Last update: 03/03/2017

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Alex Anas

University of Buffalo The State University of New York 


Alex Anas has been a professor of economics at the State University of New York at Buffalo since 1991. Prior to joining the faculty at Buffalo, Dr. Anas was on the faculty at Northwestern University from 1975 to 1991 and had visting appointments at Stanford University in 1981-82 and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1986-88. Dr. Anas obtained his BA and BS from Carnegie Mellon University in 1972, and his MA, MCP in 1974 and Ph.D. in 1975 from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Anas' research interests over the years have spanned theoretical, empirical and applied urban economics. His publications have contributed to understanding dynamic land use adjustment with durable housing and the abandonment of housing in central cities, the effects of transportation including public transportation on property values and urban land use, the effects of traffic congestion and congestion pricing on land use, dynamic housing market models, the effects of regulations on the housing market, models with dispersed jobs and residences, theories of systems of cities with intercity trade, urban agglomeration, ethnic segregation and ghettos, and the beneficial effects of urban sprawl.

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Prof. Moshe Ben-Akiva

Edmund K. Turner Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Moshe Ben-Akiva is the Edmund K. Turner Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Director of the MIT Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Lab. He holds a PhD degree in Transportation Systems from MIT and honorary degrees from the University of the Aegean, the Université Lumiére Lyon, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and the University of Antwerp. His awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Association for Travel Behavior Research, the Jules Dupuit prize from the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) ITS Society Outstanding Application Award for DynaMIT, a mesoscopic simulator with algorithms for dynamic traffic assignment, traffic predictions and travel information and guidance. Ben-Akiva has coauthored two books, including the textbook Discrete Choice Analysis, published by MIT Press, and over 200 papers in refereed journals or conference proceedings. He has been a member of over three dozen various scientific committees, advisory boards, and editorial boards. He has worked as a consultant in industries such as transportation, energy, telecommunications, financial services and marketing for a number of private and public organizations, including Hague Consulting Group, RAND Europe, ChoiceStream and Cambridge Systematics, where he was previously a Senior Principal and member of the Board of Directors.

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Prof. Luis Bettencourt

Santa Fe Institute


Professor of Complex Systems at the Santa Fe Institute

He was trained as a theoretical physicist and obtained his PhD from Imperial College (University of London, UK) in 1996, for research in statistical and high-energy physics models of the early Universe.  He has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Heidelberg (Germany), Los Alamos National Laboratory (Director’s Fellow and Slansky Fellow) and at MIT (Center for Theoretical Physics).

He has worked extensively on cities and urbanization. His research emphasizes the creation of new interdisciplinary synthesis to describe cities in quantitative and predictive ways, informed by the growing availability of empirical data worldwide.  His research interests also include the modeling of innovation and sustainability in developing human societies, the dynamics of infectious diseases and aspects of general information processing in complex systems.   He is particularly interested in the interplay between information, structure and scale in setting the properties of diverse complex systems.

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  Prof. Roberto Cominetti

Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas.
Universidad de Chile


Civil Mathematical Engineer of Universidad de Chile and Ph.D. in Mathematics, U. Blaise Pascal, France. Cominetti has been the Faculty of the School of Engineering at the University of Chile and currently is at the Faculty of the Engineer and Sciences School, Universidad Adolfo Ibañez. His specialization areas are optimization, convex analysis, path following and penalty methods, game theory and transportation. He won the Best Paper Award in Transportation Science in 2002, for the paper “Common-lines and passenger assignment in congested transit networks”, granted by INFORMS. He has several publications in the most prestigious journals in Operations research and Applied Mathematics and has served as editor or co-editor in several of them.

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Lars-Göran Mattson

Professor Emeritus 


Lars-Göran Mattsson is Professor of Transport Systems Analysis at the Department of Transport Science at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He has a M.S. in Engineering Physics and a Ph.D. in Optimisation from the Royal Institute of Technology. His research interests comprise theoretical and applied research on transport and location analysis, vulnerability analysis, travel demand modelling, road pricing, discrete choice and decision theory. He has published 23 articles in international journals, edited four internationally published books and contributed 12 book chapters. He has supervised a considerable number of Ph.D.s and Lic.Eng.s. He is presently leading three major projects: Assessment of long term effects of policy instruments on the transport system, Analyses of congestion charging in Stockholm, and Vulnerability analyses of road networks. He has been instrumental in the establishment of CTS, Centre for Transport Studies Stockholm.

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Prof. Pablo Marquet

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile 


His first research interests lie in the areas of macroecology and ecological complexity. The main focus here is the search for the general principles that underlie the seemingly endless complexity, diversity and variability of ecological systems. Because of its synthetic character, the research is neither restricted to a particular temporal or spatial scale of analysis, nor limited to a particular level of ecological organization, thus encompassing phenomena in both ecological and evolutionary time scales and from local communities to continental and global biotas. What matters is the question and way ecological systems are approached. As in other branches of science, the search for general principles and invariants in complex systems takes the form of statistical regularities such as scaling relationships and power law distributions in ecological attributes. His challenge is to explain their mechanistic basis and make predictions of unknown relationships. His second interest is in ecoinformatics and conservation biogeography. This research is focused on trying to apply ecological knowledge and available large-scale datasets to help inform conservation policy and management. The main aim is to help provide the knowledge base needed to effectively preserve Chilean biodiversity through conservation planning tools associated with the design of protected area networks, gap analysis, niche modeling and analysis of biogeographic patterns than can help to understand the mechanisms behind the generation and maintenance of biodiversity, and the way it will be affected by global change.

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Prof. Eric Miller

Department of Civil Engineering
University of Toronto

Eric Miller is Chair of the U.S. Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Travel Behavior and Values, Member Emeritus of the TRB Transportation Demand Forecasting Committee and past-Chair of the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research.  He served on the US National Academy of Sciences Committee for Determination of the State of the Practice in Metropolitan Area Travel Forecasting.  He has chaired or been a member of numerous travel demand modelling peer review panels throughout North America.  He is the recipient of the 2009 Wilbur S. Smith Distinguished Educator Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the inaugural winner of the University of British Columbia Margolese National Design for Living Award (2012).  He is the developer of GTAModel, a “best practice” regional travel demand modeling system used by municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to forecast travel demand; TASHA, a state-of-the-art activity-based microsimulation travel demand model; and ILUTE, an integrated land use-transportation model system for the GTA.