Dr Charisma Choudhury

Dr Charisma Choudhury

Profile

Affiliations

Employment History

  • 2013- Present, Lecturer, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • 2008-2013, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
  • 2011-2012, Visiting Assistant Professor, HuMNet Laboratory, MIT
  • 2009-Present, Research Affiliate, Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory, MIT
  • 2008-2009, Postdoctoral Associate, Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory, MIT
  • 2007-2008, Analyst, RAND Europe, Cambridge, UK
  • 2005,  Associate Analyst, RAND Europe, Cambridge, UK
  • 2003, Analyst, Cambridge Systematics, Cambridge, MA
  • 2000, Research Assistant, IUCN, The World Conservation Union

Awards

  • Faculty for the Future Award by Schlumberger Foundation, 2011
  • Gordon Newell Memorial Prize by Hong Kong Society for Transport Studies (for the best doctoral research in transportation by a student of Asian origin), 2010
  • Honorable Mention, Eric Pas Dissertation Award by International Association of Travel Behavior Research (awarded to outstanding doctoral dissertations in the field of travel behavior research), 2007
  • Martin Family Society for Sustainability Fellowship, MIT, 2004
  • Presidential Fellowship, MIT, 2002
  • Malik Hossain Gold Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Program, 2002
  • F. R. Khan Scholarship for Academic Excellence, 2001
  • Dean's List, Faculty of Civil Engineering, BUET, 1998-2002
  • Award for Merit by the Prime Minister, People's Republic of Bangladesh, 1995

Professional Engagements

  • Board Member, International Association for Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR)
  • Member, Special Interest Group in 'Traditional and Alternative Approaches for Travel Behavior Analysis and Demand Modelling' of the World Conference World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS)
  • Member, Institute for Engineers, Bangladesh
  • Member, Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World
  • Member, Global Young Academy, Volkswagen Foundation

hD Topics Offered for 2018 Admission* 

  • Development of travel behaviour models using ubiquitous data sources 
  • Travel behaviour modelling with imperfect data
  • Modelling driving behaviour in mixed traffic conditions 

      *You are welcome to propose your own PhD topics as well.

Responsibilities

  • Deputy-Director, Choice Modelling Centre
  • Leader of the Choice Modelling Research Group

Research interests

  • Behaviour Modeling and Discrete Choice Analysis 
  • Transport Modeling Using Big Data Sources 
  • Transportation in Developing Countries 
  • Traffic Microsimulation 

Research Projects

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Qualifications

  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MST, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BSc, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Professional memberships

  • Turing Fellow, Alan Turing Institute
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Transportation Demand Forecasting (ADB40), Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, USA
  • Member, Transport in Developing Countries (ABE90), Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, USA
  • Board Member, International Association for Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR)
  • Member, Special Interest GroupĀ in 'Traditional and Alternative Approaches for Travel Behavior Analysis and Demand Modelling' of the World Conference World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS)
  • Member, Institute for Engineers, Bangladesh
  • Member, Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World

Student education

I contribute to the following modules:

  • Transport Engineering II (Module Leader)
  • Sustainable Engineering Solutions
  • Principles of Transport Engineering (Module Leader)
  • Choice Modelling and Stated Preference Survey Design

Current PhD Students

Previous PhD Students

Previous MEng/MSc Students:

  • Di Chang: Transferability of gap acceptance model across congestion levels
  • Faza Fawzan: A tour-based mode choice model for Jakarta
  • Apio Rose: Modelling the effect of congestion on other trips
  • Alexander Patrick: Developing traffic models using mobile phone data
  • Umair Asif and Shoaib Hossain: Developing parking choice models using parking game experiments
  • Flavia Anyiko: Temporal transferability of car-ownership models, 2015
  • Stavros Papadimitriou: Transferability of car-following models, 2015
  • Maria Poulopoulou: Why live far and commute by car, 2015
  • Manyiraho Ahabyona: Transferability of gap acceptance model, 2014
  • Andrew Bwambale: Spatial transferability of travel demand models, 2014
  • Christopher Edeimu: Developing trip generation models combining mobile phone and survey data
  • Benjamin Lee: Modeling travel time variations in London using multiple data sources
  • Irfan Bhana: Modeling the effects of demographics in driving decisions

Research groups and institutes

  • Choice Modelling

Current postgraduate research students

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/research-opportunities">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>