Divyakant Tahlyan

Ph.D. Candidate. Northwestern University.

Northwestern University

Transportation Center

600 Foster Street

Evanston, Illinois 60208

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Hello! I am a PhD Candidate at the Northwestern University’s Transportation Systems Analysis and Planning Program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. I am currently working at the Transportation Center as a graduate research assistant under the supervision of Prof. Hani Mahmassani.

My research braodly focuses on understanding human-technology-infrastructure-market interactions through a lens of socio-technical systems analysis framework to enable next generation transportation systems that are sustainable, safe, smart, resilient, and equitable.

My dissertation research addresses the question of the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic altered the telemobility landscape in the United States; and the implications of these potentially changing trends on mobility and sustainability of our cities. Other areas of research that I have explored in the past include understnading travel behavior and its interaction with social networks, advanced behavioral modeling, big GPS data analysis and freight planning, machine learning applications in transportation, particularly unsupervised learning and ensemble learning models.

selected publications

  1. For whom did telework not work during the Pandemic? understanding the factors impacting telework satisfaction in the US using a multiple indicator multiple cause (MIMIC) model
    Tahlyan, Divyakant, Said, Maher, Mahmassani, Hani, Stathopoulos, Amanda, Walker, Joan, and Shaheen, Susan
    Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 2022
  2. [Open Access] Disentangling social capital – Understanding the effect of bonding and bridging on urban activity participation
    Tahlyan, Divyakant, Stathopoulos, Amanda, and Maness, Michael
    Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives 2022
  3. In-Person, Pick Up or Delivery? Evolving Patterns of Household Spending Behavior Through the Early Reopening Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Said, Maher, Tahlyan, Divyakant, Stathopoulos, Amanda, Mahmassani, Hani, Shaheen, Susan, and Walker, Joan
    Travel Behaviour and Society 2023