Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies

The Use of Activity Based Models for Transport Project Evaluation

Associate Professor Yoram Shiftan,

20th Aug 2013  11:00 am - Lecture Theatre 2 (Room 112), Level 1, St James Campus, The University of Sydney, 173-175 Phillip Street, Sydney, NSW 2000


Activity-based models are the new generation of travel demand models. These models treat travel as being derived from the demand for personal activities. Travel decisions, therefore, become part of a broader activity scheduling process based on modelling the demand for activities rather than merely trips. The explicit modelling of activities and the consequent tours and trips enables a better understanding of travel behaviour and more credible analysis of response to policies and their effect on traffic and air quality. These models have various advantages in support of transport project evaluation by being able to provide detailed disaggregate individual and vehicle activity output that can improve our analysis of emissions and provide various accessibility measures important for equity and other economic evaluation.


Yoram Shiftan is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Technion, and the previous Head of the Transportation and Geo-Information Department. Prof Shiftan teaches and conducts research in travel behavior with a focus on activity-based modeling and response to policies, the complex relationships between transport, the environment and land use, transport economics and project evaluation. Prof. Shiftan is the editor of Transport Policy and the vice chair (becoming chair in 2014) of the International Association of Travel Behavior Research (IATBR). He is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Travel Behavior and Values, the co-chair of the Network on European Communications and Transport Activities Research (NECTAR) cluster on Environment and Policy, member of the World Conference Transportation Research (WCTR) scientific committee, and chair of its Transport Security Special Interest Group. Prof. Shiftan received his Ph.D. from MIT and since then has published dozens of papers and co-edited the books "Transportation Planning" in the series of Classics in Planning, and Transition towards Sustainable Mobility, The Role of Instruments, Individuals and Institutions". In Israel, Prof. Shiftan was the president of the Israel Association of Transportation Research and chaired two of its annual conferences.