Research Group

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Helen Thomas
M.Tech., IIT Madras (Civil Engineering)
B.Tech., NIT Calicut (Civil Engineering)
Helen is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil Engineering. She completed her M.Tech. in transportation engineering from IIT Madras where she studied platoon behavior of Indian traffic. Her current research work involves understanding driver behavior, route choices, and effects of congestion pricing using dynamic discrete choice and reinforcement learning methods.

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Rito Brata Nath
B.Tech., Jadhavpur University (Civil Engineering)
Rito Brata Nath is an M.Tech. (Research) student in the Department of Civil Engineering. During his final year of undergraduate program, he got interested in the mathematical and statistical aspects of transportation engineering and decided to continue on to graduate studies. His current research is on bike sharing systems and is interested in finding optimal location of docks, dynamic repositioning, and vehicle routing.

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Ankit Singh Beniwal
B.Tech., MNIT Jaipur (Civil Engineering)
Ankit Singh Beniwal is an M.Tech. (Project) student in Transportation and Infrastructure Engineering. He completed his B.Tech. from MNIT Jaipur in Civil Engineering and got interested in transportation engineering after interning at Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and working on the Jaipur metro project. He is interested in sustainable transport planning, public transportation, and optimization of transportation systems and is currently working on addressing bus bunching problems in public transportation systems. He is a movie enthusiast and likes gardening.

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Neha Singh
Integrated M.Sc., IIT Kharagpur (Mathematics and Computing)
Neha is a Project Associate at the Center for infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning (CiSTUP). Prior to joining IISc Bangalore, she worked as a research engineer in the algorithms and optimization group at Xerox Research Centre, India (XRCI) (now Conduent Labs). She completed her Integrated Masters (with B.Sc. Honors) in Mathematics and Computing from IIT Kharagpur in 2016. At XRCI, she worked on techniques for scheduling and routing problems for employee transportation and designing fair pricing strategies for ride-sharing systems. She is interested in problems that lie at the intersection of transportation and optimization and is presently working on scalable algorithms for ride-sharing systems. She is an avid trekker and enjoys playing badminton and table tennis.