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About

BIO

Dr. Bhowmik earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Dhaka in 2014. He then pursued his M.Sc.  and Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering (with specialization in Transportation) under the supervision of Dr. Naveen Eluru from the University of Central Florida in 2018 and 2020 respectively. Prior to that, he had served as a lecturer in Presidency University, Bangladesh and instructed transportation related theory and laboratory courses. His research interest is mainly geared towards the formulation and application of econometric and discrete choice models in analyzing multiple domains of transportation sectors including travel behavior and transportation planning, shared mobility analysis and roadway safety. He has extensively worked on developing mathematical concepts from econometrics and optimization and apply them to different sectors of transportation. His dissertation contributes to crash safety literature by developing novel modeling approaches to study complex crash phenomenon. The dissertation proposes multiple novel mathematical frameworks to study large number of crash variables (such as crash numbers by crash type and severity) efficiently while allowing for the consideration of differences across the crash observation sample. His dissertation research has directly resulted in four first author articles -published in Analytic Methods in Accident Research and Transportation Research Part B. He has authored and co-authored a total of 29 scientific articles in top tier transportation journals including Analytic Methods in Accident Research, Transportation Research Part A, Transportation Research Part B, Transportation Research Part C, Transportation Research Part E, Accident Analysis and Prevention, and Nature Scientific Reports. Additionally, he has shared his research insights with the academic and professional community through the presentation of over 31 articles in various prestigious conference proceedings. He actively worked in several research projects from National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) and also actively involved in other projects from Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Smart city research program.He is currently serving as a reviewer for different scientific journal named Journal of Advanced Transportation, Transportation Research Part C, Transportation Research Part E, Analytic Methods in Accident Research, Accident Analysis and Prevention, Nature Scientific Reports and Transportation Research Recrod. He also serves in the editorial advisory board member in Frontiers in Future Transportation. Further, he recently serves as panel member in two NCHRP projects. ​​

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering 

           Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering,

           Portland State University (September 2023-Present)​​

  • Post-doctoral Associate and Graduate Faculty Scholar

           Dept. of Civil Environmental and Construction Engineering,            

           University of Central Florida (July 2020-August 2023)

  • Graduate Research Assistant

           Dept. of Civil Environmental and Construction Engineering,            

           University of Central Florida (August 2016-June 2020)

Academic Experience

  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering: Transportation 

           Dept. of Civil Environmental and Construction Engineering,            

           University of Central Florida (April 2020)

  • M.Sc. in Civil Engineering: Transportation 

           Dept. of Civil Environmental and Construction Engineering,            

           University of Central Florida (April 2018)

  • B.Sc. in Civil Engineering 

           Dept. of Civil Engineering,            

           Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (July 2014)

Research Interests

  • Advanced Econometric Modeling,

    • Discrete choice models, Copula framework, fractional split model, generalized ordered response model, panel mixed logit model, grouped ordered response model, latent class model, panel mixed latent class model, joint count-fractional split model, common unobserved factors, random effect, population heterogeneity, maximum likelihood approach, spatial and temporal heterogeneity.

  • Transportation Planning

    • Travel demand model, trip-based approach, activity-based model, mobility analysis, stated preference survey design and analysis, energy demand, airline demand, freight demand, agent based micro-simulation analysis, impact of COVID-19 on different transportation sectors including shared economy.

  • Sustainable Urban Transportation

    • interactions of transportation with urban components like air, health, pollution and accessibility; impact of built environment on active form of transportation (like walking and bicycling) exposure and safety; transit demand analysis and influence of new transit infrastructure, analysis of the shared economy including bike-sharing and shared vehicle fleet (like Uber, Lyft).

  • Transportation safety

    • Crash frequency analysis, crash severity analysis, injury severity by different body regions, pedestrian and bicyclist injury severity, real time crash risk analysis, analyzing large number of dependent variables, micro-simulation frameworks for generating realistic data.

  • Big Data Analysis

    • application of social media data, disaster management and evacuation analysis, machine learning and data mining algorithm, incorporating econometric model with deep/machine learning algorithm.

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