Principal Investigator

Daniel A. Vignon

Assistant professor, NYU Civil and Urban Engineering

Dr. Vignon’s research seeks to inform the design, regulation and operation of emerging mobility services and of smart infrastructure systems. Drawing from his background in both engineering and economics, he models and analyzes the interactions of these systems with different markets, studies their performance and their impact on social welfare, and designs policies to optimally and parsimoniously regulate them. He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, as well as an MA in Economics and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Ph.D. Candidates

Yanchao Li

Yanchao is a Ph.D. candidate in the Civil and Urban Engineering Department at NYU. Her earlier research focused on examining shifts in travel behaviors caused by policy changes, notably during the pandemic. Presently, she is interested in utilizing urban economics theories, optimization algorithms, and novel analytics to tackle urban transportation challenges. She earned a Master’s in City Planning from MIT and a Bachelor’s in Engineering from Huazhong Agricultural University, China.

Ali Pirmohammadi

Ali is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Civil and Urban Engineering Department at New York University. His primary areas of research include network modeling, optimization, and network equilibrium problems. He holds a Master’s degree in Transportation Engineering from the Sharif University of Technology, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tehran. During his Master’s program, Ali focused on decision-making under uncertainty and developed a simulation-optimization method to enhance emergency system services.

Master Students

Prakrith Raja

Prakrith is a Masters student at NYU. His current research interests are rooted in computationally modeling complex economic systems– and the numerous decisions that make up these systems– with particular interest in applications for transportation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University.