I am a current postdoctoral researcher in the area of automation at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), Tampa FL. My research interests center around behavioral modeling of emerging vehicle technologies in urban systems. I have extensive experience working on understanding public perceptions of emerging vehicle technologies, and factors that lead to their intended adoption (or non-adoption). I also have experience working in aviation and logistics during my time at IST and USF.

I have recently graduated (August 2017) with my Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Transportation) from the University of South Florida (USF). At USF, I was advised by Dr. Yu Zhang and Dr. Abdul Pinjari. I have also worked closely with Dr. Fred Mannering in areas pertaining to my doctoral research. Prior to this, I graduated with an M.S. in Civil Engineering (Transportation) from USF (Dec ’15), and an MSc. in Transportation Systems from the MIT Portugal Program – after having undergone my coursework & dissertation under the supervision of Prof. Rosario Macario at IST Lisbon (Jan ’13). I also have a B.Tech in Civil Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Calicut (May ’11).

Academically apart, my personal interests include traveling (whenever my meager bank account lets me), writing (micro and long form blogging), reading (non-fiction guy), sports (English football, test cricket), cooking and Malayalam cinema. Here you will find information on my work – present and the past, some pictures from the occasional travel as well as a blog (which I don’t do enough to update regularly. Apologies!).

You can reach me via email at menon dot nikhil at outlook dot com