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Transportation Research for Integrated Planning (TRIP) Lab

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The Transportation Research for Integrated Planning (TRIP) Lab was founded in October 2011 as part of a Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grant associated with a Tier-II Canada Research Chair in Transportation and Land-use Linkages for Regional Sustainability. The TRIP lab is equipped with high-powered computers and servers for geographical and statistical analysis and is able to house up to 10 student researchers. It is also home to unique and expansive transportation and land-use data for Montreal as well as other major urban regions across the country. Analysis of this data is made possible by cutting-edge and sophisticated software for geographical analysis, transportation modeling and statistical analysis.

Research in the TRIP lab focuses on the modeling of transportation, the environment, land-use and their linkages. It also involves using new technologies to collect data on where people decide to live and how they move around the city.

Recently, the TRIP Lab has developed a smartphone travel survey platform (Itinerum™) that can be used by transportation researchers to develop, deploy and collect data with smartphone travel surveys.

Research on urban transportation at Concordia:

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Zachary Patterson (Ph.D. McGill, 2007)
Associate Professor 
Tier-II CRC in Transportation and Land Use Linkages for Regional Sustainability

Zachary is Tier-II Canada Research Chair in Transportation and Land Use Linkages for Regional Sustainability. He received his BA (Honours Anthropology) from McGill University in Montreal, his Master's (Economics) from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and PhD (Geography) from McGill. He was also a postdoctoral researcher at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland in the Transport and Mobility Laboratory (TRANSP-OR). Professionally he worked as an economist at the NAFTA Commission for Environmental Cooperation and as transportation modeler at the Montreal regional public transportation planner, l'Agence métropolitaine de transport. Zachary's research focuses on the modeling of transportation, the environment, land-use and their linkages. He is currently a member of the Transportation Research Board's Planning Applications Committee (ADB50), its Land Development Committee (ADD30), the Global Environmental and Climate Change Centre (GEC3) and of the Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT).

Current Research Projects
  1. L’utilisation des téléphones intelligents pour la collecte de données sur les habitudes de déplacement individuelles (FRSC - Nouveaux chercheurs), Principal Investigator
  2. Entente de recherche et devéloppement (Agence métropolitaine de transport - AMT), Principal investigator
  3. Nouveau Modèle Urbain: vers la mise en place d'un cadre intégré de modélisation du développement urbain et des transports dans la région de Montréal (Ministère des Transports du Québec), Principal-investigator, Co-PI: Ahmed El-Geneidy, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
  4. Canada Research Chair in Transportation-Land-use linkages and regional sustainability (SSHRC), Prinicipal-investigator
  5. Operating Grant: Preference stability in transportation and land-use modeling for sustainable transportation (SSHRC), principal investigator.
  6. Securité des carrefours giratoires au Québec (FQRNT), collaborator.
  7. Empirical analysis of the relationship between urban form, public transit supply and transport sector greenhouse gas emissions in the Quebec urban context (FQRNT), collaborator.
  8. Circulation et qualité de l’air : Parachèvement de l’Autoroute 25 (Ministère des transports, Québec), collaborator.
Current students
Name Degree Research Area Co-supervisor Unit
Annie Chang MEng Land-use and emissions  Miranda-Moreno Civ. Eng., McGill
Javad (Arash) Darbani MSc Video Games & Residential Location   GPE, Concordia
Kyle Fitsimmons BA Location Choice Tools   GPE, Concordia
Hamidreza Moghaddam MSc Smartphone Data Collection   GPE, Concordia
Mario Cano Perdomo MSc Stated choice and roundabout design Saunier GPE, Concordia
Dr. Ali Rezeai Postdoc Stated and Revealed Household Location Choice   GPE, Concordia
Natalie Wiseman MSc Block Subdivision Algorithms   GPE, Concordia
Ali Yazdizadeh MSc Visual SP Surveys   GPE, Concordia
Former students
Name Degree Research Area Co-supervisor Unit
Sabrina Chan MEng Transit and emissions  Miranda-Moreno Civ. Eng., McGill
Annelise Grube-Cavers MSc Transport and gentrification    GPE, Concordia
Christopher Harding MSc Land-use and emissions    GPE, Concordia
Razafindramary Robson BEng Smart phone data collection   Soft. Eng., Concordia
Simon Saddier Intern Baby boomer res. choice   GPE, Concordia
Sydney Swaine-Simon BEng Unity and Stated Choice Surveys   Soft. Eng., Concordia
Phil Viau USRA Scholar Smartphone data collection   GPE, Concord
Recent Working Papers
Current Opportunities (with funding) in the TRIP Lab
  1. Master's student to work on transportation and land use modeling: experience with (willing to learn about) GIS and programming (Python, Java or C++) required.
  2. Master's student to work on preference stability in the context of transportation and land-use modeling: experience with (interest in learning about) discrete choice modeling, GIS or spatial statistics required.
  3. Master's student to work on transportation-related data collection through the use of smart phones.
  4. Master's student interested in stated choice experiments in context of public transit and household location choice: experience with (willing to learn about) discrete choice modeling and/or visualization tools (e.g. Google Sketchup) required.
  5. Master's student to work on modeling gentrification in Canadian cities.
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