Neema was a Senior Postdoc at Urban Mobility Lab from 2016 to 2018, and he recently joined University of Melbourne as an Assistant Professor in Transport Engineering ("Lecturer" in the Australian academic system). He is now a Research Affiliate and collaborator with the Urban Mobility Lab at MIT.
He earned his PhD in Transportation Systems from University of Arizona (2013), and his BSc. and MSc. in Civil/Transportation Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. Neema's research is focused on the new generation of modeling tools and techniques, designed to understand, plan for, operate and manage the multimodal transportation systems of the 21st century, with a partcilar interest in disruptive technologies and new transport opptunities, such as ride-hailing and ride-sharing services, autonomous and connected vehicles, and smart or personalized transit services.
In his doctoral dissertation research at UA, Neema developed innovative network modeling solution methods to optimize the traffic evacuation and intersection control plan for no-notice disasters in real-size networks. He did a PhD internship at San Francisco County Transportation Authority in 2012, where he explored utility-based accessibility measures for the SFCTA’s activity-based travel demand model. After his PhD studies, he went to Australia and joined the Centre for Transport Strategy at University of Queensland (UQ). His research at UQ was mainly focused on modeling the travel behavior of public transit passengers. He has developed advanced network modeling algorithms and statistical methods to model complex travel behaviors in dense and multimodal transit networks.