Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering
Alireza Khani's research includes transportation network modeling and user behavior modeling with applications in transit planning and operations. In his work, he uses operations research, network optimization, and statistical methods to model transportation networks from the system perspective. Travel forecasting, congestion modeling, and network design are some of the applications of his research. He has particular interest and expertise in modeling transit networks using emerging data sources such as GTFS, GPS, and smart card data.
Khani received a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Arizona, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in civil engineering from Sharif University of Technology. In his Ph.D. dissertation, he developed a transit assignment model which is currently used by multiple MPOs in the country. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota's civil engineering faculty, he was a research associate at Network Modeling Center of the University of Texas at Austin.