Our team conducts research in a variety of technical areas, with an overarching focus on the efficient and equitable development of infrastructure systems.
Techno-Economic Systems As Networks
We frame human systems as networks-of-networks. Engineered infrastructure systems form spatial (e.g., roadways) and aspatial (e.g., worldwide web) networks connecting nodes of resource supply and demand. Infrastructure networks are connected by techno-economic input requirements. This techno-economic network is an open system that interacts with environmental systems. Our objectives are to 1) characterize the interactions of these inter-related systems and 2) define the
Transportation & Land Use Demand Analysis
Transportation is a critical infrastructure system. Our team develops analytic methods for the assessment of transportation and its relationship with land use patterns.
Transportation Futures for Towns and Rural Regions
Large urban centers are a significant focus in transportation analysis, partially owing to the consequences of density - congestion, multi-modal transportation networks, and poor air quality. As such, transportation demand research generally focuses on these areas, particularly in the case of climate change and "emerging" mobility analyses. Many of the solutions proposed for urban regions (high frequency public transit, mixed use zoning, and autonomous dynamic ridesharing) are not feasible for the 14% of the population living in areas with populations less than 50,000. Other technologies, such as electric vehicles, are perceived as inpractical for these areas. We seek to identify transportation alternatives that are both practical for these areas and contribute to national climate change goals using a combination of innovative survey techniques combined with choice modeling and behavioral analysis.