17th International Conference on Travel Behavior Research

July 14-18, 2024, Vienna, Austria

Transformative Travel Behaviour Research - Looking beyond Back-to-Normal

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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic having become endemic, ‘back to normality’ is not something that everybody can expect. The increase of digitalisation in our daily lives, the uncertainty about supply chain and economic conditions, and the introduction of new habits and values during the pandemic time have challenged the notion of “typical travel patterns” and raised questions on the assumptions underlying our transport models. In parallel, the impacts of climate change in recent years are becoming more and more apparent and knowledge on how we can identify the triggers that lead to a profound, transformative behaviour change beyond what we can see with our traditional approaches is critical to achieve our carbon net-zero target. 

Whilst the uncertainties of user behaviours and transport supplies make travel demand modelling more difficult than ever, the interdisciplinary knowledge and advancement of methodologies and technologies enable us to explore new approaches in order to understand and forecast human decisions better. This knowledge would be critical in promoting a sustainable behavioural change, with the right disruptive methods and interventions, and in creating accessible and inclusive climate-neutral cities.

The conference is organized by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences and taking place at the Main Building of the University of Vienna.

The conference welcomes submissions on all aspects of travel behaviour research and application. The following nine thematic categories have been selected as the main focus areas:

  • active mobility, life-stages, and quality of life
  • adoption, adaptation, and impacts of new technologies
  • time-use and locational choices
  • innovative data collection methods and alternative data sources
  • psychometrics, attitudes, and perceptions
  • pattern recognition in decision-making processes 
  • transformative policy and behavioural change 
  • advanced modelling and simulation
  • other relevant topics

 Important Dates

Deadline of abstract submission 30 September 2023
Distribution of review results 31 January 2024
Deadline to propose a self-organise workshop 31 January 2024
Early registration opening 15 March 2024 to 13 May 2024
Start of the conference 14 July 2024

Post-Conference Publications

A number of special issues in selected journals have been planned for this conference.

The journals which are currently planned to facilitate the post-conference special issues or will have SI on topics relevant for this conference include:

  • Transportation Research part A: Policy and Practice
  • Transportation Research part B: Methodological
  • Transportation
  • Journal of Transport Geography
  • Transportation Letters  
  • Journal Transport and Health 
  • Journal of Choice Modelling 
  • European Transport Research Review
  • European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research

A separate submission and review process will be done according to each journal regulation and standard process.

Welcome and Opening Plenary

Leonore Gewessler

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Ms. Leonore Gewessler is the Austrian Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology since January 7, 2020. After graduating in political science from the University of Vienna, Ms. Gewessler worked at the Office of the leader of Vienna’s 7th district until 2008. Then she moved to the Green European Foundation in Brussels, where she took over the management of the Europe-wide NGO. From 2014 to 2019, Ms. Gewessler was the Executive Director of Global 2000 environmental protection organization, before becoming Deputy Chairwoman of the Green Parliamentary Group (Parliamentary Group of the Green Members of the National Council, the Federal Council and the European Parliament), a position she held until January 6, 2020. In addition to her business career, she was - among others - a Member of the Executive Board of Friends of the Earth Austria.

Gerd Sammer

Gerd Sammer is Emeritus Professor at the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. His research work covers the problem of the best possible bias-free recording of transport and mobility behaviour, whether it be revealed preference and stated preference survey methods. In his focus is also the analysis of influencing factors on transport behaviour for questions of current and future transport policy. One focus is on the question of the extent to which the user's awareness of information about transport alternatives influences his decision-making behaviour. Recently, he has been particularly engaged with the quality assurance of transport demand modelling and traffic forecasts in order to improve the decision-making basis for future mobility challenges.

Plenary Speakers

Caspar Chorus

Caspar Chorus is professor of choice behaviour modelling at TU Delft and dean of its Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. Ever since the start of his PhD-trajectory, he has had a profound interest in combining econometric models and behavioural theories to disentangle the determinants of (travel) behaviour. His dissertation ‘Traveller response to information’ introduced the Random regret minimization approach to choice modelling; it received various awards, among which IATBR’s Eric Pas Prize. By incorporating aspects of bounded rationality and morality in choice models, he has strived to improve the behavioural realism of these models while maintaining high levels of mathematical tractability. Having actively contributed to the IATBR-community, for example as board member, Caspar has always felt very much at home in the travel behaviour research community; it is an honour and pleasure for him to give a plenary talk at the upcoming conference in Vienna.

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Sonja Haustein

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Sonja Haustein is a psychologist and professor in human behaviour at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Her research aims at understanding and predicting behavioural choices to inform interventions towards green, healthy and inclusive transport. Sonja has a long-standing interest in the interactions of the individual with the social, spatial and technological environment as factors influencing behaviour change in transport. In her ERC project ‘URGENT’, she and her interdisciplinary research group use unique longitudinal multi-methods design to better understand the mental mechanisms involved in behaviour change, uncover questions of causality, rebound and spill-over.

Mei-Po Kwan

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Mei-Po Kwan is Choh-Ming Li Professor of Geography and Resource Management and Director of the Institute of Space and Earth Information Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kwan has made ground-breaking contributions to research on environmental health, human mobility, transport and health issues in cities, and geographic information science (GIScience). She discovered the uncertain geographic context problem and the neighborhood effect averaging problem. Her recent projects examine the health impacts of individual environmental exposure (e.g., noise, air pollution, green space), the protection of geoprivacy via the development of a Geospatial Virtual Data Enclave (GVDE), and the space-time dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Martin Raubal

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Martin Raubal is Professor of Geoinformation Engineering at ETH Zurich. He is also a Steering Committee member of the Center for Sustainable Future Mobility at ETH and a member of the Future Resilient Systems Management Committee at the Singapore-ETH Centre. Martin’s research interests focus on spatial decision-making for sustainability, more specifically he concentrates on mobile Geographic Information Systems & Location Based Services, analysing spatio-temporal aspects of human mobility, spatial cognitive engineering, and mobile eye-tracking to investigate visual attention while interacting with geoinformation and in spatial decision situations.

Chandra Bhat

Dr. Chandra R. Bhat is the Joe King Endowed Chair Professor of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and the Director of the National USDOT Center on “Understanding the Future of Travel Behavior and Demand.” He has been a pioneer in the formulation and use of statistical and econometric methods to analyze human choice behavior for transportation and urban policy design. His current research includes the social and environmental aspects of transportation, planning implications of emerging technology and mobility options, and equity considerations in transportation provision. He was listed in 2017 as one of the top ten transportation thought leaders in academia by the Eno Foundation. His former students are now leaders in the travel behavior field, many of whom have also received dissertation/thesis awards for their research under Chandra’s guidance. Chandra has served as an IATBR Chair and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research – Part B.

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