Chandra Bhat awarded TRB Pyke Johnson Award

News Release
For Immediate Release
August 27, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas – Chandra Bhat, Director of the Center for Transportation Research at the University of Texas, has been awarded the Pyke Johnson Award by the Transportation Research Board Executive Committee.

The award is given each year for the best paper in the area of transportation planning and the environment. Dr. Bhat previously won the same award in 2007.

The winning paper, “Modeling of Household Vehicle Type Choice Accommodating Spatial Dependence Effects”, was co-authored by Rajesh Paleti of the University of Texas, Ram Pendyala of Arizona State University, and Konstandinos Goulias of the University of California at Santa Barbara.

By examining factors such as the number and type of vehicles in each household, as well as the ways in which they are used, Dr. Bhat and his colleagues were able to develop a model that not only predicts travel behaviors but also provides important information on greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.

“This was a collaborative effort, and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work with my student and a couple of esteemed colleagues and close friends from other Universities. The Pyke Johnson Award is a prestigious award, and I am humbled to be a recipient again. There are many transportation-related challenges that can be addressed through a better understanding of why we travel the way we do, and the work that we received the award for represents that”, explains Bhat.

This award is the latest in a lengthy series of distinctions he has received. Dr. Bhat is a leading expert and professor in travel demand modeling and travel behavior analysis. His pioneering contributions in econometric choice modeling are now routinely used in the transportation field as well as several other fields.


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