A. (Anae) Sobhani

Profile

Anae was a postdoc fellow with the Transport and Logistics Group (TLO) from 2017-2019, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TBM). Her research focus at TU Delft was on Moral Discrete Choice Theory which is part of the BEHAVE-research program (ERC Consolidator Grant).

I am a member of the Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT), the Québec network for research in road safety, and  the Laboratory of Innovations in Transportation (LITrans).

Before I join TBM, I was a postdoc associate at the University of Polytechnique de Montreal and my research was dedicated on advanced urban behaviour models. During my studies, I worked as a consultant in private firms and municipalities to enrich my skills as a planner and engineer in practice. I was a course instructor during my last year of Ph.D. studies and postdoc in system analysis and discrete choice modeling.

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Research

My research interests primarily involve formulating and developing discrete choice models that allow for a better understanding of the behavioral patterns involved in various decision processes. I have worked extensively with discrete choice models accounting for self-selection and simultaneous equation modeling, activity-based models, travel behaviour, stated preference studies, generalized ordered logit models, multiple discrete-continuous frameworks, and multi-dimensional choice processes as part of my research. I am also actively involved in the development of Immersive Virtual Reality (VIRE) software for urban metropolitan regions along with discrete choice models and machine learning approaches. I have been extensively involved in the deployment of these micro-simulation tools in the cities of Toronto and Montreal. At the end, I have also worked on road safety field with focus on surrogate safety measures and vulnerable road users.

  • Farooq B., E. Cherchi and A. Sobhani (2018) “Virtual immersive reality for travel behaviour analysis: A case study of autonomous vehicles on urban roads”, forthcoming Journal of the Transportation Research Board.
  • Wong M., B. Farooq and A. Sobhani (2018) “On the use of conditional restricted boltzmann machine for implicit modeling of latent travel behavior characteristics”, forthcoming Journal of the Transportation Research Board.
  •  Sobhani A., and B. Farooq. (2018) “Metropolis-hasting based extended path size logit model for bicycle route choice modeling using smartphone GPS data”, Journal of Transportmetrica A: Transport Science, under second review.
  • Sobhani A., and F. Farooq. (2018) “Immersive head mounted virtual reality based safety analysis of smartphone distracted pedestrians at street crossing”, Journal of Accident Analysis and Prevention, under review
  • Sobhani, A., N. Eluru, N., and A.R. Faghih-Imani. (2013) “A latent segmentation based multiple discrete continues extreme value model”, Transportation Part B, 58 154-169
  • Sobhani, A. (2011) “Applying CatPCA approach (Categorical Principle Component Analysis) to assess the sustainability of public transportation, case study of Tehran’s subway”, Journal of Sharmand, 46 36-58
  • Sobhani, A. (2010) “Sustainable community planning guidelines for improving quality of life in Narmak”, Journal of Fine Arts, 56 95-112
  • Sobhani, A. (2009) “Transportation and sustainable urban environment, study the B.R.T system in Mashhad”, Journal of Shahrnegar, 14 25-41
  • Sobhani, A. (2007) “Regenerating Community's concept in Ghalamestan neighbourhood”, Journal of Shar, 3 15-27
  • Sobhani, A. (2006) “Study the success of one of the housing strategists for Brownfield in Iran”, Journal of Shar, 2 5-19

Advanced Econometric Modeling
Discrete choice models accounting for self-selection
Random regret minimization models
Generalized ordered logit models
Stated preference studies
Multiple discrete-continuous frameworks

Transportation Planning
Activity-based models
Micro-simulation frameworks (econometric Modelling)
Policy evaluation of transportation congestion pricing measures
Machine Learning

Disruptive and Transformative Transportation Technologies and Services
Automated and connected vehicles
On-demand services (MaaS)
Ride-hailing and ride-pooling

Transportation Safety
Traffic crash analysis of driver injury severity
Surrogate analysis
Pedestrian and bicyclist injury severity
Highway-railway collision safety

Active Transportation
Pedestrian movement dynamics
Pedestrian behaviour analysis

McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 2011-2016

  • Doctor of philosophy in transportation engineering
  • Thesis: Modeling the evolution of Canadian time-use patterns: multidimensional activity-based approach

University of Shahid Beheshti, Tehran, Iran, 2007-2009

  • Master of art in urban and regional planning
  • Thesis: Transportation and sustainable urban environment: Study of the B.R.T system in Mashhad, Iran (Honorable Mentioned Award)

University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, 2002-2006

  • Bachelor of art in urban planning (with honor)
  • Thesis: Studying the regeneration community approach in Ghalamestan neighbourhood - Tehran, Iran
  • Sobhani A., and B. Farooq. (2018) “Analysis of distracted pedestrian behavior in immersive virtual reality”, Virtual and Augmented Reality for Travel Behavior Analysis workshop: 97th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., U.S.
  • Sobhani A., and B. Farooq. (2018) “Analysis of distracted pedestrian behavior in immersive virtual reality”, Virtual and Augmented Reality for Travel Behavior Analysis workshop: 97th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., U.S
  • Sobhani A., and B. Farooq. (2018) “Analysis of distracted pedestrian behavior in immersive virtual reality”, Virtual and Augmented Reality for Travel Behavior Analysis workshop: 97th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., U.S
  • Sobhani A., and B. Farooq. (2018) “Analysis of distracted pedestrian behavior in immersive virtual reality”, Virtual and Augmented Reality for Travel Behavior Analysis workshop: 97th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., U.S
  • Farooq B., E. Cherchi and A. Sobhani (2017) “Virtual immersive reality environment (VIRE) for disruptive vehicular technology choice experiments”, International Choice Modelling conference, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Sobhani A., and M. Basirat. (2016) “Evolution of non-worker adults’ weekday leisure time use patterns with focus on information and communication technology in 1998, 2005 and 2010: A Canadian perspective”, 95th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., U.S.
  • Sobhani A., N. Eluru and A. R. Pinjari. (2015) “Evolution of non-worker Canadians’ activity participation in the last two decades”, 22nd annual CEGSS Conference, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Sobhani A., N. Eluru and A. R. Pinjari. (2014) “Advance modeling Canadian weekday time use patterns throughout the last 20 years”, Hand on Sustainable Mobility Workshop, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
  • Sobhani A., and N. Eluru. (2014) “Evolution of driver injury severity from 1999 to 2008 in Calgary, Canada”, Colloque Annuel du Réseau de Recherche en Sécurité Routière, Laval University, Quebec, Canada
  • Sobhani A., N. Eluru and A. R. Pinjari. (2014) “Modeling Canadian adults’ weekday activity participation patterns from 1992 to 2010”, 21st annual CEGSS Conference, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Sobhani A., N. Eluru and A. R. Pinjari. (2014) “Evolution of adults' weekday time use patterns from 1992 to 2010: a Canadian perspective”, 93rd Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., U.S.
  • Sobhani A. and N. Eluru.  (2012) “Extending the multiple discrete continues extreme value (MDCEV): a latent segmentation approach”, 13th International Conference of Travel Behavior Research, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • Sobhani A. (2008) “Comparison of urban regeneration projects in old towns of Iran with European countries: applying the urban management approach”, Tehran Municipalities annual meeting, Tehran, Iran
  • New discrete choice theory for understanding moral decision making behaviour (BAHAVE) (2017-Present)
    In 2017, in TLO group under supervision of Dr. Caspar Chorus have started a five year long research effort which aims to extends discrete choice theory to the domain of moral decision making. This research endeavor is funded by a 2 million euro ERC Consolidator grant.

  • Automated vehicles: Virtual reality versus real data (2017- Present)
    There are several approaches to investigate pedestrian intersection crossing behaviour when confronted with automated vehicles (AVs), ranging from traditional Stated Choice (SC) experiments, Virtual Reality (VR) to field experiments. However, in our view, neither of these approaches is a holy grail – in the sense that each of them has its pros and cons. In light of that this research proposes to take a more comprehensive approach. Dr. Sander van Cranenburgh and I conduct SC, VR and field experiments and compare their results vis-a-vis.

  • Pedestrian behaviour: Head-mounted immersive virtual reality application (2016-2017)
    In this project, I used a new virtual reality environment technology (VIRE) to evaluate street crossing performance of pedestrians while distracted by smartphones. Also, I conducted a research project to study pedestrians’ crossing choice experiment while autonomous vehicles were on the road by adapting stated preference survey, and employing VIRE.

  • Train Hotel: An innovative and green intercity travel mode between Canada and U.S. (2015-2016)
    This project focused on  a state-of-practice and market research on the innovative interurban transportation mode with and between Canada and U.S.. I designed a complex travel behavior survey to address current and potential demand for the emerging transportation mode and developed travel behavior models.

  • Montreal tour-based travel behaviour (2013-2014)
    I employed statistical models for analysing Montreal workers’ and no-workers’ weekday tour-based behaviour and developed multimodal travel demand forecasting models using origin-destination surveys of the Greater Montreal area (OD-2008).

  • Evolution of driver injury severity in Calgary, Canada (2013-2014)
    I explored the evolution of driver injury severity in Calgary, Canada, based on accident data from 1999 to 2008. For analysis purposes, I employed several logit models (nested, ordered and unordered).

  • Examine Americans’ activity participation decisions in weekdays (2011-2012)
    In this project, I innovated the advanced modeling approach to examine activity participation decisions during weekdays based on the 2010 American Time Use Survey data. I evaluated individuals’ travel behavior patterns overtime and developed an advance discrete choice model to estimate and predict their daily time-use behavior, and proposed applicable and feasible policies.

Anae (Ana) Sobhani

Postdoc Fellow


Department:
Engineering Systems and Services

Group:
Transport and Logistics

Secretary: 
Betty van Koppen


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