted an NSF Young Faculty CAREER Award for the project Reliability as an Emergent Property of Transportation Networks

Abstract: The objective of this Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award is to investigate how individual travel behavior (e.g., route choice, trip scheduling, and selection of transportation mode) and transportation-related organizational decision-making (e.g., investment and pricing decisions) impact travel reliability (percentage of on-time arrival at destination). This research tests the hypothesis that minor behavior changes at the individual or organizational level leads to significant changes in travel reliability. The theory explains how individuals and organizations actually make transportation-related decisions, recognizing that they do not have perfect information or unlimited computational capabilities. The empirical portion of the research addresses a gap in the transportation science literature by employing smart phones as mobile GPS sensors to collect travel behavior data.
If successful, this project will provide decision-support tools that could help transform transportation systems operations and planning practices. These tools will enable transportation agencies to assess strategies that induce individual and organizational behavioral changes (e.g., increased transit ridership, improved trip departure time choice, better route diversion decisions, and more cost-effective transportation investments) that could mitigate traffic congestion and improve travel reliability. Over the long run, a more efficient and reliable transportation system will stimulate economic growth, enhance quality of life, and support emergency response. As this research breaks traditional disciplinary boundaries between the behavioral sciences and systems engineering, it also sets the stage for a new research direction that focuses on optimizing transportation system performance based on how choices are actually made, not how they should be made. This project will involve high school undergraduate, and graduate underrepresented students in various research tasks. Research findings will be broadly distributed through a K-12 Transportation Education Web Portal, an open-access Wiki site, and other professional and community outreach efforts.