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Nikhil Menon

nikhilmenon@usf.edu

https://nikhilmenon.in

4121 E Busch Blvd. Apt, 908

Tampa, FL  33617. Ph.: 813 337-9124

Research Interests

Effects of Emerging Transportation Technologies on Travel Behavior – Autonomous Vehicles and Shared Mobility; Transportation Planning; Freight and Logistics Systems; Data Collection in Transportation – Stated Preference Surveys

Professional Experience

2018-present Adjunct Instructor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa FL
2017-present Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida, Tampa FL
2013-2017 Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa FL
2014-2017 Writing Consultant, Writing Studio, University of South Florida, Tampa FL
2013-2015 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa FL
2013 Transport Planner, Center for infrastructure, Sustainable Transport & Urban Planning (CiSTUP), Bangalore India
2011-2013 Graduate Researcher, MIT Portugal Program, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon Portugal

Professional Affiliations

2018-present Research Associate, Mineta Transportation Institute, San Jose State University

Education

2017 The University of South Florida, Tampa (FL) Ph.D. Civil Engineering (Transportation)
2015 The University of South Florida, Tampa (FL) M.S. Civil Engineering (Transportation)
2013 Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon (Portugal) MSc. Transportation Systems
2011 National Institute of Technology, Calicut (India) B.Tech Civil Engineering

Doctoral Dissertation

Autonomous Vehicles: An Empirical Assessment of Consumers’ Perceptions, Intended Adoption, and Impacts on Household Vehicle Ownership. The University of South Florida, Tampa FL (2017).

Committee Members: Mingyang Li (Chair), Yu Zhang, Abdul Pinjari, Fred Mannering, Grisselle Centeno, Yingling Fan

Master Theses

Consumer Perception and Anticipated Adoption of Autonomous Vehicle Technology: Results from Multi-Population Surveys. The University of South Florida, Tampa FL (2015).

Committee Members: Yu Zhang, Abdul Pinjari, Pei-Sung Lin

Exploring the prospect of operating low-cost carriers and legacy carriers from the same airport terminal – a service quality approach. Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon Portugal (2013).

Committee Members: Rosário Macário, Luís Picado Santos, Vasco Reis, Rui Oliveira

Articles in Refereed Journals

  1. Menon, N., Barbour, N., Zhang, Y., Pinjari, A., Mannering, F., 2018. Shared autonomous vehicles and their potential impacts on household vehicle ownership: An exploratory empirical assessment. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, https://doi.org/10.1080/15568318.2018.1443178

Other Scholarly Publications

  1. Menon, N., Ozkul, S., Pinjari A.R., 2015. Freight Mobility: Success Factors for Logistics Activity Center (LAC) Growth. FLITE 56 (2)
  2. Pinjari, A.R., Augustin, B., Menon, N., 2013. Highway capacity impacts of autonomous vehicles: An Assessment. White Paper submitted to the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA). http://civil.iisc.ac.in/~abdul/uploads/9/6/7/8/9678119/abdul_pinjari_autonomous_vehicles_whitepaper_recent.pdf

Working Papers

  1. Menon, N., Zhang, Y., Pinjari, A., Mannering, F., A statistical analysis of consumers’ perceptions towards automated vehicles and their intended adoption. Submitted to Transportmetrica B: Transport Dynamics.
  2. Ozkul, S., Menon, N., Pinjari, A.R., Davis, D., Seggerman, K., Determination of Success and Deterrence Factors for Logistics Activity Center (LAC) Development. Submitted to Transport Policy.
  3. Barbour N., Menon, N., Zhang Y., Mannering, F., Shared automated vehicles: A statistical analysis of consumer use likelihoods and concerns. Submitted to Travel Behavior and Society.
  4. Menon, N., Ozkul, S., Pinjari, A.R., Davis, D., Seggerman, K., Ozguven, E.E., State DOT Investment Criteria Targeting Economic Development Enhancement through Freight and Logistics Related Projects. Submitted to Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board.
  5. Yuksel, E., Bertini, R.L., Ozkul, S., Menon, N., Unnikrishnan, A., and Garg, R., Leveraging a Permanent Freight Data Collection Infrastructure and Archive System: Visualizing Urban Truck Temporal and Spatial Dynamic. Submitted to Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board.

Honors and Awards

2015 Recipient, Georgia Brosch Memorial Scholarship

Center for Urban Transportation Research scholarship for attracting the best and brightest to careers in transportation

2015 Recipient, Conference Travel Grant – USF Student Government
2015 Runner up, Institute of Transportation Engineers Collegiate Traffic Bowl, Florida District
2011-2012 Recipient, MIT Portugal Corporate Scholarship, Lisbon, Portugal

Recognition for outstanding applicants into the MIT Portugal Program, awarded full scholarship

Conference Presentations (* presenter)

2018 Menon, N*., Pinjari, A.R., Zhang, Y., Mannering, F., Understanding the Influence of Consumers’ Perceptions towards Automated Vehicles on their Intended Adoption: A Cluster Analysis Approach. Presentation at the Automated Vehicle Symposium 2018, San Francisco, CA [Talk]
2018 Pessaro, B., Menon, N*., University of South Florida Campus Autonomous Transit Feasibility Study. Presentation at the Automated Vehicle Symposium 2018, San Francisco, CA [Poster]
2017 Menon, N*., Pinjari, A.R., Zhang, Y., Mannering, F., Autonomous Vehicles: An Empirical Assessment of Intended Adoption from Consumers’ Perceptions. Presentation at the Florida Automated Vehicle Summit 2017, Tampa, FL [Poster]
2017 Menon, N*., Pinjari, A.R., Zhang, Y., Mannering, F., Autonomous Vehicles: An Empirical Assessment of Intended Adoption from Consumers’ Perceptions. Presentation at the 5th Annual UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region 2017, Gainesville, FL [Talk]
2016 Menon, N*., Barbour, N., Pinjari, A.R., Zhang, Y., Mannering, F., Understanding Consumer Trends in Vehicle Ownership with the Introduction of Shared Autonomous Vehicles (SAVs). Presentation at the Florida Automated Vehicle Summit 2016, Tampa, FL [Poster]
2016 Menon, N*., Pinjari, A.R., Zhang, Y., Mannering, F., Srinivasan, S., Jin, X., Understanding Consumer Trends in Vehicle Ownership with the Introduction of Shared Autonomous Vehicles (SAVs): Findings from Multi-Population Surveys in Florida. Presentation at TRANSPO 2016, West Palm Beach, FL [Talk]
2016 Menon, N*., Pinjari A.R., Zhang Y., Zhou, L., Consumer Perception and Intended Adoption of Autonomous Vehicle Technology: Findings from a University Population Survey. Presentation at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C. [Poster]
2016 Ozkul, S*., Menon, N., Pinjari, A.R., Davis, D., Seggerman, K., Determination of Success and Deterrence Factors for Logistics Activity Center (LAC) Development. Presentation at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C. [Poster]
2015 Menon, N*., Pinjari, A.R., Zhang, Y., Consumers’ Perception, and Intended Adoption of Autonomous Vehicle Technology: Results from Multi-Population Surveys. Presentation at the 9th UTC Spotlight Conference 2015, Washington D.C. [Poster]

Invited Talks

2018 N. Menon. Autonomous Vehicles: An Empirical Assessment of Consumers’ Perceptions, Intended Adoption, and Impacts on Household Vehicle Ownership Center for Urban Transportation Research Transportation Webcast. The University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
2016 N. Menon. Understanding Consumer Trends in Vehicle Ownership with the Introduction of Shared Autonomous Vehicles (SAVs): Findings from Multi-Population Surveys in Florida. The University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
2014 N. Menon. Emerging Automotive and Transportation Technologies – Autonomous Vehicles. The University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Research Project Experience

2017-present Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

·      Development of Transportation System Simulation Manual (traffic simulation, data collection & management)

·      A Performance-based Approach for Managing and Operating our Transportation System (traffic simulation, data, performance measures, reliability analysis)

·      Campus Automated Shuttle Deployment Initiative (autonomous vehicles, shared mobility, stated preference surveys, data analysis)

2013-2017 Graduate Research Assistant, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

·     Understanding Consumers’ Perceptions, Intended Adoption, and Anticipated Travel Behavioral Impacts of Autonomous Vehicles (autonomous vehicles, shared mobility, vehicle ownership, stated preference surveys, data analysis, behavioral economics, econometric models, cluster analysis)

·     Florida Aviation Activity Forecast Methodologies and Tools Development (FDOT BDV25 977-36) (aviation economics, forecasting, time series)

·     Development of Success and Deterrence Factors for Logistics Activity Centers (FDOT BDV25 977-04)  (logistics, freight, economic development, data analysis, stated preference surveys, qualitative analysis)

2013 Transport Planner, Center for infrastructure, Sustainable Transport & Urban Planning (CiSTUP), Bangalore, India

·     Performance Evaluation of the City and State Bus Network (transit system performance measures, analytical hierarchy process)

2011-2012 Graduate Researcher, MIT Portugal Program, Lisbon, Portugal

·     Exploring the prospect of operating low-cost carriers and legacy carriers from the same airport terminal (airport systems design, low-cost terminal design, service quality, importance-performance analysis)

Teaching Experience

2018 Adjunct Instructor, Transport Planning and Economics (Graduate – TTE 5501)

·      Developing a three-credit course on the principles of the transportation planning field with a systems design perspective, four-step modeling, and principles of transport economics

2014-2015 Teaching Assistant, Transportation Engineering II (Undergraduate – TTE 4005)

·     Graded assignments, conducted office hours and provided feedback/evaluation

2013-2015 Instructor, Design Graphics (Undergraduate – EGN/EGS 1113)

·     Developed a three-credit course on the principles of engineering drawing, and design using AutoCAD, designed exams, grading, provided feedback/evaluation

Professional Service

Referee Work for Journals (numbers in parentheses)

Transportation Research Record (12)

Journal of Transport Geography (1)

Leadership & Involvement

2018-present     Friend, Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee ADD20: Social and Economic Factors of Transportation

2016-present     Member, Social Media Committee – Institute of Transportation Engineers, District 10

2016-present     Friend, Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee ADB10: Traveler Behavior and Values

2016-present     Friend, Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee AHB30: Vehicle-Highway Automation

2016-present     Friend, Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee AV040: Aviation Economics and Forecasting

2016-present     Friend, Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee AV050: Airport Terminals and Ground Access

2014-present     Member, Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

2015-2016          President, Institute of Transportation Engineers, USF Student Chapter

2013-2014          Member, Visionary Concepts for Florida Future Corridors (FDOT BDV25 932-01)

2009-2011          Team Leader, Project PRISM – A Govt. of Kerala (India) Educational Initiative

Skills

Programming: working knowledge of R

Mapping: GeoMedia, working knowledge of ArcGIS and QGIS

Modeling: CUBE, VISUM

Design: AutoCAD

Data Analysis: SPSS, Stata, Biogeme, NLOGIT, WEKA

Optimization: FICO-XPRESS, GAMS

Decision-Making: Expert Choice, MACBETH

Eligibility

Citizenship         India, on F1, OPT

References

  • Dr. Fred Mannering

Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of South Florida, Tampa

Email: flm@usf.edu

  • Dr. Robert L. Bertini

Director, Center of Urban Transportation Research

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of South Florida, Tampa

Email: rbertini@usf.edu

  • Dr. Yu Zhang

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of South Florida, Tampa

Email: yuzhang@usf.edu