Geotrans Director

Konstadinos (Kostas) Goulias
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Konstadinos (Kostas) Goulias is a professor of transportation in the Geography Department at the University of California Santa Barbara and co-director of the GeoTrans laboratory. From 1991 to 2004, he was a professor of transportation in the Department of Civil Engineering at PennState where he was also director of different research units. He served as chair of the Traveler Behavior and Values Committee (now serving as emeritus member) and chair of the Task Force on Moving Activity-based Approaches to Practice both of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies in the United States. He edited three books, authored and co-authored more than 300 papers and reports to sponsor, and serves on a variety of editorial and research boards, peer review panels, and committees. He is also co-founding editor (with Kouros Mohammadian) of the journal Transportation Letters. Kostas has a Laurea in Engineering degree (5 years and a thesis) from University of Calabria in Italy (1986), MS in Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1987), and Ph.D. from University of California at Davis (1991). Most of his research is in travel behaviour dynamics and microsimulation.

Current Graduate Students

Rongxiang Su
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Rongxiang Su is a Ph.D. candidate in Geography in the Department of Geography at the University of California Santa Barbara. He joined the Geotrans lab in 2019 fall. He holds a M.S. degree in GIS from Wuhan University, China and a B.S. degree in GIS from Hefei University of Technology, China. His research aims to understand human travel behavior and movement patterns in space and time.

Hui Shi

Hui Shi joined as a Ph.D. student in the Geography Department at UC Santa Barbara in 2020. She obtained her BSc degree and an MSc in Geographical Information Science from Huazhong Agricultural University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, respectively. Her current research focuses on the spatial and temporal analysis of human travel behavior.

Peter Oluleye Durojaye

Peter Oluleye Durojaye joined Geotrans as a MA/PhD Student in 2022. He obtained his MSc degree in Risk from the University of Durham, United Kingdom and a BTech in Urban and Regional Planning from the Federal University of Technology Akure in Nigeria. His research focuses on the modelling and microsimulation of human travel pattern.

Mingshuang Lian

Mingshuang Lian joined as a Ph.D. student in the Geography Department at UC Santa Barbara in 2022. She holds a master degree in GIS from Clark University and a bachelor degree in GIS from China University of Geosciences (Beijing). Her research is concentrated on analyzing relationships among society, human and transportation.

Kadin Rascoe

Kadin Rascoe is a M.A. student in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He obtained his BS degree is Geospatial Science from the United States Air Force Academy. His research interest focus on applying quantitative methods to habitual movements of people in different locations around the world.

Geotrans Alumni

    Jingyi Xiao, Ph.D., 6/22 Identify potential autonomous vehicle adopters and their activity-travel patterns; 6/19 MA Geography What questions do users ask about GIS: an analysis of posts on GIS stack exchange; 6/19 MA Statistics (Data Science).

    Current position: Data Scientist at Meta Platforms Inc.(formerly facebook), Menlo Park, CA, USA

    Elizabeth Callahan McBride, Ph.D., 12/21 A theory-based approach to travel behavior analysis using pattern recognition and latent group identification techniques; M.A., 12/17 Enhancing Population Synthesis using Land Use Indicators.

    Current position: R&D Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

    Adam Wilkinson Davis ,Ph.D., 6/19 Using Road Network Spatial Clustering to Assess the Timing and Duration of Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment Activities in California; M.A., 12/15 Investigating Place Attitudes in Santa Barbara, CA.

    Current position: Postdoc at University of California Davis, CA, USA

    Jae-hyun Lee, Ph.D.,12/16 Travel Behavior Dynamics in Space and Time.

    Current position: Assistant Professor at Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea

    Srinath Ravulaparthy, Ph.D., 12/13 Spatial Perspectives in Firm Behavioral Modeling: A Case-Study Analysis in Santa Barbara County.

    Current position: Director Data Science, Supply-Chain Analytics, Sysco, Houston, TX, USA

    Pamela Dalal, Ph.D., 9/13 Stability and Change in Travel Behavior and the Built Environment; M.A., 08/09 Education, Accessibility, and Mobility in Sylhet, Bangladesh.

    Current position: Head of Data at, Los Angeles, CA, USA

    Kathleen Deutsch-Burgner, Ph.D. 9/13 An Investigation in Decision Making and Destination Choice Incorporating Place Meaning and Social Network Influences; M.A., 12/08 What is So Special About This Place? An Examination of Sense of Place and It’s Correlation to Travel Behavior.

    Current position: Owner Principal of Data Perspectives Consulting, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

    Seo Youn Yoon, Ph.D. 12/10 Multifaceted Analysis of Household Activity Based on Individual Accessibility.

    Current position: Director of the Center for Smart Infrastructure Research, Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements, Yeongi-kun, South Korea

    Kriste Henson, Ph.D., 12/10 Travel Determinants and Multi-scale Transferability of National Activity Patterns to Create Synthetic Populations.

    Current position: Senior Nuclear Risk Specialist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – PNNL, Richland, WA, USA

    Nate Isbell, M.A., 08/09 Procedures to Identify “Low Hanging Fruit” Spoke-and-Hub Airline Routes Ripe for Conversion to Point-to-Point Operations.

    Current position: Head of Market Development at Vertical Aerospace, Seattle, WA, USA

    Shaunna Burbidge, Ph.D., 6/08 Evaluating the Impact of Neighborhood Trail Development on Active Travel Behavior and Overall Physical Activity; M.A., 12/04 Factors Effecting Active Mode Choice in Transportation: A case study of Centre County, Pennsylvania.

    Current position: Director of Research at Avenue Consultants, Kaysville, UT, USA