Joseph Chow ,

  • Institute Associate Professor

  • Deputy Director of C2SMART University Transportation Center


Joseph Chow

Dr. Joseph Chow is an Institute Associate Professor in the Department of Civil & Urban Engineering and the Deputy Director at the C2SMART Tier-1 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 is a former elected Chair of the Urban Transportation SIG and appointed TSL Cluster Chair at INFORMS Transportation Science & Logistics Society, chair of the TRB subcommittee on Route Choice and Spatiotemporal Behavior, and is an appointed Associate Editor for International Journal of Transportation Science & Technology and Transportation Research Record, the journal for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. At NYU he is an Associated Faculty at CUSP and Rudin Center. 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. He obtained a Ph.D. in Transportation 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.

Research Interests
Travel behavioral informatics, urban transportation systems, operations research, urban, sustainability

Cornell University
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 2000

Cornell University
Master of Engineering, Civil Engineering, 2001

University of California, Irvine
Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering, 2010

University of Southern California
Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Sol Price School of Public Policy
From: May 2010 to May 2012

University of California, Irvine
Postdoctoral Scholar
Institute of Transportation Studies
From: April 2010 to May 2012

Ryerson University
Canada Research Chair and Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
From: June 2012 to August 2015

New York University
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil & Urban Engineering
From: September 2015 to present

Journal Articles

ORCID: 0000-0002-6471-3419

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.

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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Design of Smarter Urban Logistics Systems, (Principal Investigator)

Canada Research Chairs Program, 2013 - 2016


Multimodal Systems Design with Network Interactions, (Principal Investigator)

NSERC, 2013 - 2016


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

NSERC, OCE, 2015


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

NSERC, 2015

  • Associated Faculty, NYU Center for Urban Science & Progress
  • Vice 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

About Me: Local NYer, studied in California, taught briefly in Toronto, up for coffee/tea chats

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