MOSHE BEN-AKIVA

Moshe Ben-Akiva is the Edmund K. Turner Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Director of the MIT Intelligent Transportation Systems Lab, and Principal Investigator at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology.  He holds a PhD degree in Transportation Systems from MIT and was awarded honorary degrees from the University of the Aegean, the Université Lumiére Lyon, the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and the University of Antwerp. His awards include the Robert Herman Lifetime Achievement Award in Transportation Science from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Association for Travel Behavior Research, the Jules Dupuit prize from the World Conference on Transport Research Society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ITS Society Outstanding Application Award for DynaMIT, a system for dynamic network management. Ben-Akiva has co-authored two books, including the textbook Discrete Choice Analysis, published by MIT Press, and nearly 400 papers in refereed journals or refereed conferences.  He has worked as a consultant in industries such as transportation, energy, telecommunications, financial services and marketing for a number of private and public organizations, including Hague Consulting Group, RAND Europe, and Cambridge Systematics, where he was previously a Senior Principal and member of the Board of Directors.  He also was an advisor to Memetrics and ChoiceStream, provided litigation support to Analysis Group and Brattle Group and is the Chief Scientific Advisor to Mobile Market Monitor.  He was recently a member of the Future Interstate Highway System Committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

AWARDS: 

  • Best Simulation Application Paper Award, Transportation Research Board Joint Traffic Simulation Subcommittee, January 2018

  • Robert Herman Lifetime Achievement Award in Transportation Science, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Transportation Science and Logistics (TSL) Society, October 2017

  • Pyke Johnson Best Paper Award, Transportation Research Board Executive Committee, January 2016

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Society Outstanding Application Award for DynaMIT, April 2011

  • Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, April 2010

  • Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, November 2008

  • Dupuit Prize, World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS), July 2007

  • Samuel M. Seegal Prize, MIT, for a professor who “inspires students in pursuing and achieving excellence”, May 2007

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, International Association for Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR), August 2006

  • Professor Extraordinary, Department of Logistics, Stellenbasch University, January 2005

  • Honorary Doctorate Degree, University of the Aegean, Chios, Greece, October 2000

  • Edmund K. Turner Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, September 1996

  • MIT CEE Effective Teaching Award, September 1995

  • Docteur Honoris Causa from the Université Lumière Lyon, France, July 1992

  • Lady Davis Fellowship as Visiting Associate Professor, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, 1978

  • Operations Research Society of America (ORSA) Transportation Science Dissertation Award, 2nd Prize, 1973