News Archive

April 27-28, 2017
TOMNET Holds Kickoff Workshop and Idea Factory

TOMNET conducted its kickoff workshop and research idea factory to plan the activities of the center and exchange information about ongoing and planned research endeavors.  The event was held at the College Avenue Commons (CAVC) building, the home of TOMNET on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe. The program started with a welcome by Professor Edd Gibson, Director of the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment.  The University Transportation Centers (UTC) program managers, including Caesar Singh, Denise Dunn, and Dawn Tucker-Thomas, from the US Department of Transportation joined the kickoff workshop on the morning of April 27 before proceeding to tour a number of transportation research and education related facilities at ASU.  The workshop included a number of presentations by researchers whose work is related to the mission and vision of TOMNET. Check out the full meeting agenda.



March 31, 2017
TOMNET Director of Research and Associate Director, Professor Patricia Mokhtarian, Delivers Seminar at ASU

Professor Patricia Mokhtarian, who holds the Susan G and Christopher D Pappas endowed professorship in transportation at the Georgia Tech School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the Director of Research and Associate Director for TOMNET.  She recently visited ASU to deliver a seminar on methods to incorporate attitudinal variables and factors in travel behavior models.  She also met with a number of faculty and students to discuss collaborative research opportunities, both within and beyond the activities of the TOMNET UTC.  Seminar Announcement



March 24, 2017
TOMNET Welcomes Professor Anne Goodchild from the University of Washington

Dr. Anne Goodchild, who is the Allan and Inger Osberg Endowed Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington, visited ASU to deliver a seminar and visit with faculty and students.  University of Washington is a member of the TOMNET consortium.  Professor Goodchild talked about engineering urban freight systems with a view to making freight transportation more efficient, less disruptive, and more sustainable.  Seminar Announcement



March 23, 2017
Roads to Discovery: TOMNET UTC Featured in Media Article on ASU Transportation Research

The Arizona Republic and featured a story about cutting edge research in transportation systems analysis and engineering underway at ASU.  Pendyala’s work on travel demand forecasting was featured prominently along with special mention of the TOMNET UTC.  Other ASU transportation researchers featured in the article include Professors Mikhail Chester, Narayanan Neithalath, and Hongbin Yu. Read the article. 




March 14, 2017
TOMNET Director, Ram Pendyala, Comments on Wrong-Way Driving Crashes

There has been a spate of wrong-way driving crashes in Arizona over the past few months.  TOMNET Director, Ram Pendyala, speaks to AZ CBS5 and TV3 about the role of driver behavior and error as a factor contributing to this phenomenon. Pendyala sees a future in which emerging technologies help reduce wrong-way driving and associated crashes substantially.  View the videos. 



February 28, 2017
TOMNET Gets a New Assistant Director

Dr. Sara Khoeini took over as the new Assistant Director for TOMNET following the departure of Dr. Venu Garikapati.  Sara has her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a focus in transportation systems from Georgia Tech.  She is an expert in the collection and behavioral analysis of travel survey data and has done extensive work to investigate the impacts of converting high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes on traveler behavior and mode choice.  Sara is excited to be stepping into this new leadership role and looks forward to working with the TOMNET team to advance the mission and vision of the center.  Dr. Venu Garikapati stepped down as Assistant Director of TOMNET after accepting a position as Transportation Data Project Lead at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.  After helping TOMNET get off the ground and contributing immensely to a number of transportation research endeavors at Arizona State University and Georgia Tech, Garikapati decided to make a transition to NREL and further his body of work in transportation data analytics for behavioral analysis and modeling.  In his new role at NREL, Garikapati will be tasked with enhancing the Transportation Secure Data Center (TSDC), a secure data portal that provides access to confidential travel survey data sets. TOMNET will house its confidential data sets at the TSDC.  Despite his short stint as the Assistant Director of TOMNET, Garikapati said he enjoyed being part of the birth of TOMNET and indicated that he planned to foster collaborative efforts between TOMNET and NREL in his new role. 


February 17, 2017
Safety Expert, Professor Mohamed Abdel-Aty, Visits TOMNET

Professor Mohamed Abdel-Aty, Pegasus Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering at the University of Central Florida, visited ASU to explore collaborative research opportunities with TOMNET faculty members and students. He delivered a seminar that described methods for incorporating safety considerations in transportation planning processes, and spoke about the role of driver behavior and attitudes in determining safety outcomes.  Seminar Announcement



January 8-12, 2017
TOMNET at 96th TRB Annual Meeting

TOMNET was very well represented at the 96th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) held in Washington DC during January 8-12, 2017.   A number of TOMNET researchers and students from all of the consortium partners presented papers, participated in committee meetings, and shared information about planned TOMNET activities with scholars and researchers from around the world. 


December 26-30, 2016
Pendyala and Garikapati Offer 5-Day GIAN Course in India

TOMNET Director Ram Pendyala and Assistant Director Venu Garikapati offered a five-day short course on “Emerging Methods for Activity-Travel Demand Modeling and Simulation” under the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) scheme of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) of the Government of India.  The course was held December 26-30 at the National Institute of Technology, Warangal (NITW).  More than 70 individuals, including faculty members, consultants, research scholars, and students from around India, participated in the course.


December 19-21, 2016
Pendyala and Garikapati Participate in Conference in Mumbai, India

TOMNET Director Ram Pendyala and Assistant Director Venu Garikapati participated in the 12th International Conference on Transportation Planning and Implementation Methodologies for Developing Countries (TPMDC2016).  This conference, held every even year, is the premier international event dedicated to addressing issues, identifying solutions, and sharing research in topics related to transportation planning in rapidly developing economies of the world.  Pendyala served as a keynote speaker and delivered an invited plenary talk titled “Behavioral Implications of Transformative Disruptions in Transportation”.  Garikapati delivered a presentation on the factors that inhibit the use of the walk mode for short trips, and identified possible strategies to mitigate these factors and enhance walk mode share for trips less than 0.5 mile.  In addition, Pendyala and Garikapati offered a special 1/2 day workshop on Open Source Tools for Activity-Based Travel Behaviour Modeling.  More than 50 individuals attended the workshop and learned about open source tools for generating synthetic populations and estimating the multiple-discrete continuous extreme value (MDCEV) model in the context of simulating household vehicle type choice and fleet composition.