Amy M. Kim

Multimodal Transportation Systems Research
Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Alberta


Our research broadly falls within the realm of transportation systems analysis and planning. We take core methodological skills (optimization, econometrics, and network modeling) and apply them to a wide range of multimodal transportation problems. We use quantitative methods to address strategic planning and resource allocation problems, and to understand how engineering analysis can be used to inform critical policy decisions. We are primarily interested in modeling transportation systems on a macroscopic level, to understand operational features, two-way interactions of supply and demand, and potential impacts of new policy paradigms. We like to cross modal boundaries - we are interested in understanding the structures and interactions of multiple modes.

Our goal is to help build an efficient, resilient, safe, and ultimately, sustainable infrastructure future. However, we must first pursue a more profound understanding of the operational characteristics of the current system to apply appropriate innovations. Huge transportation investments are often made without a clear understanding of the potential outcomes of these investments. The problems are not always immediately tangible, and there are immense institutional and sociological barriers impeding comprehensive long-term planning. Our research group aims to develop primary strategic planning toolboxes, to showcase the importance of data-driven methodological advancement in systems analysis for resilient and efficient multimodal transportation.

Our current focus is on developing new network analysis frameworks and methodologies to study multimodal long-distance networks, and applying data-driven models for infrastructure assessment under uncertain and dynamic conditions. This research is inherently interdisciplinary, calling for collaborations with those in disciplines including climate science, aerospace engineering, mining, and operations research. Major themes include:

Although these topics are wide-ranging, they are held together by a common theme of large-scale transportation systems analysis.

Research questions we have worked on (see Publications):

Research questions we are currently working on:

Our work is (and has been) supported by a variety of sponsors including Transport Canada, the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Alberta Transportation, Edmonton Airports, the City of Edmonton, the Government of the Northwest Territories, and the Alberta Motor Transport Association.


I have taught the following classes at the U of A. All class descriptions can be found in the U of A course calendar, on Bear Tracks.

Undergraduate: CIV E 411 Transportation Engineering II

Taught Fall 2012-2017
This 4th year elective class provides a more in-depth coverage of transportation engineering and planning concepts. Material includes: characteristics of traffic flow, Greenshield’s speed-density relationship, shockwaves; unsignalized intersections and gap analysis; signalized intersection analysis and design; Level of Service and capacity; 4-step travel demand model.
2016 Syllabus

Graduate: CIV E 613 Transportation Systems & Demand Analysis

Taught Winter 2012, 2013, 2016; Fall 2016, 2017
This class provides an introduction to systems analysis concepts for assessing and managing transportation demand.
2016F Syllabus

Graduate: CIV E 719 Topics in Transportation Policy

Taught Winter 2017
This class introduces transportation engineering graduate students to a wide range of important topics in transportation planning and policy.

Graduate: CIV E 612 Transportation Planning: Methodology and Techniques

Taught Fall 2011-2013, Winter 2015, Fall 2015
This is a core class for all graduate students in transportation engineering.
2015 Syllabus

Team Members

Former Graduate Students and Postdocs

Kasturi Mahajan (MSc 2018) Matthew Woo (MSc 2018) Kathy Tin Ying Hui (MSc 2017)
Kexin (May) Ren (MSc 2017)
Qianqian Du (Postdoc 2016)
Yunzhuang Zheng (MSc 2016)
Qian Fu (MSc 2015)
Rokib S.A. (MSc 2015)
Rajib Sikder (MSc 2015)
Ran Li (MSc 2014, co-advised)
Xiaobin Wang (MSc 2014, co-advised)
Xu Han (MSc 2013, co-advised)


Group photo after Kathy's exam

I am currently looking for new research team members at all levels, particularly students interested in the PhD program.

I enjoy mentoring students and post-doctoral researchers through their academic journey. Members of my research team are encouraged to collaborate with one another on all aspects of their work, from data collection and coding through preparation of manuscripts and presentations. I meet one-on-one with each team member at least once per week, and during the academic year we hold bi-monthly group meetings where members will present research updates and we discuss on-going ideas, issues, and concerns. I am committed to supporting each member of my team in all their academic and research pursuits. I am very proud of them!


I welcome students with backgrounds in areas that include (but are not limited to): engineering (all fields), computer science, applied mathematics, aerospace engineering, and operations research. You must have a strong quantitative background, have an interest in transportation issues and/or applications in the transportation field, and are a dedicated and responsible individual who takes great pride in, and ownership of, your work.

PhD applicants: You must have master's and bachelor's degrees in one or more of the areas indicated above, from a reputable institution, with excellent grades, references, and research output. Please email me with subject line "PhD applicant" and attach your CV and research interests. Admission to our PhD program is highly competitive; however, I also offer generous stipends and salaries to PhD students.

MSc applicants: You must have a bachelor's degree in one or more of the areas indicated above, from a reputable institution, with excellent grades and references. Please email me with subject line "MSc applicant" and attach your CV and research statement.

Undergraduate applicants: You must currently be enrolled at the University of Alberta or other Canadian university in one or more of the areas indicated above, and are interested in a NSERC USRA, Dean's Research Award, Undergraduate Research Initiative, a summer internship/co-op, CSC scholarship/Mitacs placement, and/or possibly others. Please contact me by email to set up an appointment to meet and discuss.

Information on how to apply (graduate students only)

Information about the graduate program in Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta, and how to apply, can be found on the CEE website, at the "Graduate" tab on the left.

Other information

  • The University of Alberta, and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, offers generous support for graduate students that have demonstrated excellent academic performance. You can inquire with the department graduate advisors for details and/or read here.
  • Canadian citizens and permanent residents have many additional opportunities for financial support through their studies. Again, see here for details.
  • I offer generous and competitive stipends and/or tuition support to Research Assistants in my group. This support will often amply cover living costs in Edmonton.
  • Edmonton is the 5th largest city in Canada – the capital of Alberta, one of Canada’s fastest growing provinces in Canada. It is a highly dynamic, rapidly growing and changing city. I moved here in 2011, and I am often astounded by how much this city has grown up in that short time. Edmonton is called “the Gateway to the North” given its geographic location and economic position, and also, “Festival City” – see here for info. Another fact I find really interesting is that NAV Canada’s Edmonton FIR controls the largest continental en route airspace, all the way to the Russian border! See this map! Anyway, Edmonton still remains a relatively affordable city, in Canadian standards. There is a lot of cultural diversity, and people are very friendly too.

Contact me

Send me an email if you are interested in joining our team. However, I do ask that you remember not to address me as Sir, Mr., or Mrs. Kim, as I am none of those things.

I look foward to hearing from you!

About Me

Thanks for visiting my site! My CV can be found here.

I have been a transportation engineer/planner my entire career, although I have worn several hats within this area. I love long distance transportation - particularly aviation and the role it plays within the larger multimodal system, as well as resource allocation problems in transportation.

I did my undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Waterloo (1996-2001). I ended up not finding many of the "traditional" civil engineering specializations of interest, but through the co-op program I did my first internship in transportation planning at the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, and found my area. So I’m pretty thankful for the co-op program!

After undergrad, I spent about 10 years in Northern California. I did both my MS (2001-2002) and PhD (2006-2011) degrees at the University of California, Berkeley. In between the two degrees, I worked at consulting firms in Oakland, California, and Vancouver, British Columbia.

I am an avid bicycle commuter, and you can often see my family around town in our big Danish cargo trike from Curbside Cycle in Toronto. I feel that everyone should have safe and comfortable opportunities to cycle and walk in cities, which of course begins with infrastructure. There are two great organizations in Edmonton that tirelessly promote and support active transportation - EBC and Paths for People.

I’ve also loved the following (in no particular order and some not so recently!): skiing, hiking and backpacking, modern & contemporary art, coffee, the Oakland A’s (although I've warmed to the Blue Jays more recently), noir and mystery novels, the Pacific Ocean, Edmonton Humane Society, and Edmonton Public Library. One of my life's regrets is that I never started or joined a band when I was younger - I could've managed keyboards or a rhythm guitar.


Names of students and postdoctoral researchers are underlined.

Refereed journal publications:

  1. Kexin Ren, Amy M. Kim, Kenneth Kuhn. Explorations of the Evolution of Airport Ground Delay Programs. Accepted for publication in Transportation Research Record, February 2018.
  2. Amy M. Kim, Megan S. Ryerson. 2018. A Drive for Better Air Service: How air service imbalances across neighboring regions integrate air and highway demands.. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, available online 10 Nov 2017.
  3. Megan S. Ryerson. Amy M. Kim. 2018. A long drive: interregional airport passenger "leakage" in the U.S.. Tourism Management, Vol. 65, 237-244.
  4. Suliman Gargoum, Amy M. Kim, Hui Zhang, Tony Qiu. 2017. Towards Establishing Effective Commercial Driver Training Standards: Analysis of Industry opinions from Alberta. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, Vol. 44(11), 899-910.
  5. Yunzhuang Zheng, Amy M. Kim. 2017. Rethinking Business-As-Usual: Mackenzie River Freight Transport in the Context of Climate Change Impacts in Northern Canada. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Vol. 53, 276-289.
  6. Matthew Woo, Tin Ying (Kathy) Hui, Kai Ernn Gan, Kexin Ren, Amy M. Kim. 2017. Reconstructing an Emergency Evacuation by Ground and Air: the Fort McMurray Wildfire. Transportation Research Record, Vol. 2604, 63-70. Best Paper Award, ABR30
  7. Suliman Gargoum, Yang Li, Karim El-Basyouny, Amy M. Kim. 2017. Factors Impacting the Classification of Road Segments into High/Low Speed-Collision Regimes. Transportation Research Record, Vol. 2659, 98-105.
  8. Qianqian Du, Amy M. Kim, Yunzhuang Zheng. 2017. Modeling multimodal freight transportation scenarios in Northern Canada under climate change impacts. Research in Transportation Business Management, Vol. 13, 86-96.
  9. Ran Li, Karim El-Basyouny, Amy M. Kim, Suliman Gargoum. 2017. Relationship between Road Safety and Mobile Photo Enforcement Performance Indicators: A Case Study of the City of Edmonton. Journal of Transportation Safety and Security, Vol. 9 (2), 195-215.
  10. Suliman Gargoum, Karim El-Basyouny, Amy M. Kim. 2016. Towards Setting Credible Speed Limits: Identifying Factors that Affect Driver Compliance on Urban Roads. Accident Analysis and Prevention, Vol. 95, Part A, 138-148.
  11. Amy Kim, Xiaobin Wang, Karim El-Basyouny, Qian Fu. 2016. Operating a Mobile Photo Radar Enforcement Program: A Framework for Site Selection, Resource Allocation, Scheduling, and Evaluation. Case Studies in Transport Policy, available online in May 2016 (doi:10.1016/j.cstp.2016.05.001).
  12. Yang Li, Amy M. Kim, Karim El-Basyouny, Ran Li. 2016. Using GIS to interpret automated speed enforcement guidelines and guide deployment decisions in mobile photo enforcement programs. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Vol. 86, 141-158.
  13. Amy M. Kim. 2016. The impacts of changing flight demands and throughput performance on airport delays through the Great Recession. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Vol. 86, 19-34.
  14. Qian Fu, Amy M. Kim. 2016. Supply-and-demand models for exploring relationships between smaller airports and neighboring hub airports in the U.S. Journal of Air Transport Management. Vol. 52, 67-79.
  15. Ran Li, Karim El-Basyouny, Amy Kim. 2015. A Before-and-After Empirical Bayes Evaluation of Automated Mobile Speed Enforcement on Urban Arterial Roads. Transportation Research Record, Amy M. Kim 2 Vol. 2516, 44-52.
  16. Amy Kim, Rokib S.A., Yi Liu. 2015. Refinements to a Procedure for Estimating Airfield Capacity. Transportation Research Record, Vol. 2501, 18-24.
  17. Amy Kim and Mark Hansen. 2015. Some insights into a sequential resource allocation mechanism for en route air traffic. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological. Vol. 79, 1-15.
  18. Xu Han, Pengfei Li, Rajib Sikder, Tony Z. Qiu, Amy Kim. 2014. Development and Evaluation of an Adaptive Transit Signal Priority Control with Updated Transit Delay Model. Transportation Research Record, Vol. 2438, 45-54.
  19. Amy Kim and Mark Hansen. 2013. Deconstructing Delay: A Non-Parametric Approach to Analyzing Delay Changes in Single Server Queuing Systems. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological. Vol. 58, 119-133.
  20. Amy Kim and Mark Hansen. 2013. A Framework for Assessment of Collaborative En Route Resource Allocation. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies. Vol. 33, 324-339.
  21. Amy Kim and Mark Hansen. 2010. Validation of Runway Capacity Models. Transportation Research Record, Vol. 2177, 69-77.
  22. Articles under review:

    1. Laura Cabral, Amy M. Kim, John Parkins. Bicycle ridership and intention in a northern, low-cycling city. Submitted.
    2. Yang Li, Jiaohong Xie, Amy M. Kim, Karim El-Basyouny. Investigating tradeoffs between optimal mobile photo enforcement program plans. Submitted.
    3. Danyang Sun, Karim El-Basyouny, Shewkar Ibrahim, Amy M. Kim. A Speed and Safety Assessment of School Zones. Submitted.
    4. Md Hadiuzzaman; D M Ghius Malik; Saurav Barua; Tony Z. Qiu; Amy M. Kim. Modeling Passengers' Perceptions of Intercity Train Service Quality for Regular and Special Days. Submitted.
    5. Yang Li, Amy M. Kim, Karim El-Basyouny. A multi-objective resource deployment plan for mobile photo enforcement. Submitted April 2016. PDF here

    6. For a full list of publications (conference papers, presentations, technical reports, etc.) please see my latest CV or Google Scholar.

      This list was updated 03/26/2018.


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