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Dr. Roger Chen

Assistant Professor, Sustainability
Sustainable Mobility
Transportation Systems Analysis
Travel Behavior Analysis


Dr. Roger Chen teaches courses in data analysis and modeling, the economics of sustainable systems, and transportation and mobility systems analysis in the MS and Ph.D. programs. He conducts research in the areas of travel behavior and demand, information and communication technologies (ICT), econometrics, statistical experimental design, and simulation. His students describe him as having the right balance between theory, concept, and methodology, with a healthy dose of practical implementation. When Dr. Chen is not busy at GIS, he enjoys playing tennis, jogging, and playing the violin and guitar.

Prior to coming to RIT, Dr. Chen was a Research Assistant Professor at Portland State University. He received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his BS and MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2013, he received funding for the project, “Designing Choice Experiments for Evaluating Housing and Transportation Choices” and in 2012, he received funding for “Multi-Modal Household Vehicle Fleet Transactions” and “Residential Location Decisions and Travel.”


I believe learning to ask questions and answer them is a critical skill required by all students. A key component in my course design would be teaching students how to ask questions and answer them independently. Additionally, I encourage learning fundamentals, both conceptual and methodological, in addition to domain specific knowledge.

Highlighted Project

I am currently investigating the charging behaviors of plug-in EV drivers and the implications on the pricing and management of charging infrastructure systems. Using a sample of observed daily charging profiles for EVs collected through smart charging stations in the City of Rochester, a pattern analysis is conducted to identify clusters of similar daily profiles that form the demand-side basis of a simulation model of infrastructure use and level-of-service (LOS) over time.

I am also investigating “Sense of Place” (SOP) from social, digital information and built environment perspectives and their relationship with non-motorized travel choices, such as walking and biking. Applications of SOP include the planning of urban spaces and natural resource management. Additionally, the United National Environmental Program (UNEP) has recognized SOP as a critical component of the environment and surrounding ecosystem, underscoring its importance in sustainability.


  • “Building a Sense of Place: Accessibility, Information Connectivity and Travel”
    UTRC2 – CCNY/CUNY, 2015-2016
  • “Coordinated Personalized Traveler Information and Incentive Systems for Energy
    Reduction” Seed Funding – RIT 2015-2016
  • “Designing Choice Experiments for Evaluating Housing and Transportation Choices”
    Portland Metropolitan Planning Organization (Portland METRO) 2013-2014
  • “Multi-Modal Household Vehicle Fleet Transactions”
    National Institute for Transportation and Communities, Portland State University (NITC-UTC) 2012-2013