Dr. Kay Axhausen
Professor, ETH Zürich
Dr. Kay W. Axhausen is a full Professor of Transport Planning in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at ETH Zürich. He has been involved in the measurement and modelling of travel behaviour for the past 35 years contributing especially to the literature on stated preferences, micro-simulation of travel behaviour, valuation of travel time and its components, parking behaviour, accessibility impacts and travel behaviour measurement. His current work focuses on the micro-simulation of daily travel behaviour and long-term mobility choices.
Before working at ETH, he worked at the University of Innsbruck, the Imperial College London and the University of Oxford. He holds Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison as well as Ph.D. in civil engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Prof. Axhausen is known for writing a significant amount of papers, presentations and research data. He is an editor in chief of Transportation, and serves on the editor's advisory board of Transportation Research A, and Travel Behaviour and Society.
Dr. Alexandre Bayen
Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Alexandre Bayen is the Liao-Cho Professor of Engineering at UC Berkeley. He is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is currently the Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). He is also a Faculty Scientist in Mechanical Engineering, at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He received the Engineering Degree in applied mathematics from the Ecole Polytechnique, France, in 1998, the M.S. and Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University in 1998 and 1999 respectively. He was a Visiting Researcher at NASA Ames Research Center from 2000 to 2003.
Between January 2004 and December 2004, he worked as the Research Director of the Autonomous Navigation Laboratory at the Laboratoire de Recherches Balistiques et Aerodynamiques, (Ministere de la Defense, Vernon, France), where he holds the rank of Major. He has been on the faculty at UC Berkeley since 2005. Bayen has authored two books and over 200 articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences. He is the recipient of the Ballhaus Award from Stanford University, 2004, of the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, 2009 and he is a NASA Top 10 Innovators on Water Sustainability, 2010. His projects Mobile Century and Mobile Millennium received the 2008 Best of ITS Award for ‘Best Innovative Practice’, at the ITS World Congress and a TRANNY Award from the California Transportation Foundation, 2009. Mobile Millennium has been featured more than 200 times in the media, including TV channels and radio stations (CBS, NBC, ABC, CNET, NPR, KGO, the BBC), and in the popular press (Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, LA Times). Bayen is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award from the White House, 2010. He is also the recipient of the Okawa Research Grant Award, the Ruberti Prize from the IEEE, and the Huber Prize from the ASCE.
Dr. Chandra Bhat
Professor, University of Texas, Austin
Dr. Chandra R. Bhat is the Director of the Data-Supported Transportation Operations and Planning (D‑STOP) Tier 1 USDOT University Transportation Center and the Joe J. King Chair in Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches courses in transportation systems analysis and transportation planning. He also served as the Associate Chairman of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, and Director of the Center for Transportation Research.
Dr. Bhat is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading expert in the area of travel demand modeling and travel behavior analysis. His substantive research interests include land-use and travel demand modeling, activity-based travel modeling, policy evaluation of the effect of transportation control and congestion pricing measures on traffic congestion and mobile-source emissions, marketing research of competitive positioning strategies for transportation services, use of non-motorized modes of travel, and physical health and transportation. His methodological research interests and expertise are in the areas of econometric and mathematical modeling of consumer behavior, including discrete choice analysis, discrete-continuous econometric systems, and hazard duration models. His methodological works are widely referenced in the economics, marketing, geography, statistics, and transportation fields, and have been included in econometric textbooks and software packages. Many of these works, published as refereed journal papers, have been listed in journals as highly cited papers, and two of his papers were included in a book compilation of the 46 most influential and innovative scholarly papers in the choice modeling field in the past 60 years (the book title is Choice Modelling: Foundational Contributions, 2011, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd). He also has authored several book chapters focusing on improved methods for choice modeling in general and land use-travel demand modeling in particular. The number of times his work has been cited, as per the Thomson Reuters Web of Science database, is over the 6700 mark with an h‑index of 46. This citation index places him among the top of transportation professors in citations. The number of his citations in the Google Scholar database is over 21,500, with an h‑index of 79. Dr. Bhat's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute of Statistical Sciences, State Departments of Transportation, including TxDOT, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. More
Dr. Nikolas Geroliminis
Associate Professor, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Prof. Nikolas Geroliminis is an Associate Professor at EPFL and the head of the Urban Transport Systems Laboratory (LUTS). Before joining EPFL he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He has a diploma in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and a MSc and Ph.D. in civil engineering from University of California, Berkeley. His research interests focus primarily on urban transportation systems, traffic flow theory and control, public transportation and on-demand transport, car sharing, Optimization and Large Scale Networks.
He is a recipient of the ERC Starting Grant METAFERW: Modeling and controlling traffic congestion and propagation in large-scale urban multimodal networks. Among his recent initiatives is the creation of an open-science large-scale dataset of naturalistic urban trajectories of half a million vehicles that have been collected by one-of-a-kind experiment by a swarm of drones ( https://open-traffic.epfl.ch
Dr. Fengmin Gong
Vice President, InfoSec Strategy at Didi Chuxing and Head of DiDi Labs
Dr. Fengmin Gong is a well-respected cybersecurity technologist with more than 30 years of industry experience. As head of DiDi Labs, Dr. Gong currently drives R&D innovation and strategy for safety, security and user experience on DiDi platforms, and works on developing the next generation of security tools. He has held chief scientist and R&DVP roles in a variety of large security corporations, including McAfee and Symantec JV, and served as chief security content strategy officer for FireEye, where he led the development and management of the company’s security initiatives.
He is also a serial entrepreneur, having founded several leading security companies, including Palo Alto Networks and Cyphort Inc., and is an angel investor in more than half a dozen startups. Dr. Gong received both his M.S. and D.Sc. in computer science from Washington University, St. Louis. He is a graduate of Xi'an Jiaotong University in China where he completed his B.S. in computer organization and architecture, and M.S. in computer science.
Dr. Henry Liu
Professor, University of Michigan
Dr. Henry Liu is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is also a Research Professor at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and the Director for the Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (USDOT Region 5 University Transportation Center). From August 2017 to August 2019, Prof. Liu served as the Chief Scientist on Smart Transportation for DiDi Chuxing in China, one of the leading mobility service providers in the world. While he was with DiDi, he established and led the Urban Transportation Business Unit. Before he joined the University of Michigan in 2014, he was an assistant professor and then associate professor (with tenure) at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Prof. Liu obtained his PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2000.
Prof. Liu conducts interdisciplinary research at the intersection of transportation engineering, automotive engineering, and artificial intelligence. Specifically, his scholarly interests concern traffic flow monitoring, modeling, and control, as well as testing and evaluation of connected and automated vehicles. He has published more than 120 refereed journal papers and his work have been widely recognized by public media for promoting smart transportation innovations. He has appeared on media outlets including CNBC, Forbes, Technode, etc. Professor Liu has nurtured a new generation of scholars, and some of his PhD students and postdocs have joined first class universities such as Columbia University, Purdue University, RPI, etc. Prof. Liu is the managing editor of Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems.
Dr. Hani Mahmassani
Professor, Northwestern University
Dr. Hani S. Mahmassani holds the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation at Northwestern University, where he is Director of the Northwestern University Transportation Center, and Director of the US-DOT Center of Excellence on Telemobility. Prior to Northwestern, he served on the faculties of the University of Maryland and the University of Texas at Austin. He has over 35 years of professional, academic and research experience in the areas of intelligent transportation systems, freight and logistics systems, multimodal systems modeling and optimization, pedestrian and crowd dynamics and management, traffic science, demand forecasting and travel behavior, and real-time operation of transportation and distribution systems.
He is past editor-in-chief of Transportation Science, senior editor of IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, founding (past) associate editor of Transportation Research C: Emerging Technologies, and associate editor of Transportation Research Record. He is a past president of the Transportation Science Section of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, a past President of the International Association for Travel Behavior Research, and the Convenor-elect of the ISTTT International Advisory Committee. He was the recipient of a Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of the American University of Beirut in 2006, the Intelligent Transportation Systems Outstanding Application Award of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2010, and the Transportation Research Board’s Thomas Deen Distinguished Lectureship in 2016. He was elected Emeritus member of the Transportation Research Board (of the National Academies) committees on Telecommunications and Travel Behavior, Transportation Network Modeling Committee, and Traveler Behavior and Values. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2021 “for contributions to modeling of intelligent transportation networks and to interdisciplinary collaboration in transportation engineering”. Mahmassani received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in transportation systems and MS in transportation engineering from Purdue University.
Dr. Hai Yang
Chair Professor, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Dr. Hai Yang is currently a Chair Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He received his Bachelor degree from Wuhan University, China, and PhD from Kyoto University, Japan. Prof. Yang specializes in analysis, modeling and optimization of transportation systems and transportation economics. He is internationally known as an active scholar in the field of transportation, with more than 240 papers published in SCI/SSCI indexed journals and an H‑index citation rate of 51. Most of his publications appeared in leading international journals, such as Transportation Research, Transportation Science and Operations Research.
In recognition of his outstanding research, Prof. Yang has received a number of national and international awards, including JSCE Outstanding Paper Award (1991), Distinguished Overseas Young Investigator Award from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (2004), National Natural Science Award bestowed by the State Council of PR China (2011), HKUST School of Engineering Research Excellence Awards (2012). Prof. Yang was conferred Chang Jiang Chair Professor by the Ministry of Education of PR China and Chair Professor of Tsinghua University. He is an elected permanent member of the International Advisory Committee of the prestigious International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory (ISTTT). Prof. Yang served as editors/guest editors or editorial advisory board members for a number of international journals. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research Part B: Methodological from 2013 to 2018 and is now a distinguished editorial board member of this journal.