Prof. Shlomo Bekhor

Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Technion, Israel

June 02, 2010, 11:00, Room GC B3 424 (click here for the map)

Evaluating Long-Distance Travel Patterns in Israel by Tracking Cellular Phone Positions

<p>Long-distance trips are generally under-reported in typical household surveys, because of relative low frequency of these trips. This paper proposes to utilize location data from cellular phone systems in order to study long-distance travel patterns. The proposed approach allows passive data collection on many travelers over a long period of time at low costs. The paper presents the results of a study that applies cellular phone technology to assess trips at the national level. </p><p> The method was specifically designed to capture long distance trips, as part of the development of a national demand model conducted for the Economics and Planning Department of the Israel Ministry of Transport. The method allows the construction of Origin-Destination tables directly from the cellular phone positions. The paper presents selected results to illustrate the potential of the method for transportation planning and analysis. </p>


Shlomo Bekhor is Associate Professor in the Transportation and Geo-Information Department, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Technion. He has a B.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering at the Aeronautical Institute of Engineering, Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, and M.Sc. and Ph.D in Transportation Engineering at the Technion. He teaches and conducts research in transportation planning, discrete choice and network equilibrium models. His main areas of interest include route choice modeling, large-scale equilibrium models, and innovative transport systems. He has extensive experience in transportation master plans, economic evaluations, and traffic and transit assignments. Prof. Bekhor is currently spending 6 months in the IVT at ETH Zurich, hosted by Prof. Axhausen.