Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, Ph.D.


Distinguished Professor and Dean
Director, Rutgers Urban and Civic Informatics Lab
Contact
  • Suite 300, Civic Square Building
  • For appointments and requests, please contact Marcia Hannigan
  • (848) 932-2828 or mhanniga@ejb.rutgers.edu
Research Interests
  • smart, socially-just and sustainable transportation
  • automation and artificial intelligence
  • using “big data” to understand complex urban problems


It is my privilege to be the Dean of the Edward J Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, a role in which I have served since October 1, 2018. As the Chief Executive Officer of Bloustein, I have the responsibility to oversee all of our academic programs (five graduate, and an undergraduate program with five majors and eight minors) and 14 research centers. Our school is a unique academic community comprising world class faculty, a highly-dedicated staff, diverse and talented students, high-level professionals and researchers, and active alumni.

Dean Thakuriah and Dean Jonathan Potter (far right) from the Rutgers School of Communication and Information with Jason (left) and Devon McCourty at the 2019 Rutgers Commencement.

The Bloustein School aspires to create inclusive, just, and sustainable local, national, and international communities, through outstanding interdisciplinary teaching, research, and service programs in planning, policy, health, and information technology. The school focuses on grand challenges regarding the environment, social and demographic shifts facing our society, social determinants of health, aging infrastructure in sectors such as transportation and energy, and the future of work and society in an era of automation, AI and robotics, among other areas.

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (left) and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly (right) with Dean Thakuriah and former NJ Governor and Bloustein Senior Policy Fellow James J. Florio at the 2018 Gov. James J. Florio Visiting Scholar in Public Policy Lecture.

The school is an internationally and nationally recognized leader offering several degree programs. The Master of City and Regional Planning is ranked third among U.S. graduate planning programs, the urban policy programs have been ranked among the top 10 by U.S. News and World Report, and the undergraduate public health program is ranked sixth in the U.S. These nationally-recognized programs have been augmented with a new and rapidly-growing Master of Health Administration and a Master of Public Informatics, as well as undergraduate majors in planning, policy, and health administration.

Bloustein School students and its alumni are passionate about making the world a better place, whether through sustainable planning, social policy, or health administration. The school engages significantly with its alumni through networking events throughout the country. Some of our most active alumni serve on the school’s Advisory Board. Among the many ways in which the board is supporting the school, members recently provided seed funding for research on healthy communities and the social determinants of health, by linking place to health, with the goal of reducing disparities and barriers to health and wellbeing that are the result of where we live.

Dean Thakuriah at a presentation and networking event with the Bloustein School NYC Alumni Chapter

The school will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2022. Under my leadership, and in anticipation of the school’s 30th anniversary, the school has embarked on an ambitious school-wide, faculty, stakeholder and alumni-driven marketing, communications and branding process, and a process to identify new educational priorities. A Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Task Force is working to derive strategies to inspire excellence in cultural awareness and competency. The Bloustein Advisory board members are actively engaged in many aspects of all three processes.

We have launched the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy 30th Anniversary Fund leading up to our 30th anniversary, with the goal of further elevating the quality of our student experience, and to support our research and educational priorities as determined by the aforementioned planning process. All gifts, whether large or small, and whether they support student scholarship, hiring of faculty, classroom furniture or technology, travel support for faculty, or study abroad for students, can make a positive difference in the Bloustein experience. I hope that you will consider supporting the school through a gift.

The school is located in the Civic Square Building in downtown New Brunswick, in a vibrant community close to the newly built flagship New Brunswick NJ Performing Arts Center (NBPAC), and next to the State Theater.

My husband and I live close to campus with our dogs Tucker, an English Cocker Spaniel, and Coco, a Beagle mix.

Brief Bio

Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah is Dean of the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in Rutgers University, Distinguished Professor of Transportation and Urban Informatics, and Director of the Rutgers Urban and Civic Informatics Lab. Her research has been funded by the world’s leading scientific research sponsors including the US National Science Foundation, European Commission, and UK Research and Innovation, and she has delivered keynote addresses and plenaries in leading venues such as US National Academy of Sciences, European Commission in Brussels and Luxembourg, Royal Academy of Engineering in London, Leibnitz Center for Informatics in Germany, and National Institute of Informatics in Japan. Her research interests are in transportation planning and operations; big data and social and economic cyberinfrastructure; and smart cities and urban informatics.

Expanded bio

Vonu has published close to 200 journal articles and reports, and has been involved in research grants of close to $70 million. Her work has been published in Future Generation Computer Systems, PlosOne, Journal of Transport Geography, Transportation Research Part C, Journal of Transportation Engineering, Transportation Research Part D, Transportation Research Part A, Transportation Research Part A, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Journal of Built Environment, Evaluation and Program Planning, International Journal of Law and Information Technology, Accident Analysis and Prevention, Mathematical and Computer Modelling, and other highly ranked journals. She is the (first) author of the books Transportation and Information: Trends in Technology and Policy and Seeing Cities with Big Data: Research, Methods and Applications in Urban Informatics.

Vonu was previously the Ch2M Endowed Chair Professor of Transport in the University of Glasgow, UK, and (founding) director and PI of the Urban Big Data Centre, a multimillion-dollar consortium funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Economic and Social Research Council that was responsible for providing UK’s urban big data infrastructure. Through this cyberinfrastructure, she provided extensive support to higher education units and companies in the smart cities, smart mobility, digital health, and lifelong learning areas, and in the related innovation and tech entrepreneurship space, in addition to providing support to agencies and local governments in finding data-driven solutions to complex urban challenges.

Vonu was previously a European Commission Marie Curie Fellow, and her postdoctoral work was funded by a fellowship program of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Mathematical Sciences.  Among her many contributions to professional service, she is the founding co-chair of the Urban Big Data Joint Subcommittee of the Transportation Research Board, and was a long-time member of the Americas region of the ITS World Congress Program Committee. She is a founding co-chair of the Urban Data Interest group of the Research Data Alliance. Among her current editorial responsibilities, she is an Associate Editor of the Harvard Data Science Review.

Vonu was a long-time member of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s Transportation Committee and the Advanced Technology Task Force, due to which she was involved in large-scale regional and metropolitan transportation planning processes. She led several national-scale studies for Federal Transit Administration, Department of Labor and Health and Human Services on employment transportation. She also gained local and state transportation planning and operations expertise through PI-ship of research grants funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Chicago Department of Transportation, CMAP, and other local and state agencies.

Vonu has worked with Transport Scotland and with the Scottish and UK Governments, as well as with Glasgow City Council, and the Dutch government and City of Helsinki’s data groups. She is currently a member of the UK Office of National Statistics Data Science Advisory Board, and was previously a member of the European Commission/Eurostat’s New Techniques and Technologies for Statistics, and scientific collaborator for National ICT of Australia. She recently chaired the International Expert Committee for the Canada Foundation for Innovation. She has consulted on or otherwise collaborated on various other transport or data projects in Malaysia, China, India, Australia, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and several European countries. She has provided testimony to US Congress and has given input to the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology as well as to the US Government Accountability Office.

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Selected Books, Journal Articles, Chapters, Conference Proceedings and Reports

  • Hong, J., P. Thakuriah, P. Mason, C. Lido (2020). The role of numeracy and financial literacy skills in the relationship between information and communication technology use and travel behavior. Travel Behaviour and Society, Vol. 21, pp. 257-264
  • Thakuriah, P., K. Sila-Nowicka, J. Hong, C. Boididou, M. Osborne, C. Lido, A. McHugh (2020). Integrated Multimedia City Data (iMCD): A Composite Survey and Sensing Approach to Understanding Urban Living and Mobility. In Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. Early online: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2019.101427
  • Wu, W., W. Liu, P. Thakuriah and J. Wang (2020). The Geography of Human Activity and Land Use: A Big Data Approach. In Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning. Vol. 97, 102523 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2019.102523
  • Chen L., Sun Y., Thakuriah P. (2020) Modelling and Predicting Individual Salaries in United Kingdom with Graph Convolutional Network. In: Madureira A., Abraham A., Gandhi N., Varela M. (eds) Hybrid Intelligent Systems. HIS 2018. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 923, pp. 61-74, Springer.
  • Wu, G., J. Hong and P. Thakuriah (2019). Assessing the Relationships Between Young Adults’ Travel and Use of the Internet over Time. Transportation Research – Part A, Vol 125, pp. 8-19.
  • Anejionu, O. C. D., P. Thakuriah, A. McHugh, Y. Sun, D. McArthur, P. Mason, and Rod Walpole (2019). Spatial urban data system: A cloud-enabled big data infrastructure for social and economic urban analytics. In Future Generation Computer Systems, Vol 98, pp. 456-473.
  • Anejionu, O. C. D., Y. Sun, P. Thakuriah, A. McHugh, P. Mason (2019). Great Britain Transport, Housing, and Employment Access Datasets for small-area Urban Area Analytics. Journal Data in Brief, Vol. 27, Article 104616.   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2019.104616
  • Sila-Nowicka, K. and P. Thakuriah (2019). Multi-sensor movement analysis for transport safety and health applications. In PLoSONE 14(1):e0210090.
  • Chen, L., K. Ampountolas and P. Thakuriah (2019). Predicting Uber Demand in NYC with Wavenet. Proc. Smart Accessibility 2019: The Fourth International Conference on Universal Accessibility in the Internet of Things and Smart Environments, pp. 1-5.
  • Paule, J. D. G., Y. Sun and P. Thakuriah (2018). Beyond Geo-Tagged Tweets: Exploring the Geo-Localization of Tweets for Transportation Applications. In Transportation Analytics in the Era of Big Data, pp. 1-21.
  • Hong, J. and P. Thakuriah (2018). Examining the relationship between different urbanization settings, smartphone use to access the Internet and trip frequencies.In Journal of Transport Geography, Vol 69, pp 11-18.
  • Thakuriah, P., N. Tilahun and M. Zellner (2017). Seeing Cities through Big Data: Research, Methods and Applications in Urban Informatics. Springer, NY.
  • Thakuriah, P., N. Tilahun and M. Zellner (2017). Introduction to Seeing Cities Through Big Data: Research, Methods and Applications in Urban Informatics. In Seeing Cities through Big Data: Research, Methods and Applications in Urban Informatics, Springer, NY, pp. 1-9.
  • Thakuriah, P., N. Tilahun and M. Zellner (2017). Big Data and Urban Informatics: Innovations and Challenges to Urban Planning and Knowledge Discovery. In Seeing Cities through Big Data: Research, Methods and Applications in Urban Informatics, Springer, NY, pp. 11-48.
  • Paule, J. D. G., Y. Moshfeghi, J. Jose and P. Thakuriah (2017). On Fine-Grained Geo-Localization of Tweets. Proc ACM SIGIR conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2017 (ICTIR’17).
  • Thakuriah, P., L. Dirks, and Y. Keita Mallon (2017). Digital Infomediaries and Civic Hacking in Emerging Urban Data Initiatives. In Seeing Cities through Big Data: Research, Methods and Applications in Urban Informatics, Springer, NY, 189-208.
  • Wu, G., J. Hong and P. Thakuriah (2017). Role of the Internet in Shaping Young Adults’ Attitude, Travel Choices, and Sustainable Lifestyles: Longitudinal Perspective. Proc 2017 Transportation Research Board Annual Conference.
  • Hong, J. and P. Thakuriah (2017). Effects of Residential Locations and Mobile Technologies on Trip Generation: Focusing on Mediating Effects. Proc 2017 Transportation Research Board Annual Conference.
  • Thakuriah, P., K. S. Nowicka and J. D. G. Paule (2016). Sensing Spatiotemporal Patterns in Urban Areas: Analytics and Visualizations using the Integrated Multimedia City Data Platform. In Journal of Built Environment, Vol. 42(3), pp. 415-429.
  • Lido, C., Osborne, M., Livingston, M., Thakuriah, P., and Sila-Nowicka, K. (2016) Older learning engagement in the modern city. In International Journal of Lifelong Education, Vol 35, pp. 490-508.
  • Tilahun, N., Thakuriah, P., Li, M., and Keita, Y. (2016) Transit use and the work commute: analyzing the role of last mile issues. In Journal of Transport Geography, Vol 54, pp. 359–368.
  • Hong, J., and P. Thakuriah (2016) Relationship between motorized travel and time spent online for non-work purposes: an examination of location impact. In International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Vol. 10(7), pp. 617-626.
  • Sila-Nowicka, K., and Thakuriah, P. (2016) The trade-off between privacy and geographic data resolution. a case of GPS trajectories combined with the social survey results. In: XXIII ISPRS Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, 12-19 Jul 2016, pp. 535-542. (doi:10.5194/isprs-archives-XLI-B2-535-2016).
  • Moshfeghi, Y., Ounis, I., Macdonald, C., Jose, J., Triantafillou, P., Livingston, M., and Thakuriah, P. (2015) UCUI’15: Proceedings of the ACM First International Workshop on Understanding the City with Urban Informatics. ACM. ISBN 9781450337861.
  • Cottrill, C. D., and P. Thakuriah (2015) Location privacy preferences: a survey-based analysis of consumer awareness, trade-off and decision-making. In Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Vol. 56, pp. 132-148.
  • Wu, G., J. Hong and P. Thakuriah (2015). Effect of Employment Status on the Relationship between Time Spent on the Internet and Activity Engagement. Proc 14th International Conference on Travel Behaviour Research, Windsor, UK, July.
  • Thakuriah, P. (2015). UBDC Data Sourcing Strategy: Framework and Operating Principles to Create a Research-Led Data Strategy, Data Governance Plan, and Related Workflow and Project Management Plans. Version 2.0.
  • Currier, S., P. Thakuriah, N. Bailey, D. McNulty and J. Ryall (2015). Urban Big Data Centre Governance Model and Terms of Reference. Current version 3p2 – AG and RAC/DAC, 13 August 2015, draft completed during review period.
  • Thakuriah, P., S. Currier, C. Wong, I. Gordon, C. Cottrill, R. Weedon, C. Carter, K. Dingwall (2015). Urban Big Data Centre Data Acquisition Strategy. Original draft 2/4/15; current version v0p5 13/08/15.
  • Cottrill, C. and P. Thakuriah (2014). Privacy in Context: An Evaluation of Policy-based Approaches to Location Privacy Protection. In International Journal of Law and Information Technology, Vol. 22 (2), pp. 178-207.
  • Thakuriah, P. and Y. Keita-Mallon (2014). Analysis of Household Transportation Spending During US Economic Recession. Proc 2014 Transportation Research Board Annual Conference.
  • Tilahun, N., P. Thakuriah, M. Li and Y. Keita-Mallon (2014). Transit Use and the Work Commute: An empirical analysis of the role of urban densities, last mile problems, and personal constraints on mode choice. Proc 2014 TRB Annual Conference.
  • Tilahun, N., P. Thakuriah and Y. Keita-Mallon (2013). Factors Determining Transit Access by Car-Owners: Implications for Intermodal Passenger Transportation Planning. Proc 2013 Transportation Research Board Annual Conference.
  • Thakuriah, P. and G. Geers (2013). Transportation and Information: Trends in Technology and Policy. Springer, NY.
  • Thakuriah, P., Persky, J., Soot, S., and Sriraj, P. (2013) Costs and benefits of employment transportation for low-wage workers: An assessment of job access public transportation services. In Evaluation and Program Planning, Vol. 37, pp. 31-42.
  • Thakuriah, P. and N. Tilahun (2013). Incorporating Weather Information into Real-Time Speed Estimates: Comparison of Alternative Models. In Journal of Transportation Engineering, Vol. 139, No. 4, pp. 379-389.
  • Soot. S., L. Gan and P. Thakuriah. (2013). Bicycle Crash Analysis and Trends: City of Chicago 2005-2010. Final Report to Active Transportation Alliance and Chicago Department of Transportation.
  • Thakuriah, P., P. Metaxatos, J. Lin and E. Jansen (2012). Factors Affecting Propensity to Use Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities in Suburban Locations. In Transportation Research – Part D: Transport and Environment, Vol. 17, pp. 341-348.
  • Tang, L. and P. Thakuriah (2012). Ridership effects of real-time bus information system: A case study in the City of Chicago. In Transportation Research – Part C: Emerging Technologies, Vol. 22, pp. 146-161.
  • Thakuriah, P. and W. Vassilakis (2012). Perceived and Functional Independence in Travel: Assessing the Role of Neighborhood Factors and Community-Based Mobility Services for Persons with Disabilities.  Proc Transportation Research Board Annual Conference.
  • Thakuriah, P., Glenn Geers, Ouri Wolfson and Budhu Bhaduri (eds.) (2011). Proceedings of 4th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science. Held in conjunction with ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2011.   ACM Press, New York. ACM ISBN: 978-1-4503-1034-5.\
  • Thakuriah, P., S. Soot. C. Cottrill, N. Tilahun, E. Blaise and W. Vassilakis. (2011). Integrated and Continuing Transportation Services for Seniors: Case Studies of New Freedom Program. In Transportation Research Record, Vol. 2265, pp. 161-169.
  • Tang, L. and P. Thakuriah (2011). Will the Psychological Effects of Real-time Transit Information Systems Lead to Ridership Gain? In Transportation Research Record, Vol. 2216, pp. 67-74.
  • Thakuriah, P. (2011). Variations in Employment Transportation Outcomes: Role of Site Level Factors. In Papers in Regional Science, Vol. 90, No. 4, pp. 755-772.
  • Thakuriah, P. (2011). Analysis of Cost-Effectiveness of Employment Transportation Services. In Transportation Research Record, Vol. 2217, pp. 55-62.
  • Thakuriah, P., L. Tang and W. Vassilakis (2011). Spatio-Temporal Effects of Real-Time Bus Arrival Time Information. Proc. of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGSPATIAL, pp. 6-11.
  • Cottrill, C. and P. Thakuriah (2011).  Protecting Location Privacy. In Transportation Research Record, Vol. 2215, pp. 67-74.
  • Thakuriah, P., L. Tang and S. Menchu (2011). Young Women’s Transportation and Labor Market Experiences. In Women’s Issues in Transportation, Vol. 2, National Research Council, pp. 276-287.
  • Cottrill, C. and P. Thakuriah (2011). Privacy and Gender: Reviewing women’s attitudes towards privacy in the context of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Location Based Services (LBS). In Women’s Issues in Transportation, Vol. 2, National Research Council, pp. 117-126.
  • Thakuriah, P. and N. Tilahun (2011). Incorporating Weather Information into Real-Time Speed Estimates: Comparison of Alternative Models. Proc Transportation Research Board Annual Conference.
  • Thakuriah, P., S. Soot, N. Tilahun, W. Vassilakis and C. Cottrill. (2011). Analysis of Employment Transportation Services for the JobLinks Program. Final Report submitted to U.S. Department of Labor and Community Transportation Association of America, Washington, D.C.
  • Thakuriah, P., S. Soot, C. Cottrill, and E. Blaise (2011). Case Studies of the New Freedom Program. Final Report to Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C for FTA Grant Number IL-26-5001-00.
  • Thakuriah, P., N. Tilahun, S. Soot, C. Cottrill and W. Vassilakis. (2011). Employment Transportation for Low-Wage Workers. Final Report to Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C for FTA Grant Numbers IL-26-5001-00 and IL-37-X007-00.
  • Thakuriah, P., J. Lin, W. Vassilakis, E. T. Blaise, L. Gan (2011). Post-Implementation Evaluation of the CMAQ Program in Northeastern Illinois. Phase 2. Final Report to Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Chicago, IL, June.
  • Kawamura, K., P. Thakuriah, P.S. Sriraj, L. Dirks, L. Rashidi, D. Miodonski and S. Sherburn. (2011). Understanding Freight-Land Use Interrelationships. Final Report # 02-07 to CFIRE, University of Wisconsin at Madison.
  • Thakuriah, P. and N. Tilahun (2010). Using Real-Time Weather Information in Traveler Information Systems and Location-Based Services: A Statistical Learning Application Under Alternative Experimental Conditions. In Proc. ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2010.
  • Thakuriah, P., S. Menchu and L. Tang (2010). Car-Ownership Among Young Adults: Generational and Period-Specific Perspectives. In Transportation Research Record, Vol. 2156, pp. 1-8.
  • Cottrill, C. and P. Thakuriah (2010). Evaluating Pedestrian Crashes in Areas with High Low-Income or Minority Populations. In Accident Analysis and Prevention, Vol. 42, Issue 6, pp. 1718-1728.
  • Thakuriah, P. (2010). Evaluation of Alternative Data Imputation Strategies: A Case Study of Motor Carrier Safety Data. In Transportation Letters: The International Journal of Transportation Research, Vol. 2, Issue 3, pp. 199-216.
  • Thakuriah, P., Cottrill, C., N. Thomas and S. Vaughn (2010). Sketch Planning Methodology for Determining Interventions in Bicycle and Pedestrian Crashes: An Ecological Approach. Proc Transportation Research Board Annual Conference.
  • Thakuriah, P., P. Metaxatos, A. Mohammadian, C. J. Curtis and W. Vassilakis. (2010).  Bus Operations on Shoulders: Analysis of a Preliminary Concept. Final Report submitted for review to Technical Review Panel of Illinois Transportation Center Project R-27-5).
  • Metaxatos, P. and P. Thakuriah (2009). Planning for Bus-on-Shoulders Operations in Northeastern Illinois: A Survey of Stakeholders. In Transportation Research Record, Vol. 2111, pp. 10-17.
  • Thakuriah, P. (2009). Transportation and Employment Accessibility in a Changing Context of Metropolitan Decentralization: The Case of Delhi, India. In Projections, the MIT Planning Journal, Vol. 9, pp. 60-80.
  • Thakuriah, P., J. Lin, P. Metaxatos (2009). Post-Implementation Evaluation of the CMAQ Program in Northeastern Illinois. Final Report to Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, October.
  • Thakuriah, P. and others. (2009). Sustainable Transportation and Grounds in UIC. Final Report to University of Illinois at Chicago Office of the Chancellor’s Sustainability Committee.
  • Rashidi, T., A. Mohammadian and P. Thakuriah (2007). Effectiveness of Transit Strategies Targeting Elderly People. Final Report to the Illinois Center for Transportation.
  • Cottrill, C. and P. Thakuriah (2008). GPS Adoption by Households: Evidence from a Household Travel Survey.  In Proc. MobiQuitous 2008, 5th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services.
  • Thakuriah, P. and L. Tang (2008). Longitudinal Analysis of Effect of Transportation Difficulties on Earnings Among Young Adults from Disadvantaged Families. Proc Transportation Research Board Annual Conference.
  • Cottrill, C. and P. Thakuriah (2008). Evaluating Pedestrian Risk in Environmental Justice Areas. Proc Transportation Research Board Annual Conference.
  • Minocha, I., P. S. Sriraj, P. Metaxatos and P. Thakuriah (2008). Analysis of Transit Quality of Service and Employment Accessibility for the Greater Chicago, Illinois, Region. In Transportation Research Record, Vol. 2042, pp. 20-29.
  • Thakuriah, P., P.S. Sriraj, S. Soot and J. Persky (2008). Economic Benefits of Employment Transportation. Final Report to Federal Transit Administration, U.S. DOT and Community Transportation Association of America, June for Grant No’s DOT IL-37-X007-00 4 and DOT IL-37-5002-00.
  • Thakuriah, P., S. Soot and P.S. Sriraj (2008). Partnerships for the Job Access and Reverse Commute Program: A Multi-Site Study of the Institutional and Coordination Processes behind Employment Transportation for Low-Income Workers. Final Report to Federal Transit Administration, U.S. DOT and Community Transportation Association of America, June for Grant No DOT IL-37-X007-00 4 and CTAA 918.
  • Tang, L. and P. Thakuriah (2007). An Examination of Anticipated Behavioral Responses to Real-Time Transit Information Systems. Proc World Conference on Transport Research Society, Berkeley, CA.
  • Thakuriah, P., P.S Sriraj, S. Soot and Y. Liao (2006). Determinants of Perceived Importance of Targeted Transportation Services for Low-Income Riders. In Transportation Research Record, Vol. 1986, pp. 145-153.
  • Sriraj, P.S., M. Minor and P. Thakuriah. (2006). Spatial Decision Support System for Low-Income Families: Relocation Tool for the Chicago, Illinois, Region. In Transportation Research Record, Vol. 1956, pp. 119-126.
  • Sriraj, P., Minor, M., and Thakuriah, P. (2006). Impact of Information on Housing Relocation Using Analytical Hierarchy Process and Interactive GIS.  Proc Applications of Advanced Transportation Technology of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Chicago.
  • Thakuriah, P. and Y. Liao (2006). Transportation Expenditures and Ability to Pay. Evidence from Consumer Expenditure Survey. In Transportation Research Record, Vol. 1985, pp. 257-267.
  • Soot, S. and P. Thakuriah. (2006). Case Studies of Job Access and Reverse Commute Planning Partnerships. Final Report to Federal Transit Administration, U.S. DOT.
  • Thakuriah, P., Sriraj, P.S. and K. Hoschouer (2006). An Equity Assessment of the Job Access and Reverse Commute Program. With support from Federal Transit Administration, US Department of Transportation, JobLinks Program, and the US Department of Labor. Urban Transportation Center, UIC, March 2006.
  • Thakuriah, P., Sriraj, P. S. J. Persky and R. Baiman (2006) An Economic Analysis of the Targeted Transportation Services for Low-Income Workers. Interim Report to the Federal Transit Administration, US Department of Transportation and the Community Transportation of America, Washington, D.C.
  • Thakuriah, P., S. Soot, P.S. Sriraj, Y. Liao and G. Berman (2005). Activity and Travel Changes of Job Access Transportation Service Users: Analysis of a User Survey. In Transportation Research Record, Vol. 1927, pp. 55-62.
  • Thakuriah, P. and Y. Liao. (2005). Analysis of Variations in Vehicle Ownership Expenditures. In Transportation Research Record, Vol. 1926, pp. 1-9.
  • Thakuriah, P., Sriraj, P.S., Y. Liao, K. Hoschouer (2005). Role of Planning Partnerships in Transportation Coordination. Final Report to Federal Transit Administration, US Department of Transportation and JobLinks Program of the Community Transportation Association of America.
  • Lee, J. and P. Thakuriah (2004). Probabilistic Linkage of Commercial Motor Vehicle and Carrier Data.  In the Journal of Transportation Research Forum, Vol. 43, No. 2, Fall, pp. 37-52.
  • Sinha, A. and P. Thakuriah (2004). Relationship of Occupational, Industry and Socioeconomic Characteristics and Job Start Times: Evidence from Current Population Survey. In Transportation Research Record, Vol. 1894, pp 67-74.
  • Thakuriah, P. (2004). Job Access Services and Programs for Low-Income Workers: Some Comments. Proc City Futures International Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Ortega, J., P. Sriraj and P. Thakuriah (2003). Spatial Data Integration for Low-Income Worker Accessibility Assessment: A Case Study of the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Paper presented in the Mid-Continent Transportation Symposium, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, August.
  • Thakuriah, P., Sööt, S., Sriraj, P.S., Dickson, C. (2003) Partnerships for Low-Income Employment Transportation. Final Report from a Focus Group. With Support from: Federal Transit Administration, US Department of Transportation, JobLinks Program, and the US Department of Labor. Urban Transportation Center, UIC..
  • Thakuriah, P. and S. Niumpradit (2003). The Analysis of the Impact of Intelligent Transportation Systems to the Economy: The Case of Electronic Toll Collection systems. Report III to the Metropolitan Transportation Support Initiative (METSI), August.
  • Thakuriah, P., J. Lee and S. Niumpradit. (2003). Development, Testing and Evaluation of Intelligent Databases for Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety. U.S Department of Transportation, BTS, Grant Number DTTS-00-B003-IL Final Report.
  • Thakuriah, P. (2002). Commercial Motor Carrier Operations in Northeast Illinois Region: Impacts on Land Use Trends Since 1970. In “Suburban Sprawl Private Decisions and Public Policy”. Eds. Wim Wiewel and Joseph J. Persky. New York: M.E. Sharp, Inc, pp. 115-134.
  • Lee, J. and P. Thakuriah (2002). Application of Probabilistic Linkage to Commercial Motor Vehicle and Carrier Data. Proc Transportation Research Board Annual Conference.
  • Lee, J. and P. Thakuriah (2002). An Evaluation of Alternative Signal Control Strategies. Proc 9th World Congress on ITS, Chicago.
  • Sacks, J., N. Rouphail, B. Park and P. Thakuriah. (2002). Statistically-Based Validation of Computer Models in Traffic Operations and Management. In Journal of Transportation and Statistics, Vol. 5, Issue 1, pp. 1-15.
  • Thakuriah, P. (2002). Data Quality Criteria for Evaluating Commercial Motor Carrier and Vehicle Databases. Proc Transportation Research Board Annual Conference.
  • Niumpradit, S. and P. Thakuriah (2002). The Economic and Aggregate Productivity Benefits of Intelligent Transportation Systems. Report to the Metropolitan Transportation Support Initiative, University of Illinois at Chicago and Illinois Department of Transportation. Thakuriah, P., J. Lee and others (2002).
  • Thakuriah, P. J. Lee and others. (2002). Evaluation of Alternative Signal Control Strategies in the City of Chicago Final report to the Chicago Department of Transportation, with support from the National Institute of Statistical Sciences.
  • Soot, S., P.S. Sriraj and P. Thakuriah (2002). A Survey of Users of Job Access Reverse Commute Funded Transportation Services. Report to the Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • Thakuriah, P. (2001). Guest Editor of Special Issue on Methodological Issues in Accessibility Measures with Possible Policy Implications. Journal of Transportation and Statistics, Vol.4, Nos. 2/3, Sept.-December.
  • Thakuriah, P. (2001). Introduction to the Special Issue on Methodological Issues in Accessibility Measures with Possible Policy Implications. In Journal of Transportation and Statistics, Vol. 4, Nos. 2/3, Sept.-December.
  • Thakuriah, P., J. Lee, G. Yanos and A. Srinivasan (2001). Motor Carrier Safety: An Assessment of Enforcement Strategies. In Transportation Research Record, Vol. 1779, pp. 150-156.
  • Thakuriah, P. (2001). Review of “Urban Transportation Planning: A Decision-Oriented Approach” by Michael Meyer and Eric Miller. In ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Vol. 127, No. 454.
  • Thakuriah, P., D. Virmani, S. Yun, and P. Metaxatos (2001). Estimation of Demand for Intercity Travel: Issues with the American Travel Survey. In the Proceedings of Transportation Research Board Conference on Personal Travel: The Long and Short of It. In Transportation Research Circular, No. E-C026, pp. 255-270.
  • Thakuriah, P. and P. Metaxatos. (2000). Effect of Residential Location and Transportation on Employment Opportunities. In Transportation Research Record, Vol. 1726, pp. 24-32.
  • Thakuriah, P.(2000). Preliminary Technology Guidelines for an Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Deployment in Malaysia: Implications for a Revenue Model. Final Report to Oyster Solutions, New Delhi, India and Sinar Dian Technologies SDN BHD, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Thakuriah, P., G. Yanos, D. Virmani, A. Sreenivasan and V. Rivas (2000).  Comparison of Interstate and Intrastate Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety.  Final Report No. VB-H1-98 to the Illinois Transportation Research Center.
  • Thakuriah, P., A. Sen and A. Karr. (1999). Probe-Based Surveillance for Travel Time Information in ITS. In Behavioral and Network Impacts of Driver Information Systems. Edited by Richard Emmerink and Peter Nijkamp. Ashgate Publishing Ltd, England, pp. 393- 425.
  • Sen, A., P. Metaxatos, S. Soot and P. Thakuriah (1999). Estimation of Demand due to Welfare Reform. In Papers in Regional Science, Vol. 78, No. 2, pp. 195–211.
  • Sen, A., P. Thakuriah, X. Zhu and A. Karr. (1999). Variances of Link Travel Time Estimates: Implications for Optimal Routes. In International Transactions in Operational Research, the Journal of the International Federation of Operations Research Societies, Vol. 6, pp. 75-87.
  • Thakuriah, P., S. Soot, and P. Metaxatos.  (1999) Destination Accessibility Measures for a Low-Income Group.  Technical Synopsis Part B of report titled Implications of the Welfare Reform Bill on Suburban Chicago Transit Demand: Some Strategies for Pace.
  • Thakuriah, P., P. Metaxatos and D. Yang (1999).  Propensity for Long-Distance Travel in the United States. Final report to the Metropolitan Transportation Support Initiative.
  • Thakuriah, P. (1999).  Commercial Motor Carrier Operations in the Northeast Illinois Region: Impacts on Land Use:  Trends Since 1970.  In Metropolitan Case Study for Chicago.  Brookings Institute.
  • Sen, A., S. Soot, P. Thakuriah, H. Condie. (1998). Estimation of Static Travel Times in a Dynamic Route Guidance System –  II. In Mathematical and Computer Modelling, Vol. 27, No. 9-11, pp. 67-85.
  • Metaxatos, P., S. Soot, P. Thakuriah and A. Sen (1998). Transportation Planning Process for Linking Welfare Recipients to Jobs. In Transportation Research Record, Vol. 1626, pp. 149-158.
  • Graves, T. L., A. F. Karr, N. M. Rouphail and P. Thakuriah. (1998) Real-time Prediction of Incipient Congestion on Freeways from Detector Data.  Technical Report #79, National Institute of Statistical Sciences, Research Triangle Park.
  • Thakuriah, P., S. Soot, P. Metaxatos, and others (1998). Implications of the Welfare Reform Bill on Suburban Chicago Transit Demand: Some Strategies for Pace. Final report to Pace.
  • Thakuriah, P., S. Soot, A. Sen, P. Metaxatos, and others (1998).  Transportation and Welfare Reform. Final report to the Illinois Department of Human Services.
  • Soot, S., A. Sen, P. Thakuriah and others (1998). Highways and Urban Decentralization. Final report to the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.
  • Sen, A., P. Thakuriah, X. Zhu and A. Karr. (1997). Frequency of Probe Reports and Variance of Travel Time Estimates. In Journal of Transportation Engineering, Vol. 123, No. 4, July/August, pp. 290-297.
  • Thakuriah, P. and A. Sen (1996). Quality of Information given by Advanced Traveler Information Systems. In Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Vol. 4, No. 5, pp. 249-266.
  • Thakuriah, P., A. Sen, S. Soot and E. Christopher (1996). Non-response and Urban Travel Models. In Transportation Research Record, No. 1551, pp. 82-87.
  • Thakuriah, P. and  A. Sen (1996).  Quality of Information Given by Advanced Traveler Information Systems.  Working Paper # 51, National Institute of Statistical Sciences.
  • Thakuriah, P. (1996).  Travel Time Estimation with Imputed Signal Control Information.  Working Paper # 52, National Institute of Statistical Sciences.
  • Thakuriah, P. and A. Karr. (1996). Analysis of Probe-Based Information on Signalized Arterials. NISS Working Paper #48.
  • Thakuriah, P. and A. Karr. (1996). Characterization of Imperfection in Information given by Advanced Traveler Information Systems. NISS Working Paper Series.
  • Sen, A., S. Soot, Thakuriah, P. and A. Karr. (1996). Estimation of Static Travel Times in a Dynamic Route Guidance System – II. NISS Working Paper Series.
  • Sen, A. and P. Thakuriah (1995). Estimation of Static Travel Times in a Dynamic Route Guidance System. In Mathematical and Computer Modelling, Vol. 22, No. 4-7, pp. 83-101.
  • Soot, S., A. Sen, J. Marston and P. Thakuriah (1995). Multiworker Household Travel Demand. In National Personal Transportation Survey Report Series, Demographic Special Reports, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, February.
  • Thakuriah, P. and A. Sen (1994).  Static Estimates of Travel Times in ADVANCE:  Release 1.5 Algorithm Report and Detail Design Document (#8600).  ADVANCE Working Paper Series #39.
  • Thakuriah, P. (1994).  Static Estimates of Travel Time for ADVANCE.  Release 1.0 SPU Algorithm.  ADVANCE Working Paper Series, Task TRF-TT-31, June.
  • Thakuriah, P., A. Sen, S. Soot and E. Christopher (1993). Non-response Bias and Trip Generation Models. In Transportation Research Record, Vol. 1412, pp. 64-70.
  • Thakuriah, P. and A. Sen.  (1993) Data Fusion for Travel Time Prediction.  ADVANCE Working Paper Series, Task TRF-TT-07, June.
  • Sen, A., P. Thakuriah and N. Liu  (1993).  Travel Time Prediction: Report for Phase I of the ADVANCE Project.  ADVANCE Working Paper Series, Task TRF-TT-11, September.
  • Sen, A., P. Thakuriah and N. Liu (1993).  Design of the ADVANCE Travel Time Forecasting Procedure.  ADVANCE Working Paper # 31.
  • Sun, L. and P. Thakuriah.  (1993). Solutions to Selected Exercises in Regression Analysis:  Theory, Methods and Applications. Published by Springer-Verlag, New York, NY.
  • Boyce, D., A. Sen, S. Soot and P. Thakuriah.  (1991).  TAMS Study on the Third Airport:  A Review of the Enplanement Forecasts. Report to the Bi-State Commission on Site Selection of a Third Airport, Chicago.

Selected Professional Service

Chair, International Expert Committee for the Canada Foundation for Innovation (Smart Cities), March 2020, Toronto, Canada.

Member, Advisory Group, UK Office of National Statistics Data Science Campus, April 2018-Current.

Member, European Commission/Eurostat’s 2019 New Techniques and Technologies for Statistics (NTTS) Scientific Committee.

Member, Scientific Committee, 3rd International Conference “Smart Data, Smart Cities”, Delft , The Netherlands, October 4-5, 2018.

Member of steering committee, NSF CMMI Data Infrastructure Workshop, Arlington, VA, Feb 6-7, 2017.

Member of program committee, Big Data and Transport workshop held in IIT-Chennai funded by Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, Chennai, India, Dec 5-6, 2016.

Member, International Advisory Committee, First International Workshop on Big Data Smart Transportation Analytics in Shanghai, China, jointly organized by Purdue University and Tongji University, Shanghai, China, July 16-17, 2016.

Chair, Workshop on Innovative Multi-modal Data on Urban Living. Sponsored by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Glasgow, UK, Feb 3-4, 2016.

Program Committee Member, Workshop on Technological and Social Limits to Future Cities. Sponsored by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Glasgow, UK, April 18, 2016.

Program Committee Member and Institutional Sponsor, 4th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM) 2015 Workshop on Understanding the City with Urban Informatics. Melbourne, Australia, Oct 23, 2015.

Program Committee Member, International Conference on Location-Based Social Media

Data, Athens, Georgia, March 13-14, 2015.

Program Committee Member, AAAI-15 Workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Transportation, Austin, Texas, Jan 25-26, 2015.

General Chair, Workshop on Big Data and Urban Informatics. Sponsored by US National Science Foundation, Chicago, IL, August 11 and 12, 2014.

Co-Chair, Urban Data Interest Group, Research Data Alliance (RDA), 2013-Current.

Member, Evaluation Strategy Board, Glasgow Future City Demonstrator Project funded by UK Technology Strategy Board, 2013-2014.

Affiliate Member, Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning of PASCAL International Observatory, 2013-Current.

Member, Expert Panel, Government of India on Sustainable Urban Transport Project’ launched by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India with the help of Global Environment Facility (GEF), UNDP and the World Bank, 2012-2013.

Member, Technical Advisory Committee, International Conference on Connected Vehicles & Expo Program Committee, Beijing, China, Co-sponsored by Transportation Research Board, IEEE, IFAC and ACM, Dec 12-16, 2012.

Member, Sustainable Glasgow team, 2012-2013.

Founding Co-Chair, Joint Subcommittee on Computational Transportation and Society (renamed Urban Big Data Joint Subcommittee), Transportation Research Board, 2012-2015.

General Chair, 4th International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science in the ACM SIGSPATIAL 19th International Conference on Advances in GIS, 2011.

Member, Program Committee, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) – GIScience for Changing Human Environment, 2011.

Treasurer, Faculty Women’s Interest Group, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, 2010-2013.

Member, Program Committee, 3rd International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science. Held in conjunction with Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGSPATIAL GIS 2010, San Jose, CA, Nov. 2-5, 2010.

Associate Member, MODAP (Mobility, Data Mining and Privacy) funded by European Commission FET OPEN Office of Emerging Technologies, 2009-2012.

Member, Marsha Ritzdorf Awards Selection Committee, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, 2010.

Representative, Association of Collegiate School of Planning (ACSP) Faculty Women Interest Group, Midwest Region, 2008-2010.

Member, USAID and Higher Education for Development Review Panel, 2008.

Member, Program Committee, 1st International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science IWCTS 08, July 21, 2008, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Member, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) World Congress Program Committee, 2005-2008.

Member, Federal Transit Administration and U.S. Department of Labor Joblinks Job Access and Reverse Commute Advisory Committee, 2006-2008.

Member, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Transportation Committee, 2006-2010.

Member, Committee on Urban Transportation Data and Information Systems, Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. 2007-2017.

Member, Committee on Statistical Methodology and Statistical Computer Software, Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. 2004-2008.

Member, Committee on National Transportation Data Needs and Requirements, Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. 1999-2002.

Member, Intelligent Transportation Systems Deployment Committee, Gary-Chicago-Milwaukee (GCM) Priority Intelligent Transportation Systems Corridor. 1998-2005.

Member, Freeway and Multi-lane Highway Subcommittee of the Highway Capacity Committee of the Transportation Research Board. 1995-1998.

Member, Panel on Weaving Area Capacity and Level of Service on Freeways, Arterials, and Collector-Distributor Roads, National Cooperative Highway Research Panel, Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. 1995-1999.

Coordinator, Transportation Planning sessions of the INFORMS [organized by the Operations Research Society of America/Institute of Management Sciences (ORSA/TIMS)] bi-annual and later, annual, meetings. 1994-1997.

Princeton University, Princeton. Aspirations for a Better Post-Pandemic World. Princeton-Panelist Remarks Princeton-Mellon Foundation, Oct 21, 2020.

AASHTO Joint Policy Conference. Mobility Analytics in the COVID Era: Prospects and Challenges with New Forms of Data and AI. Keynote Address, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) 2020 Joint Policy Conference (Virtual Address), Sept 30, 2020.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New York City, World Trade Center. Decision-Support and Citizen Engagement for Mobility and Smart Cities: Prospects and Challenges with New Forms of Data. Invited talk, Regional Roundtable. Dec. 17, 2019.

New York City Bloustein School Alumni Group, LMHQ, New York City, NY. Smart Mobility and Analytics. Invited talk, Oct 11, 2019.

Ohio State University NSF Workshop on Sustainable Urban Systems, Columbus, Ohio. Urban Informatics and Smart Mobility in Future Cities: Prospects and Challenges with New Forms of Data and AI. Keynote speech. July 16, 2019.

European Commission, Eurostat New Techniques and Technologies for Statistics 2019, Brussels, Belgium. Challenges in Urban Informatics and Smart Cities with New Forms of Data. Keynote speech, March 13, 2019.

Royal Society of Edinburgh supported by The Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Digital Economy Theme.  Social and Economic Aspects of Urban Informatics. Keynote speech, May 30, 2018.

4th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility – CSUM2018, Skiathos Island, Greece. Exploring social and economic implications of big data for mobility. Keynote speech, May 24, 2018.

University of Leeds, New and Emerging Forms of Data in Policy Making: Transport, Health and Air Quality Management. New Forms of Data and Mobility Analysis. Keynote speech, April 24, 2018.

Joint meeting of the Directors of Methodology and Information Technology, National Statistical agencies of member countries of the European Union and associated countries, and the statistical agency of the European Commission, Eurostat, Luxembourg. Urban Big Data Centre: Key Lessons for Smart Statistics. Keynote speech, Feb 23, 2018.

Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia. Invited speaker on Urban Informatics: Examples, Prospects and Challenges in Planning Future Lecture Series, Oct 20, 2017.

Statistics Netherlands, Heerlen, Netherlands. Invited speaker on Transport Planning and Operations with Big Data in Big Data Matters Towards Smart Statistics workshop. Sept 27, 2017.

Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities, Brussels, Belgium. Panelist and Speaker on Big Data and Urban Informatics, May 10, 2017.

Chinese University of Hong Kong. Emerging Data Sources and Urban Informatics: Examples, Prospects and Challenges. Keynote in Advanced Workshop of Urban Studies and Smart Cities, April 28, 2017.

National Science Foundation Workshop on Acquiring and Sharing Data Within the CMMI Research Community. Invited speaker on Urban Data Infrastructure and Urban Informatics. Also Member of Steering Committee. Feb 5-6, 2017.

Helsinki City Hall, Reboot Helsinki, Tampere and Finland with Big Data. Keynote Speaker. An Overview of the Urban Big Data Center, January 26, 2017.

Big Data Analysis for Transportation Engineering Systems, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India. Indo-US Workshop. Dec 5-6, 2016. Program Committee Member.

Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands. September 16, 2016. Big Data, Urban Informatics and the City. Invited Lecture, Erasmus Paviljoen, Campus Woudestein of Erasmus University.

University of Manchester DACAS Summer School, September 12, 2016. Seeing Cities with Big Data: Emerging Topics in Urban Informatics. Keynote Speaker.

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Sept 6, 2016. Emerging Data Sources and Urban Informatics: Examples, Prospects and Challenges. Invited speaker, Heinz College of Business.

First International Workshop on Big Data Smart Transportation Analytics in Shanghai, China, jointly organized by Purdue University and Tongji University, Shanghai, China, July 16-17, 2016. Unstructured Data for Urban Informatics. Invited speaker and International Advisory Committee member.

U.S. National Academy of Sciences Mapping Science Committee, Washington D.C. Grand Challenges in Smart Cities. April 14, 2016. Keynote Speaker.

European Commission Joint Research Center, Seville, Spain. Invited presentation on Urban Informatics and Transportation Research. NECTAR Cluster 8 Meeting on Big data: a new opportunity for urban transport and mobility policies.

Leibnitz Center for Informatics, Saarland, Germany, Schloss Dagstuhl Seminar on Computational Challenges in Cooperative Intelligent Urban Transport, Feb 28-March 4, 2016. Keynote speaker.

U.S. Comptroller General Forum on 21st Century Data Analytics, jointly organized by U.S. GAO and the National Academies Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications. Future Promises and Benefits of Big Data Economy. Jan 27-28, 2016. Washington DC, Invited attendee and speaker.

Alan Turing Institute. Urban Big Data– Examples, Prospects and Challenges. Invited presentation at the ATI Scoping Workshop, University of Edinburgh, November 30, 2015.

Edinburgh Napier University. Unstructured Data Use in Transportation Research – Examples, Prospects and Challenges. Keynote Lecture in Workshop on Smart Urban Mobility, Nov 27, 2015.

12th PASCAL Observatory Conference Connecting Cities and Universities at Strategic Frontiers, Catania, Sicily. The Future of Cities: Big Data and the Urban Economy. Keynote Speaker, Oct 7, 2015,

Research Data Alliance Sixth Plenary Meeting Paris, France. Data Systems in Urban Big Data Centre. Plenary presentation, Urban Working Group, Sept 24, 2015.

Joint Statistical Meetings, Seattle. Unstructured Social Media Data for Transportation Applications: Benefits and Challenges. Invited presentation in JSM Transportation Special Interest Group’s Session on New Tools for Transportation Statistics, Seattle, Aug. 8-13, 2015.

University of Leeds. Emerging Data Sources and Urban Informatics. Keynote Speaker, Opening Event of Leeds Institute of Data Analytics. July 10, 2015.

Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. Smart Transportation Planning and Operations. Colloquium Speaker, Department of Civil Engineering. April 27, 2015.

Association of American Geographers.  Frontiers of Research on Urban Informatics. Chair of panel organized by AAG 2015 Symposium on CyberGIS for Fostering New Frontiers of Geographic Research and Education, Chicago, IL, April 2015.

Edinburgh Science Festival. Urban Informatics. Chair of panel and speaker, Edinburgh, April 16, 2015.

University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. Big Data for Urban Informatics: Examples from the Glasgow Urban Big Data Centre. Colloquium Speaker, University College Dublin, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy, March 26, 2015.

European Commission Joint Program Initiative Urban Governing Board. Urban Big Data and Smart Cities. Plenary presentation to the full governing board of the EC JPI Urban, London, UK, on March 9, 2015.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, San Jose. Transport Informatics. Invited panelist and speaker in US Government Accountability Office and UK Parliament Office for Science and Technology joint special session on Social Implications of Big Data in AAAS Annual Meeting, San Jose, Feb. 13, 2015.

High Performance Computing and Big Data Conference (UKHPC), London. Urban Big Data: Addressing the Social, Economic and Environmental Challenges Facing Cities. Plenary Speaker, Annual HPC and Big Data Conference, London, Feb 3, 2015.

Ohio State University, Columbus. Data-driven Modeling for Transportation: Prospects and Challenges. Colloquium Speaker, Ohio State University’s Department of Geography, Columbus, Jan. 16, 2015.

Imperial College, London. Urban Informatics and ICT Entrepreneurship for Data-Driven Public Transport Planning and Operations. Imperial College Centre for Transport Studies (CTS) Seminar Series, London, Nov. 19, 2014.

Holyrood, Parliament of the Government of Scotland. The Science of Running Smart Cities. Keynote speaker, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, Nov 12, 2014.

UK Research Council’s Economic and Social Research Council. Urban Big Data Centre – Research, Data Service and Data Products. Speaker and Panelist in ESRC’s Urban Big Data Network Launch. Westminster Annex, London, October 15, 2014.

University of Edinburgh. Transportation Policy Applications using Confidential Data Linkage. Invited Presentation in University of Edinburgh’s Administrative Data Research Centre Annual Retreat, October 2, 2014.

National Science Foundation-sponsored Workshop on Big Data and Urban Informatics, University of Illinois at Chicago. Big Data and Urban Informatics. Opening Plenary Presentation. August 11, 2014.

Royal Academy of Engineering, London. Urban Informatics: Social and Behavioral Modeling of Transportation. Invited Presentation in IBM Big Data Analytics Workshop, March 12, 2014.

Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, Washington, DC. Urban Digital Infomediaries in an Era of Big Data and Open Data Initiatives. Opening presentation in Workshop on Big Data and Open Data, January 12, 2014.

King’s College, London. Does Better Data Help Solve Problems? Invited presentation in New Limits of Growth Series, October 4, 2013.

National Science Foundation-sponsored Workshop on Big Data and Urban Informatics, University of Illinois at Chicago. Big Data and Urban Informatics: e-Infrastructure for Urban Social Science Research. Opening presentation, March 28, 2013.

Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, Washington DC. Big Data Informatics: Innovations in Mining Structured and Unstructured Information for Mobility Decision-Making. Opening presentation in Workshop on Big Data Informatics, January 2013.

National Institute of Informatics, Shonan Village Center, Kanagawa, Japan. Transportation in a Connected and Ubiquitous Sensing Environment: Challenges and Opportunities. Invited presentation in Social Issues in Computing for Transportation workshop, Dec 20, 2012.

Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago Kent College of Law. Sensors and Analytics: Mobility Technologies and Locational Privacy Implications. Invited speaker and panel discussant in Under Watchful Eyes: The Technologies that Track on Oct. 5 2012.

University of Glasgow, UK. Smart and Sustainable Transportation Systems. Invited colloquium on March 14, 2012.

National Science Foundation (NSF) CyberGIS Workshop. Geospatial Interoperability, Semantics, and Representation. Panel co-chair, Oak Ridge National Labs, Oak Ridge, TN on Sept. 29, 2011.

Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, Washington, DC. Workshop on Pervasive Data in Transportation. Panel co-chair on January 23, 2011.

Research and Innovative Technology Administration, U. S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC. Cooperative Data Sharing: Issues and Challenges. Invited presentation in Workshop on the IntelliDriveSM Program on April 28, 2010.

Leibniz Center for Informatics, Dagstuhl, Germany. Humans, Society and the Economy in the Context of Computational Transportation Science. Invited attendance and presentation in Workshop on Computational Transportation Science on March 25, 2010.

Panel on Technology and Innovations held by U.S. House of Representatives Chair Jim Oberstar and Congressman Daniel Lipinski, Chicago. Intelligent Transportation Systems Research Needs. Invited presentation on March 5, 2010.

Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, New Delhi, India and Institute of Urban Transportation, India. Collaborative, Content-Rich Intelligent Transportation Systems for Urban Transport. Invited presentation on Dec, 4, 2009.

University of Illinois at Chicago Supply Chain Management and Freight Transportation Symposium Panel. Transportation Reauthorization: The University Perspective. Invited presentation and panel discussant on Nov. 19, 2009.

National Conference on Smart Transportation, Brisbane, Australia. Smart Transportation and Computational Transportation Science. Specially invited international guest and keynote workshop presenter on April 22, 2009.

ITS World Congress Special Session, New York, NY. Industry-University R&D Collaboration on Intelligent Transportation Systems. Panel leader of faculty and researchers from USA, Australia and Europe on November 18, 2008.

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Chicago, IL. Economic Benefit Estimation of Employment Transportation Services. Invited speaker, November 14, 2008.

North American Travel Monitoring Exposition and Conference, Washington, D.C. Private Sector Data Sharing Agreements. Panel leader on August 8, 2008.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Department of Civil Engineering and Center for Transportation Research. Interdisciplinary Transportation Research – Challenges and Opportunities in Use-Inspired Research, Education and Services. Invited seminar on July 14, 2008.

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressmen James Oberstar and Daniel Lipinski.) Freight Congestion and Employment Transportation in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Testimony on June 17, 2008.

National Resource Center for Human Service Transportation Coordination. Human Service Transportation Plans: State of the Practice. Invited speaker in seminar held in the U.S. Department of Transportation Conference Center on Jan. 17, 2008.

Tongji University, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shanghai, China. Mobility and Accessibility for the Urban Poor: Policies, Analysis and Implementation Strategies. Invited colloquium on October 8, 2007.

ITS World Congress Special Session, Beijing, China. ITS and Higher Education. Panel leader of faculty and researchers from Australia, Europe, Japan, China and Canada. October 13, 2007.

ITS World Congress Special Session, Beijing, China. IGERT: A Doctoral Program in Computational Transportation Science. Invited presentation made in Special Session on ITS and Higher Education. In the Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress, Beijing, China, on October 13, 2007.

Joint Census Bureau and Brookings Institute Workshop on Local Employment Dynamics (in Brookings Institute, Washington, D.C.) LEHD: Potential for Transportation Planning and Programming. Invited presentation on Feb. 1, 2007.

Federal Transit Administration, U.S. DOT, Washington, D.C. National Longitudinal Travel Data. Invited presentation on Feb. 1, 2007.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Center for Complex Systems. Modeling Accessibility and Equity: The Indian Context. Invited presentation on November 17, 2006.

NAVTEQ, LLC, Chicago, IL. Design of a Prototype Travel Time Information System for Dynamic Content Dissemination and Management. Invited speaker, October 25, 2006.

Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Planning, Urban Transportation Systems: Land-Use, Economic Development and Sustainability Interactions. Invited colloquium on May 27, 2006.

Government of Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Urban Transportation Systems: Issues and Analysis. Invited colloquium on May 26, 2006.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Illinois Welfare Policy Symposium. Transportation for Low-Income Employment and Discretionary Trips. Review of Recent Trends. Panelist in Illinois Welfare Policy Symposium on May 24, 2006.

School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India. Elements of the U.S. Regional Transportation Planning Process: Overview of the Chicago Area Transportation Plan. Invited colloquium on December 6, 2004.

Community Transportation Association of America Expo, Seattle, WA. Partnerships for Low-Income Worker Transportation. Invited speaker, July 2004.

Northwestern University, Transportation Center, Evanston, IL. Accessibility for Low-Income Workers. Needs Assessment, Trends and Evaluation. Invited speaker in Northwestern University Transportation Center Seminar Series on Dec. 4, 2003.

Community Transportation Association of America Expo, Philadelphia, PA. Low-Income Worker Accessibility: Survey of JARC-Funded Transit in 23 Sites. Invited speaker, June, 2003.

U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (Senator James Inhofe). Illinois Transportation: The Crossroads of Our Nation. Testimony on April 7, 2003.

Interpreting Neighborhood Change, Voorhees Center, Chicago. Spatial Accessibility to Economic Opportunities: Concepts, Measurement and Implications for Low-income Populations. Invited speaker, April 4, 2003.

United States Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Data Linkage Issues: Some Considerations and Applications. Invited speaker, June 11, 2002.

World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC., International Symposium on Intelligent Transportation Systems in Emerging Nations hosted by ITS America, ITS and Planning in Emerging Markets. Invited speaker on May 2, 2002.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, GIS Colloquium Series hosted by the Departments of Planning and Geography. Access to Economic Opportunities. Policy and Methodological Issues. Invited speaker, February, 2000.

University of Wisconsin. Transportation Systems. Planning to Make It Take Us Where We Want To Go. Invited speaker in the University of Wisconsin Spring College Program. April, 2000.

Northwestern University/University of Chicago. Joint Center for Poverty Research. Invited presentation as member of a panel on Transportation and Welfare Reform. December 15, 1998.

University of Illinois at Chicago. Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. Estimation of Travel Times on Arterial Street Networks. Invited colloquium. April 4, 1998.

Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, Washington D.C. Welfare Reform and Women’s Travel Needs. Invited presentation, Panel on Transportation and Welfare Reform. January, 1998.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Quality of Route Guidance in Probe-based Advanced Traveler Information Systems. Invited colloquium in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. May 1995.

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Transportation Planning and Intelligent Vehicle Highway Systems. Invited colloquium in the School of Planning and Architecture. April 1994.

Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India. Implementation of a Dynamic Route Guidance System: Issues and Considerations. Invited colloquium. December 1992.

Areas of Expertise:  InformaticsTransportationUrban Design