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Transportation alumnus wins top paper award for work in passenger-choice modeling

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Emmanuel Carrier, who earned the Ph.D. in transportation earlier this year, won the Anna Valicek Medal from the Airline Group of the International Federation of Operations Research Societies in September for his paper describing his modeling of the behavior of airline passengers. The paper is based on Carrier’s doctoral research, which models how different categories of airline passengers choose itineraries and fares. For example, for some business travelers, schedule is the most important factor in decision-making; for other business travelers and most leisure travelers, ticket price is more important. Ultimately airlines can use this model to help make decisions for pricing and revenue management. Moshe Ben-Akiva, the Edmund K. Turner Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Peter Belobaba, principal research scientist in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, supervised Carrier’s thesis research. Carrier now works in Kirkland, Wash., at AI Systems, a company that develops software for airlines. Read more.