Born in September 15, 1975, in Santiago, Chile. Married, two daughters.
Citizenship: Chilean and Italian.
Virginio Gómez 1196
Phone (+56 41) 299 0616
Department of Civil Engineering
Universidad de Concepción
P.O. Box 160-C
Phone (+56 41) 220 3603
Fax (+56 41) 220 7089
Doctor of Philosophy, Transportation Engineering and Planning
(Major in Transportation Engineering, Minors in Urban Planning, Econometrics, and Social Networks and Community), University of Toronto, 2006
Thesis: Social Activity-Travel Behaviour: A Personal Networks Approach (supervisor: Eric J. Miller, co-supervisor: Barry Wellman)
Master in Engineering Science, Transportation Engineering
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2001
Thesis: Discrete Choice with Correlated Homoscedastic Alternatives: The Nested Logit Model in Depth
(supervisor: Juan de Dios Ortúzar)
Industrial Engineer, Diploma in Transportation Engineering
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2001
Bachelor of Engineering Science
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 1999
ACADEMIC AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
RESEARCH AND WORK POSITIONS
“Jane Addams Paper Award,” honourable mention (second place), Community and Urban Sociology section, American Sociological Association, 2010.
“Pyke Johnson Award,” best paper in the area of Planning and Environment, Transportation Research Board, 2008.
Eric Pas Dissertation Prize (honourable mention), outstanding doctoral dissertations on travel behaviour in 2006, awarded by the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research.
Academic merit award, Universidad de Concepción, 2011-2013; 2014-2016.
Teaching merit award, Faculty of Engineering, Universidad de Concepción, 2010-2012.
Postdoctoral fellowship, project “Development of an Operational Integrated Urban Modelling System”, financed by Transport Canada in 2006.
Open Fellowship, University of Toronto, 2002-2005.
Research Assistantship, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto, 2002-2006.
Alan Tonks Scholarship, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto, given to incoming first year students, considering academic merit, 2002.
Juan Pablo II Foundation financed all undergraduate Engineering studies, between 1994 and 1999. Awarded by the P. Universidad Católica, considering academic merit and financial need.
Department of Civil Engineering, Universidad de Concepción, from 2013.
Department of Civil Engineering, Universidad de Concepción, 2007-2012.
Full time (tenured) professor, with teaching, research, outreach, administrative, and consultancy activities.
FESUB S.A., 2009-2010.
FESUB (Ferrocarriles Suburbanos de Concepción) is a state-owned company, part of the Chilean National Railway Company (EFE), managing Biotren (suburban train serving the Great Concepción Area), and other passenger railway services in the Concepción and Temuco Area.
Department of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Planning, University of Toronto, 2006
Development of the Integrated Land Use, Transport, and Environment model (ILUTE), which uses a microsimulation framework to model urban areas. My work included the development of the following modules: population synthesis, household evolution and formation, and labour market; as well as collaborating in the development of the overall architecture of the system.
Development of the Toronto Area Scheduling model for Household Agents (TASHA), which uses a microsimulation activity-based approach to model travel demand. My work consisted on the refinement of the destination choice model, studying the use of constraint choice sets and new functional specifications, as well as collaborating in the development of the overall architecture of the system and its integration with ILUTE.
Department of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Planning, University of Toronto, 2002–2006
Assisting on the development of the ILUTE and TASHA model. In the case of ILUTE, my work included development of the auto-ownership component of the model, as well as conducting literature reviews for some components of the model. In the case of TASHA, my work included collaborating in the development of the generation and mode choice models, as well as the calibration, validation, and analysis of applications in the Toronto Area.
Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto, 2004–2006
Working on the “Connected Lives Study”, which consisted in surveys, interviews and observations to people from East York, Toronto; researching their communication and activity-travel patterns. The work involved the design, implementation, and field work of the study in a multidisciplinary setting also composed by sociologists and social workers; and also consisted in the co-supervision of the data entry process.
Steer Davies Gleave Chile, 2001
External researcher and consultant,
Supervising, conducting, and analysing Stated Preference surveys of mode choice and consumption behaviour.
Economic and social (cost-benefit) evaluation for light trains in Santiago de Chile.
Demand study, economic evaluation, and financial models for parking lots and airports
Hague Consulting Group (The Hague, Netherlands; chief and supervisors: Andrew Daly and Hugh Gunn), second half of 2000.
Professional experience term,
Research on destination-mode discrete choice models, especially on the effect of Mixed Logit Models on the calibrated value of time in cities such as Sydney, Paris and Amsterdam.
Help on the development of the latest version of the ALOGIT software.
Statistical study for mode-destination choices for several purposes.
SECTRA (Executive Secretariat, Infrastructure Investment Planning Commission, government office), summer 1999.
Revision of traffic and demand studies in Chilean urban areas.