Professor Bierlaire

“From moving vehicles to moving people: mobility as a service”

The design and operations of public transportation services rely on sophisticated mathematical models that are able to deal with the complexity of tasks such as scheduling or routing. In general, the mobility demand patterns are used early in the process to define the backbone of the system, and are considered as given for most subsequent models. Modern mobility needs, triggered by modern technologies (autonomous vehicles, smartphones, etc.), new business models (Uber) or new transportation systems (such as shared mobility), are too complex to be summarized in an OD table. In this presentation, we touch upon the new challenges faced by transport modelers and operations researchers to explicitly include the demand in mobility in the new transportation models. 

About Professor Bierlaire

He is a full Professor at Civil and Environmental Engineering department at EPFL. Since 2009, he is the director of TraCE, the Transportation Center. From 2009 to 2017, he was the director of Doctoral Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering at EPFL. In 2012, he was appointed full professor at EPFL. Since September 2017, he is the head of the Civil Engineering Institute at EPFL. His main expertise is in the design, development and applications of models and algorithms for the design, analysis and management of transportation systems. Namely, he has been active in demand modeling (discrete choice models, estimation of origin-destination matrices), operations research (scheduling, assignment, etc.) and Dynamic Traffic Management Systems. 

As of December 2017, he has published 113 papers in international journals (including Transportation Research Part B, the transportation journal with the highest impact factor), 4 books, 39 book chapters, 170 articles in conference proceedings, 160 technical reports, and has given 187 scientific seminars. His ISI h-index is 25. His Google Scholar h-index is 51.
He is the founder, organizer and lecturer of the EPFL Advanced Continuing Education Course "Discrete Choice Analysis: Predicting Demand and Market Shares". He is the founder and the chairman of hEART: the European Association for Research in Transportation. 

He is the Editor-in-Chief of the EURO Journal on Transportation and Logistics. He is an Associate Editor of Operations Research and of the Journal of Choice Modelling. He is the editor of two special issues for the journal Transportation Research Part C. He has been member of the Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) of Transportation Research Part B since 1995, of Transportation Research Part C since January 1, 2006, and of the journal "European Transport" since 2005.

Professor Chow

“Privacy control strategies to support Mobility-as-a-Service”

Mobility-as-a-service plays a crucial role in bringing together public agencies and private operators in a smart cities era. Many of the opportunities and challenges rest with use of data as public information: user data as well as operator data. We explore some of these challenges and emerging advances in recognizing privacy and controlling for it in our transport modeling. This includes augmentations to travel choice modeling, origin-destination distributions, and various model that are dependent on operator route data. We discuss the susceptibility of such data to adversarial attacks using inverse optimization and look to network design considerations with operator privacy control.

About Professor Chow

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 the Behavioral Urban Informatics, Logistics, and Transport Laboratory. He is an NSF CAREER award recipient with over $9M grant and center funding awarded as a PI or co-PI. He serves as the Chair of the Urban Transportation SIG at INFORMS Transportation Science & Logistics Society.

He is an appointed member of the Editorial Boards for Transportation Research Part B and the Committee on Transportation Network Modeling (ADB30) at TRB. Prior to NYU, Dr. Chow was a Canada Research Chair at Ryerson University. Chow has over 80 publications to date, of which over 40 are peer-reviewed journal articles. 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.

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