"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?"- Albert Einstein

Active Funded Projects (Ongoing Research)

US-India Collaborative Research Programme Funded by Department of Science and Technology (DST) and National Science Foundation (NSF)

Role: Principal Investigator (PI)

Funding: 19.92 Lakhs INR

Core Team - 

Dr. Abhishek Dubey (US PI)

Dr. Ayan Mukhopadhyay (US Co-PI)

Dr. Ankit Gupta (Indian Co-PI)

Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and Austrian Federal Ministry of Education

Role: Principal Investigator (PI)

Funding: 7.12 Lakhs INR
Austrian PI - Dr. Lisa-Maria Putz-Egger

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH)

Role: Principal Investigator (PI)

Funding: 21.25 Lakhs INR

4) Developing Implementable PCU Units for Indian National Highways

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH)

Role: Co-PI

Other Ongoing Projects (Data-Driven Explorations)

Electric Mobility

Adoption, Charging Infrastructure Planning, Routing, Performance

B2C Freight 

E-commerce, Last-mile Delivery Innovations, Consumer Shifts

Unique Mobility Needs

People with Disabilities, Vulnerable Road Users, Traffic Safety, Domestic Tourism, Long Distance Travel etc.

Completed Projects (Prior Works with Specific Deliverables)

Operational Planning of Novel Delivery Alternatives for Last-Mile Delivery 

Goal: Novel delivery technologies (e.g., autonomous delivery, self-service) for last-mile freight deliveries is a valuable step toward low-carbon logistics. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put a global spotlight on delivery alternatives for contactless package deliveries, and tremendous market interest has been pushing developers to provide large-scale operations. 

Freight (Trip) Generation Models for Facility Planning

Goal: Develop freight generation (FG) and freight trip generation (FTG) models for assisting city planning agencies, while incorporating freight transportation in the overall planning process. Project findings will be useful in developing policy guidelines for freight-specific investments, operational strategies, freight movement regulations, and taxation policies for Indian cities.

Addressing the Aggregation Issues of Freight Demand Model Systems

Goal: Freight demand model systems typically employ 'a priori' aggregation layers for dividing establishments into hypothetically complementary groups with relatively homogeneous patterns in freight generation. Although an attractive and popular notion, the assumption of homogeneity within aggregation layers such as industry classification system is reductive in nature and requires research investigations. This project examines this hypothesis and explores the possibility of a data-driven segmentation schemes as both spatial and industrial aggregation layers.

Negative Externalities of Freight Transport

Goal: Concerns over transport energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions have lately prompted significant attention towards vehicle ownership patterns and the distributional implications of climate mitigation policies. This project analyzed the determinants of freight transport emissions in India based on a fleet segmentation approach and subsequently decomposed the expenditure patterns of establishments in an attempt to internalize the external cost of freight movements.

Analysing the Gendered Mobility Needs in India

Goal: This study conducted a rigorous work-place based travel behavior survey to understand the gendered mobility needs in India and decompose the main determinants behind travel satisfaction and potential mitigation measures to improve gender-based disadvantages in transport paradigm.