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 from the 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 40 years, and has authored or co-authored more than 200 refereed journal articles, technical reports, and other publications.  She is on the editorial boards of Transportation, Transportation Research Part A, Transport Policy, Transportation Letters, the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, the European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, Travel Behaviour and Society , and Journal of Transport Geography.

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
  • using machine learning methods to transfer attitudinal measures into travel behavior datasets
  • commuters’ responses to congestion or to system disruptions

HONORS & AWARDS

  • International Association for Travel Behaviour Research 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award, given to someone who has “made fundamental and sustained contributions to travel behaviour research for a substantial period (typically at least 25 years) up to the present time”; is “widely known, at the very least among the IATBR community”; and has “influenced the field through her/his writings, teaching, service, and nurturing of younger professionals”, June 2, 2021.
  • Outstanding Industry Contributor Award, “given to an individual who in embodying the Zephyr Principles, has selflessly contributed to the good of the industry through the body of their work”, bestowed by the Zephyr Foundation (https://zephyrtransport.org/), a non-profit dedicated to “advancing rigorous transportation and land use decision-making for the public good by advocating for and supporting improved travel analysis, and facilitating its implementation”, March 24, 2021.
  • “It’s Not All Fun and Games: An Investigation of the Reported Benefits and Disadvantages of Conducting Activities while Commuting” (by F. Atiyya Shaw, Aliaksandr Malokin, Patricia L. Mokhtarian, and Giovanni Circella, Travel Behaviour and Society 17, 2019, 8-25) selected for the journal’s Outstanding Paper Award for 2019.
  • Named a National Associate of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, February 5, 2020.
  • The times they are a-changin’: What do the expanding uses of travel time portend for policy, planning, and life? Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lecture, 97th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, January 8, 2018, Washington, DC. “The lectureship recognizes the career contributions and achievements of an individual in one of the areas covered by the TRB’s Technical Activities Division.”
  • 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
  • “Who (never) makes long-distance leisure trips? Disentangling structurally zero trips from usual trip generation processes”, by Sung Hoo Kim and Patricia L. Mokhtarian. Travel Behaviour and Society 25, 2021, 78-91.
  • “Supplementing Transportation Data Sources with Targeted Marketing Data: Applications, Integration, and Internal Validation”, by F. Atiyya Shaw, Xinyi Wang, Patricia L. Mokhtarian, and Kari E. Watkins. Transportation Research Part A 149, 2021, 150-169.
  • “Do Millennials Value Travel Time Differently because of Productive Multitasking? A Revealed Preference Study of Northern California Commuters”, by Aliaksandr Malokin, Giovanni Circella, and Patricia L. Mokhtarian. Transportation, http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11116-020-10148-2.
  • “How attractive is it to use the internet while commuting? A work-attitude-based segmentation of Northern California commuters”, by Sungtaek Choi and Patricia L. Mokhtarian. Transportation Research Part A 138, 2020, 37-50.
  • “How, and for whom, will activity patterns be modified by self-driving cars? Expectations from the State of Georgia”, by Sung Hoo Kim, Giovanni Circella, and Patricia L. Mokhtarian. Transportation Research F 70, 2020, 68-80.
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
  • Teleworking and travel behavior. FHWA/TRB Joint Expert Meeting on Emerging Trends: Future Travel Demand. November 17, 2020 (via webinar).
  • Enriching transportation survey datasets using big data and machine learning. Applied Urban Modelling 2020: Modelling the New Urban World, international (via webinar hosted by Cambridge, England), November 2, 2020.
  • Keynote speaker: The Adoption and Travel Impacts of Teleworking: Will it be Different this Time? Transformative Transportation '20 - the iCity CATTS (Centre for Automated and Transformative Transportation Systems) Symposium hosted by the University of Toronto, June 3, 2020.
  • Opening keynote speaker: Why Do Travel Surveys Matter in the Age of Big Data? 2018 National Household Travel Survey Workshop (organized by the Transportation Research Board and supported by the Federal Highway Administration), August 8, 2018, Washington DC.
  • The expanding uses of travel time: What do they portend for policy, planning, and life? mobil.TUM 2018, Technische Universität München, June 13, 2018, Munich.