WHAT ABOUT TIME IN TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH?
PROFESSOR MEI-PO KWAN
Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, The Ohio State University
11 NOVEMBER 2009 (WEDNESDAY)
19:00 - 20:00
WANG GUNGWU THEATRE, GRADUATE HOUSE, THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
Institute of Transport Studies, The University of Hong Kong
Transportation research has treated time largely as a one-dimensional reference system for registering when events happen. Most analytical methods that incorporate the temporal dimension to date are based on this notion of time (such as in dynamic modeling or longitudinal analysis). This presentation explores a different notion of time and its implications for transportation research. Drawing upon recent studies on accessibility and human travel patterns, it examines how time use and space-time constraints may influence human travel behavior and activity patterns in space-time.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Professor Mei-Po Kwan is Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Ohio State University. She is Editor of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers (Methods, Models and GIS) and Associate Editor of Geographical Analysis. She received the 2005 UCGIS Research Award from the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) and the Edward L. Ullman Award from the Association of American Geographers (AAG). Kwan's research interests include geographical information science, individual accessibility in space-time, information and communication technologies, human activity patterns, and gender and ethnic dimensions of transportation.