Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

Dr Charisma Choudhury

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Lecturer in Transport Engineering & Emerging Economies


Economics and Discrete Choice

February 2013

Dr Charisma Choudhury

What attracted you to ITS and the University of Leeds?

The research excellence and international reputation of the Institute and its diverse research programs.

What did you do before you joined ITS?
And how did you first get interested in transport?

I taught at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. Traffic congestion is a major problem in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh where I was born and brought up. I wanted to choose a profession that was interesting and challenging as well as having the capability of making a real difference in the world around me. Choosing transport as my area of specialization fulfilled all these aspects.

What are your first impressions of ITS, the University and the city?

I found ITS to be very warm and welcoming as the University itself. The city seemed compact and quaint, just the sort of place where I would love to spend my time with my family (which includes a one year old). 

Which modules are you teaching on and can you give us a flavour of the topical issues these cover?

I am teaching Sustainable Engineering Options to the Civil Engineering undergraduates this semester where I am covering the Global Sustainability Issues, Air and Water Pollution, Waste Management and Environmental Impact Assessment. I am also contributing to two postgraduate courses concentrating on behaviour modelling, particularly in the context of developing countries.

What are your main research interests and can you tell us about the projects you are currently working on?

My main research interests are Behavioral Modelling (how travelers make decisions at different time scales), Microscopic traffic simulation (replicating how drivers maneuver across the network) and Sustainable transport policies for emerging economies. I am currently looking at how ubiquitous data sources (e.g. mobile phone, GPS, etc.) can be used in behavioral modeling in a more effective manner for predicting mobility decisions.

What do you like to do in your spare time, when you’re not busy teaching and researching?

I am active in several forums that deal with Women in Engineering (Faculty for the Future Program, Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World), Issues facing Young Researchers (Global Young Academy).

Which single piece of advice would you like to pass on to students?

Don’t be afraid to undertake challenging research topics. Solving the challenging bits is the most fun part of research!

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