Moshe E. Ben-Akiva

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

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Moshe Ben-Akiva is the Edmund K. Turner Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. 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 Robert Herman Lifetime Achievement Award in Transportation Science given by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Transportation Science and Logistics (TSL) Society, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Association for Travel Behavior Research, the Jules Dupuit prize from the World Conference on Transport Research Society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ITS Society Outstanding Application Award for DynaMIT, a system for dynamic network management. 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 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. He is currently a member of the Future Interstate Highway System Committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which was commissioned through the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015 to research actions needed to upgrade and restore the national interstate highway system to meet growing and shifting demands.

Awards: 

  • Best Simulation Application Paper Award, Transportation Research Board Joint Traffic Simulation Subcommittee, January 2018
  • Robert Herman Lifetime Achievement Award in Transportation Science, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Transportation Science and Logistics (TSL) Society, October 2017
  • Pyke Johnson Best Paper Award, Transportation Research Board Executive Committee, January 2016
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Society Outstanding Application Award for DynaMIT, April 2011
  • Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, April 2010
  • Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, November 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), August 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
  • MIT CEE Effective Teaching Award, September 1995
  • Docteur Honoris Causa from the Université Lumière Lyon, France, July 1992
  • Lady Davis Fellowship as Visiting Associate Professor, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, 1978
  • Operations Research Society of America (ORSA) Transportation Science Dissertation Award, 2nd Prize, 1973

Publications: 

1. Discrete Choice:

Ben-Akiva, M. and Lerman, S. R. (1985), Discrete choice analysis: theory and application to travel demand, Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press.

2. Simulation:

Ben-Akiva, M., Bierlaire, M., Koutsopoulos, H. and Mishalani, R., (2002), Real-time Simulation of Traffic Demand-Supply Interactions within DynaMIT, Transportation and Network Analysis: Current Trends. Miscellanea in Honor of Michael Florian, (eds.) Gendreau, M. and Marcotte, P., London, Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp.19-36

Ben-Akiva, M., Koutsopoulos, H., Antoniou, C., and Balakrishna, R. (2010), Traffic Simulation with DynaMIT. In J. Barcelo, ed. Fundamentals of Traffic Simulation. New York: Springer, pp. 363-398

Ben-Akiva, M., Koutsopoulos, H., Toledo, T., Yang, Q., Choudhury, C., Antoniou, C., and Balakrishna, R. (2010), Traffic Simulation with MITSIMLab. In J. Barcelo, ed. Fundamentals of Traffic Simulation. New York: Springer, pp. 233-268

Azevedo, C., Ciuffo, B., Cardoso, J., and Ben-Akiva, M. (2015), “Dealing with uncertainty in detailed calibration of traffic simulation models for safety assessment”, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Vol. 58, pp. 395-412

3. Smart Mobility:

Atasoy, B., Ikeda, T., Song, X., and Ben-Akiva, M. (2015), “The concept and impact analysis of a flexible mobility on demand system”, Transportation Research Part C, Vol. 56, pp. 373-392.

Atasoy, B., Ikeda, T., and Ben-Akiva, M. (2016), “An Innovative Concept for Paratransit: Flexible Mobility on Demand”, in Paratransit: Shaping the Flexible Transport Future, Vol. 8, Mulley, C. and Nelson, J.D. (eds), Emerald Group Publishing Ltd, pp. 357-375

4. Personalization:

Ben-Akiva, M., McFadden, D., and Train, K. “Foundations of Stated Preference Elicitation: Consumer Behavior and Choice-Based Conjoint Analysis”. Working Paper

Becker, F., Danaf, M., Song, X., Atasoy, B., and Ben-Akiva, M.E. (2017). “Bayesian estimator of logit mixture models with inter- and intra-consumer heterogeneity”. Submitted to Transportation Research Part B: Methodological

Song, X., Becker, F., Danaf, M., Atasoy, B. and Ben-Akiva, M. “Enhancement of Hierarchical Bayes Procedure for Logit Mixture”. Submitted to Marketing Letters