Cynthia Chen, PhD
My primary research interest and focus is to understand human movements in time and space. I focus on characterizing key characteristics of these movements, identifying regular and irregular patterns, and charting out the lifecycle of these patterns over time. I am currently directing a NSF-funded research project aimed at understanding the meaning, the scope, and the lifecycle of disaster from a social behavioral point of view.
I teach courses in Travel Demand Forecasting, Transportation Survey Methods, and Urban Transportation Planning.
Box 352700, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-8974; Fax: 206-543-1543; email: email@example.com
Associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (http://www.ce.washington.edu)
Adjunct associate professor of Urban Design and Planning (http://urbdp.be.washington.edu/)
Affiliated faculty and member in the Ph.D. steering committee, Interdisciplinary PhD program in Urban Design and Planning (http://depts.washington.edu/urbdpphd/)
Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2001
M.S., New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1995
B.A., Nan Kai University, 1992
· Member, WSDOT aviation advisory board (on Aviation Economic Impact Study) (2010-2011)
· Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Transportation (Journal) (2010-present)
· Chair, subcommittee on Time Use and Activity and Travel Patterns, Travel Behavior and Values Committee, Transportation Research Board (2004-present)
· Member, Committee on Travel Behavior and Values (ADB10) http://trb-travelbehavior.org/, Transportation Research Board (2004-present)
· Member, Committee on Telecommunications and Travel Behavior (ADB20), Transportation Research Board (2004-present)
· Member, Committee on Travel Survey Methods (ABJ40), Transportation Research Board (2011-present)
· Reviewer of over 10 proposals for National Science Foundation and Swiss National Science Foundation
· Member, King County Parking Inventory Study Panel (2011)
· Reviewer of many professional journals
CEE416: Urban Transportation Planning (Fall)
CEE500: Transportation Seminars (Fall)
CEE581: Travel Demand Forecasting (Winter) http://courses.washington.edu/cee581 (UW id and password required)
CEE599H: Transportation Survey Methods (Spring) http://courses.washington.edu/cee599h (UW id and password required)
Travel behavior analysis (including residential location choices and housing search)
24. Chen, C. and Lin*, H. How far do people search? Analyzing the roles of housing supply, within-household disagreement, and the use of information channels. Housing Studies (accepted).
23. Chen, C. and Lin*, H. (2011) Decomposing Residential Self-selection via a Life Course Perspective. Environment and Planning A 43(11), 2608-2625.
22. Chen, C.; Chen*, J. and Timmermans, H. (2009) Historical Deposition Influence and its Interaction with Lifecycle in Residential Location Decisions: Development of a GEV Discrete Choice Model for Spatial Correlation. Environment and Planning A 41(11) 2760-2777.
21. Chen, C. and Chen*, J. (2009) What is Responsible for a Response Lag of a Significant Change in Discretionary Time Use: the Built Environment, Family and Social Obligations, Temporal Constraints, or a Psychological Delay Factor? Transportation 36, 27-46.
20. Chen*, J.; Chen, C. and Timmermans, H. (2008) Accessibility Tradeoffs in Residential Location Decisions. Transportation Research Record 2077,71-79.
19. Chen, C.; Gong, H.; and Paaswell, R. (2008) Role of the Built Environment on Mode Choice Decisions: Additional Evidence on the Impact of Density. Transportation 35(3), 285-299.
18. Chen, C. and McKnight, C. (2007). Does the Built Environment Make a Difference? Additional Evidence from the Daily Activity and Travel Behavior of Homemakers Living in NYC and Suburbs. Journal of Transport Geography 15(5), 380-395.
17. Chen, C. and Lin, J. (2006) Making an Informed Vehicle Scrappage Decision. Transport Review 26(6), 731-748.
16. Chen, C. and Chen*, X. (2006) Dynamic Discrete Choice Models with Future Expectation. The International Journal of Intelligent Controls and Systems 11(1), 36-50.
15. Chen, C. and Mokhtarian, P. (2006) Tradeoffs between Time Allocations to Maintenance Activities/Travel and Discretionary Activities/Travel. Transportation 33, 223-240.
14. Chen, C. and Niemeier, D. A Mass Point Vehicle Scrappage Model (2005) Transportation Research Part B 39(5), 401-415.
13. Chen, C. (2005) Feasible Activity and Travel Patterns Using a Discrete Choice Framework. (2005) Journal of Transportation Research Forum, July.
12. Chen, C.; Garling, T.; and Kitamura, R. (2004). Activity Rescheduling: Deliberate or Habitual? Transportation Research Part F 7(6), 351-371.
11. Mokhtarian, P. and Chen, C. (2004) TTB or Not TTB, that is the Question: A Review and Analysis of the Empirical Literature on Travel Time (and Money) Budgets. Transportation Research Part A 38(9-10), 643-675.
10. Kitamura, R.; Chen, C.; Pendyala, R.; and Narayanan, R. (2000) Micro-simulation of Daily Activity-Travel Patterns for Travel Demand Forecasting. Transportation 27(1), 25-51.
9. Chen, C.; Kitamura, R.; and Chen, J. (1999) Multimodal Daily Travel Planner – an Interactive Approach. Transportation Research Record 1676, 37-43.
8. Kitamura, R.; Chen, C.; and Narayanan, R. (1998) Traveler Destination Choice Behavior: Effects of Time of Day, Activity Duration, and Home Location. Transportation Research Record 1645, 76-81.
7. Beaton, P.; Chen, C.; and Meghdir, H. (1998) Stated Choice: a Study in Predictive Validity Using an Aggregate Truth Set. Transportation 25(1), 55-75.
6. Beaton, P.; Chen, C.; and Meghdir, H. (1997) Stated Choice for Transportation Demand Management Models: a Study in Predictive Validity Using a Disaggregate Truth Set. Transportation Research Record 1598, 1-8.
5. Kitamura, R.; Chen, C.; Pendyala, R. (1997) Generation of Synthetic Activity-Travel Patterns. Transportation Research Record 1607, 154-162.
4. Pendyala, R.; Kitamura, R.; Chen, C.; and Pas, E. (1997) An Activity-based Microsimulation Analysis of Transportation Control Measures. Transport Policy 4(3), 183-192.
3. Beaton, P.; Chen, C.; and Meghdir, H. (1996) Stated Choice: a New Tool for Transportation Demand Forecasting. Institute of Transportation Engineers Journal January, 26-29.
2. Chen, C.; Beaton, P. and Meghdir, H. (1995) Profile of Employee Transportation Coordinators. Transportation Research Record 1496, 123-130.
1. Beaton, P.; Chen, C.; and Meghdir, H. (1995) Stated Choice-based Performance Evaluation of Selected Transportation Control Measures and their Transfer across Sites. Transportation Research Record 1496, 168-174.
3. Chen*, L.; Chen, C.; Ewing, R.; McKnight, C.; Srinivasan, R.; Roe, M. Safety countermeasures and crash reductions in New York City—Experience and Lessons learned. Accident, Analysis, and Prevention (accepted)
2. Chen, C.; Lin*, H.; and Loo, B. Exploring the impact of safety culture of immigrants on pedestrian and bicycle crashes. Journal of Urban Health, forthcoming, DOI: 10.1007/s11524-011-9629-7.
1. Chen*, L.; Chen, C.; Raghavan, S.; McKnight, C.; Ewing, R.; Roe, M. Evaluating the safety impacts of bike lanes in New York City. American Journal of Public Health (forthcoming)
2. Gong, H.; Chen, C.; Bialostozky*, E. and Lawson, C. A GPS/GIS Method for Travel Mode Detection in New York City. Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems (forthcoming).
1. Chen, C.; Gong, H.; Lawson, C., and Bialostozky*, E. (2010) Evaluating the Feasibility of a Passive Travel Survey Collection in a Complex Urban Environment: Lessons Learned from the New York City Case Study. Transportation Research Part A 44(10), 830-840.
3. Chen, C. and Varley*, D. (2011) What affects Transit Ridership? A Dynamic Analysis Involving Multiple Factors, Lags, and Asymmetric Behavior. Urban Studies, 48(9), 1893 – 1908
2. Loo, B.; Chen, C., and Chan*, E. (2010) Rail-based Transit-oriented Development: Lessons from New York City and Hong Kong. Landscape and Urban Planning 97(3), 202-212.
1. Chen, C. and Chen*, J. (2009) Diurnal Pattern of Transit Ridership: A Case Study of the New York City Subway System. Journal of Transport Geography 19, 176-186.
5. Pendyala, R.; Goulias, K. and Chen, C. (2009) Remembering a Teacher. Transportation 36, 643-645. [note: this is a memorial paper for my PhD advisor: Dr. Ryuichi Kitamura]
4. Lin, J.; Chen, C.; and Niemeier, D. (2008) An Analysis on Long Term Emission Benefits of a Government Vehicle Fleet Replacement Plan In Northern Illinois. Transportation 35(2), 219-235.
3. Gong, H., Japzon, A. and Chen, C. (2008) Public Libraries and Social Capital in Three New York City Neighborhoods. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie (Journal of Economic and Social Geography) 99(1), 65-83.
2. Guo, J. and Chen, C. (2007) The Built Environment and Travel Behavior: Making the Connection. Transportation 34(5), 529-533.
1. Wen, H. and Chen, C. (2007) Factors Influencing the Initial Roughness of the Concrete Pavement. Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities (ASCE Journal) 21(6), 459-464.
Tingting Wang (PhD student): Tingting is now a second year Ph.D. student in University of Washington.
Her research interest is in understanding people’s travel behavior, especially the contributing factors, underlying regularity and potential abnormality,
and its policy implications.
Li Chen (Ph.D. 2012): Li Chen is currently a PhD candidate in Civil Engineering Department at the City College, City University of New York and expecting to get her doctoral degree in May 2012. Her research topics include evaluation of the effectiveness of safety countermeasures and traffic calming measures, traffic safety and public health, and cost estimation and risk analysis of transportation capital projects. She has worked on the West Side Manhattan Traffic and Transportation Study during her internship at the New York City Department of Transportation from 2005 to 2006, examining traffic, pedestrian, bicycle, goods movement, safety, and land use issues in a rapidly evolving area on the edge of the region's central business district. During 2009-2011 she worked on the research project “Effectiveness of Traffic Calming Measures” sponsored by New York City Department of Transportation, studying the various safety countermeasures in New York City, including speed humps, Barnes Dance, bike lanes, bus lanes, and many others.
Haiyun Lin (Ph.D., 2012): Haiyun Lin is a Ph.D. candidate at City University of New York and expecting to get her doctoral degree in Civil Engineering in May 2012. Ms. Lin’s research activities include behavior analysis focusing on residential location choice and housing search, safety analysis regarding non-motorized travel modes, as well as transportation policy evaluations. Her research interests also include activity-based travel demand modeling and integrated land use and transportation system modeling. Ms. Lin has worked on various research projects with Prof. Cynthia Chen since 2007, from which she gains proficiency in designing and administrating travel survey, as well as conducting various kinds of statistical modeling and geo-spatial analysis.
Dadi Ottosson (M.S. 2012): Dadi Ottosson was recipient of a Valle Fellowship at University of Washington the academic year 2010-2011. His research is focused on how on-street parking demand responses to pricing but he has also worked on two innovation projects regarding traffic safety. His research interest centers around parking in general, travel behavior, transportation planning and in programs that encourage 'green' travel modes. He is currently working as a Transportation Engineer at EFLA consultant company which is located in Iceland.
Jason Chen (Ph.D., 2008): works in Resources System Group as Transportation System Modeler. He has developed a tour-based micro-simulation freight movement model, and has recently done a study on activity-based travel demand model development and application for Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations. Dr. Chen used to work at AECOM as Transportation Planner and his responsibilities include activity-based travel demand model estimation, calibration, and data collection and analysis. He has worked on multi modal studies, which involve estimation, forecasting and evaluation of highway traffic management and improvement (e.g. hot lane, toll schedules) and transit improvement (e.g. new commuter rail and BRT service). He has calibrated NYMTC activity-based travel demand model to better represent the project markets.
Eugene Sit (M.S., 2009): Eugene Sit is an examiner at the New York State Division of the Budget, where his areas of responsibility include the Department of Transportation, Thruway Authority, and Bridge Authority. He has also served as an analyst for the NYS Senate Finance Committee, and an engineer at Vollmer Associates, LLP. His M.S. thesis at the City College of New York presented a sensitivity analysis of the NYMTC Best Practice Model with respect to transit fares. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Columbia University.
Don Varley (M.S., 2009): Don Varley is a transportation planner in New York City. Mr. Varley is currently employed by New York City Transit. As a transportation planner for NYCT, he is responsible for researching and analyzing proposed permanent changes to the NYC bus route network. He develops and maintains a database of service and ridership information for planning purposes. In previous positions, Mr. Varley has worked on a wide range of projects, focusing on public transit in the urban environment. He has also conducted various types of analysis using geographic information systems (GIS) to analyze spatially related data such as socio-demographic data, transit ridership, and transit mobility and accessibility for various clients including the New York City Department of Transportation. While at the City College of New York, Mr. Varley worked with Cynthia Chen on detailed ridership analysis, including calculation of short- and long-term price elasticity for factors affecting transit ridership for New Jersey Transit..
Professor Fang Zong: Visiting associate professor of Jilin University.
Xiaowei Hu: Xiaowei Hu is a visiting Ph.D. student from Harbin Institute of Technology, China. His research interests including travel behavior analysis and transportation management policy. Now he is working with Prof. Chen on human mobility dynamics analysis based on taxi GPS traces data.