Overcoming Challenges for Mobility-as-a-Service - CITI Guest Lecturer - Assistant Professor Joseph Y. J. Chow

13 June 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Kensington Campus, Civil Engineering Building (H20), Level 1, Room 101
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Recent advances in technology have brought about a renaissance in new mobility paradigms along with their own sets of growing pains, whether it’s carsharing, microtransit, or shared autonomous vehicle fleets. Tackling these emerging mobility technologies is underscored by the need to evaluate complex systems that not only concern selfish traveler behavior but also the actions of an ecosystem of mobility operators—what we call “Mobility-as-a-Service” (MaaS). 
I discuss recent advances from our lab to address this research need. An MaaS alternative consists of: 1) network infrastructure provided by the public agency, 2) operating policies controlled by the ecosystem of operators, and 3) cost allocation mechanisms determined by operators and/or the public agencies. To evaluate such alternatives, I present an assignment game model structure in which equilibrium flows and cost allocations are achieved through stable matching. The flexibility of the model structure is explored with examples to determine flow assignment and cost allocation for route design, shared ride operating policy, and last mile feeders for multi-jurisdictional settings. Operation of such a model is further built upon open data infrastructure needs, one of which is operator data privacy. Research in addressing this need will be presented.
Speaker bio:
Dr Joseph Chow is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Urban Engineering and the Deputy Director at the C2SMART Tier-1 University Transportation Center at NYU. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award and serves as Chair of the Urban Transportation SIG at INFORMS Transportation Science & Logistics Society. Prior to NYU, Dr. Chow was the Canada Research Chair at Ryerson University. He has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from UC Irvine (2010), and an M.Eng. (2001) and B.S. (2000) in Civil Engineering from Cornell University with a minor in Applied Math.
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