Dr Andrew Collins awarded prestigious international Eric Pas Dissertation Prize, Dr Matthew Beck receives honourable mention

14 Jan 2014

Andrew Collins
Andrew Collins
Matt Beck
Matthew Beck

Dr Andrew Collins (now ITLS Lecturer in Transport and Logistics Management) has been awarded the prestigious 2013 Eric Pas Dissertation Prize for his doctoral thesis "Attribute nonattendance in discrete choice models: measurement of bias, and a model for the inference of both nonattendance and taste heterogeneity"; his PhD was supervised by Professor David Hensher and Professor John Rose. The award recognizes the best doctoral dissertation internationally in the area of travel behaviour research submitted in 2013. This is a prestigious award in the field and is highly competitive. The award was formally announced at the International Association of Traveller Behaviour Research (IATBR) meeting at the 93rd Annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) Meeting, held 12-16 January 2014 in Washington DC. Dr Matthew Beck (now ITLS Senior Lecturer in Infrastructure Management) received honourable mention for his doctoral thesis "Development of a behavioural system of stated choice models: modelling behavioural, pricing and technological opportunities to reduce automobile energy levels"; his PhD was supervised by Professor John Rose and Professor David Hensher.

Other past and present staff and affiliates of ITLS to receive the prize / honourable mention include: Sean Puckett "Economic Behaviour of Interdependent Road Freight Stakeholders Under Variable Road User Charges: Advanced Stated Choice Analysis"; Stephane Hess "Advanced Discrete Choice Models with Applications to Transport Demand"; and Michiel Bliemer "Analytical Dynamic Traffic Assignment with Interacting User-Classes".

The IATBR is an international organization of scholars, researchers, practitioners, consultants, and public agency professionals dedicated to the advancement of travel behaviour research.The association meets annually in January at the TRB Meeting in Washington, D.C. The TRB Annual Meeting program covers all transportation modes, with more than 4,500 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops addressing topics of interest to all attendees - policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. The theme for the 2014 TRB Annual Meeting was Celebrating Our Legacy, Anticipating Our Future. A number of ITLS academics travelled to the 93rd Annual Meeting to present papers.

Eric Pas (1948-1997) was among those who laid the foundations for, and contributed substantially toward, advanced research topics in the activity-based modeling approach to travel demand analysis. He strived to integrate developments in the social sciences, such as those in time use research, sociology, psychology and micro-economic theory, with transportation behavior analysis. He took it upon himself to assess and reflect, on a periodic basis, the developments in the field of travel behavior and time-use analysis. In doing so, he focused on how recent developments fit within the larger framework of human activity behavior and, sometimes, questioned in a constructive manner some of the directions of the current research. His periodic reflections became synonymous with wafts of refreshing intellectual breeze, providing new directions for research and spurring more creative work in the field.