Traveler Behavior and Values Committee

Behavioral Processes: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods Subcommittee



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Committee History

Committee Membership


Time Use and Activity Patterns

Route Choice and Spatio-Temporal Behavior

International Travel Behavior

Behavioral Processes: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods


Past Activities

Cognate Groups and Organizations

TRB Committee ADB40

International Association for Travel Behavior Research

Travel Model Improvement Program


Subcommittee Goal

The goal of this subcommittee is to channel the diffusion of knowledge and promote cooperation amongst a growing body of researchers interested in qualitative and quantitative approaches to understanding, theorizing and modeling the decision processes that underlying observed patterns of human activities and travel behavior and condition future change.


This subcommittee focuses on the behavioral processes governing activities and travel of individuals and households, but also firms and goods movement.  The committee is open to a variety of methods of inquiry and is supportive of qualitative, quantitative and integrated approaches, particularly given emerging challenges associated with understanding and modeling decision processes over time, space and/or across individuals.

Conceptual, empirical, analytical, and exploratory research designs are all encouraged.

Example Topic Areas

Behavioral change/adaptation processes

Search processes, information acquisition, and learning

Activity-travel (re)scheduling processes

Theories of choice processes; decision rules

Routine and habitual behavior and change

The evolution of spatial behavior

Group decision making

Qualitative techniques for examining social-psychological factors (e.g. in-depth interviews, ethnography, focus groups, visual techniques)

Interactive/gaming/process-tracing surveys

Underlying behavioral assumptions

Dealing with uncertainty in decision making

Cognitive processes and procedures

Constraints/flexibility of behavior that condition travel Gauging reactions to immersive, simulated transportation experiences (e.g. VR reality with person travel service)


Kouros Mohammadian
Associate Professor

University of Illinois at Chicago





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