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NUTC Seminar - Cinzia Cirillo, University of Maryland - "A decade of research on vehicle ownership and use: methods, results and impacts on U.S. policy making"



When: Thursday, April 23, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Central

Where: Chambers Hall, Lower Level, 600 Foster St, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Open to the public; Networking & refreshments begin in the lower level at 3:30pm.

Contact: Andrea Cehaic   847.491.7287

Group: Northwestern University Transportation Center

Co-Sponsor: 150 Years of Women

Category: Academic


Northwestern University Transportation Center presents:

"A decade of research on vehicle ownership and use: methods, results and impacts on U.S. policy making"

University of Maryland


ABSTRACT: Decisions about vehicle ownership and use are central in households’ life, vital for the automotive industry, and a centerpiece to reduce energy use and GHG emissions. The seminar gives an overview of methodological advances for vehicle ownership and use modeling and presents empirical results obtained on US data. Two model systems are presented: an integrated model for the number of vehicles, their type and vintage, Vehicle Miles Travelled, and GHGE, and a dynamic model of new vehicle technology adoption. Recent results will be discussed in the light of the 2018 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which proposed freezing standards at model year 2020 levels through 2025. The analysis shows that our model was incorrectly used in the Rule and proposes realistic estimates of rebound effect and elasticity to fuel cost.


BIO: Cinzia Cirillo is a Full Professor at the University of Maryland (USA), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She has been an active member of the travel behavior community for about two decades. Her work has focused on the fundamentals of the disciplines: discrete choice analysis, survey methodologies including national travel surveys and stated preference, and activity based modeling. Major contributions to the disciplines include: advanced optimization methods for mixed logit estimation, dynamic discrete choice models, models for vehicle ownership and greenhouse gas emissions.  Her research is highly multi-disciplinary and she has collaborated with scientists from different fields, especially mathematicians, statisticians, operational researchers, and economists. In recent years, she has been working on the development of big data analytics and data linkage for small area transportation statistics and population synthesis. 


Parking & Public Transit:
Parking @ Northwestern University
Permits Required: Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm
2-hour-limit parking on Foster Street
Closest El / CTA Stop: Foster - Purple Line
Closest Metra Station: Davis Street/Evanston, Union Pacific North line 


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