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Modeling and Optimization of Transportation Systems with Emerging Technologies


Presented by


Alireza Khani

Assistant Professor

Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering

University of Minnesota Twin Cities


Organized by

Lehigh University’s Institute for Cyber Physical Infrastructure and Energy (I-CPIE)


12:15 pm EST

December 2, 2019

Linderman Library 200



Transportation systems are under disruptive changes due to emerging technologies such as shared mobility options and autonomous vehicles. While travel forecasting models aim to project future conditions to better plan for new infrastructure and services, these emerging technologies are not usually considered in the models, bringing up the need for new modeling and evaluation methods. In this presentation, some of the challenges and opportunities relevant to mobility-on-demand (MoD) services will be introduced, and innovative solutions based on network optimization will be provided. Two specific problems will be investigated, one concerning the infrastructure need for autonomous MoD services, and one concerning the interaction of MoD services with public transit.


Alireza Khani is an assistant professor in the department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His research is on modeling equilibrium, routing, and optimization in the context of transportation networks. Some of the applications of his work are the evaluation of current and future transportation systems with autonomous vehicles and shared mobility, as well as the impacts on public transit systems. His research is primarily sponsored by National Science Foundation and Minnesota Department of Transportation. Alireza received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona.

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