Topic Area D: Activity and Transport Demand

 

This Topic Area deals with understanding and modelling how people make choices regarding their activities and travel plans, and how these interact with the transport system. It deals with theoretical constructs, behavioural assumptions, and methodologies for the analysis, representation, inference and modelling of the way travellers behave and the interrelationships of this behaviour with their activities and the transport system. This subject area includes all topics related to the analysis of travel demand and behaviour and their interactions with time use, and the environment.

SIG D4 has had a strong presence at the meetings of the Transportation Research Board in Washington DC every year and its members are active in the “effects of ICT on travel choices” committee (ADB20). Networks of workshops/conferences worldwide are emerging as part of NECTAR (Cluster 8) and allied initiatives at the International Association of Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR).

 

SIG D1 – Data Collection and Processing Methods

On hold for approval (August 2015).

Contact

Chair:  Patrick Bonnel

Email:  patrick.bonnel@entpe.fr

SIG D2 – Travel Behaviour and Choice Modelling

Objectives

• Promote travel behaviour work at WCTR and ATRS, the conference of the Air Transport Research Society (ATRS), another WCTR special interest group (SIG 8)
• Produce special issues of international journals grouping together a selection of the best travel behaviour research presented at WCTR.
• Keep the WCTRS membership informed of activities in the field.
• Act as the link between WCTR and other major conferences with a strong interest in travel behaviour, namely the International Association of Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR) and the International Choice Modelling Conference (ICMC)
• Issue regular statements on current research needs in the field of travel behaviour, encouraging communication and collaboration between academics and practitioners from across the world.

Background

The SIG was formed in July 2009, in preparation for the 12th WCTR, Lisbon, July 2010.

Activities

Membership

Membership is open to any academic or practitioner with an interest in the subject area. Anyone interested in joining is invited to contact Chandra Bhat at the address below.

Contact

Chandra Bhat, University of Texas at Austin

Email:  bhat@mail.utexas.edu

Members

(The full membership list for this SIG is maintained by the SIG Chair/Co-chair)

SIG D3 – Applications of Travel Behaviour Analysis and Demand Modelling Approaches

Objectives

Over the past few decades, studies of travel behaviour through econometric/statistical modelling have gained widespread acceptance among researchers and practitioners alike. Application of travel behaviour modelling is generally in two distinct segments: user benefit estimation and travel demand estimation. Although, there has been a significant development in econometric/ statistical modelling techniques, there are still several issues related to experiment design, data collection and model development. The application of econometric/statistical models is another key area.

SIG D3 offers a platform for researchers and practitioners to interact and gain further insights into two broad areas namely:

  1. Development of more rational and policy sensitive econometric/statistical models for analysis of travel behaviour by addressing theoretical and practical issues related to experiment design, data collection and model development.
  2. Innovative and real life applications of travel behaviour models; lessons learnt and formulation of policies for improvement of transportation systems.

Background

New SIG launched in January 2014

Activities

Membership

Membership is open to any academic or practitioner with an interest in development and/or application of Econometric/Statistical Models in Transportation Engineering.
Feel free to contact Dr.Bhargab Maitra for further information about this newly formed SIG and membership.

Contact

Chair: Dr. Bhargab Maitra,
Department of Civil Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur,
Kharagpur-721302,
India
Email: bhargab@civil.iitkgp.ernet.in

Members

(The full membership list for this SIG is maintained by the SIG Chair/Co-chair)

SIG D4 – ICT, Activities, Time Use and Travel Behaviour

Objectives

Its principal objectives are to explore conceptual, methodological, and/or empirical aspects of the interrelations and interdependencies between travel behaviour, activity participation and time use and Information and Communication and Technologies (viewed broadly).We are also highly interested in the extraction of useful behavioural insights from Big Data, as well as the behavioural impacts of future and emerging technologies on the sustainability of transportation systems and livability of human environments in the developed and developing world.

Background

This SIG was originally launched by Prof. Ilan Salomon, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The original purpose was to weave emerging issues of telecommunications together with concerns of transportation, spatial behaviour, land use policy, energy and the environment. Since then Information and Communication and Technologies (ICTs) have developed considerably transforming the world we live in today. People are now connected remotely via smart mobile devices and high-speed Internet to almost anything, anytime and anywhere. Pervasive technologies and ubiquitous computing are now supporting a myriad of new services to travellers through Advanced Traveller Information Systems (ATIS). Via cloud services people access and exchange digital content on the go while crowdsourcing is generating useful travel advice extracted from the mass of connected individuals. People connect like never before through social networks and micro-chat apps traversing spatiotemporal gaps and allowing real-time coordination of daily activities for personal or business purposes. These innovations raise new unanswered questions how ICTs influence spatial behaviours such as route, mode and destination choices; the choices between physical and virtual participation in activities; and the time spent in digital co-presence. Moreover, ICT further support new data collection methods through passive and active Big Data sources, generating growing interest for research and policy alike. Soon, ICTs and the Internet of Things, will be the main backbone for the establishment of Smart Cities and autonomous transportation with wide impacts on the sustainability and livability of the urban environment we live in.

Activities

SIG D4 has had a strong presence at the meetings of the Transportation Research Board in Washington DC every year and its members are active in the “effects of ICT on travel choices” committee (ADB20). Networks of workshops/conferences worldwide are emerging as part of NECTAR (Cluster 8) and allied initiatives at the International Association of Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR).

Membership

Membership is open to any academic or practitioner with an interest in the subject area. Anyone interested in joining is invited to contact Eran Ben-Elia at the address below. There is an active email distribution list (TRB-ADB20-L@lists.ufl.edu) for interested participants, currently maintained by Siva Srinivasan at the University of Florida.

Contact

Eran Ben-Elia,
Department of Geography and Environmental Development,
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (IL),
benelia@bgu.ac.il

Members

(The full membership list for this SIG is maintained by the SIG Chair/Co-chair)