projects

Advanced Mobility Management, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)

Funding: Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), 2016-2020

As part of the Future Urban Mobility (FM) IRG of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), the team led by Prof. Zhao combine behavioral science and transportation technology to envision a future urban mobility system for Singapore that integrates public transit, walking and bicycling, shared mobility and autonomous vehicles.  Read More 

Social Mobility Sharing: Faceless Efficiency or Emerging Mode of Human Interaction

Funding: MIT IDSS 2016

Traffic congestion, dominated by single-occupancy vehicles, reflects not only transportation system inefficiency and externality, but also a sociological state of human isolation. Advances in ICT are enabling the growth of real-time ride sharing—whereby passengers are paired up on car trips with similar Origin-Destinations and proximate time windows—to improve system efficiency by moving more people in fewer cars. Lesser known, however, are the opportunities of shared mobility as a tool to foster and strengthen human interactions. Read More 

Global Mobility Culture Comparison and China’s Mobility Management

Funding: MIT Energy Initiative, Mobility of the Future 2016-2019

Mobility is already changing in response to evolving demographics, consumer preferences, new business models, connectedness, technology, alternative fuels, and policy. Future changes are anticipated but there is great uncertainty about the pace of change and which mobility options will be adopted. Read More 

Urban-Scale Social Responsibility in China: Behavioral Perspectives in Real Estate and Transportation

Funding: Samuel Tak Lee Real Estate Entrepreneurship Laboratory (STL) at MIT 2016-2018

“Social responsibility” has become a maxim of urban development in Chinese cities, yet there is no consistent set of actions that “social responsibility” must entail. The drive for “social responsibility” has not coalesced into coherent norms governing personal, corporate, and governmental actions.  Read More 

Mega-Regionalization and Urban Reconfiguration: The Spatial and Wider Economic Impacts of China’s High-Speed Rail System

Funding: Samuel Tak Lee Real Estate Entrepreneurship Laboratory at MIT 2015-2017

Among the most powerful forces shaping China’s urban transition is a new High-Speed Rail (HSR) network, an ongoing investment project that dramatically improves inter-urban accessibility. HSR will spur the creation of multinucleated urban mega regions.  Read More 

Transport for London - MIT Partnership

Funding: Transport for London

MIT partners with Transport for London to improve London’s multimodal transportation system. Sample projects include designing interactive connectivity mapping tools; individual level mobility prediction for customized information provision; real-time London Underground demand forecast for decision support; bus route sketch planning; and mitigation strategies for bus operations under road construction. Read More 

Chicago Transit Authority - MIT Partnership

Funding: Chicago Transit Authority

Urban transportation is rapidly evolving with the introduction of new mobility service, including car sharing, bike sharing, and on-demand taxis and shuttles. These modes may both conflict and complement public transportation. Transit Lab works with Chicago Transit Authority to identify ways in which the new modes can be integrated with public transportation to improve user experience while achieving sustainability. Read More 

Hong Kong MTR - MIT Partnership

Funding: Transport for London

Passenger Assignment to Journeys (Yiwen Zhu-NEU, Haris N. Koutsopoulos, Nigel Wilson) The research is looking into the problem of assigning individual passengers to train trips. A probabilistic model utilizing detailed AFC and train movement data is under development, incorporating capacity constraints of individual vehicles. The model estimates the probability that a given passenger boarded a specific train itinerary and the probability of being denied boarding.  Read More 

Promote Sustainable Travel Behavior through Employer-Based Commute Incentives, Federal Highway Administration

Funding: Federal Highway Administration

Supported by the Federal Highway Administration, Transit Lab works with MIT administration to launch a new commuter benefits program AccessMIT, aimed at providing flexible, affordable and low carbon travel options to its staff, students, faculty and visitors. Read More