Moshe E. Ben-Akiva

Moshe E. Ben-Akiva
Edmund K. Turner Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Bio: 

Moshe Ben-Akiva is the Edmund K. Turner Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Director of the MIT Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Lab. He holds a PhD degree in Transportation Systems from MIT and honorary degrees from the University of the Aegean, the Université Lumiére Lyon, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and the University of Antwerp. His awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Association for Travel Behavior Research, the Jules Dupuit prize from the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) ITS Society Outstanding Application Award for DynaMIT, a mesoscopic simulator with algorithms for dynamic traffic assignment, traffic predictions and travel information and guidance. Ben-Akiva has coauthored two books, including the textbook Discrete Choice Analysis, published by MIT Press, and over 200 papers in refereed journals or conference proceedings. He has been a member of over three dozen various scientific committees, advisory boards, and editorial boards. He has worked as a consultant in industries such as transportation, energy, telecommunications, financial services and marketing for a number of private and public organizations, including Hague Consulting Group, RAND Europe, ChoiceStream and Cambridge Systematics, where he was previously a Senior Principal and member of the Board of Directors.

Awards: 

  • Pyke Johnson Award for best paper in the area of planning and environment, 2016, awarded by the Transportation Research Board Executive Committee for paper “Exploratory Analysis of a Smartphone-Based Travel Survey in Singapore”
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Society 2011 Outstanding Application Award for DynaMIT
  • Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, April 2010
  • Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, Nov, 2008 Dupuit Prize, World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS), July 2007
  • Samuel M. Seegal Prize, MIT, for a professor who “inspires students in pursuing and achieving excellence”, May 2007
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, International Association for Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR), 2006
  • Professor Extraordinary, Department of Logistics, Stellenbasch University, January 2005
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree, University of the Aegean, Chios, Greece, October 2000
  • Edmund K. Turner Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, September 1996
  • Docteur Honoris Causa from the Université Lumière Lyon, France, July 1992
  • Lady Davis Fellowship as Visiting Professor, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, 1978
  • Operations Research Society of America (ORSA) Transportation Science Dissertation Award, 2nd Prize, 1973