ITLS delivers another highly successful course in discrete choice analysis

22 Aug 2014

ITLS is a world leader in delivering courses in discrete choice modelling and choice experiment design. Since 2006 ITLS has taught courses in Sydney and around the world, including Italy, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa and The Netherlands. Participants have come from industry, government and academia from as far afield as Malaysia and The Netherlands. More than 30 participants attended this year's five day course 'Discrete Choice Analysis: Models, Estimation and Applications' from 18th to 22nd August;the course provided an introduction to the main techniques of discrete choice analysis and the design of stated choice experiments.

Professor William Greene presents to the class

Professor William Greene presents to the class

Course participants in class

Course participants in class

Course participants at a social event during the course

Course participants at a social event during the course

Outstanding feedback was received from participants:

  • "Fantastic course Very well run and presented. I have learnt and been impressed. Thank you."
  • "Thanks for a great week!"
  • "Very good indeed. I found the course extremely useful and actively appropriate to my needs. Thank you"
  • "Great, simply great!"
  • "Very good insight into advanced models, especially on attribute non-attendance and estimation methods. Non-linearity is also very insightful."
  • "Fantastic course for anyone interested in/practicing in discrete choice analysis. Course was very well structured and had a good balance between theory/lectures and hands-on workshops. Having the material presented by leader in the field also meant that highly technical and difficult material was conveyed clearly and in an intuitive and easy to follow way."
  • "It was a great experience. Some very useful insights that I can apply to a current project."

The course was delivered by four world leaders in the field of discrete choice analysis:

Professor William (Bill) Greene
Bill is the Toyota Motor Corp Professor of Economics at the Stern School of Business, New York University and Honorary Professor of Transport Econometrics at ITLS. His fields of interest are applied econometrics, panel data analysis, discrete choice modelling, production economics, health econometrics, transport economics and planning, and economics of the entertainment industry. He is President of Econometric Software, Inc. and author of software LIMDEP and NLOGIT, textbooks Econometric Analysis (editions 1 to 7), books on discrete choice modelling, modelling ordered choices and applied choice analysis, and over 100 articles in peer reviewed journals.

Professor David Hensher
David is the Founding Director of ITLS. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Travel Behaviour Research, recognising his long-standing and exceptional contribution to IATBR and the wider travel behaviour community. David has published over 550 papers in key journals and books in transportation, economics and environmental science, and has been an active contributor to the choice modelling community for over 40 years;he was a pioneer in the introduction of stated choice methods, interactive agency choice experiments, and process heuristics such as attribute processing.

Professor Michiel Bliemer
Michiel is Professor of Transport and Logistics Network Modelling at ITLS. He has published over 200 articles in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings, mainly on methodology in the areas of stated choice experimental design, travel behaviour, network modelling and traffic simulation. Michiel is co-developer of the Ngene software, which is the world leading software for generating designs for stated choice surveys, and in the past 10 years has taught many courses on experimental design in Europe and Australia.

Dr Andrew Collins
With a background in computer science, Andrew's work has expanded into a range of research, teaching and consulting activities in the fields of transport, logistics, and discrete choice modelling. Andrew's PhD, which examined techniques for handling attribute nonattendance in discrete choice models, was awarded the prestigious 2012 Eric Pas Dissertation Prize by the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research. Andrew is a co-developer of the Ngene software.

The key course text is: Applied Choice Analysis: A Primer by David Hensher, John Rose and Bill Greene, Cambridge University Press, 2005

The course provides both theory and practical experience in the building and estimating of simple (e.g., Multinomial Logit (MNL)) and more advanced choice models (e.g., mixed and generalised MNL, random parameter latent class), as well as in generating stated choice experimental designs. It also covers future developments in the field of discrete choice analysis (e.g., nonlinear in parameters models, risk attitude, perceptual conditioning). Significant time is spent in a computer lab, working on building models using real data, and generating simple surveys.

The course is useful for research across a broad range of fields in which consumer demand and choice is of interest, including: accounting, economics, engineering, environmental science, finance, health services, logistics, marketing, planning, transportation, and tourism.

The course will next be offered in 2015, details will be posted on this website once confirmed. Please email - business.itlsinfo@sydney.edu.au - to register your interest.