Abolfazl Mohammadian, Ph.D.

Professor of Transportation Systems

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Contact Information

Office: ERF 2087
Phone: 312-996-9840
Fax: 312-996-2426
E-mail: kouros {at} uic {dot} edu
Lab: Translab
Lab Phone: 312-996-0962 and 312-413-7447
Research Laboratory
Faculty Profile
Publications
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Research Interests

Dr. Mohammadian's research interests include:

• Travel Behavior Analysis
• Transportation Planning and Demand Modeling
• Goods Movement and Logistics
• Travel Surveys
• Transportation Systems Analysis
• Microsimulation
• Choice Modeling and Applied Econometrics

Research Laboratory

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The Transportation Laboratory (TransLab ) is the research group in transportation engineering and planning in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering. Current research activities pertain to travel behavior analyses, urban travel forecasting methods, emissions modeling, and the properties of solutions to the traffic assignment problem with fixed and variable demand.

Translab has three transportation faculty. Faculty with expertise in activity-based modeling, travel behavior, air quality modeling, traditional transportation planning and transportation economics work with undergraduate, masters and doctoral students interested in transportation.

Research is built around transportation planning and operationsis and is oriented towards methods for the planning, design, and operation of surface transportation systems. Solutions to problems in surface transportation facilities (infrastructure) are sought through the application of optimization and simulation methods. Our well established program has strong faculty support and well-developed interactions with the Urban Transportation Center (UTC).

The Urban Transportation Center (UTC) is an interdisciplinary research unit at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The center focuses on transportation research, education and outreach. The center has working relationships with local, regional, statewide and national agencies such as the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), US DOT and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Faculty Profile

Editorial Activities

Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Transportation Letters: International Journal of Transportation Research (www.transportationletters.com), J. Ross Publishing, 2007-

Editorial Board member, Journal of Advances in Civil Engineering , 2008-.

Awards

UIC College of Engineering Faculty Teaching Award, 2012

2011 Ryuichi Kitamura Award , TRB, 2011

Harold Simon Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2009.

UIC Teaching Recognition Program Award, UIC, 2009.

UIC College of Engineering Faculty Teaching Award, UIC, 2009

National Academies, Transportation Research Board, 2008 Fred Burggraf Award.

UIC College of Engineering Faculty Research Award, UIC, 2008

National Academies, Transportation Research Board, 2007 Charley Wootan Award.

UIC College of Engineering Faculty Advising Award, UIC, 2007

UIC College of Engineering Faculty Teaching Award, UIC, 2006

UIC 2010 Interdisciplinary Research Award, UIC, 2005

Faculty Development Award, CSUS, 2003

Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2001

NSERC, Post Graduate (Doctoral) Scholarship, 1999-2001

Scientific and Professional societies membership:

Chair, Behavioral Processes: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods Subcommittee (ADB10(4)), Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Academies.

Co-Chair, New Technologies Sub-committee (ABJ40-4), Travel Survey Methods, Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Academies.

Member of the Committee on Transportation Demand Forecasting (ADB40), Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Academies.

Member of the Committee on Traveler Behavior and Values (ADB10), Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Academies.

Member of the Committee on Telecommunications and Travel Behavior (ADB20), Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Academies.

Member of the Committee on Travel Survey Methods (ABJ40), Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Academies.

Member of the Task Force on Moving Activity-Based Approach to Practice, Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Academies, 2006-2008,

Member of the Committee on statistical methodology and statistical software in transportation research (ABJ80), TRB, National Academies, 1998-2004,

Member of the International Association of Travel Behavior Research (IATBR), 2003- now,

Faculty advisor – Student chapter of Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), 2002- now,

Registered Professional Engineer, Professional Engineers, Ontario, 1999- now.

Graduate Students:

Recent PH.D. Students:

1. Sadayuki Yagi (graduated, 2006)
2. Peng Fan (co-advised) (graduated, 2007)
3. Yong-Ping Zhang (graduated, 2008)
4. Amir Samimi (graduated, 2010)
5. Chad Williams (co-advised) (graduated, 2010)
6. Taha H. Rashidi (graduated 2011)
7. Joshua Auld (Graduated 2011)
8. James Haran (co-advised) (Graduated 2011)
9. Karl Strum
10. Mahmoud Javanmardi
11. Zahra Pourabdollahi
12. Behzad Karimi Varzardoliya
13. Mehran Fasihozaman Langerudi
14. Sanghyeon Ko
15. Seyed Mehdi Mahmoudifard

Recent M.S. Students:

1. Kimberly Nystrom (graduated, 2003)
2. Hassan Dastgir (graduated, 2005)
3. Karen Schweiss (graduated, 2005)
4. Saurav Chakrabarti (graduated, 2006)
5. Todd Bapton (graduated, 2007)
6. Tom Brecheisen (graduated, 2008)
7. Mahmoud Javanmardi (graduated, 2009)
9. Martina Frignani (graduated, 2010)
8. Roozbeh Shirani (graduated 2011)
9. Zohreh Ghasemi (graduated 2011)

Publications

Recent Books
Book Chapters


Samimi, A., A. Mohammadian, and K. Kawamura. "Behavioral Freight Movement Modeling",
in Bhat, C.R. and R.M. Pendyala, Travel Behaviour Research in an Evolving
World. Chapter 8, pp. 147-168, 2012.

Fan, P., A. Mohammadian, P. C. Nelson, "A Clustering Algorithm for Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks", Chapter 20, in Future Internet Services and Service Architectures, Anand R. Prasad, John F. Buford, Vijay K. Gurbani (editors), River Publishers, 2011, pp. 435-461.

Mohammadian, A., J. Auld, and S. Yagi. “Recent Progress on Activity-Based Microsimulation Models of Travel Demand and Future Prospects”, Chapter 7, Transportation Statistics, Brian W. Sloboda (editor), J. Ross Publishing, 2009, pp. 151-172.

Williams, C. A., P.C. Nelson, and A. Mohammadian, “Attribute Constrained Rules for Partially Labeled Sequence Completion”, Advances in Data Mining - Applications and Theoretical Aspects, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, v. 5633, (Petra Perner, ed.), Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2009, pp. 338-352.

Selected Publications
Recent Journal Publications:


Pourabdollahi, Z., B. Karimi, and A. Mohammadian, "Joint Model of Freight Mode and Shipment Size Choice", forthcoming in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2013.

Rashidi, T.H., J. Auld, and A. Mohammadian, "Effectiveness of Bayesian Updating Attributes in Data Transferability Applications", forthcoming in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2013.

Rashidi, T.H., and A. Mohammadian, "Behavioral Housing Search Choice Set Formation: A Spatial Hazard-Based Screening Model", in International Regional Science Review, available online as of Oct 11, 2012. doi:10.1177/0160017612461356., 2013.

Samimi, A., A. Mohammadian, and K. Kawamura, "A Nationwide Web-Based Freight Data Collection", in Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 40(2), pp. 114-120, 2013.

Karimi, B., T. Rashidi, A. Mohammadian, K. Sturm, "Young-old elderly and baby boomers: explanatory analysis on activity duration, time-of-day choice, and planning time horizons". in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2322, pp. 51-59, 2012.

Auld, J.A. and A. Mohammadian. "Activity Planning Processes in the Agent-based Dynamic Activity Planning and Travel Scheduling (ADAPTS) Model", in Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, volume 46, issue 8, pp. 1386 - 1403, 2012.

Rashidi, T.H., J. Auld, and A. Mohammadian, "A behavioral housing search model: Two-stage hazard-based and multinomial logit approach to choice-set formation and location selection, in Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, volume 46, issue 7, pp. 1097 - 1107, 2012.

Rashidi, T. H., and A. Mohammadian, "Household Travel Attributes Transferability Analysis: Application of Hierarchical Rule Based Approach", in Transportation, Volume 38, No 4, July 2011, pp. 697-714.

Rashidi, T. H., and A. Mohammadian, "A dynamic hazard-based system of equations of vehicle ownership with endogenous long-term decision factors incorporating group decision making", in the Journal of Transport Geography, Volume 19, Issue 6, 2011, pp. 1072-1080.

Doherty, S. T., and A. Mohammadian, "The Validity of Using Activity Type to Structure Tour-based Scheduling Models", in Transportation, Volume 38, No 1, 2011, pp. 45-63.

Rashidi, T. H., A. Mohammadian, "A Competing Hazard Model of Household Vehicle Transaction Behavior with Discrete Time Intervals and Unobserved Heterogeneity", Journal of Transportation Letters: The International Journal of Transportation Research. 3(3), 2011, pp.219-229.

Rashidi, T. H., A. Mohammadian, and F. Koppelman "Modeling Interdependencies between Vehicle Transaction, Residential Relocation and Job Change", in Transportation, Vol. 38, No. 6, 2011, pp. 909-932.

Samimi, A., K. Kawamura, and A. Mohammadian, "A Behavioral Analysis of Freight Mode Choice Decisions", in Journal of Transportation Planning and Technology, Vol. 34 (8), pp. 857-869, 2011.

Auld, J., T.H. Rashidi, M. Javanmardi, and A. Mohammadian, "Dynamic Activity Generation Model Using a Competing Hazard Formulation", in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2254, 2011, pp 28-35.

Frignani, M., J. Auld, and A. Mohammadian, "Empirical Analysis of the Decision-Making and Tour Formation Process: Comparison between Seniors and Younger Individuals", in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2231, 2011, pp. 27-34.

Auld, J., and A. Mohammadian, "Planning-Constrained Destination Choice in Activity-Based Model: Agent-based Dynamic Activity Planning and Travel Scheduling". Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2254, 2011, pp. 170-179.

Auld, J., A. Mohammadian, and P. Nelson, "Empirical Analysis of the Activity Planning Process", in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2231, 2011, pp. 76-84.

Rashidi, T. H., and A. Mohammadian, "Parametric Hazard Functions: Overview", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2230, 2011, pp.48-57.

Mohammadian, A., M. Javanmardi, and Y. Zhang, “Synthetic Household Travel Survey Data Simulation”, forthcoming in Transportation Research – Part C: Emerging Technologies, 2010, available online as of March 24, 2010.

Yagi, S., and A. Mohammadian, “An Activity-Based Microsimulation Model of Travel Demand in the Jakarta Metropolitan Area”, in the Journal of Choice Modelling, Vol 3, No 1, pp. 32-57, 2010.

Samimi, A., A. Mohammadian, “Health Impacts of Urban Development and Transportation Systems”, forthcoming in the ASCE Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 2010, available online as of October 2, 2009.

Frignani, M. Z., J. Auld, A. Mohammadian, C. A. Williams, and P. C. Nelson, “Urban Travel Route and Activity Choice Survey: Internet-Based Prompted Recall Activity Travel Survey Using GPS Data”, forthcoming in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2010.

Javanmardi, M., T. H. Rashidi, and A. Mohammadian, “Household Travel Data Simulation Tool: Software and Its Applications for Impact Analysis”, forthcoming in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2010.

Auld, J., and A. Mohammadian. “Efficient Methodology for Generating Synthetic Populations with Multiple Control Levels”, forthcoming in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2010.

Rashidi, T. H., A. Mohammadian, and Y. Zhang, “How Variation in Household Socio-demographic Attributes, Life-styles, and Built Environment Can Affect Household and Individual Travel Behavior”, forthcoming in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2010.

Samimi, A., A. Mohammadian, and K. Kawamura. "A Behavioral Freight Movement Microsimulation Model: Method and Data", Journal of Transportation Letters: The International Journal of Transportation Research. 2(1):53-62, 2010.

Auld, J., A. Mohammadian, and S. Doherty. “Modeling Activity Conflict Resolution Strategies Using Scheduling Process Data”. Transportation Research Part-A: Policy and Practice, Vol. 43(4), 2009, pp. 386–400.

Auld, J., A. Mohammadian, and K. Wies, “Population Synthesis with Sub-Region-Level Control Variable Aggregation”, in the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Sep2009, Vol. 135, Issue 9, pp. 632-639.

Auld, J., A. Mohammadian. “Framework for the Development of the Agent-Based Dynamic Activity Planning and Travel Scheduling (ADAPTS) Model”, in the Journal of Transportation Letters: The International Journal of Transportation Research, Vol. 1(3), 2009, pp. 245-255.

Samimi, A., A. Mohammadian, and S. Madanizadeh. “Effects of Transportation and Built Environment on General Health and Obesity”, in the Journal of Transportation Research, Part D: Transport and Environment, Vol. 14 (1), January 2009, Pages 67-71.

Zhang, Y., and A. Mohammadian, “Examining Common Distributional Assumptions of Travel Characteristics for Data Simulation”, in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2121, TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2009, pp. 63-73.

Rashidi, T. H., H. Z. Aashtiani, and A. Mohammadian. “School Bus Routing Problem in Large-Scale Networks: New Approach Utilizing Tabu Search on a Case Study in Developing Countries”, in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2137, TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2009, pp. 140-147.

Auld, J., A. Mohammadian., M. Roorda, “Implementation of Scheduling Conflict Resolution Model in an Activity Scheduling System”, in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2135, TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2009, pp. 96-105.

Auld, J., C. Williams, A. Mohammadian, and P. Nelson. “An Automated GPS-Based Prompted Recall Survey with Learning Algorithms”. in the Journal of Transportation Letters: The International Journal of Transportation Research, Vol. 1(1), 2009, pp. 59-79.

Rashidi, T. H. and K. Mohammadian. “Effectiveness of Transit Strategies Targeting Elderly People”, in Canadian Journal of Transportation, Vol. 2, No 1, 2008, pp. 50-65.

Auld, J., A. Mohammadian, and S. Doherty. “Analysis of Activity Conflict Resolution Strategies”. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2054, TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2008, pp.10-19.

Yagi, S., and A. Mohammadian, Modeling Daily Activity-Travel Tour Patterns Incorporating Activity Scheduling Decision Rules, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2076, TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2008, pp. 123-131.

Yagi, S., and A. Mohammadian, Joint Models of Home-Based Tour Mode and Destination Choices: Applications to a Developing Country, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2076, TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2008, pp.29-40.

Zhang, Y., and A. Mohammadian, Bayesian Updating of Transferred Household Travel Data, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2049, TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2008, pp.111-118.

Mohammadian, A., M. Haider, and P. Kanaroglou. “Homebuilders Choice Behavior Analysis”, in Canadian Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 31.2 (Summer 2008): 225(19).

Yagi, S. and A. Mohammadian. “Policy Simulation for New BRT and Area Pricing Alternatives Using an Opinion Survey in Jakarta”. Journal of Transportation Planning and Technology, Taylor & Francis, Volume 31 (5), 2008, pp. 589-612.

Mohammadian, A. and T.H. Rashidi. Modeling Household Vehicle Transaction Behavior: Competing Risk Duration Approach, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2014, TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2007, pp.9-16.

Mohammadian, A. and Y. Zhang. Investigating the Transferability of National Household Travel Survey Data, in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1993, TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2007, pp.67-79.

Mohammadian, A. and S. T. Doherty. Modeling Activity Scheduling Time Horizon: Duration of Time between Planning and Execution of Pre-Planned Activities, in the Journal of Transportation Research-Part A, Volume 40, Issue 6, Elsevier, 2006, pp.475-490.

Mohammadian, A. and S. Doherty, Mixed Logit Model of Activity Scheduling Time Horizon Incorporating Spatial-Temporal Flexibility Variables, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1926, TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2005, pp. 33-40.

Miller, E., M. Roorda, M. Haider, and A. Mohammadian, Empirical Analysis of Travel and Housing Expenditures in the Greater Toronto Area, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1898, TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2004, pp. 191-201.

Doherty, S. T. and A. Mohammadian. Application of Artificial Neural Network Models to Activity Scheduling Time Horizon. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1854, TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2003, pp. 43-49.

Mohammadian, A., and E. J. Miller. Empirical Investigation of Household Vehicle Type Choice Decisions. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1854, TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2003, pp. 99-106.

Mohammadian, A., and E. J. Miller. Dynamic Modeling of Household Automobile Transactions. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1831, TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2003, pp. 98-105.

Mohammadian, A., and E. J. Miller. Nested Logit Models and Artificial Neural Networks for Predicting Household Automobile Choices, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1807, TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2002, pp. 92-100.

Mohammadian, A., and E. J. Miller. Estimating the expected price of vehicles in a transportation microsimulation modeling system, Journal of Transportation Engineering, ASCE, 128(6), 2002, pp. 537-541.

Roorda, M. J., A. Mohammadian, and E. J. Miller. Toronto Area Car Ownership Study: A retrospective interview and its applications, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1719, TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2000, pp. 69-76.

 
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