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
- Multimodal and intermodal transportation;
- Long distance transportation networks;
- Resource allocation and optimization;
- Air transportation;
- Northern transportation;
- Network operations in emergencies; system uncertainty and resilience.
Although these topics are wide-ranging, they are held together by a common theme of large-scale transportation
Research questions we have worked on (see Publications):
- How can we use multiple data sources to reconstruct a major urban emergency evacuation that occurred
- What are the characteristics of supply-and-demand feedback mechanisms in airport operations, and how do we
- What are the characteristics that drive air passengers to choose a large hub airport over a local airport, when
that large hub airport is up to several hours driving distance away? (on-going)
- What can cell phone signals tell us about intercity travel patterns and modes, particularly when combined with
other data sources? (on-going)
- How can we assess the impacts of climate change on the future of northern transportation infrastructure
- How can we be more efficient at scheduling operators to achieve various safety goals in urban speed enforcement
programs, given the limited number of operators/equipment available? (on-going)
Research questions we are currently working on:
- What are the capacities, redundancies, and risks on a sparse, long-distance, intermodal highway network at risk
to natural disasters such as flooding and wildfires?
- How can normally disparate long distance transportation networks (i.e. ground and air) be reconfigured for
co-operative evacuation capacity during emergencies?
- How can we link flight delays in the north to inclement weather and infrastructure shortfalls?
- Can we estimate cyclist origin-and-destination volumes using new data sources?
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.
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.
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.
Assoc. Prof. | Transportation Engineering
PhD | 2011 UC Berkeley
PhD candidate | Transportation Engineering
MSc | Beijing University of Technology
Gloria Duran Castillo
PhD student | Transportation Engineering
MSc | Kyungpook National University
Sabrena Jahan Ohi
PhD student | Transportation Engineering
MEng | 2017 Yokohama National University
BSc | 2013 Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology
MSc student | Transportation Engineering
BEnv | 2016 Université de Sherbrooke
MSc student | Transportation Engineering
BSc | 2008 Dailan University of Technology
PhD student | Transportation Engineering
MSc | 2017 Addis Ababa University
BSc | 2014 Addis Ababa University
Msc Student | Transportation Engineering
BSc | 2018 University of Alberta
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)
I am currently looking for new research team members at all levels, particularly students interested in the PhD
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
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.
- 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.
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!
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:
- 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.
- 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2017.10.005
- Megan S. Ryerson. Amy M. Kim. 2018. A long drive: interregional airport passenger "leakage" in the U.S..
Tourism Management, Vol. 65, 237-244.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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,
- Amy Kim, Rokib S.A., Yi Liu. 2015. Refinements to a Procedure for Estimating Airfield Capacity.
Transportation Research Record, Vol. 2501, 18-24.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Amy Kim and Mark Hansen. 2010. Validation of Runway Capacity Models. Transportation Research Record, Vol.
Articles under review:
- Laura Cabral, Amy M. Kim, John Parkins. Bicycle ridership and intention in a northern, low-cycling
- Yang Li, Jiaohong Xie, Amy M. Kim, Karim El-Basyouny. Investigating tradeoffs between optimal
mobile photo enforcement program plans. Submitted.
- Danyang Sun, Karim El-Basyouny, Shewkar Ibrahim, Amy M. Kim. A Speed and Safety Assessment of School
- 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.
- Yang Li, Amy M. Kim, Karim El-Basyouny. A multi-objective resource deployment plan for mobile photo
enforcement. Submitted April 2016. PDF here
For a full list of publications (conference papers, presentations, technical reports, etc.) please see my latest CV or Google
list was updated 03/26/2018.