Dr Erel Avineri received his degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management (B.Sc.) and Transportation Sciences (M.Sc., Ph.D.) from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. He has been a Post-Doctoral research fellow at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel). He has been a member of CTS since 2004.
Dr Avineri is exploring what influence travel behaviour and road safety behaviour, how to predict behaviour, and how to design measures to change travel behaviour. Through the use of a range of observation, modelling and analysis approaches, Erel explores issues such as travellers’ bounded rationality, the effect of feedback mechanism on travellers' decision-making, and the social interactions between travellers. In his research Erel developed and tested choice models that capture travellers’ bounded rationality. He explores the use of ‘nudges’ to help individuals to highlight the better choices for them - without restricting their freedom of choice.
Erel has been a project manager and a consultant to more than 50 leading companies and government agencies in the areas of transport modelling, logistics and operations management. He started his research career developing a “fuzzy” expert system, supporting the decisions of transport projects evaluation, ranking and appraisal.
Erel's teaching activities have included lecturing on several engineering and business management programs, as well as managing and lecturing in short courses and workshops. He was awarded (several times) teaching excellence awards. His current teaching responsibilities include module leading the postgraduate modules "Changing Travel Behaviour" and "Transport Economics and Appraisal” and lecturing in various transport planning modules.
Understanding and modelling travel behaviour and behavioural change. Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS): Design of Advanced Traveller Information Systems (ATIS); Behavioural responses to ITS. Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing in Traffic and Transport Systems. Road safety behaviour: Enforcement; Driver licensing systems; Human factors; Elderly road users. Multi-Criteria Transport Appraisal