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  • Astani CEE Ph.D. Seminar

    Fri, Feb 09, 2018 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Ruda Zhang, Civil Engineering PhD. Student

    Talk Title: An Engineering-Economics-Law Framework of Transportation

    Analyzing social systems such as cities requires a different set of formal methods than those used for physical systems. With a personal goal to eliminate traffic congestion, I propose an analytical framework that integrates engineering, economics, and law. The framework traces up to the root cause of congestion inefficient transportation institutions and seeks a solution that endures under behavior changes of the society.

    To demonstrate this framework, my PhD research studied taxi transportation. I obtained all the 868 million trip records of New York City taxis between 2009 and 2013 generated by in vehicle TPEP systems, which integrate GPS receiver, cellular modem, and smart card reader with the taximeter. With these records, I built models of taxi operations to estimate taxi supply and demand the outcome of traffic equilibrium proved and validated driver supply decisions the equilibrium strategy, and studied the effect of property rights regulation on taxi operation the efficiency of current institutions.

    Location: Ray R. Irani Hall (RRI) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes


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