Nikhil’s core research interests are in the following areas:

Autonomous Vehicles and Emerging Mobility Systems

  • Assessing public opinions and sentiments on adopting emerging mobility systems
  • Assessing the benefits of new mobility services in bridging the gap between accessibility and mobility – jobs, healthcare on upward mobility
  • Investigating the effects of state-wide policies and legislation on market penetration of autonomous vehicles
  • Understanding the impact of autonomous vehicles on medium and longer-term lifestyle decisions – residential location, health/well being, and social welfare

Shared Mobility Systems

  • Assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on usage of shared mobility systems
  • Exploring connections between existing policies and barriers to entry for shared mobility systems among members of the transportation disadvantaged communities
  • Identifying travel behavioral challenges faced by users with travel-restricted medical conditions and the potential for shared mobility systems to bridge mobility and accessibility gaps of these disadvantaged segments

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

Sustainable Communities

  • Assessing the impact of mass evacuations on the vulnerable populations
  • Estimating transportation system/project impacts on air quality, equity, health, and well-being
  • Role of sustainable transport systems on community access to healthy foods, jobs, and healthcare