Past Projects

The University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

TERM PAPERS

  • Understanding Consumers’ Intended Adoption of Fully Autonomous Vehicles – Findings from a Graduate Class Survey – analyze data from a graduate class survey to identify the various demographic factors influencing the intended adoption of fully autonomous vehicles immediately after they’re available in the market, and at comparable prices to conventional vehicles. (Submitted to Dr. Fred Mannering; Term Project – CGN6933 Statistical and Econometric Methods in Transportation Data Analysis – I , FALL 2015; University of South Florida) [Full Report]
  • Analyzing Transit Route Choice in a Unimodal Network – an unlabeled choice approach – develop a random utility-based discrete choice model to analyze user’s route choice behavior in a unimodal public transit network. (Submitted to Dr. Abdul Pinjari; Term Project – TTE.6505 Discrete Choice Modeling, SPRING 2015; University of South Florida) [Full Report] [Presentation Slides]
  • Minimizing USF Campus Shuttle Operation Cost by Efficient Scheduling – Bull Runner Route C –  optimizing the schedule of the campus shuttle Route C by a simple optimization model. (Submitted to Dr. Seyed Javad Sajjadi; Term Project – ESI.6410 Optimization in Operations Research, FALL 2014; University of South Florida) [Full Report] [Presentation Slides]
  • Analyzing the Explanatory Factors For Household Trip Generation Modeling – A case study of Netherlands – understanding the factors influencing household trip generation in the Netherlands by means of a multivariate regression modeling approach. (Submitted to Dr. Jayjit Chakraborty; Term Project – GEO.6166 Multivariate Statistical Analysis, SPRING 2014; University of South Florida) [Full Report] [Presentation Slides]
  • Impact of Airline Market Consolidation Towards Air Traffic in Florida – analyze the impact of airline mergers and market consolidation towards air traffic in Florida airports – both at an airport as well as an airline route level. It was found that  airline market consolidation led to the formation of newly concentrated markets at the airport level (TPA & MCO).  (Submitted to Dr. Yu Zhang; Term Project – TTE.5620 Air Transportation, SPRING 2014; University of South Florida) [Full Report] [Presentation Slides]
  • Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) Traditional 4–step Travel Demand Model – a review of the ARC 4 step travel demand model. It was established that the TRC model showed reliable estimates in comparison with observed data like OD surveys or other comparable metropolitan travel demand models like BMC 2000. (Submitted to Dr. Abdul Pinjari; Term Project – TTE.6507 Travel demand Modeling, FALL 2013; University of South Florida) [Full Report]
  • Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on Safety –  understanding the need to look at a safety-centric development for merging vehicle technologies and reviewing the state of the world in terms of safety and automation features available. Finally, a discussion on the challenges that need to be overcome for the smooth implementation of such technologies. (Submitted to Dr. Pei-Sung Lin; Term Project – TTE.5205 Transportation Systems Engineering, FALL 2013; University of South Florida) [Final Report] [Presentation Slides]

Centre for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transport and Urban Planning (CiSTUP), Bangalore, India

My short role as a Transport Planner at the Centre for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transport and Urban Planning (CiSTUP) involved the performance evaluation of the public transport network in Bangalore (BMTC) and the state of Karnataka (KSRTC) using the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) technique. The focus was to develop an AHP model which aided in the evaluation of the public transport network.

Supervisor: Prof. T.G.Sitharam

Instituto Superior Técnico (MIT Portugal Program)

As a graduate student of the MIT Portugal CTIS Masters, my research focused on service quality in airport terminals. Studies have shown the growing influence of low-cost airlines across the world by means of their ever-increasing market share. Legacy airlines, on the other hand, have often resorted to mergers and acquisitions in order to withstand the cut-throat airline environment of the present day. Unfortunately, some legacy carriers have been forced to cease operations as well, as a result of the times. From an airport terminal point of view, low-cost airlines currently use separate terminals from their legacy counterparts with an aim to cut costs as part of their business model. The goal of this research was to explore the idea of operating low cost and legacy carriers from the same airport terminal from the point of view of service quality inside the terminal.

Supervisor: Prof. Rosario Macario

MASTERS DISSERTATION

  • Exploring the prospect of operating low-cost carriers and legacy carriers from the same airport terminal – a service quality approach [Full Report] [Presentation Slides]

TERM PROJECTS

  • Analysis of the Cross City Tunnel Public Private Partnership – This work dealt with the analysis of the Cross City Tunnel PPP in Sydney, Australia. A thorough analysis was also done to explore the failure of the PPP and the restructuring of the PPP was resorted to. (Supervisor(s) – Prof. Rosario Macario & Prof. Richard de Neufville; Course Project – Structured Financing for Transport Projects, Spring 2012, MIT Portugal Program) [Full Report] [Presentation Slides]
  • Case Study on the Sydney International Airport, Australia – Aviation Activity, Forecasts and Personal Insights – (Supervisor: Prof. Richard de Neufville; Course Project – Transport Technology and Operations Management, Spring 2012, MIT Portugal Program) [Full Report]
  • Transport Policy Analysis and Institutional Design for Chennai, India – (Supervisor: Prof. José Viegas; Course Project – Transport Policy and Analysis, Spring 2012, MIT Portugal Program) [Full Report] 
  • Case Study of the International Arrivals Building, John F Kennedy International Airport, New York – The Principal-Agent Theory – Description of the roles of the Principal and the agent in this case and a few personal insights on the case. (Supervisor: Prof. José Viegas; Course Project – Business Models and Contracts, Spring 2012, MIT Portugal Program) [Full Report]
  • Overview of innovative modes of transport and a business proposal for implementing an innovative mode of transport in Lisbon – A list of innovative modes of transport observed worldwide and a business plan for implementing and operating one such mode in Lisbon, Portugal. (Supervisor: Prof José Viegas;  Course Project – Business Models and Contracts, Spring 2012, MIT Portugal Program) [Full Report]
  • Traffic Modelling and Performance Assessment Assignment – This work dealt with the performance evaluation of an inter – urban network (Oeiras, Lisbon) and identification of a set of critical situations which required interventions in the level of saturation to correct the problems prevailing at the moment. (Supervisor – Prof Filipe Moura; Course Project – Transport Planning and Performance Assessment, Fall 2011, MIT Portugal Program) [Full Report]
  • Study on the Optimal Crew Scheduling for the Green Line of Metropolitano de Lisboa – This work dealt with the crew scheduling and rostering process for the Green line of the Lisbon Metro.  (Supervisor(s) – Prof. Jorge Pinho de Sousa and Prof. António Pais Antunes; Course Project – Transportation Systems Analysis, Fall 2011, MIT Portugal Program) [Full Report] [Presentation Slides]
  • Study on the Impact of the Alcantara Tunnel towards the Mobility Shift Patterns at Cais do Sodre and Lisboa Oriente – This work dealt with the impact of the proposed Alcantara tunnel on the mobility shift patterns which would have been observed at the two main railway terminals in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Supervisor – Prof. Gonçalo Correia; Course Project – Information and Communication Technologies,  Fall 2011, MIT Portugal Program) [Full Report]

National Institute of Technology, Calicut India

As an undergraduate student in Civil Engineering at the National Institute of Technology, Calicut, I worked in the areas of transportation engineering and green buildings for my major and mini-theses respectively.

THESES

  • Performance Evaluation and Improvements to Vytilla Junction, Kochi, Kerala – This work dealt with evaluating the performance of the biggest traffic junction in the state of Kerala, India. Based on the results achieved for the said junction, various improvement measures were suggested to improve the present situation of traffic prevailing in the junction. (Supervisor: Dr. K. Krishnamurthy; Major Thesis, Monsoon & Winter Semester 2010, NIT Calicut) [Full Report] [Presentation Slides]
  • Development of Green Construction Schemes to reduce development footprint in buildings – This work dealt with the process of developing schemes based on the LEED ratings to reduce the development footprint in buildings. This is seen as a front-runner in ensuring sustainable and environmentally friendly design processes in the wake of the present movement for greener spaces. (Supervisor: Dr. Arun C; Mini Thesis, Winter Semester 2009, NIT Calicut) [Full Report] [Presentation Slides]

TERM PROJECTS

  • Automated Highway Systems and their impact on Intelligent Transportation Systems Research – This work dealt with the description of the proposed state-of-the-art Automated Highway System and its possible impacts on ITS of the future. (Supervisor – Dr. K. Krishnamurthy; Seminar Report, Monsoon 2010, NIT Calicut) [Full Report] [Presentation Slides]
  • An Insight into the plastic and paper waste management scenario at NIT Calicut – This work, done as part of Environmental Studies in pursuit of the Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering dealt with the problem of plastic and paper waste management at NIT Calicut. The present strategy of disposal was discussed and the possible impacts of the present system were also dealt with, in detail. Further, a proposal to improve the management of plastic and paper wastes was also discussed here. (Supervisor: Dr. G. Unnikrishnan; Course Project on Environmental Studies, Winter Semester 2008, NIT Calicut) [Full Report] [Presentation Slides]
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