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BIOGRAPHY

  • PhD, Infrastructure Engineering and Transportation Planning, Politecnico di Bari - Technical University of Bari, Italy, 2008
  • MS, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, 2009
  • BS+MS, Civil Engineering/Transportation, Politecnico di Bari - Technical University of Bari, Italy, 2004, with Honors

Giovanni Circella joined the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering as a Research Engineer in November 2013. He currently shares his time between Georgia Tech and the University of California, Davis where he works as a part-time researcher at the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). Prior to joining Georgia Tech, he worked for several years as a post-doc researcher at UC Davis, where he developed several research projects and was central to the transportation modeling activities of the Urban Land Use and Transportation (ULTRANS) Center.

Dr. Circella’s research interests and skills include travel behavior analysis, transportation planning, travel demand modeling, land use planning and modeling, travel survey methods, transportation sustainability, energy consumption, and policy analysis. He is an expert in the collection and analysis of behavioral data and the estimation of discrete choice models and other quantitative methodologies. His recent research activity has focused, in particular, on the impact of personal attitudes and preferences on travel choices, the relationships between land use and travel behavior, the analysis of energy consumption associated with different land use patterns, the impact of information and telecommunication technology (ICT) on mobility patterns, and the mobility of young adults (“millennials”).

Dr. Circella has been the principal investigator for several research projects, and has conducted more than $500,000 in sponsored research for a variety of funding agencies, including federal, state, and local government agencies and research foundations.

Dr. Circella is a member of the Committees on Transportation and Information Communication Technologies (ADB20), Transportation Demand Management (ABE50), and Statewide Multimodal Transportation Planning (ADA10) of the Transportation Research Board. He has authored many scientific papers, project reports and contributions to scientific conferences, and he regularly serves as a reviewer for several prestigious scientific journals. He is currently contributing to the organization of the TRB International Conference on Sustainable Transportation, to be held in May 2015 in Washington DC, as the one responsible for the conference program development. Dr. Circella is deeply involved in the activities of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation, which is based at the University of California, Davis and has Georgia Tech as an affiliated center.

Dr. Circella is a member of the panel for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) project 20-102 on the “Impacts of Connected and Automated Vehicles on State and Local Transportation Agencies”. This role matches his research interests for the analysis of the impact of connected and autonomous vehicles on travel behavior, the use of transportation infrastructures and the future modifications in lifestyles and the urban form of cities, which are topics on which he plans to develop additional research activities in future years.

Dr. Circella has been invited to give invited lectures and speeches at several American and European universities and other institutions. He speaks English, Spanish and Italian fluently, and he has been studying and working in the USA, Austria, Spain and Italy. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Italy. In addition to his contribution to scientific and professional organizations, Dr. Circella regularly cooperates with metropolitan planning organizations and non-profit organizations in the U.S. and in Europe.

Starting in October 2014, he has been elected to the Research Faculty Senate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, as the representative of the research faculty members of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Travel behavior analysis
  • Transportation planning
  • Interactions between land use and transportation
  • Travel survey design
  • Travel demand modeling
  • Land use modeling
  • Discrete choice models
  • Energy consumption from land use patterns
  • Impact of multitasking attitudes and behavior, especially during travel
  • Impact of information and communication technology (ICT) on transportation

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Research Faculty Senate, Georgia Institute of Technology, Representative of the Research Faculty Members of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) 20-102: Impacts of Connected and Automated Vehicles on State and Local Transportation Agencies, Panel Member
  • Invited Speaker: Universidad de los Andes (Bogota, Colombia) "Millennials’ Personal Attitudes, Residential Location and Mobility Patterns", March 16, 2015
  • Invited Speaker: LinkedIn Campus, presentation to representatives of the computer industries in the Silicon Valley on "Mobility Patterns of Millennials", Palo Alto, CA, November 18, 2014.
  • Invited Speaker: Technische Universität München (Germany), “Impacts of Attitudes, Information Technology and Multitasking on Transportation Mode Choice”, November 4, 2014
  • Invited Speaker: Regional Government of Puglia, “The California Statewide Travel Demand Model”, Bari, Italy, December 19, 2011
  • Fulbright Fellowship, University of California, Davis, 2006-2007
  • Socrates-Erasmus Fellowship, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain, 2003
  • MS Thesis Award, City of Bari, Italy, 2006
  • Olympic Games of Math, Italian National Finalist, 1997
  • 2014 Outstanding Reviewer, Journal of Urban Planning and Development

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • McFadden, A. J., G. Circella, B. Haydu and N. J. Linesch (2014) “Impact of Proposed Land Use and Transportation Investments on Future Travel Patterns in California”, Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2430, 207-215
  • Guzman, L. A., D. De La Hoz and G. Circella (2014), “Evaluation of Synergies from Transportation Policy Packages Using a Social Welfare Maximization Approach: a Case Study for Madrid, Spain”, Case Studies on Transport Policy, ISSN 2213-624X, doi: 10.1016/j.cstp.2014.07.004
  • Circella G., K. Stefan, J. D. Hunt, A. Brownlee and M. McCoy (2014) “Simplified Model of Local Transit Services”, European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, 14(2), 122-142
  • Dong, Z., P. L. Mokhtarian, G. Circella and J. Allison (2014) “Estimation of Changes in Rail Ridership Through an Onboard Survey: Did Free Wi-Fi Make a Difference to Amtrak's Capitol Corridor Service?”, Transportation, doi: 10.1007/s11116-014-9532-7
  • Pincetl, S., M. Chester, G. Circella, A. Fraser, C. Mini, S. Murphy, J. Reyna and D. Sivaraman (2014) “Enabling Future Sustainability Transitions: An Urban Metabolism Approach to Los Angeles”, Journal of Industrial Ecology, doi: 10.1111/jiec.12144
BOOKS
  • Circella G. and P. L. Mokhtarian (forthcoming) “Impact of Information Communication Technology on Transportation”, Book chapter in Geography of Urban Transportation, 4th Edition, edited by Susan Hanson and Genevieve Giuliano, The Guilford Press, New York
  • Circella G. and F. Pagliara (forthcoming) “Transportation and Land Use”, Book chapter in Handbook of Transportation, edited by Dusan Teodorovic, Routledge
  • Borri D., G. Circella, M. Ottomanelli and D. Sassanelli (2006) “Optimization of Choice Modelling in Complex Urban Contexts: Applications in Planning for Sustainable Development”, Book Chapter in Progress in Design and Decision Support Systems, 51-66, Eindhoven University of Technology Press, Eindhoven, 2006
PROCEEDINGS
  • Malokin, A., P. L. Mokhtarian and G. Circella “How Do Activities Conducted while Commuting Influence Mode Choice? Testing Transit-Advantage and Autonomous-Vehicle Scenarios”, accepted for presentation at the 94th TRB - Transportation Research Board Meeting, Washington D.C., U.S.A., January 11-15, 2015
  • Berliner, R., A. Malokin, G. Circella and P. L. Mokhtarian “Travel-based Multitasking: Modeling the Propensity to Conduct Activities While Commuting”, accepted for presentation at the 94th TRB - Transportation Research Board Meeting, Washington D.C., U.S.A., January 11-15, 2015
  • Deng, H, P. L. Mokhtarian and G. Circella “Factors Influencing Full-day, Part-day and Overtime Telecommuting: An Investigation of Northern California Workers”, accepted for presentation at the 94th TRB - Transportation Research Board Meeting, Washington D.C., U.S.A., January 11-15, 2015
  • Circella, G., J. Ramirez Salgado, P. L. Mokhtarian and M. Diana “The Impact of Activities while Traveling on the Subjective Valuation of Travel Time”, 3rd International hEART conference, Leeds, U.K., September 10-12, 2014
  • McFadden, A. J., G. Circella, B. Haydu and N. J. Linesch “California Beyond SB 375: Evaluating the Impact of Proposed Land Use and Transportation Investments on Future Travel Patterns and Interregional Travel Behavior”, 93rd TRB - Transportation Research Board Meeting, Washington D.C., U.S.A., January 12-16, 2014
REPORTS
  • Circella, G., S. Handy and M. Boarnet (2014) “Policy Brief on the Impacts of Employment Density Based on a Review of the Empirical Literature”, Policy Brief prepared for the California Air Resources Board, Sacramento, CA
  • Circella, G., S. Handy and M. Boarnet (2014) “Policy Brief on the Impacts of Gas Price Based on a Review of the Empirical Literature”, Policy Brief prepared for the California Air Resources Board, Sacramento, CA
  • Handy, S., G. Tal, G. Circella and M. Boarnet (2014) “Policy Brief on the Impacts of Network Connectivity Based on a Review of the Empirical Literature”, Policy Brief prepared for the California Air Resources Board, Sacramento, CA
  • Circella, G., A. McFadden and F. Alemi (2013) “California Beyond SB 375: Evaluating the Impact of Proposed Land Use and Transportation Plans on Future Travel Patterns and Interregional Travel Behavior”, Final Project Report to the University of California Transportation Center (UCTC). Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis. Research Report UCTC-FR-2014-06. December 2013, http://www.uctc.net/research/papers/UCTC-FR-2014-06.pdf
  • Circella, G., R. A. Johnston, A. J. Holguin, E. W. Lehmer, Y. Wang and M. McCoy (University of California Davis Urban Land Use and Transportation Center, 2013) “Updating the PECAS Modeling Framework to Include Energy Use Data for Buildings”. Final Project Report, prepared for the California Energy Commission. Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, Research Report UCD-ITS-RR-13-04. February 2013
PRESENTATIONS
  • Circella, G., N. Linesch, A. T. Brownlee, K. J. Stefan and J. D. Hunt “The Use of Traffic Count Databases in the Validation Process of the California Statewide Travel Demand Model”, Computer in Urban Planning and Urban Management - CUPUM 2011, Lake Louise, AB, Canada, July 5-8, 2011
  • Circella, G., J. Abraham, N. Roth, A. R. Muhsen and R. Johnston “The Estimation of Construction Costs in the Statewide California PECAS”, Computer in Urban Planning and Urban Management - CUPUM 2011, Lake Louise, AB, Canada, July 5-8, 2011
  • Linesch, N., G. Circella, and A. T. Brownlee “Setting Up Validation Data Targets for Assessing Interregional Travel: Lessons Learned about VMT Trends in California”, Computer in Urban Planning and Urban Management - CUPUM 2011, Lake Louise, AB, Canada, July 5-8, 2011
  • Circella G. "The Evaluation of Scenarios for Environmental Sustainability through an Integrated Land Use and Transportation Modeling Approach", Fulbright Academy of Science and Technology (FAST) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A., March 11-14, 2010
  • Circella G. and P. L. Mokhtarian “Online and in-store shopping in advanced ICT-based societies: Substitutes or complements?”, 1st Transatlantic NECTAR Conference, Arlington, VA, USA, June 18-20, 2009