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Ahsan Habib

Cross-appointed Associate Professor

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School of Planning , Department of Civil and Resource Engineering

Email: ahsan.habib@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-3209
Fax: 902-423-6672
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory
B105, B Building, 1360 Barrington Street,
P.O. Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
 
Research Topics:
  • Travel Behaviour Analysis
  • Travel Demand Forecasting
  • Integrated Transportation, Land Use and Energy Modeling
  • Transport Data Collection and Survey Methods
  • Microsimulation of Urban Systems
  • Transportation Planning and Policy
  • Sustainability Indicators and Issues in Transportation
  • Road Safety and Collision Analysis
  • Transportation in Developing Countries

Biography

Ahsan Habib is a transportation professor at Dalhousie University. He received a PhD degree in civil engineering from the University of Toronto in 2009. He held a professional position at the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) prior to joining Dalhousie University in 2010. He is the founder of the Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory (DalTRAC) under the Leaders Opportunity Grant program of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). His research interests include travel behavior analysis, travel demand forecasting, and the microsimulation of urban systems. Dr. Habib believes multi-modal mobility options are the key to ensuring sustainability for Canadian cities. For further information regarding Dr. Habib’s research program please visit: http://www.dal.ca/sites/daltrac.html

Education

  • BURP, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
  • MURP, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
  • MASc, University of Toronto
  • PhD, University of Toronto

Teaching

  • Plan 4106/6106 Transportation
  • PlanningCIVL 6139 Transport Operations
  • CIVL 7000/Dir. Transport Modelling
  • Plan5000 Planning Studio
  • Plan 3006 Reading the Landscape
  • Plan 5304 Planning Research Methods
  • Plan 2010 Sustainable Community Design

Major Grants

  • NSERC Discovery Grant, “Developing Longitudinal Bottom-up Models of Land Use, Transport and Energy Use” (PI: Dr. Habib)
  • Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, “Evaluation of Active Transportation Interventions in Nova Scotia Communities” (PI: Dr. Habib)
  • Nova Scotia Department of Energy (NS DoE), “Nova Scotia Travel Activity and Emission Study” (PI: Dr. Habib)
  • Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network, “Evacuating the Halifax Peninsula: Multidisciplinary Analysis and Training to Improve Evacuation from Coastal Floods” (PI: Dr. Quigley, Co-PI: Dr. Habib)
  • SSHRC Insight Grants, “Adapting to Vulnerabilities in the Transportation System's Critical Infrastructure: Drawing Lessons for Risk Governance from the Redecking of the Macdonald Suspension Bridge in Halifax” (PI: Dr. Quigley, Co-PI: Dr Habib & Dr. Pelot [Dalhousie] and Dr. Grutz [Ryerson])
  • The Province of Nova Scotia, NS DoE, “Sustainable Transportation   Indicators: Transportation Data Collection and Modelling”, (PI: Dr. Habib)
  • Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), “Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory (DalTRAC) Infrastructure Project”, (funding partners: NSRIT and HRM), (PI: Dr. Habib)
  • SSHRC Insight Grants, “Coordinating Land Use Planning in the Context of Multiple Plans”, Awarded, (PI: Dr. Grant, [Dalhousie]; Co-PIs: Drs. Habib, Manuel & Rapaport [Dalhousie] and  Dr. Filion [Waterloo])

Recent Publications

  • Fatmi, M.R., and Habib, M.A. (2016), “Life-oriented Modeling of Commute Mode Loyalty and Transition Behavior”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of Transportation Research Board.
  • Irin, S., and Habib, M.A (2016). “Microsimulation-Based Emission Modeling for a Major Infrastructure Renewal Plan: Assessment of Network Attributes and Land Use Effects on Vehicular Emissions”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of Transportation Research Board.
  • Fatmi, M.R., and Habib, M.A. (2016). “A Longitudinal Vehicle Transaction Model: Assessing the Lead and Lagged Effects of Longer-term Changes and Life-cycle Events”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of Transportation Research Board.
  • Fatmi, M.R., and Habib, M.A. (2016). “Modeling Travel Tool Ownership of the Elderly Population: A Latent Segmentation-based Logit Model”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of Transportation Research Board.
  • Fatmi, M.R., and Habib, M.A. (2015), “Spatial Transferability of a Micro Residential Mobility Model for the Integrated Land Use, Transport and Environment Modeling System”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board No. 2496, pp. 29-36.
  • Daisy, N.S., and Habib, M.A. (2015), “Investigating the Role of Built Environment and Lifestyle Choices in Active Travel for Weekly Home-Based Non-work Trips”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2500, pp. 125–132.
  • Forbes, J.J., and Habib, M.A. (2015), “Pedestrian Injury Severity Levels in the Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada: A Hierarchical Ordered Probit Modeling Approach”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2519, pp.172–178
  • Fatmi, M.R., Habib, M.A. and Salloum, S.A. (2014), “Modeling Mobility Tool Ownership of the Youth in Toronto: Assessing Trip, Accessibility and Neighborhood Effects”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2413, pp. 92-100
  • Hafezi, M.H., and Habib, M.A. (2014), “Synthesizing Population for Microsimulation-Based Integrated Transport Models using Atlantic Canada Micro-Data”, Procedia Computer Science. Vol. 37, pp. 410-415
  • Habib, M.A. and Daisy, N.S. (2013), “Modeling Frequency and Duration of Out-of-home Participation in Physical Activity by School-Age Children”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2357, pp. 116-124

Memberships and Service

  • Member, Standing Committee on Transportation and Sustainability, ADD40, Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Research Council, Washington DC, USA
  • Member, Standing Committee on ICT/Travel Choices, ADB20, TRB, USA
  • Senator, Dalhousie University Senate, Halifax, NS
  • Member, Crosswalk Safety Advisory Committee, Halifax Council, NS
  • Provisional Member, Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP)
  • Member, Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), Canada
  • Member, International Association of Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR)
  • Member, World Transportation Research Forum (WCTR)
  • Affiliate Member, Transportation Research Board (TRB)
  • Member, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE)
  • Member, North American Regional Science Council (NARSC)
  • Member, Canadian Transportation Research Forum (CTRF)