Faculty Profile

BIOGRAPHY

  • PhD, Industrial Engineering/Management Sciences, Northwestern University, 1981
  • MS, Industrial Engineering/Management Sciences, Northwestern University, 1977
  • BA, Mathematics, Florida State University, 1975

Patricia Mokhtarian joined our School in Fall 2013 semester from University of California-Davis, where she was a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, associate director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, and founding chair of the interdisciplinary MS/PhD program in Transportation Technology and Policy. Prior to joining the UC Davis faculty in 1990, she worked for several years in regional planning and consulting in Southern California.  Dr. Mokhtarian has specialized in the study of travel behavior for more than 30 years, and has authored or co-authored more than 200 refereed journal articles, technical reports, and other publications.  She is a North American area editor of the journal Transportation, and is on the editorial boards of Transportation Research Part A, Transport Policy, Transportation Letters, the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, the European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, and Travel Behaviour and Society .

Dr. Mokhtarian's Google Scholar profile may be seen at:
http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=84jTPKEAAAAJ

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • impacts of land use on travel behavior (particularly including residential location and residential self-selection issues)
  • impacts of telecommunications technology on travel behavior
  • the need to travel for its own sake
  • multitasking attitudes and behavior, especially during travel
  • commuters’ responses to congestion or to system disruptions

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Eminent Professor Lecture: The study of multitasking and polychronicity, and its application to travel-based multitasking in autonomous vehicles. Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, May 23, 2016.
  • Invited speaker, endowed lecture series: Challenging conventional transport planning practice: Reflections on the "real" utility of travel. Ogden Transport Lecture, Institute of Transport Studies, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, May 19, 2016.
  • Sustained Research Award, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015.
  • Keynote speaker: If telecommunication is such a great replacement for travel, why does congestion keep getting worse? 14th International Conference on Traffic and Transportation Engineering, Tehran, Iran, February 24, 2015.
  • Keynote speaker: Subjective Well-being and Travel: Retrospect and Prospect. 14th Triennial Conference of the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research, Windsor, UK, July 19-23, 2015.
  • PROFILES, TR News (the bimonthly magazine of the Transportation Research Board), September/October 2014. “The PROFILES honor and highlight the professional achievements and contributions of select TRB leaders.”
  • Invited speaker, endowed lecture series: What Good is it? Reflections on the Utility of Travel in a Resource-Constrained Era, Eighth Annual Martin Wachs Distinguished Lecture in Transportation, University of California, Los Angeles, October 9, 2014.
  • Keynote speaker: How Much Does the Method Influence the Answer? A Ceteris Paribus Empirical Comparison of Approaches for Assessing the Impact of Self-Selection on Travel Behavior, World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR), Delft, the Netherlands, June 24, 2014.
  • Invited speaker, university-wide endowed lecture series: The Implications of Travel-Based Multitasking for Modeling and Policy: A Conceptual Exploration and Some Preliminary Empirical Results. Burack Lecture, University of Vermont, Burlington, April 14, 2014.
  • Invited to give a talk (December 12, 2013) for the Distinguished Transport Lecture Series hosted by the University of Hong Kong Institute of Transport Studies, and also to be a plenary session speaker at the 18th Annual Hong Kong Society for Transport Studies (HKSTS) conference (December 14-16)
  • Invited to give a keynote talk to the IEEE Online Conference on Green Communications (October 31, 2013)

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • “The Combined Effects of Driver Attitudes and In-vehicle Feedback on Fuel Economy”, by Tai Stillwater, Kenneth S. Kurani, and Patricia L. Mokhtarian. Forthcoming, Transportation Research D.
  • “Discrete Choice Models’ Rho-Squared: A Reintroduction to an Old Friend”, by Patricia L. Mokhtarian. Journal of Choice Modelling 21, 2016, 60-65.
  • “Presenting the Independence of Irrelevant Alternatives Property in a First Course on Logit Modeling”, by Patricia L. Mokhtarian. Journal of Choice Modelling 21, 2016, pp. 25-29.
  • “Association between Online Purchasing and Store Purchasing for Four Types of Products in Nanjing, China”, by Feng Zhen, Xinyu (Jason) Cao, Patricia L. Mokhtarian, and Guangliang Xi. Transportation Research Record 2566, 2016, 93-101. DOI 10.3141/2566-10.
  • “The Interactions between E-shopping and Store Shopping in the Shopping Process for Search Goods and Experience Goods”, by Qing Zhai, Xinyu Cao, Patricia Mokhtarian, and Feng Zhen. Forthcoming, Transportation.
BOOKS
  • “Impacts of Information and Communication Technology”, by Giovanni Circella and Patricia L. Mokhtarian. Chapter 4 in Susan Hanson and Genevieve Giuiliano (eds.), The Geography of Urban Transportation. Guilford Press, New York, 2017, pp. 86-109.
  • “The Role of Attitudes in Accounting for Self-selection Effects”, by Bert van Wee and Patricia Mokhtarian. Chapter 31 in Robin Hickman, David Bonilla, Moshe Givoni, David Banister (eds.), International Handbook on Transport and Development. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham,UK and Northampton, MA, USA, 2015, pp. 166-178.
  • “Impacts of ICT on Travel Behavior: A Tapestry of Relationships”, by Patricia L. Mokhtarian and Gil Tal. Chapter 14 in The Sage Handbook of Transport Studies, Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Jon Shaw, and Theo Notteboom, eds., London: Sage Publications, 2013, 241-260.
  • “Trivariate Probit Models of Pre-purchase/Purchase Shopping Channel Choice: Clothing Purchases in Northern California”, by Patricia L. Mokhtarian and Wei (Laura) Tang. Chapter 12 in Stephane Hess and Andrew Daly, eds., Choice Modelling: The State of the Art and the State of Practice – Selected Papers from the Second International Choice Modelling Conference. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham,UK and Northampton, MA, USA, 2013, 243-273.
  • “The Connections among Accessibility, Self-Selection and Walking Behaviour: A Case Study of Northern California Residents”, by Xinyu Cao and Patricia L. Mokhtarian. Chapter 5 in Karst T. Geurs, Kevin J. Krizek, and Aura Reggiani (eds.), Accessibility Analysis and Transport Planning: Challenges for Europe and North America. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham,UK and Northampton, MA, USA, 2012, 73-95.
PROCEEDINGS
  • “Increasing – and Decreasing – Fuel Economy Using Feedback: A Behavioral Theory Inspired Ecodriving Experiment”, by Tai Stillwater, Kenneth S. Kurani, and Patricia L. Mokhtarian. Paper No. 12-4502 presented at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC, January 2012.
  • “Are the Complementary Relationships between Transportation and Communications for Industrial Uses Dominant? A Case Study for Asian Countries”, by Sangho Choo, Yukyoung Chang, Patricia L. Mokhtarian, and Keeyeon Hwang. Paper No. 12-2985, accepted for presentation at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC, January, 2012.
  • “Impacts of a Major Freeway Reconstruction on Bus Ridership: A Time-Series Analysis of Sacramento, California's Fix I-5 Project”, by Rachel Carpenter, Patricia L. Mokhtarian, Michael Zhang, and Alex Aue. Paper No. 11-3557 presented at the 90th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC, January 2011.
  • “Accounting for Taste Heterogeneity in Purchase Channel Intention Modeling: An Example from Northern California for Clothing Purchases”, by Wei (Laura) Tang and Patricia L. Mokhtarian. Paper No. 10-3531 presented at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC, January 2010.
  • “Complementarity or Substitution of Online and In-store Shopping: An Empirical Analysis from Northern California”, by Giovanni Circella and Patricia L. Mokhtarian. Paper No. 10-0894 presented at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC, January 2010. [update/revision of 2007 Amsterdam paper]
PRESENTATIONS
  • Invited keynote speaker, workshop on Smart Urban Mobility, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, November 26-27, 2015.
  • Invited discussant in workshop on Shaping the Transportation Revolution. US Department of Energy, Sacramento, California, October 21, 2015.
  • Invited workshop presentation: The impact of activities while traveling on the subjective evaluation of travel time. 14th Triennial Conference of the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research, Windsor, UK, July 19-23, 2015.
  • Invited seminar: What good is it? Reflections on the utility of travel in a resource-constrained era. Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, June 1, 2015.
  • Invited seminar: The impact of activities while traveling on the subjective evaluation of travel time. Northwestern University Transportation Center, Evanston, IL, April 23, 2015.