Professor Eric Miller

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Professor Eric Miller

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Eric Miller
Dept. of Civil Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1A4

GB 305

Tel: 416-978-4076
Fax: 416-978-5054

miller@civ.utoronto.ca

Research Interests

Microsimulation modelling methods; Analysis of transportation - land use interactions; Development and applications of disaggregate travel choice models; Transportation energy/emissions modelling; Analysis of transit demand and operations.

A full CV can be downloaded from: http://www.ecf.utoronto.ca/~miller/EJMiller_CV.pdf

Teaching

Course Code Title & Description
*Note: This website represents the official and most accurate timetable. Please cross reference ROSI/ACORN with this table for correct dates and times.
Keywords Instructor Session Location(s) Day(s) + Time(s)
CEM1004H Graduate, MEngCEM Prof. Eric Miller Winter 2016 Mondays 11:00-13:00 in MB232
CIV1535H Graduate, Transportation Prof. Eric Miller Winter 2016 Thursdays 1400-1600 in MB232

Research

Microsimulation of Urban Transportation - Land-Use Systems

My main area of research is the development of a comprehensive, integrated, microsimulation-based software environment for modelling urban transportation and land-use systems. Development of the Integrated Land Use, Transportation, Environment (ILUTE) modelling system is a multi-year, multi-university undertaking, involving researchers from Calgary, Laval and McMaster Universities, led by our research team at the University of Toronto. Microsimulation involves the modelling of the behaviour of individual "actors" within the urban system (persons, households, firms, vehicles, etc.). Overall system behaviour (population and employment distributions, transportation flows by mode, etc.) is then the sum of the behaviours of all the individuals within the system. While computationally intensive, microsimulation holds the promise of providing more accurate, more policy sensitive estimates of travel demand than current conventional modelling techniques.
Development of the ILUTE modelling system involves state-of-the-art object-oriented programming methods, development and implementation of a wide variety of behavioural sub-models, use of a variety of novel data collection procedures to obtain the dynamic, micro-level behavioural data required to develop these sub-models, and a wide variety of other individual research projects suitable for student involvement at the bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. levels.

Sustainability of Urban Transportation Systems

In parallel with my more formal modelling efforts, I also am involved in the empirical analysis of the relationship between urban form, transportation system configuration and the energy efficiency/environmental sustainability of urban transportation systems. This work involves the statistical analysis of both observed and modelled travel behaviour, as well as the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the analysis and display of spatial data.

Improvements in Conventional Travel Demand Models

Over the past number of years I have developed GTAMODEL, a multimodal, regional transportation modelling system for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). This four-stage modelling system is used by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and other GTA planning agencies to analyze and forecast travel demands in the GTA. On-going evolutionary development of this EMME/2-based modelling system provides the opportunity for student research topics in a variety of areas including trip generation, distribution and mode choice modelling, for both work and non-work purposes.

Recent Papers and Publications

Integrated Urban Modelling

 

  1. Miller, E.J., "Integrated Urban Models: Progress to Date; Future Prospects", invited resource paper to be presented at the 11th International Association for Travel Behaviour Research Conference, Kyoto, August 16-20, 2006.
  2. Elgar, I and E.J. Miller, "A Conceptual Model of Small Office Firm Location", forthcoming, Transportation Research Records, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2006.
  3. Miller, E.J., "Project-Based Activity Scheduling for Household and Person Agents", Transportation and Traffic Theory, Flow, Dynamics and Human Interaction,Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory, H.S. Mahmassani (ed), Oxford, Elsevier, 2005, pp. 565-584.
  4. Roorda, M.J. and Miller, E.J., "Strategies for Resolving Activity Scheduling Conflicts: A Comparative Analysis", Progress in Activity-Based Analysis, H. Timmermans (ed), Oxford: Elsevier, 2005, pp. 203-222.
  5. Miller, E.J., "An Integrated Framework for Modelling Short- and Long-Run Household Decision-Making", Progress in Activity-Based Analysis, H. Timmermans (ed), Oxford: Elsevier, 2005, pp. 175-202.
  6. Miller, E.J., "Propositions for Modelling Household Decision-Making", Integrated Land-use and Transportation Models: Behavioural Foundations, M. Lee-Gosselin and S.T. Doherty (eds), Oxford: Elsevier, 2005, pp. 21-60.
  7. Salvini, P.A. and E.J. Miller, "ILUTE: An Operational Prototype of a Comprehensive Microsimulation Model of Urban Systems", Networks and Spatial Economics, Vol. 5, 2005, pp. 217-234.
  8. Hunt, J.D., E.J. Miller, and D.S. Kriger, "Current Operational Urban Land-Use Transport Modeling Frameworks", Transport Reviews, Vol. 25, No. 3, May, 2005, pp. 329-376.
  9. Haider, M. and E.J. Miller, "Modelling Location Choices of Housing Builders in the Greater Toronto Area", Transportation Research Records, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1898, 2004, pp. 148-156.
  10. Miller, E.J., J.D. Hunt, J.E. Abraham and P.A. Salvini, "Microsimulating Urban Systems", Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, special issue, "Geosimulation: Object-Based Modeling of Urban Phenomena", Vol. 28, 2004, pp. 9-44.
  11. Miller, E.J. and P.A. Salvini, "The Integrated Land Use, Transportation, Environment (ILUTE) Microsimulation Modelling system: Description & Current Status", Chapter 41, in D. Hensher (ed.) The Leading Edge in Travel Behaviour Research, Amsterdam: Pergamon, 2001, pp. 711-724.
  12. Haider, M. and E.J. Miller, "Effects of Infrastructure and Locational Elements on Residential Real Estate Values: An Application of Autoregressive Techniques", Transportation Research Record 1722, 2000, pp. 1-8.
  13. Badoe, D.A. and E.J. Miller,"Transportation - Land-Use Interactions: Empirical Findings and Implications for Modeling" Transportation Research D: Transport & Environment, Vol. 5D, No. 4, 2000, pp. 235-263.
  14. Miller, E.J., D.S. Kriger and J.D. Hunt, "A Research and Development Program for Integrated Urban Models", Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1685, 1999, pp. 169-176.

Activity-Based Travel Demand Modelling

 

  1. Carrasco, J.A., E.J. Miller and B. Wellman, "The Interaction Between Spatial and Social Networks: The Case of Social Activity-Travel", to be presented at the 11th International Association for Travel Behaviour Research Conference, Kyoto, August 16-20, 2006.
  2. Habib, K.M.N., EI. Elgar and E.J. Miller, "Stress Triggered Household Decision To Change Dwelling: A Simultaneous Dynamic Approach", to be presented at the 11th International Association for Travel Behaviour Research Conference, Kyoto, August 16-20, 2006.
  3. Habib, K.M.N. and E.J. Miller, "Modelling Activity Generation: A Utility Based Model for Activity-Travel Demand", to be presented at the 11th International Association for Travel Behaviour Research Conference, Kyoto, August 16-20, 2006.
  4. Miller, E.J., M.J. Roorda, C.A. Kennedy, A.S. Shalaby and H. MacLean, Activity-Based, Multi-Modal Modelling of Travel Behaviour for Urban Design, final project report to Transport Canada Transportation Planning and Modal Integration Initiatives, Toronto: Joint Program in Transportation, University of Toronto, May, 2006, 116 pages.
  5. Carrasco, J.A. and E.J. Miller, "Exploring The Propensity To Perform Social Activities: A Social Networks Approach", submitted toTransportation, 2006.
  6. Carrasco, J.A., B. Hogan, B. Wellman and E.J. Miller, "Collecting Social Network Data to Study Activity-Travel Behavior: An Egocentric Approach", submitted to Environment and Planning B, 2005.
  7. Roorda, M.J., E.J.Miller and N. Kruchten, "Incorporating Within-Household Interactions into a Mode Choice Model Using a Genetic Algorithm for Parameter Estimation", forthcoming, Transportation Research Records, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2006.
  8. Habib, K.M.N. and E.J. Miller, "Modelling Individuals’ Frequency and Time Allocation Behaviour for Shopping Activities Considering Household Level Random Effects", forthcoming, Transportation Research Records, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2006.
  9. Habib, K.M.N. and E.J. Miller, "Modelling Skeletal Components of Workers’ Daily Activity Schedules", forthcoming, Transportation Research Records, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2006.
  10. Miller, E.J., M.J. Roorda and J.A. Carrasco, "A Tour-Based Model of Travel Mode Choice", Transportation, Vol. 32, No. 4, 2005, pp. 399-422.
  11. Miller, E.J., "Introduction", guest editorial in special issue "Recent Advances in Activity-Based Travel Models", Transportation, Vol. 32, No. 4, 2005, pp. 319-320.
  12. Roorda, M., S. Doherty and E.J. Miller, "Operationalising Activity Scheduling Models: Addressing Assumptions and the Use of New Sources of Behavioural Data", Integrated Land-use and Transportation Models: Behavioural Foundations, M. Lee-Gosselin and S.T. Doherty (eds), Oxford, Elsevier, 2005, pp. 61-86.
  13. Litwin, M.S., S.T. Doherty and E.J. Miller, "Investigating Competition Patterns in Household Activity Scheduling Processes", pre-print CD, 83rd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., January, 2004.
  14. Litwin, M.S. and E.J. Miller, "Event-Driven Time-Series Based Dynamic Model of Decision Making Processes", pre-print CD, 83rd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., January, 2004.
  15. Doherty, S.T., E. Nemeth, M.J. Roorda and E.J. Miller, "Design and Assessment of the Toronto Area Computerized Household Activity Scheduling Survey", Transportation Research Records, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1894, 2004, pp. 140-149.
  16. Miller, E.J. and M.J. Roorda, "A Prototype Model of Household Activity/Travel Scheduling", Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1831, 2003, pp. 114-121.
  17. Miller, E.J. and P.A. Salvini, "Activity-Based Travel Behavior Modeling in a Microsimulation Framework", invited resource paper, Chapter 26, in H.S. Mahmassani (ed.) In Perpetual Motion, Travel Behavior Research Opportunities and Application Challenges, Amsterdam: Pergamon, 2002, pp. 533-558.
  18. Doherty, S.T., E.J. Miller, K.W. Axhausen and T. Gårling, "A Conceptual Model of the Weekly Household Activity-Travel Scheduling Process", in E. Stern, I. Salomon and P. Bovy (eds) Travel Behaviour: Patterns, Implications and Modelling, Cheltenham U.K.: Elgar Publishing Ltd., 2001, pp. 148-165.
  19. Doherty, S.T. and E.J. Miller, "Tracing the Household Activity Scheduling Process Using One-Week Computer-Based Survey",Transportation, Vol. 27, 2000, pp. 75-97.

Household Automobile Transactions Modelling

 

  1. Roorda, M.J., J.A. Carrasco and E.J. Miller, "A Joint Model of Car Ownership and Activity Scheduling", to be presented at the 11th International Association for Travel Behaviour Research Conference, Kyoto, August 16-20, 2006.
  2. Mohammadian, A. and E.J. Miller, "An Empirical Investigation of Household Vehicle Type Choice Decisions", Journal of Transportation Research Record, No. 1854, 2003, pp. 99-106.
  3. Mohammadian, A. and E.J. Miller, "Dynamic Modeling of Household Automobile Transactions", Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1831 2003, pp. 98-105.
  4. Mohammadian, A. and E.J. Miller, "Nested Logit Models and Artificial Neural Networks for Predicting Household Automobile Choices: Comparison of Performance", Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1807, pp. 92-100, 2002.
  5. Mohammadian, A. and E.J. Miller, "Estimating Expected Price of Vehicles in a Transportation Microsimulation Modeling System", Journal of Transportation, 2002, pp. 537-541.
  6. Roorda, M., A. Mohammadian and E.J. Miller, "Toronto Area Car Ownership Study: A Retrospective Interview and Its Applications",Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1719, 2000, pp. 69-76.
  7. Berkowitz, M.K., N.T. Gallini, E.J. Miller and R.A. Wolfe, "Disaggregate Analysis of the Demand for Gasoline", Canadian Journal of Economics, Volume 23, No. 2, May, 1990, pp. 253-275.
  8. Berkowitz, M.K., N.T. Gallini, E.J. Miller and R.A. Wolfe, "Forecasting Vehicle Holdings and Usage with a Disaggregate Choice Model",Journal of Forecasting, Vol. 6, No. 4, 1987, pp. 249-269.

Sustainable Transportation

 

  1. Kennedy, C.A., E.J. Miller, A.S. Shalaby, H. MacLean and J. Coleman, "The Four Pillars of Sustainable Urban Transportation", Transport Reviews,.Vol. 25, No. 4, 2005, pp. 393-414.
  2. Miller, E.J., M.J. Roorda, M. Haider and A. Mohammadian, "Empirical Analysis of Travel and Housing Costs in the Greater Toronto Area",Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1898, 2004, pp. 191-201.
  3. Miller, E.J. and A.S. Shalaby "Evolution of Personal Travel in Toronto Area and Policy Implications", Journal of Urban Planning and Development, Vol. 129, No. 1, March, 2003, pp. 1-26.
  4. Miller, E.J., M.J. Roorda, M. Haider, A. Mohammadian, J. Hoss and W.W.L. Wong, Travel and Housing Costs in the Greater Toronto Area: An Empirical Analysis, 1986-1996, report to the Neptis Foundation, Toronto: Joint Program in Transportation, University of Toronto, December, 2002, 78 pages plus appendices.
  5. Miller, E.J. and R.M. Soberman, Travel Demand and Urban Form: An Issues Paper, report to the Neptis Foundation and the Central Ontario Smart Growth Strategy Sub-Panel, Toronto: Joint Program in Transportation, University of Toronto, December, 2002, 76 pages.
  6. Miller, E.J., T. Litman and M.J. Roorda, Study of the Environmental Benefits of an Integrated Mobility System (IMS) in the Greater Toronto Area, report to Transportation Options and Moving The Economy, Toronto: Joint Program in Transportation, University of Toronto, November, 2002, 56 pages.
  7. Miller, E.J., Estimating CO2 Emissions and Other Transportation Impacts of Alternative Urban Forms, Report I: Summary of Modelling Method, in Growing Together: Prospects for Renewal in the Toronto Region, Background Reports, report to the City of Toronto, Toronto: GHK Canada, May, 2002, pp 3-16.
  8. Miller, E.J. and M. Roorda, Estimating CO2 Emissions and Other Transportation Impacts of Alternative Urban Forms, Report II: Summary of Base Network Model Test Results, in Growing Together: Prospects for Renewal in the Toronto Region, Background Reports, report to the City of Toronto, Toronto: GHK Canada, May, 2002, pp 17-40.
  9. Kennedy, C. and E.J. Miller, A Framework for Urban Infrastructure Investment in Ontario, report to the Strategic Research Division, Ontario Ministry of Finance, Toronto: Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto, March, 2002, 34 pages.
  10. Miller, E.J. and A. Lee, A Personal Use Vehicle Emissions Audit for the Greater Toronto Area, final project report to the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, Toronto: Joint Program in Transportation, University of Toronto, January, 2002, 33 pages.
  11. Kennedy, C. and E.J. Miller, Urban Infrastructure Investment: Bibliography, report to the Strategic Research Division, Ontario Ministry of Finance, Toronto: Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto, January, 2002, 25 pages.
  12. Lee, C.H. and E.J. Miller, "A Microsimulation Model of CO2 Emissions from Passenger Cars: Model Framework and Applications", (poster session) presented at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., January, 2001.
  13. Soberman, R.M. and E.J. Miller, "The Impacts of Full Cost Pricing on the Sustainability of Urban Transportation: Towards Canada's Kyoto Commitments", Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, Vol. 26, No. 3, 1999, pp. 345-354.

Books & Book Chapters

 

  • Miller, E.J., "Transportation and Communications", Chapter 6 in Canadian Cities in Transition: Local Through Global Perspectives, 3rdEdition, (T. Bunting and P. Filion, eds.), Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2006, pp. 102-122.
  • Miller, E.J., "Integrated Land-Use/Transport Model Requirements", in Handbook of Transport Geography and Spatial Systems, Handbooks in Transport Volume 5, Chapter 10 (D.A. Hensher, K.J. Button, K.E. Haynes and P.R. Stopher, eds.), Elsevier Science: Amsterdam, 2004, pp. 147-166.
  • Miller, E.J., "Land Use - Transportation Modeling", Chapter 5 in Transportation Systems Planning Methods and Applications, (K.G. Goulias, ed.), Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2003, pp. 5-1 - 5-24.
  • Miller, E.J., "Microsimulation", Chapter 12 in Transportation Systems Planning Methods and Applications, (K.G. Goulias, ed.), Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2003, pp. 12-1 - 12-22.
  • Meyer, M.D. and E.J. Miller, Urban Transportation Planning: A Decision-Oriented Approach, Second Edition, New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001.

Recent Graduate Theses

 

  • Mehta, P. "Transportation Needs and Travel Behaviour of the Inner-City" M.A.Sc. 2006
  • Green, L. "The Influence of Urban Form on Travel Behaviour in the Greater Toronto Area" (co-supervised with C.A. Kennedy) M.A.Sc. 2006
  • Ye, S. "A Framework for Evaluating Sustainable-Transportation-Related Land Use Strategies" M.Eng. 2005
  • Roorda, M. "Activity-Based Modeling of Household Travel" Ph.D. 2005
  • Litwin, M. "Dynamic Household Activity Scheduling Processes" Ph.D. 2005
  • Zhang, J. "Effectiveness of Transportation Budgeting and Spending in Canadian Municipalities" (Co-supervised with J. Farrol) MscPL 2005
  • Austin, R. "Building Around Transit in the Restructuring Metropolis" MscPL 2005
  • Riesen, E. "Assessment of the ‘Station Car’ Concept in the GTA" MscP 2004
  • Maybe, S. "The Mid-Peninsula Highway: A Smart Growth Solution or Problem" MscP 2004
  • Tsang, F. "Accessibility and Economic Productivity" (co-supervised with C. Kennedy) M.A.Sc. 2004
  • Sousa, P. "Performance-Based Transit Funding" M.A.Sc. 2004
  • Ranjan, K. "Application of UrbanSim to the Hamilton Region" M.Eng. 2003
  • Mamun, S. "Modelling Express Bus Services" M.A.Sc. 2003
  • Salvini, J. "Traffic Design Guidelines for ‘Big Box’ Retail Centres" M.Eng. 2003
  • Gibson, A. "Integrated Mobility System Implementation in York Region" MscPL 2003
  • Salvini, P. "Design and Development of the ILUTE Operational Prototype: A Comprehensive Microsimulation Model of Urban Systems" Ph.D. 2003
  • Haider, M. "Spatio-Temporal Modelling of Housing Starts in the Greater Toronto Area" Ph.D. 2003
  • Lo, H. "Planning for Sustainable Transportation" M.Eng. 2003