Joseph Y.J. Chow, PhD, PE

Joseph Y.J. Chow, PhD, PE

Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of C2SMART University Transportation Center

Civil and Urban Engineering


Dr. Joseph Chow is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Urban Engineering and Deputy Director at the C2SMART University Transportation Center at NYU, and heads BUILT@NYU: the Behavioral Urban Informatics, Logistics, and Transport Laboratory. His research expertise lies in transportation systems, with emphasis on multimodal networks, behavioral urban logistics, smart cities, and transport economics. He is an NSF CAREER award recipient; he serves as the elected Vice Chair of the Urban Transportation SIG at INFORMS Transportation Science & Logistics Society, and is an appointed member of the Editorial Boards for Transportation Research Part B and the Committee on Transportation Network Modeling (ADB30) at the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. Prior to NYU, Dr. Chow was the Canada Research Chair in Transportation Systems Engineering at Ryerson University. From 2010 to 2012, he was a Lecturer at University of Southern California and a Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Irvine, where he led the development of a statewide freight forecast model for Caltrans. He has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from UC Irvine (‘10), and an M.Eng. (‘01) and B.S. (‘00) in Civil Engineering from Cornell University with a minor in Applied Math. Dr. Chow is a former Eisenhower and Eno Fellow and a licensed PE in NY.

Journal Articles

ORCID: 0000-0002-6471-3419

Google Scholar Profile

Academic archive

Researchgate profile


Select articles:

1) Sayarshad, H.R., Chow, J.Y.J., 2017. Non-myopic relocation of idle mobility-on-demand vehicles as a dynamic location-allocation-queueing problem. Transportation Research Part E 106, 60-77.

2) Ma, Z., Urbanek, M., Pardo, M.A., Chow, J.Y.J., Lai, X., 2017. Spatial welfare effects of shared taxi operating policies for first mile airport access, International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology, in press, doi: 10.1016/j.ijtst.2017.07.001.

3) Djavadian, S., Chow, J.Y.J., 2017. An agent-based day-to-day adjustment process for modeling ‘Mobility as a Service’ for a two-sided flexible transport market, Transportation Research Part B, 104, 36-57.

4) Guo, Q.W., Chow, J.Y.J., Schonfeld, P., 2017. Stochastic dynamic switching in fixed and flexible transit services as market entry-exit real options. Transportation Research Part C, Special issue on ISTTT 22, accepted for publication.

5) Mendes, L.M., Bennàssar, M.R., Chow, J.Y.J., 2017. Simulation experiment to compare light rail streetcar against shared autonomous vehicle fleet for Brooklyn Queens Connector. Transportation Research Record, in press, doi: 10.3141/2650-17.

Other Publications

Book Chapters:

1) Chow, J.Y.J., Jayakrishnan, R., Mahmassani, H.S., 2013. Is transport modeling education too multidisciplinary? A manifesto on the search for its evolving identity. Travel Behaviour Research: Current Foundations, Future Prospect, eds. E.J. Miller and M.J. Roorda, Lulu Publishing.


University of California, Irvine, 2010

Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering

Cornell University, 2001

Master of Engineering, Civil Engineering

Cornell University, 2000

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering


New York University

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil & Urban Engineering

From: September 2015 to present

Ryerson University

Canada Research Chair and Assistant Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

From: June 2012 to August 2015

University of California, Irvine

Postdoctoral Scholar

Institute of Transportation Studies

From: April 2010 to May 2012

University of Southern California


Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Sol Price School of Public Policy

From: May 2010 to May 2012


Associated Faculty, NYU Center for Urban Science & Progress

Chair, INFORMS TSL Society, Urban Transportation SIG

Member, Editorial Advisory Board for Transportation Research Part B from Elsevier

Co-Chair, TRB Subcommittee on Freight Modeling

Member, TRB Committee on Transportation Network Modeling

Member, World Conference on Transport Research, Freight Transport Modelling SIG

General / Collaborative Research

Tier-1 University Transportation Center:

Connected Cities for Smart Mobility towards Accessible and Resilient Transportation (C2SMART) (co-PI)


CAREER: Urban Transport Network Design with Privacy-Aware Agent Learning, (Principal Investigator)

National Science Foundation, 2017 - 2022

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Stable Matching of Service Tours to Design Cooperative Policies for Transport Infrastructure Systems, (Principal Investigator)

NSF, 2016 - 2019

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Agent-based decision support system for a flexible transit service pilot, (Principal Investigator)

NSERC, 2015

Engage (EGP 477367-14), Industry partner: Metrolinx

Development of mobile device-based surrogate systems for connected and autonomous vehicle technologies, (Principal Investigator)

NSERC, OCE, 2015

Engage (EGP 477034-14), VIP (#22905), Industry partner: Transnomis

Design of Smarter Urban Logistics Systems, (Principal Investigator)

Canada Research Chairs Program, 2013 - 2016

Tier 2 CRC endowment

Multimodal Systems Design with Network Interactions, (Principal Investigator)

NSERC, 2013 - 2016

Discovery Grant (RGPIN/435172-2013), Early Career Researcher