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NUTC Seminar - Kenan Zhang, Northwestern - "Shared & on-demand mobility services: from matching to management"


When: Thursday, April 29, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Central

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

Cost: Open to the public / join the zoom:
Meeting ID: 958 3182 6759

Contact: Andrea Cehaic  

Group: Northwestern University Transportation Center

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


"Shared & on-demand mobility services: from matching to management"

PhD candidate, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University

Abstract: The past decade has witnessed an unprecedented growth of shared and on-demand mobility services. The rise of transportation network companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Lyft, has profoundly reshaped the personal mobility industry.  However, our knowledge of the physical and economic principles that govern these emerging mobility services remains limited.  This limitation undercuts our ability to design, operate, and manage these services to meet the conflicting interests of various stakeholders. In this talk, I will introduce my research on the shared & on-demand mobility services with a special focus on the ride-hail service market. I will present a novel physical model for the general matching process in ride-hail and incorporate it into analytical models describing market equilibrium and operations management. In particular, I will show how the matching model implies a loss of economies of scale and how this theoretical result is validated with real data. Then, I will present the equilibrium analysis of ride-hail market with pooling, where important issues like pricing, competition and regulations are explored.


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Speaker Bio: Kenan Zhang is a PhD candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University.  She is also expected to receive her M.S. degree in Statistics from the university. Her research interests range from shared and on-demand mobility services, traffic management inspired by connected autonomous vehicles, to machine learning in transportation. She is the recipient of McCormick School of Engineering Terminal Year Fellowship, Northwestern Transportation Center Dissertation Year Fellowship, WTS President’s Scholarship in Greater Chicago, and the Cabell Fellowship. She was also selected as one of the 2020 CEE Rising Stars by Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to joining Northwestern, Kenan obtained her M.S. degree in Architecture-Engineering-Construction Management from Carnegie Mellon University in 2015 and her B.S. degree (with honor) in Civil Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2014. 



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