Core Team

Principal Investigator

Dr. Agnivesh Pani

Dr. Agnivesh is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at IIT (BHU) Varanasi. With several years of research experience in transportation planning, he has, over time, contributed to many research areas such as freight travel demand model systems, city logistics, last-mile delivery planning, aggregation approaches for enhanced model accuracy, and multi-objective optimization algorithms for freight-based zoning of cities. More recently, his research is exploring the potential of social media data analytics and public transit last-mile planning with a core focus on Varanasi as a city. He has over 43 publications in leading transportation journals such as Transportation Research: Part E, Transportation Research: Part D, Transport Geography, Transport Policy, and Transportation Research Record to his credit, along with the best paper award from freight transportation planning (AT015) committee at the annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) annual meeting 2020. Prior to joining IIT (BHU), he was working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Memphis, USA. He received his Ph.D. and Master's in Engineering from BITS Pilani during which he was also a visiting researcher at the Hiroshima University, Japan. 

PhD Students/JRFs

Nirmal Prasad 

Ph.D Student 

(Co-Supervised with Dr. Nikhil Saboo) 

Topic: Rejuvenators and the Aging Behavior of Recycled Asphalt Mixes

Hridya G Muralidharan

Ph.D Student  


Topic: Public Transit Planning and Data-Driven Behavioral Modelling

Sukhjinder Singh

Ph.D Student (2023-Onwards)

(Co-Supervised with Dr. Ankit Gupta

Topic: Implementable PCU units for heavy commercial vehicles

Suprava Mishra

Ph.D Student (2023-Onwards)

(Co-Supervised with Dr. Ankit Gupta) 

Topic: Freight Transportation Planning Handbook for National & State Highways

Masters'/IDD Students

Aadil M Moopan

Transit Demand Algorithms and Network Design

(US-India Project)

Shijith S

Transit Accessibility and Resilience Impacts

(US-India Project)

Pankaj Gupta

Inland Water Transport Planning

(India-Austria Project)


Travel Behaviour of Persons with Disability

(ANSYS Fellowship)

Shravan G

NTL Estimation for National Demand Model

(US-India Project)

Tejaswa Mishra 

Equity Impacts on Transit Network

(US-India Project)

Bikash Bhuyan

Transit Ridership Prediction 

(US-India Project)

Baibhav Mohanty

Service Trip Generation in Indian Cities

Prashant Rai

IIT BHU Varanasi

Tanushri Chauhan

IIT BHU Varanasi

Research Associates (RAs)
Selected UG Students Exploring Longer Research Projects (1-2 Years of Research Progress)

Shreepati Jha

School of Planning and Architecture

Shambhavi Sinha

School of Planning and Architecture

Nandini Bhimsaria

IIT BHU Varanasi

Harsh Gupta

NIT Calicut

Current Undergraduate Students

UG Projects



Dr. Mayank Sukhija 

Former Ph.D. Student 

(Co-Supervised with Dr. Nikhil Saboo)

Thesis: Impacts of Production Temperatures on Performance of Warm Mix Asphalt

Currently: Postdoctoral Researcher, Oregon State University

Sourav Maheshwari

Former M.Tech. Student 


Dissertation: Measuring Spatial Disparity in EV Charging Infrastructure 

Currently: Transportation Analyst, Cube Highway Technology Company

Sai Naveen Balla

Former Junior Research Fellow (JRF)

Worked on the USA-India DST-NSF Collaborative Project (June to Nov 2023)

Completed UG Projects in the Past


Exploratory Projects