I am a Research Associate (Faculty) at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) – University of South Florida. Before joining CUTR (as a postdoc under Dr. Robert Bertini), I completed my Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Transportation) from the University of South Florida (2017) under the supervision of Dr. Yu Zhang and Dr. Abdul Pinjari.
Some of my core research interests are in the following areas:
Emerging Transportation Technologies
- Assessing public attitudes, opinions, and interest in adopting emerging transportation technologies (such as personal and shared autonomous vehicles and other mobility-on-demand services)
- Evaluating the impact of emerging transportation technologies on altering travel behavior and lifestyle decisions
Travel Demand and Travel Behavior
- Assessing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on activity participation, trip making, travel behavior, and attitudes towards future mobility systems
- Investigating major trends in commute mode choice, trip making, and travel behavior across geographies and within demographic groups in the United States
- Understanding travel behavioral implications for transportation disadvantaged populations in rural, semi-urban, and urban areas
- Assessing the impact of mass evacuations on transportation network performance
- Estimating transportation system/project impacts on air quality, equity, health, and well-being
In these works, I use native and emerging data sources, incorporate latent variables and observable entities, and develop advanced statistical/econometric models. I am particularly interested in formulating policy and planning interventions that provide inclusive mobility solutions for users across socioeconomic and geographic spheres through my research.
In addition to research, I also teach the graduate course Transport Planning and Economics (TTE 5501) in the Fall semester(s) and co-teach the undergraduate course Transportation II (TTE 4005) at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of South Florida. My classes are interactive; my research outputs inform my teaching practices, and my courses will also help prepare students to be involved in my funded research.
Outside of work, my interests include travel, micro-blogging, reading (non-fiction guy), premier league football, test match cricket, cooking, and Malayalam cinema.