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Dr. Agnivesh P
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engg., IIT(BHU)
agnivesh.civ@iitbhu.ac.in
+91-7737810020
Area of Interest: 
Transportation Planning, Freight Transportation, Travel Behaviour, City Logistics, Virtual and Augmented Reality for Engineering Design

Welcome
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi. Before joining the IIT BHU, I worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Memphis, USA. My areas of expertise include Transportation Planning, Freight Transportation, Travel Demand Modelling, City Logistics, Virtual and Augmented Reality Applications for Civil Engineering Design, and Transportation Safety.
If you would like to collaborate on any research ideas or potential projects, please send me an email (agnivesh.civ@iitbhu.ac.in). If you are a prospective student please send me your CV and statement of interest.


Research Summary: Understanding passenger and freight travel behavior is critical for transportation system analysis and operational planning that need to account for supply and demand dynamics. However, describing and predicting the behavior of agents is extremely challenging. Sophisticated mathematical models are required to better represent individuals’ or firms’ decisions among mutually exclusive alternatives. The broad goal of my research is to better understand the interplay of agent behavior with engineering, investment, and policy choices for energy-efficient transportation technologies. To this end, I have been working towards developing practice-ready travel demand modelling toolkits and policy frameworks for passenger and freight transportation planning. I am also interested in exploring how traffic safety and highway geometric design can be enhanced using virtual/augmented reality experiments. 
Main Research Areas
  1. Freight Transportation Planning
  2. Transportation Energy, Emissions, and Other Externalities
  3. City Logistics and Last-Mile Delivery Routing
  4. Smart Cities, Multimodality and Emerging Vehicle Technologies
  5. Virtual and Augmented Reality for Engineering Design


Publications
Google Scholar Profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=GdKQ7RoAAAAJ&hl=en
  1. Pani, A., Mishra, S., and Sahu, P. (2022) “Developing multi-vehicle freight trip generation models quantifying the relationship between logistics outsourcing and insourcing decisions”, Transportation Research Part E, Vol. 159, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tre.2022.102632  (Q1 Journal in Transportation - Impact Factor: 6.875)
  2. Pani, A., Sahu, P., and Holguin-veras, J. (2021) “Examining the determinants of freight transport emissions using a fleet segmentation approach”, Transportation Research Part D, Vol. 92. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2021.102726  (Q1 Journal in Transportation - Impact Factor: 4.577)
  3. Pani, A, Sahu, P., and Bhat, F. (2021) “Assessing the Spatial Transferability of Freight (Trip) Generation Models across and within States of India: Empirical Evidence and Implications for Benefit Transfer”, Network and Spatial Economics, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11067-021-09530-z (Q1 Journal in Decision Sciences and Transportation - Impact Factor: 2.848)
  4. Chandra, A., Sharath, M.N., Pani, A., and Sahu, P., (2021) “Multi-objective Genetic Algorithm Approach to Design Optimal Zoning Systems for Freight Transportation Planning”. Journal of Transport Geography, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2021.103037 (Q1 Journal in Transportation Geography - IF: 3.834)
  5. Mahapatra, S, Pani, A., and Sahu, P. (2021) “How Does Logistic Sprawl Influence Freight Vehicle Travel Characteristics? A Cross-sectional Analysis of Establishments”, ASCE Journal of Urban Planning & Development, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)UP.1943-5444.0000745 (Q2 Journal in Civil and Structural Engineering - Impact Factor: 1.381)
  6. Chandra, A., Pani, A., Sahu, P., Majumdar, B., and Sharma, S. (2021) “Identifying Large Freight Traffic Generators and Investigating the Impacts on Travel Pattern: A Decision Tree Approach for Last-Mile Delivery Management”, Research in Transportation Business and Management, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11067-021-09530-z (Q1 Journal in Decision Sciences and Transportation - Impact Factor: 2.189)
  7. Mishra, S., Sahu, P., Pani, A., and Mehran, B. (2021) “Spatial Planning Framework for Development of Rural Activity Centers: Method of Location-Allocation, Effect on Trip Length and Policy Implications”, Papers in Applied Geography, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11067-021-09530-z 
  8. Balla, B.S., Sahu, P., and Pani, A. (2021) “Are Freight Production Models Transferable between Urban and Suburban Areas? Guiding Model Transfer in Geographically Sprawling Indian Cities”, Journal of The Institution of Engineers (India): Series A, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40030-021-00556-7
  9. Pani, A., Mishra, S., Golias, M., and Figliozzi, M. (2020) “Evaluating public acceptance of autonomous delivery robots during COVID-19 pandemic”, Transportation Research Part D, Vol. 89. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2020.102600  (Q1 Journal in Transportation - Impact Factor: 4.577)
  10. Sahu, P., and Pani, A. (2020). “Freight Generation and Geographical Effects: Modelling Freight Needs of Establishments in Developing Economies and Analyzing Their Geographical Disparities”. Transportation, Vol. 47 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11116-019-09995-5. (Q1 Journal in Transportation - Impact Factor: 4.574)
  11. Pani, A., Bhat, F., and Sahu, P. (2020) “Effects of Business Age and Size on Freight Demand: Decomposition Analysis of Indian EstablishmentsTransportation Research Record, Vol. 2674, Issue 2 – Best Paper Award from Freight Transportation Planning and Logistics (AT-015) Committee during TRB-2020 Annual Meeting DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198120902432 (Q2 Journal in Transportation - Impact Factor: 1.56)
  12. Sahu, P., Chandra, A., Pani, A., Majumdar, B., (2020) “Designing Freight Traffic Analysis Zones for Metropolitan Areas: Identification of Optimal Scale for Macro-Level Freight Travel Analysis”, Transportation Planning and Technology, 2020. Vol. 43, Issue 6. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03081060.2020.1780711 (Q2 Journal in Geography and Planning - Impact Factor: 0.824)
  13. Veerappan, M., Sahu, P., Pani, A., Patil, G., Sarkar, A. (2020). “Analyzing and modelling the relationship between air freight movement and airport characteristics in India”, Transport Research Procedia. Vol. 48, pp. 74-92 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trpro.2020.08.007
  14. Chandra, A., Pani, A. and Sahu, P. (2020). “Designing Zoning Systems for Freight Transportation Planning: A GIS-based approach for Automated Zone Design using Public Data Sources”, Transport Research Procedia Vol. 48, pp. 74-92. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trpro.2020.08.063
  15. Pani, A., Sahu, P and Majumdar, B. (2019) “Expenditure-based segmentation of freight travel markets: Identifying the determinants of freight transport expenditure for developing marketing strategies”, Research in Transportation Business & Management, Vol. 33. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rtbm.2020.100437 (Q1 Journal in Business and Management - Impact Factor: 2.189)
  16. Pani, A., Sahu, P., Chandra, A., and Sarkar, A. (2019) “Assessing the Extent of Modifiable Areal Unit Problem in Modelling Freight (Trip) Generation: Relationship between Zone Design and Model Estimation Results”, Journal of Transport Geography, Vol. 80. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2019.102524 (Q1 Journal in Transportation Geography - IF: 3.834)
  17. Pani, A. and Sahu, P. (2019) “Modelling Non-Response in Establishment-based Freight Surveys: A Sampling Tool for Statewide Freight Data Collection in Middle-Income CountriesTransport Policy, (Freight Policy Special Issue) DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2019.10.011 (Q1 Journal in Transportation - Impact Factor: 3.382)
  18. Pani, A. and Sahu, P. (2019) “Planning, Designing and Conducting Establishment-based Freight Surveys: A Synthesis of the Literature, Case-Study Examples and Recommendations for Best Practices in Future Surveys” Transport Policy, Vol. 78, pp. 58-75. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2019.04.006 (Q1 Journal in Transportation - Impact Factor: 3.382)
  19. Pani, A., and Sahu, P. (2019). “Comparative Assessment of Industrial Classification Systems for Modelling Freight Production and Freight Trip Production”. Transportation Research Record, Vol. 2673(3). 2019, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198119834300. (Q2 Journal in Transportation - Impact Factor: 1.56)
  20. Pani, A., Sahu, P., Patil, G., & Sarkar, A. (2018). “Modelling urban freight generation: A case study of seven cities in Kerala, India”. Transport Policy, 69, 49-64. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2018.05.013 (Q1 Journal in Transportation - Impact Factor: 3.382)
  21. Moorthi, P. V. P., Singh, A. P., & Pani, A. (2018). “Regulation of water resources systems using fuzzy logic: a case study of Amaravathi dam”. Applied Water Science, Vol. 8(5), 132. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13201-018-0777-8
  22. Bharadwaj, N., Mathew, S., Pani, A., Arkatkar, S., Joshi, G., & Ravinder, K. (2018). “Effect of traffic composition and emergency lane on capacity: a case study of intercity expressway in India”. Transportation Letters, 10(6), 1-17. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/19427867.2016.1265237 (Q2 Journal in Transportation - Impact Factor: 3.598)

Book Chapters and Policy Briefs
  1. Pani, A., Sahu, P., and Majumdar, B., (2022) "Sustainable Freight Transportation Planning and Policies for a Logistics-Driven India: Current State and Future Ahead", Transportation Research in India, Springer Transactions in Civil and Environmental Engineering, https://link.springer.com/book/9789811696350
  2. Pani, A., Cortez, A., and Medimorec, N. (2021) "Chapter 3: Urban Passenger and Freight Transport", Transport and Climate Change Global Status Report, SLOCAT (A Partnership for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport), https://tcc-gsr.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Slocat-Global-Status-Report-2nd-edition.pdf
  3. Pani, A. , Dekki, C., Enriquez, A., Medimorec, N. (2021) "Sustainable Freight Transport in the Aftermath of the Pandemic", Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Global Partnershiphttps://ledsgp.org/2021/06/an-essential-shift-to-sustainable-freight-transport/


    Invited Lectures 
    1. Invited Speaker at the Short-Term Course “Data Analytics and Predictive Techniques for Urban Freight Transportation System” by IIT BHU in the session titled Data Collection Techniques for Freight Transportation System in India”, November 11, 2021
    2. Invited Speaker at the Faculty Development Program “State-of-the-art Modeling Techniques in Civil Engineering” by Vardhaman College of Engineering in the session titled “Application of Econometric Methods in Travel Demand modelling”, September 25, 2021
    3. Invited speaker at the Asia Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Partnership Forum in the session B3 'Impact of the COVID- 19 pandemic on Transport: Strategies for recovery’, September 2, 2021
    4. Invited speaker at the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) Bhopal for a webinar on “Last-Mile Delivery Innovations in India”, December 12, 2020
    5. Invited speaker at the FedEx Institute of Technology “What's Next” Series on “Autonomous Vehicle Technology Shift in the Post-COVID world”, November 19, 2020
    6. Invited speaker at the AICTE Sponsored Short Term Training Program (STTP) at Vignana Bharathi Institute of Technology on “Freight Transportation Research: An Indian Perspective and Way Forward”, November 7, 2020
    7. Invited speaker at the TEQIP sponsored Faculty Development Program (FDP) at TKM College of Engineering, Kerala on “Urban mobility: Challenges and opportunities” with the talk "Freight Transportation Planning and Policy Interventions", September 9, 2020
    8. Invited speaker at the TU Delft Freight Research Webinar Series on “Freight Demand Modelling with Establishment-based Freight Surveys”, April 30, 2020
    9. Invited speaker at the Freight Transportation Planning Committee AT-015 of Transportation Research Board for the Best Paper Award 2020 on “Disentangling the Implications of Business Age and Size on Freight Demand Modelling Paradigm”, January 10, 2020

    Conference Proceeding Presentations 
    1. Joshi, A., Pani, A., Sahu, P., Majumdar, B., and Tavasszy, L. “Factors Affecting Omnichannel Shopping Travel Decisions in the Aftermath of COVID-19: What Drives Consumer Choices to Pick up In-store or Ship Direct?” Transportation Research Board (TRB) 101st Annual Meeting, January 2022
    2. Sahu, P., Chandra, A., and Pani, A. “Examining the Impacts of Highway Proximity on Freight Flow Patterns of Establishments?”, Transportation Research Board (TRB) 101st Annual Meeting, January 2022
    3. Sharma, I., Pani, A., and Mishra, S. “Mobility Inequalities in Food Desert Communities and the Acceptance for Autonomous Delivery: What Does Automation Mean for the Marginalized?”, Transportation Research Board (TRB) 101st Annual Meeting, January 2022
    4. Hirose, R., Mehran, B., and Pani, A.. “Investigating Combined Impact of Adverse Road-weather Conditions and Heavy Vehicles on Saturation Headway”, Transportation Research Board (TRB) 101st Annual Meeting, January 2022
    5. Bhavani, B.S, Sahu, P., and Pani, A.. “Spatial Transferability Assessment of Establishment Level Freight Attraction Models: A Case Study of Indian Cities”, 6th Conference of Transportation Research Group of India (CTRG), December 2021
    6. Pani, A., Mishra, S., Golias, M., and Figliozzi, M. “Evaluating public acceptance of autonomous delivery robots during COVID-19 pandemic”, Transportation Research Board (TRB) 100th Annual Meeting, January 2021
    7. Chandra, A., Pani, A., Sahu, P., and Majumdar, B. "Identifying Large Freight Traffic Generators and Investigating the Impacts on Travel Characteristics and Expenditure Patterns: A Decision Tree Approach"Transportation Research Board (TRB) 100th Annual Meeting, January 2021
    8. Majumdar, B., Jayakumar, M., Pani, A., Sahu, P., and "Analysis of Travel Satisfaction with Commuting: Socio-demogaphic Segmentation Perspective"Transportation Research Board (TRB) 100th Annual Meeting, January 2021
    9. Pani, A., Mishra, S., and Golias, M. (2020) “Enriching Land Use Allocation Models with the Required Inputs for Next Generation Freight Demand Models7th Annual Southeastern UTC Conference, Florida, March 2020
    10. Pani, A., Sahu, P and Majumdar, B. (2020). “Effects of Business Age and Size on Freight Demand: A Decomposition Analysis of Indian Establishments” presented in TRB 99th Annual Meeting. Washington D. C, 12th – 15th January 2020
    11. Pani, A., Sahu, P and Majumdar, B. (2020). “Expenditure-based Segmentation of Freight Travel Markets: Determinants of Freight Transport Expenditure” presented in TRB 99th Annual Meeting. Washington D. C, 12th – 15th January 2020
    12. Pani, A. and Sahu, P. (2019). “Modelling Non-Response in Establishment-based Freight Surveys”, presented in World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR) – Young Researcher’s Conference. IIT Bombay, Mumbai, May 2019
    13. Pani, A. and Sahu, P. (2019). “Comparative Assessment of Industrial Classification Systems for Modelling Freight Production and Freight Trip Production”, presented in TRB 98th Annual Meeting. Washington D. C, 13th – 19th January 2019. https://trid.trb.org/view/1583480
    14. Chandra, A., Pani, A. and Sahu, P. (2019). “Investigating the Effects of Zoning Systems on Modeling Freight Demand: A Spatial-Statistical Approach for Understanding Modifiable Areal Unit Problem”, presented in TRB 98th Annual Meeting. Washington D. C, 13th – 19th January 2018.
    15. Pani, A. and Sahu, P. (2018). “Freight Generation Models for Developing Economies: Predicting Freight Needs of Establishments” presented in TRB 97th Annual Meeting. 2018. https://trid.trb.org/view/1495551 
    16. Pani, A., Sahu, P. (2018). “Modelling Urban Freight Demand: Data Sources, Survey Strategies, Sampling Approaches,”, presented in YMC-FM session at TRB 97th Annual Meeting. Washington D. C, 07th – 11th January 2018
    17. Pani, A., Sahu, P. and Sarkar, A. (2017). “Assessing Spatial Transferability of Freight Generation Models”, presented in 4th Conference of the Transportation Research Group of India, Mumbai, 17th – 20th December 2017
    18. Pani, A., Sahu, P., Sarkar, A., and Gopinath, A., (2017) “Urban Freight Transportation Planning Surveys: Techniques and Methods”, National Conference on Roads and Transport at IIT Roorkee, 14th – 15th October 2017
    19. Pani, A., Sahu, P., Sarkar, A., Patil, G., (2016) “Modelling establishment-based freight generation for two cities in Kerala”, TPMDC, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India, 19th – 21st December 2016
    20. Pani, A., Padhi, A., and Sahu, P., (2016) "Understanding Trip Length Distribution for Freight Transportation Planning", Recent Advances in Civil Engineering for Sustainable Development at JNU, New Delhi, February 2016
    21. Krishnanunni, M., Pani, A., Kumar, P., and Arkatkar, S.S. (2015) “Mixed Traffic Flow Characteristics at Diverging Section on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway”, Recent Advances in Traffic Engineering at SVNIT Surat, July 2015


    Post-Graduate Level (Transportation Engineering Courses)
    1. CE621  Urban Transportation Systems Planning (Ongoing)
    2. CE611  Traffic Flow Theory
    3. CE622  Laboratory of Transportation Engineering - 2
    4. CE624  Mass and Multimodal Transportation Systems

    Under-Graduate Level (Transportation Engineering Courses)
    1. CE453 Traffic Engineering
    2. CE252 Transportation Engineering Laboratory


    Honors and Travel Grants
    1. Young Leader in Sustainable Transport” Award (2020)  - Received from SLOCAT (Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport) and VREF (Volvo Research and Education Foundations) based on the contributions to evidence-based policy advocacy related to sustainable transport - https://slocat.net/2020-youngleaders/
    2. Best Paper Award from TRB Urban Freight Transportation Committee (AT015) of Transportation Research Board, USA (2020) - The paper entitled “Effects of Business Age and Size on Freight Demand: Decomposition Analysis of Indian Establishments” was awarded the best paper citing the intellectual significance of work and societal impact of findings - https://freightplanning.org/best-award-papers/
    3. Research Scholarship and Travel Grant by Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) (2018) - Received Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) scholarship and travel grant – 300,000 JPY (€2500) – for visiting Hiroshima University and partaking in a research program on autonomous vehicles.
    4. International Travel Grant by Department of Science and Technology (DST) (2018) - Received International Travel Grant – 150,000 INR (2000 €), International Travel Support (ITS) Scheme, Funding Agency – Science and Engineering Research Board, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India


    Reviewing Activities
    1. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
    2. Transportation Research Part E: Logistics
    3. Journal of Transport Geography
    4. Transportation Letters
    5. Transport Policy
    6. Transportation Research Record
    7. Research in Transportation Economics
    8. Journal of Advanced Transportation
    9. Sustainability

    Policy Consulting Activities
    1. SLOCAT - Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport 
    2. Asia Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Partnership