Participant Bios

Fallon Samuels Aidoo

Fallon Samuels Aidoo, an urban historian of architecture, science and technology, is a PhD candidate in the Urban Planning program of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD).  Although mobile communities and their multivalent constituencies tend to elude documentation, Fallon strives to critically engage with operative and oral histories of their social movements and mobility. Her scholarship, teaching and consulting concerns infrastructure investment and divestment, particularly the spatial politics of expanding and shrinking urban transport networks. Philadelphia’s commuter railways—and communities they serve—are currently subjects of her dissertation on transit-oriented development in the last half of the twentieth century; a ‘research brief’ for a Volvo Foundation-funded Transforming Urban Transport initiative at the GSD; and a chapter in the forthcoming anthology, On the Spatial Epistemology of Politics: Essays on Political Spaces and Spatial Politics. Although mobile communities and their multivalent constituencies tend to elude documentation, Fallon strives to capture and critically engage with their operative and oral histories.

Both within and beyond academia, Fallon collaborates with urban design, planning and policy professionals to assess and address risks to equitable accessibility. As a DuPont Research Fellow at the Hagley Center for Business, Technology and Society in 2012-13, Fallon investigated the relative roles of transportation planning, engineering and management consultants in rightsizing shrinking cities. With the support of the Graham Foundation for the Arts, she and Delia Wendel, an architect and scholar of post-conflict and post-disaster rebuilding strategies, are co-editing a collection of essays on spaces of political subjectivity, representation and agency. In collaboration with urban designer Alex Krieger, she has taught history and theory surveys of the American built environment at Harvard College and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Fallon also co-teaches interdisciplinary studios, most recently with Newark, NJ’s Chief Urban Designer (Damon Rich) concerning public access to the Passaic river & its shores. First trained as a structural engineer (B.S. Columbia) and architectural historian (S.M.Archs.S, MIT), Fallon previously worked in the field of historic preservation with the National Building Museum, El Museo Afro-Antillano de Panama, Smithsonian Institution, and HNTB Architecture. She holds master’s degrees in urban and architectural history, both with a concentration in science and technology studies, from Harvard University and MIT respectively. Research Abstract  Research Poster

Johanna Amaya-Leal

Ms. Johanna Amaya-Leal is a researcher at the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment (CITE) and at the Volvo Research and Educational Foundation’s Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems (CoE-SUFS) at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) located in Troy, NY. In addition, she serves as Assistant Professor and researcher at Universidad del Norte in Colombia.

 She received her Bachelor, Specialization and Master of Science Degrees in Industrial Engineering and Logistics, from Universidad del Norte, and currently is enrolled at RPI as a doctorate student. She is recipient of the Fulbright – Colciencias – DNP Scholarship that let her pursue a M.S. from University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. She has strong theoretical foundations and practical experience in industry, transportation engineering, and management. Her research interests are oriented to the areas of sustainable freight systems, humanitarian logistics, supply chain management, and operations research. She has been part of multiple projects funded by the National Academies of Sciences National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP), the National Science Foundation, (USDOT), USAID, and Colciencias, among others. Research Abstract ● Research Poster

Sönke Behrends

Sönke Behrends is teacher and researcher Research at the division of Logistics and Transportation at Chalmers University of Technology, and the manager of the Volvo Research and Educational Foundation’s Urban Freight Platform (UFP) based in Gothenburg, Sweden. His research field is sustainable freight transport with focus on city logistics and modal shift measures. His doctoral thesis “Urban freight transport sustainability – The interaction of urban freight and intermodal transport”, presented in January 2012, has explored the integration of freight transport in urban planning and the development of small-scale intermodal transport networks. The doctoral thesis 
was awarded with the DB Schenker Award 2012, which recognizes the thesis’s academic excellence, high degree of innovation, and contribution to the environment and society. Sönke holds a master’s degree in Supply Chain Management from Chalmers University of Technology as well as in Transportation Engineering from Leibnitz University of Hannover, Germany. Research Abstract 

Adrien Beziat

Adrien Beziat is a PhD candidate at the French Institute of Sciences and Technology of Transport, Development and Networks, in the SPLOTT laboratory (Production Systems, Logistics, Transport Organization and Work), at the University of Paris East. He started his PhD in Urban Planning in October 2013. He is working under the supervision of Dr. Laetitia Dablanc (IFSTTAR-SPLOTT), and the co-supervision of Dr. Martin Koning (IFSTTAR-SPLOTT) and Dr. Jesus Gonzalez-Feliu (Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne). He has a Bachelor’s Degree in geography and spatial planning, obtained at the University of Paris-La Sorbonne. In 2013, he finished his Master’s Degree in spatial and urban planning at the same university, where he started to work on the topic of freight under the supervision of Jean Debrie. He also did a six month research internship at the University of Montreal, under the supervision of Claude Comtois and Brian Slack.

He is a part of the French team of the Metrofreight Center of Excellence, financed by the Vref foundation. During his PhD, he is working in close collaboration with IAURIF (the planning agency of the Paris Region, Ile de France), and with the Laboratory of Transport Economics. His primary topic of study is the transport of goods. He is studying the demand of freight transportation, very high inside dense agglomerations, as well as the supply of transport, often under tight constraint in these same areas. 

Kayleigh Campbell 

Kayleigh Campbell is a doctoral student in sustainable development at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. In her dissertation research she is analyzing the impact that bike sharing has had on subway, bus, and taxi ridership and efficiency in New York City using a differences-in-differences research design. The goal is to learn more about how bike sharing interacts with other modes of transportation.  She is also studying transportation access in Nairobi. Using data from the Digital Matatus Project, she and her collaborators are trying to understand where and to whom transportation access is provided and how to appropriately measure access in a developing country context. Finally, in her master’s research she found that U.S. cities that had urban rail transit before the automobile age, have lower per capita carbon dioxide emissions today than cities built entirely around the automobile.  She loves exploring new ideas and playing with data. Her biggest research challenge has been tracking down the data she needs for those ideas! Research Abstract ● Research Poster 

Shama Campbell

Shama Campbell, M.S. is a 4th year graduate student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY pursuing a Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering. She has received a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.S. in Transportation from South Carolina State University. She has also earned a M.E. in Transportation Engineering while at RPI. Her research interests include transportation planning, freight systems and sustainable transportation systems. Miss Campbell has been a part of various technical publications and significant research projects. Research Abstract ● Research Poster 

Sizhe (Helen) Chen

I am currently a first year PhD student in Planning Studies at the OMEGA Centre, the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London (UCL). My main area of research interests focus on mega transport infrastructure projects planning, appraisal, delivery and monitoring under the process of globalization, urban governance, the power of third sector and public participation.

A strong commitment to be actively involved in creating a sustainable society has always inspired my career decisions. My interests to study urban planning also began at UCL where I hold a bachelor degree in Urban Planning, Design and Management (2008-11). During the summer of 2010, I worked as an assistant planner (intern) at Zhejiang Town and Rural Planning Design Institute, China. In 2012, I continually gained my master degree in Mega Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery at UCL, with the research dissertation which was entitled “An examination of strategic mega transport infrastructure projects as agents of ‘glocal’ change: a comparative analysis of airport-rail projects in New York and Hong Kong.” Through which I’ve found that mega transport infrastructure projects could be strategically planned as drivers of ‘glocal’ change in a way more consistent with principles of sustainability. 

My current research aims to contribute to academic knowledge as well as practical implementation on planning, appraisal and monitoring processes of mega transport infrastructural projects and their capacity to deliver more sustainable development particularly for developing countries such as China. In addition, I would like to transfer knowledge and solutions from lessons in developed countries seeking to adapt in order to mitigate the risks and realize the opportunities posed by changing structure of governance and a changing planet. Research Abstract 

Eugenie Dugoua

I graduated in 2008 from Chimie ParisTech in France with a master in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and hold a graduate certificate in Economics from the London School of Economics. In 2008, I went to Tsinghua University, Beijing China, as an exchange student, to carry out a research project on the recycling of nuclear waste. Upon graduation, I moved to Belgium to gain professional experience in the R&D department of the Procter & Gamble Company. Before starting a new life as a PhD student, I embarked on a round-the-world trip for a whole year, during which I volunteered with NGOs in Tanzania, India, China, and Peru. I am fluent in French and English, try to keep up with my Spanish, and sadly have forgotten most of the basic Chinese I had learnt while living in China.

I am now starting my third year in the PhD program in Sustainable Development at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. This year will be critical in defining better my fields of study and my research questions. What I would eventually like focus on is at the intersection of Political Economy and Environmental Economics and Policy, while drawing on the methods used in game theory, experimental economics and data sciences. Topic-wise, my interests lie in sustainable development, energy systems, climate change, and technological innovation. What makes all of this exciting and ultimately challenging is that the boundaries of each field are not well defined. And it gets worse when you are interested in topics rather than just one academic field. Research Abstract

Yunke Du

Mr. Yunke Du is a research assistant at China Urban Sustainable Transport Research Center(CUSTReC), China Academy of Transportation Sciences(CATS), Beijing. He received his M.S. degree from the University of Akron and joined CUSTReC in 2013. His areas of research include sustainable urban transport finance strategy and policy, traffic simulation and ITS applications. He also has extensive experience in proving valuable information to Ministry of Transport of P.R.China through data mining and regression analysis.  Research Abstract

Luis N. Filipe

Luis N. Filipe graduated as an Environmental Engineer in 2000 at Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal. After some years working as a researcher in land-use related projects, he enrolled for a MSc in Transportation at Instituto Superior Técnico, also in Lisbon. At the same time he started working in research on the field of Transportation, which he continued to do after finishing the MSc. In Transportation, his research and MSc has focussed mainly in Public Passenger Transport and Urban Freight.

Earlier this year Luis enrolled for a PhD on the MIT Portugal Program, a conjoint program between MIT and Portuguese Universities. His research will focus on Collaborative approaches to Public Transport Information.

Lauren Ames Fischer

Lauren Ames Fischer is a Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Planning at Columbia University where she also serves as a National Science Foundation IGERT scholar. Her work experience includes stints in academic and nonprofit organizations and most recently as an independent consultant. Previously, as Associate Director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, Lauren spearheaded research on the emerging intercity city bus sector, coordinating several research projects measuring the sector’s expansion and documenting its impact on intercity travel behavior in the United States. As an Adjunct Faculty member at DePaul University in Chicago, she taught undergraduate courses on public policy, urban planning and transportation and coordinated several graduate study abroad courses to Brussels, Belgium and Curitiba, Brazil. She is co-founder of the Collective of Critical Transport Scholars, a multi-institution doctoral student group based in New York with the mission of advancing new agendas in transport studies through a post-positivist, theoretically informed approach to research. Lauren holds an M.S. in Public Policy and a B.S. in Sociology and Political Science. Research Abstract Research Poster 

Eric Goldwyn

Eric is a doctoral candidate in Urban Planning at Columbia University. He is currently writing his dissertation on transportation planning and policy in New York by focusing on commuter vans in Brooklyn and Queens.  He also teaches Urban Studies at CUNY's Graduate Center, in the School of Professional Studies, and writes about cities for publications like CityLab, The New Yorker, and New York Magazine. 

Margareth Gutierrez Torres

Margareth is a PhD student of Engineering Sciences (Transportation and Logistics) from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in her second year. She received the Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Civil Engineering both from Universidad del Norte in Colombia. Currently, she´s a professor at Universidad de la Costa in Colombia since 2011. Her experience in transportation field comes from her work as a modeler engineer in three strategic transportation projects in Colombia. Two of them related to modelling freight and passenger transport and the last one in the implementation of a BRT system. Research Abstract

Jonas Hagen

Jonas has a BA and MS in Urban Affairs from Hunter College (CUNY). Prior to beginning his PhD at Columbia, he worked as a journalist at the United Nations and as a program director in Brazil for the Institute for Transport and Development Policy (ITDP). His research interests include land use and transportation as related to the environment, public health and livability.

Jonas plans to explore the relationship between automobile speed in urban areas and outcomes for public health and the environment. In his preliminary exploration into this topic, one challenge he has encountered is the quality of available data regarding traffic injuries and deaths. This topic has recently acquired a high profile in New York City, and Jonas enjoys seeing this issue in the news. Research Poster 

Adeline Heitz

Adeline Heitz is a PhD student at the French Institute of Sciences and Technology for transport, development and network in SPLOTT Laboratory (Production Systems, Logistics, Transport Organization and Work) at University Paris-East. She started her PhD in Urban planning and Geography in 2013. She works with Laetitia Dablanc (IFSTTAR/SPLOTT) and Jean Debrie (Université Panthéon-Sorbonne). Ms. Heitz has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Geography at the University of Paris-La Sorbonne. In 2013, she finished her Master in Urban Planning at the same University, where she started to study the transport of goods and freight. 

Ms. Heitz is a part of the VREF CoE METROFREIGHT. Within that program, she works on metropolitan logistics. Following some of Laetitia Dablanc's work on logistics sprawl, her goal is to study the evolution of the location of warehouses in the metropolitan area at different scales: the city center, the region, the mega-region. 

She is currently working with several researchers in Europe in order to compare the situation in the Paris region and in other large European metropolitan areas. She is currently studying the Randstad region and the Brussels region. She will also compare these metropolitan areas with the Greater London Area and the North of Italia in the future. Her goal is to put in light spatial dynamics specific to the European metropolitan areas. It seems important to her to put into perspective her analysis with foreign study cases. It seems particularly interesting to work with other European researchers when comparing European situations to benefit from their insights and cultural approach to the topic studied. Research Abstract ●  Research Poster 

Nasser Hussain

Nasser is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University. Prior to commencing his doctoral studies, he received his B.A. from Harvard College. Broadly, his research interests include migration, mobility and contemporary urban landscapes. The challenging, but most exciting part of his research is articulating the tools of anthropological critique—not least considering alternative measures of value—in relation to dominant narratives in transport and urban studies. Research Poster

Joseph Kane

Joseph Kane is a researcher at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program in Washington, DC. His work contributes to the Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative, with a focus on transportation and freight movement. Within these areas of research, he has explored infrastructure’s central economic role across different regions as well as its relationship to opportunity and resiliency. He has engaged directly with a variety of public and private sector leaders at the federal, state, and local level, aiming to better quantify the effects of increased infrastructure investment, including impacts on metropolitan labor markets.  Prior to Brookings, he was an economist at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. He holds a master’s degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in economics and history from the College of William and Mary.

Sneha Lakhotia 

I am currently a doctoral student at Department of Civil Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India. My research focuses on developing a numerical index for measuring walkability and accessibility of public transport, in the context of Indian cities. In addition, I will also be developing performance indices for measuring travel time reliability and safety of public transportation operations.

The existing statutory and policy regime in Indian cities does not provide a straightforward way to implement guidelines for improving accessibility and safety for public transport users, or indeed, even incorporate important research results into a coherent transportation safety policy framework. Formulation and deriving appropriate interventions and policies from the developed public transport walkability and performance index assessment, which will assist in the effective implementation of the same, is one of the most challenging aspects of my research. Research Abstract  Research Poster

Hazvinei Tsitsi Tamuka Moyo

I am currently studying towards a PhD specialising in Land Use and Transport Interaction in the Centre for Transport Studies at the University of Cape Town.  I hold a Bsc Honours in Economics (University of Zimbabwe), Honours in Economic Science (Witwatersrand, South Africa) and an MPhil in Transport Studies (University of Cape Town). I consider myself to be a researcher keen on issues that’s focus on finding solutions to making transport affordable for marginalised groups, transport related social exclusion,  integrated approaches to land use and transport policy, dynamic modelling of land use and transport and sustainable land uses among other issues.

For my PhD I am working on dynamic land use and transport interaction using Cape Town as a case city. Thus far I have enjoyed my research as I feel I am working on topical and practical issues which may potentially help in policy making regarding issues of sustainable land use, transport related social exclusion and congestion. These are issues that are not only dear to my heart as a researcher but as an individual from Sub-Saharan Africa. Almost seven months into my research I have been confronted with a lot of challenges especially given that my background is in economics, and have been required to learn a new set of skills pertinent to my research. Besides these challenges it’s been a rewarding experience thus far and I hope it keeps getting more exciting. Research Abstract ● Research Poster 

Henry Ochieng

Henry Ochieng is the Programs Director at the Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA), the apex body representing the voice and pro-active action of resident associations on consumers and taxpayers' rights in Kenya – on accelerated access to public service delivery.

 He has extensive experience and skills on policy advocacy and influencing, project cycle management; promoting effective social accountability strategies; community mobilization and capacity building; networking and partnerships among others. Henry has designed and successfully overseen the implementation of various programs on urban transportation and planning with the most recent one being the ongoing policy dialogue forums on various aspects of urban transportation with diverse stakeholders including key Government officers.

He is a member of the Transport and Urban Decongestion Committee that was set up by the Governor of Nairobi City County to carry out a study of major transportation challenges facing the City, develop recommendations that will address current and projected traffic congestion, access delays and Non Motorized Transport (NMT) infrastructure and develop a Transport Policy for the City.

Henry is currently on his last semester for a Masters Degree Programme in Strategic Management at the University of Nairobi and has completed several short term training courses in diverse areas such as strategic policy advocacy and influencing; resource mobilization; effective networking; project management, monitoring and evaluation among others. Research Abstract

Paul Odak 

Paul Odak is a trained Spatial Planner and Geospatial engineer with interests in the areas of Land Management, urban transportation and management, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and environmental sustainability. Mr Odak has worked before with several organisations including LOG associates ltd, the UNA Somalia. (SWM project under SUDP program) as a consulting topographer and Kenya National Bureau of Statistics as a GIS specialist before joining Kenya Urban Roads Authority as a Senior Surveyor, where he is part of the team planning and implementing key urban transport improvements projects in Kenya. He has also been involved in several projects within the region in the areas of land management, transport and environment with Global Geo-systems Ltd where he is a founding partner

Mr. Odak holds a BSc (Surveying) from the University of Nairobi where his research project was on Micro GIS for facility mapping and is currently pursuing his MA (Planning) from the same university, focusing his research on the assessment of access to Non-Motorized and Public Transport challenges for Person with disabilities in Kenya. He has painstaking research and business interest in the areas of Land management, urban planning, transportation, environment and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). He is a graduate member of the Kenya Institute of Planners (KIP) and an associate member of the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK), where he was a key member of the team that reviewed the urban areas and cities act, Kenya. Described as a highly motivated, creative and versatile individual, he is especially skilled at building effective, productive working relationships with clients and other staff. Research Abstract ● Research Poster

Juan Pablo Ospina

I am a Civil Engineer from the “Universidad EAFIT” at Medellin-Colombia, MSc. City and Mobility from the “Institute d’Urbanisme de Paris” and the “Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chausses” and MSc. Urbanism for Sustainable Cities form the “institute Français d’Urbanisme”. I am currently a PhD student in Engineering at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín.

 I have worked on urban planning at regional and local levels for several projects, in the Center for Urban and Environmental Studies at the “Universidad EAFIT” where I led the topics of sustainable mobility.

 On my research projects I always find very challenging the way how the people in general (citizens and decision takers), is culturally involved in some kind of logic of “car dependence and kingdom”. Despite this situation, I find this very interesting and challenging, because it means that I have a lot of work to do in terms of the ideas and the urban pedagogy that must be developed.  Research Poster

Xiaohong Pan

Xiaohong Pan is a Ph.D candidate in Urban Planning at the Columbia University.  She holds dual Master’s Degrees, one in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the other in Transportation Engineering from National University of Singapore.  Prior to joining the urban planning doctoral program at Columbia, she worked as an assistant development engineer/policy analyst at the Institute of Transportation Studies of the University of California, Berkeley, and a graduate research assistant at the Department of City and Regional Planning and the Highway Safety Research Center of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Xiaohong is particularly interested in areas related to sustainable transportation and planning such as Transportation and Land Use Integration; Travel Behavior and Transportation Policy; GIS Applications for Transportation and Planning.  Her dissertation research will explore aging American’s travel preferences and transportation options from a behavioral analysis perspective.

Alexis Perrotta 

Alexis Perrotta is an Urban Planning doctoral candidate at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (2002) and a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College, Illinois (1996). Ms. Perrotta’s research is focused on the effect of public transportation fares on the distribution of access to income-disparate populations in New York City. Using qualitative methods, her research questions the values underlying the policy spheres within which transportation policy is implemented, those of urban planning and of the welfare state. The research provides a novel exploration of equity and access as it relates to public transportation planning. Ms. Perrotta has over 10 years of professional experience in affordable housing development, homelessness advocacy, and city- and state-level policy analysis in the fields of congestion pricing, transportation finance, housing, and property taxes. She is a founding board member of Housing Plus Solutions, a nonprofit organization providing alternatives to incarceration for women in New York City. She is currently teaching Class, Race and Gender to union electricians at the Henry van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies, Empire State College, State University of New York.

Danielle Petretta 

Danielle Petretta is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Urban Planning. Her research interests include transport finance and infrastructure investment and the potential for value capture mechanisms to sustainably fund transport.  Danielle has a background in planning and research having acted as Assistant Director for Technology Transfer for the University Transportation Research Center for USDOT Region 2 and as Vice President of the Research Group at Landauer Associates, a national commercial real estate consulting firm. She  has also spent time at regional non-profits and public agencies. She holds an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia and a BA in Urban Design from NYU. Research Abstract ● Research Poster 

Lisa Rayle 

Lisa is a doctoral student in the Department of City Planning at UC Berkeley. Her interests include planning history, urban form, and urban transportation. She is particularly interested in the diversity of “in-between” modes of travel—those that fall in between the private automobile and formal public transit—and their relation to a city’s physical patterns and daily rhythms. Other recent research projects involve urban densification policies in California, the use of Uber and Lyft in San Francisco, and the link between transit-oriented development and displacement.

Originally trained as a civil engineer, Lisa earned a Masters in City Planning and a Master of Science in Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her current research interests are informed by experience working and living in many different cities. Her previous experience includes consulting for an infrastructure upgrading program in Rio de Janeiro, work with a Detroit non-profit that combines data-driven analysis with community engagement, an internship with EMBARQ in Mumbai, India, and two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica.

Herrie Schalekamp

Herrie Schalekamp is a research officer at the Centre for Transport Studies at the University of Cape Town. Since 2008 he has been involved in research, project management and limited teaching at the Centre. He is presently concluding his PhD studies on engagement with the paratransit sector in Cape Town in relation to the South African government’s public transport reform programmes. His research forms part of a broader investigation into the operations and regulation of paratransit in Cape Town, Dar es Salaam and Nairobi under ACET (the African Centre of Excellence for Studies in Public and Non-motorised Transport) and funded by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations. In addition to his research activities he is the financial manager at ACET and has been closely involved in the general administration of ACET since its inception. Research Poster

Anson Stewart

Anson Stewart is a PhD candidate in the Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Transportation at MIT, where he previously earned a Master of Science in Transportation, a Masters in City Planning, and an Urban Design Certificate.  His research, affiliated with the MIT Transit Research Group and the ALC-BRT Center of Excellence, revolves around urban design, bus rapid transit, open data, accessibility indicators, and civic engagement.  Better reflecting factors important to transit riders, such as reliability and crowding, in accessibility indicators is a challenge; Anson finds this challenge exciting and believes that improved indicators could help structure a new framework for urban transportation planning that prioritizes sustainability.

Anson enjoys that his current research can draw on his past experience with transit agencies including LA Metro (Los Angeles, CA) and Transantiago (Santiago de Chile), as well as community-based organizations such as Alternatives for Community and Environment (Roxbury, MA) and municipal governments (Irvine, CA).  He has participated in transportation planning and design workshops in the United States, Chile, Colombia, and China.  As a 2010-2011 Thomas J. Watson Fellow, Anson spent a year in Latin America and Africa researching emerging bus rapid transit systems and their impacts on incumbent operators and the environment.   A native of Southern California, Anson is a graduate of Swarthmore College, where he received a BS in Engineering and a BA in Urban Studies.  In addition to riding buses and trains, he enjoys bicycling, surfing, and flying as a private pilot. Research Abstract  Research Poster

Hemant Kumar Suman

Hemant Kumar Suman is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India. He has been awarded with a Gold-Medal in the presence of Honourable President of India for being the best B.Tech student in Industrial Engineering and Management, from National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra, India. He is currently the recipient of the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) fellowship for the academic year 2014-15. His areas of interest are Operations Research, Statistics & Quality control, and Urban Transportation.

He is currently working on strategies to incentivize the use of public transport in India. He has communicated three research papers based on this research, which are under review. The main challenge so far, while working on this was data collection because in Delhi buses are too crowded and people refrain from sharing personal information. The problems of non-responsiveness, unwillingness to participate, and misinterpreting the questions emerged during the survey. These problems were resolved by simple and interesting ways. The project addresses a significant need and has a remarkable potential to create an input. The pollution levels in Delhi (way above danger level), the congestion, lack of and resulting road rage and many other make the use and availability of public transport a serious concern. Being able to address such an important problem is very stimulating. Further, getting an exposure to the entire value chain for data collection to sophisticated analysis to subsequent optimization models gives a lot of intellectual stimulation and satisfaction. Research Abstract ● Research Poster 


Louis Tang

Louis Tang is a PhD candidate in department of Civil Structural and Environmental Engineering in University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. After Louis obtained a bachelor degree in transportation engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, China, he continues pursuing his PhD degree at University at Buffalo, SUNY, where has been since 2012. With interest in freight transportation, transportation planning, and sustainable transportation, he is working on a research about spatial pattern analysis of transportation warehouses in mega cities, e.g. New York metropolitan area.

Ana Varela

Ana Varela is in her second year of the PhD in Sustainable Development at the School of International and Public Affairs in Columbia University. She is interested in urban adaptation to climate change and urban inequality (particularly, in understanding how both are related), as well as in the political economy of urban infrastructure.

She holds a Master in City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley (where she attended as a Fulbright scholar), as well as degrees in Environmental Studies from Imperial College London; and in Civil Engineering from the University of A Coruna, Spain. Prior to starting the PhD program, she gained substantive international consultancy experience in the fields of sustainable infrastructure and planning projects.

Guo Zhong

Mr. Guo Zhong is the Deputy Division Director of Police and Standard Division of China Urban Sustainable Transportation Research Center(CUSTReC) at China Academy of Transportation Sciences(CATS). He holds a Master’s Degree in transportation information engineering and control from Tongji University. His research focuses on BRT plan and design, integrated urban land and transports planning, the strategy and planning of regional transport development and transit planning.

Recent years, he has participated in More than 20 projects funded by national or local governments. With two articles on domestic and international journals, Guo is also a primary contributor to the series of books: Transit-Oriented Development the Concept and Its Practice in China.