Advances Toward Mobility-as-a-Service: from Traveler to Operator and Platform Perspectives

Sponsored by
UC ITS Statewide Transportation Research Program; Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center; ITS Graduate Student Association
October 23 2020 10:00–11:00
Zoom meeting
Joseph Chow
Joseph Chow

Assistant Professor in Department of Civil & Urban Engineering
Deputy Director of C2SMART University Transportation Center
New York University


With a burgeoning market for mobility services worldwide, there is a need to understand their operations in the context of local
ecosystems, particularly as conventional transportation analysis approaches are no longer applicable. I will discuss some of the
advances we’ve made toward this topic area from a number of perspectives. From a traveler’s perspective, the conventional route
choice needs to consider network capacities that are more dynamic and dependent on flows in the system. From an operator’s
perspective, optimization algorithms should take into account the presence of coexisting systems. For agencies operating platforms
of these mobility operators, new modeling tools are needed to assess the stability of a market of one or more operators that can
provide multimodal trips to travelers.

Joseph Chow is an Assistant Professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Civil and Urban Engineering Department with
affiliations at Center for Urban Science & Progress and Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management. Chow is an NSF
CAREER award recipient, a former Canada Research Chair, and a founding Deputy Director of the C2SMART transportation
center at NYU. He is the 2020 Cluster Chair for Transportation Science & Logistics (TSL) Society at INFORMS, a former elected
Chair of Urban Transportation SIG, a nominated member of Freight Transportation Planning & Logistics and Network Modeling
committees and Chair of the Subcommittee on Route Choice & Spatiotemporal Behavior at the Transportation Research Board.
He has published over 60 journal articles since 2010 with over $2.5M grant funding as PI/co-PI and another $14M center funding
as a co-PI, holds Associate Editor position for two transportation journals, and received the CUTC New Faculty Award in 2018.
Dr. Chow received his PhD (’10, under Amelia Regan and Jayakrishnan) and Postdoctoral training (’10-’12, under Steve Ritchie
and Will Recker) at UCI and his MEng (’01) and BS (’00) at Cornell University.