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Dr. Hesham Rakha

Samuel Reynolds Pritchard Professor of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech, USA


Talk Title
City-wide Agent-based Modeling of Transportation System Energy Consumption

Talk Abstract

The need to objectively and systematically evaluate the network-wide impacts of travel incentive strategies necessitates the development of multi-scale, multi-modal, agent-based modeling tools. This presentation describes the various building blocks of the proposed modeling tool, namely: (a) traveler behavior modeling; (b) modeling of train dynamics; (c) modeling driver and vehicle longitudinal and lateral movement; (d) modeling of multi-modal energy/fuel consumption (gasoline, electric, and plugin hybrid electric vehicles; compressed natural gas buses; and electric trains); (e) integration of microscopic and mesoscopic modeling into a fully-integrated multi-scale multi-modal agent-based modeling tool.

Short Biography

Dr. Rakha is the Samuel Reynolds Pritchard Professor of Engineering in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, a Courtesy Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, and the Director of the Center for Sustainable Mobility (CSM) at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). He is a Professional Engineer in Ontario and a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), and the Transportation Research Board (TRB). In addition, he is on the Editorial Board of Transportation Letters: The International Journal of Transportation Research, IET Intelligent Transport Systems Journal, and the International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology. He is also an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions of Intelligent Transportation Systems and the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems: Technology, Planning and Operations. Dr. Rakha's areas of research include traffic flow theory, traveler and driver behavior modeling, dynamic traffic assignment, transportation network control, optimization, use of artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques in transportation, intelligent vehicle systems, connected and autonomous vehicles, transportation energy and environmental modeling, and transportation safety modeling.

Talk Keywords
Large-scale modeling, transportation system energy consumption, digital cities.
Target Audience
Transportation and city agencies, researchers, and consulting companies
Speaker-intro video

The International Conference on Innovative Applied Energy (IAPE’18)