Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Urban Planning and Policy
Building & Room:
236 CUPPA Hall, MC 348
412 S. Peoria St., Suite 236
Nebiyou Tilahun’s research focuses on travel behavior, transport accessibility, and transportation equity. His work examines how people value different attributes of travel and the built environment with the aim of aligning policy and planning decisions with user preferences. His research has focused on the transit last mile problem, assessing the equity of transit accessibility, and how social networks influence travel behavior. Recent work has also focused on the safety and equity implications of automated traffic enforcement. He teaches Transportation Planning Methods, Spatial Statistics, Planning Methods and Plan Making Studio courses.
Tilahun earned a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2010. He has worked as a Transportation Engineer at the Washington State Department of Transportation. He also held post-doctoral appointments at the Urban Transportation Center (UIC) and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs (University of Minnesota). He directs the Travel Behavior & Urban Systems research group and led the development of the Metropolitan Chicago Accessibility Explorer.
More information on recent activities can be found here.
Ermagun, A. and N. Tilahun (2020) Equity of Transit Accessibility across Chicago. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment.
Freeman, V. L., Boylan, E. E., Tilahun, N. Y., Basu, S., & Kwan, M. P. (2020). Sources of Selection and Information Biases When Using Commercial Database-Derived Residential Histories for Cancer Research. Annals of Epidemiology.
Askari, S., Peiravian, F., Tilahun, N., & Yousefi Baseri, M. (2020). Determinants of users’ perceived taxi service quality in the context of a developing country. /Transportation Letters/, 1-13.
Li, M. and N. Tilahun (2018) A comparative analysis of discretionary time allocation for social and non-social activities in the U.S. between 2003 and 2013. Transportation.
Li, M. and N. Tilahun (2017) Time Use, Disability, and Mobility of Older Americans. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. Volume 2650, pp 58-65.
Tilahun, N. and D. Levinson (2017). Contacts and Meetings: Location, Duration and Distance Traveled. Travel Behavior and Society. Volume 6. pp. 67-74.
Tilahun, N., Thakuriah, P., Li, M., and Y. Keita (2016) Transit Use and the Work Commute: Analyzing the Role of Last Mile Issues. Journal of Transport Geography. Volume 54, pp 359-368.
Thakuriah, P., N. Tilahun and M. Zellner (2016). Big Data and Urban Informatics: Innovations and Challenges to Urban Planning and Knowledge Discovery. In Seeing Cities through Big Data: Research, Methods and Applications in Urban Informatics, Springer. Thakuriah, P., Tilahun, N., and M. Zellner Eds.
Thakuriah, P., N. Tilahun and M. Zellner Eds. (2016). Seeing Cities through Big Data: Research, Methods and Applications in Urban Informatics, Springer. Edited Volume.
2010 Ph.D.; 2005 M.Sc.; 2001 B.S.C.E., Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.