Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Dr Charisma Choudhury

Associate Professor in Transport Engineering & Emerging Economies

Research Group Leader for Choice Modelling

Phone: +44 (0)113 34 32659
Room: 2.16
Research Group: Choice Modelling


Key Research Interests

  • Behaviour Modeling and Discrete Choice Analysis 
  • Traffic Microsimulation 
  • Transport Modeling Using Big Data Sources 
  • Transportation in Developing Countries 


  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MST, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BSc, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Employment History

  • 2013- Present, Lecturer, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • 2008-2013, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
  • 2011-2012, Visiting Assistant Professor, HuMNet Laboratory, MIT
  • 2009-Present, Research Affiliate, Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory, MIT
  • 2008-2009, Postdoctoral Associate, Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory, MIT
  • 2007-2008, Analyst, RAND Europe, Cambridge, UK
  • 2005,  Associate Analyst, RAND Europe, Cambridge, UK
  • 2003, Analyst, Cambridge Systematics, Cambridge, MA
  • 2000, Research Assistant, IUCN, The World Conservation Union


  • Faculty for the Future Award by Schlumberger Foundation, 2011
  • Gordon Newell Memorial Prize by Hong Kong Society for Transport Studies (for the best doctoral research in transportation by a student of Asian origin), 2010
  • Honorable Mention, Eric Pas Dissertation Award by International Association of Travel Behavior Research (awarded to outstanding doctoral dissertations in the field of travel behavior research), 2007
  • Martin Family Society for Sustainability Fellowship, MIT, 2004
  • Presidential Fellowship, MIT, 2002
  • Malik Hossain Gold Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Program, 2002
  • F. R. Khan Scholarship for Academic Excellence, 2001
  • Dean's List, Faculty of Civil Engineering, BUET, 1998-2002
  • Award for Merit by the Prime Minister, People's Republic of Bangladesh, 1995

Professional Engagements

  • Board Member, International Association for Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR)
  • Member, Special Interest Group in 'Traditional and Alternative Approaches for Travel Behavior Analysis and Demand Modelling' of the World Conference World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS)
  • Member, Institute for Engineers, Bangladesh
  • Member, Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World
  • Member, Global Young Academy, Volkswagen Foundation

Research Projects

Current PhD Students

Previous PhD Students

Andyka Kusuma (2015): Modelling driving behaviour at motorway weaving sections

PhD Topics Offered for 2018 Admission* 

  • Development of travel behavior models using ubiquitous data sources 
  • Travel behavior modeling with imperfect data
  • Modeling driving behavior in mixed traffic conditions 

      *You are welcome to propose your own PhD topics as well. 

Taught Modules:

  • CIVE3350  Transport Engineering II (Module Leader)
  • CIVE2250 Sustainable Engineering Solutions
  • TRAN5072 Principles of Transport Engineering (Module Leader)
  • TRAN5282 Choice Modelling and Stated Preference Survey Design

Current MEng/MSc Students:

  • TBD

Previous MEng/MSc Students:

  • Apio Rose: Modelling the effect of congestion on other trips
  • Alexander Patrick: Developing traffic models using mobile phone data
  • Umair Asif and Shoaib Hossain: Developing parking choice models using parking game experiments
  • Flavia Anyiko: Temporal transferability of car-ownership models, 2015
  • Stavros Papadimitriou: Transferability of car-following models, 2015
  • Maria Poulopoulou: Why live far and commute by car, 2015
  • Manyiraho Ahabyona: Transferability of gap acceptance model, 2014
  • Andrew Bwambale: Spatial tranferability of travel demand models, 2014
  • Christopher Edeimu: Developing trip generation models combining mobile phone and survey data
  • Benjamin Lee: Modeling travel time variations in London using multiple data sources
  • Irfan Bhana: Modeling the effects of demographics in driving decisions


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