Giovanni Circella

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Giovanni Circella is a Senior Research Engineer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Georgia Tech. He currently shares his time between Atlanta, GA and Davis, CA where he is the Honda Distinguished Scholar for New Mobility Studies and the Director of the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Circella’s interests include travel behavior, emerging mobility services, travel demand modeling and travel survey methods. His recent research has focused on the impacts of information and communication technology (ICT), shared mobility, micromobility and vehicle automation on travel behavior and auto ownership, and the evolving lifestyles and mobility patterns of various population segments (e.g. “millennials”) in various regions of the U.S., Europe, South America and the Middle East. Dr. Circella has been the author of many scientific publications and the principal investigator for several research projects totaling more than $3 million in sponsored research for a variety of funding agencies, including federal, state, and local government agencies and research foundations. Dr. Circella is the Chair of the Standing Committee on ICT and Transportation (ADB20), and a member of the Travel Behavior and Values (ADB10) and Transportation and Sustainability (ADD40) committees of the Transportation Research Board. He is a member of the Executive Board of the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR). 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” and other related NCHRP and TCRP panels. This role matches his research interests for the analysis of the impact of connected and autonomous vehicles and other new emerging technologies on travel behavior, the use of transportation infrastructures and the future modifications in lifestyles and the urban form of cities. 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 several planning agencies and non-profit organizations. He was the elected representative of the research faculty members of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering to the Research Faculty Senate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, from 2014 to 2017.


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