Prof.dr.ir. C.G. (Caspar) Chorus

Welcome to my webpage. I am professor of choice behavior modeling, and head of the Engineering Systems and Services department. The ESS-department consists of 120+ scholars who study and design transport, energy and information systems as well as their integration, by combing insights from engineering, the social sciences and humanities. 

Summary of my research and teaching profile (a recent CV can be found here):

Life is a series of choices, great and small. 

Choice behavior models provide a mathematically rigorous and empirically testable understanding of choices. This opens the door to quantitative insights and predictions concerning human choice behavior, making choice behavior models a key methodology in research fields as diverse as transport, energy, health, sociology, and marketing. 

Intriguingly, because they are so rigorously formalized, choice models also offer the potential to equip artificial intelligence with decision systems that generate human-like behavior.

As a professor of choice behavior modeling, my research aim is to develop and empirically validate models of human decision-making that combine high levels of behavioral realism and mathematical tractability. In recent years, funded by prestigious Veni (2010) and Vidi (2012) grants from NWO, my co-workers and I have developed choice models based on bounded rationality, including the now widely used random regret minimization model suite. 

Most of my current work is focused on designing moral choice models, which capture the heuristics and considerations that humans employ in morally sensitive situations. This work is funded by means of an ERC-Consolidator grant, and should ultimately lead to a specific, 'human' type of artificial morality for AI. See behave.tbm.tudelft.nl for more information about this research program.

As head of the Engineering Systems and Services department, much of my work finds its application domains in transport, energy and ICT (AI). I have a special interest in modeling and predicting traveler behavior, particularly in the context of new transport technologies such as automated driving, electric vehicles, and mobility-as-a-service. However, I also study and model choice behavior in various other domains, such as Environmental studies, Health, Political Sciences, Marketing, Sociology, Law, etc. 

Statistical analysis of choice behavior

Master programs:

  • Complex Systems Engineering and Management
  • Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics
  • Chorus, C. G., Pudāne, B., Mouter, N., & Campbell, D. (2018). Taboo trade-off aversion: A discrete choice model and empirical analysis. Journal of choice modelling, 27, 37-49.
  • Pudāne, B., Molin, E. J., Arentze, T. A., Maknoon, Y., & Chorus, C. G. (2018). A Time-use Model for the Automated Vehicle-era. Transportation Research Part C, 93, 102-114.
  • Liebe, U., Meyerhoff, J., Kroesen, M., Chorus, C., & Glenk, K. (2018). From welcome culture to welcome limits? Uncovering preference changes over time for sheltering refugees in Germany. PloS one, 13(8), e0199923.
  • Kroesen, M., Handy, S., Chorus, C.G., 2017. Do attitudes cause behavior or vice versa? An alternative conceptualization of the attitude-behavior relationship in travel behavior modeling. Transportation Research Part A, 101, 190-202
  • Mouter, N., Chorus, C.G., 2016. Value of time: A citizen perspective. Transportation Research Part A, 91, 317-329
  • Chorus, C.G., 2015. Models of Moral Decision Making: Literature Review and Research Agenda for Discrete Choice Analysis. Journal of Choice Modelling, 16(69-85)
  • Chorus, C.G., 2014. A generalized random regret minimization model. Transportation Research Part B, 68, 224-238
  • Chorus, C.G., Walker, J.L., Ben-Akiva, M.E., 2013. A joint model of travel information acquisition and response to received messages. Transportation Research Part C, 26(1), 61-77

New discrete choice theory for understanding moral decision making behavior
In 2017, my team and I have started a five year long research effort which aims to develop and empirically validate new mathematical (discrete choice and agent based) models for moral decision making. This research endeavor is funded by a 2 million euro ERC Consolidator grant.

Spatial and Transport Impacts of Automated Driving
Studies the long term impacts of automated driving, on mobility and land use patterns. Sponsored by NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) – SURF program.

  • Chorus, C.G., 2015. Turning the light on in Virginia: New perspectives on choice behavior modeling. Inaugural lecture, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Chorus, C.G., 2012. Random regret-based discrete choice modeling: A tutorial. Springer Briefs in Business, Springer, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Chorus, C.G., 2007. Traveler response to information. TRAIL Ph.D.-Thesis Series, Delft, The Netherlands

Caspar Chorus

Professor, Department Head


Department:

Engineering Systems and Services

Group:
Transport and Logistics

Secretary:
Betty van Koppen (for teaching- and research-related appointments)
Laura Bruns (for all other appointments)

Research interests:
Choice behavior modeling
Moral decision making
Bounded rationality, social influence
Artificial agents and societies
Mobililty/travel behavior modeling


Additional information

Prof.dr.ir. C.G. Chorus

publications
Publications in Pure
subjects
2008 - Project Research Methods in Transport and Logistics
2009 - Kwantitatieve modellen TIL domein
2009 - Project Research Methods in Transport and Logistics
2010 - Project Research Methods in Transport and Logistics
2010 - Kwantitatieve modellen TIL domein
2011 - Kwantitatieve modellen TIL domein
2014 - Statistical Methods for Behavioural Analysis
2014 - Statistical Methods for Behavioural Analysis
2015 - Statistical Methods for Behavioural Analysis
2015 - Statistical Methods for Behavioural Analysis
2012 - Kwantitatieve modellen TIL domein
2016 - Statistical Analysis of Choice Behaviour
2017 - Statistical Analysis of Choice Behaviour
2017 - Statistical Analysis of Choice Behaviour
2017 - Statistical Analysis of Choice Behaviour
2016 - Statistical Analysis of Choice Behaviour
2016 - Statistical Analysis of Choice Behaviour
2018 - Statistical Analysis of Choice Behaviour
2018 - Statistical Analysis of Choice Behaviour
2018 - Statistical Analysis of Choice Behaviour
ancillary activities
No secondary work -

2016-12-18 - 2018-12-18