Eric Miller

Background

Eric Miller focus their research investigations within the area of transportation modelling and simulation.

Professor Eric Miller is a well-known and highly regarded pioneer in the development and application of agent-based microsimulation model systems in high-performance computing environments. As director of the University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute (UTTRI), his research is centered in the implementation of activity-based travel models for use in operational practice. This includes the development of integrated transportation-land use models that permit the analysis of the two-way interaction between transportation systems and urban form. His work serves to improve urban transportation best practices and policy decision-making and, thereby improves the quality of life in urban settings.

Professor Miller has also played a key role in establishing the Data Management Group (DMG), which provides data to government agencies, private sector partners working for government, and university researchers in support of a wide variety of travel behaviour analyses and modelling activities. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Travel Modelling Group (TMG), a research consortium that seeks to provide a forum and mechanism for inter-agency collaboration that will lead to improved travel modelling practice for all. Current GTHA transportation agency partners in TMG include Metrolinx, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, the Cities of Toronto, Hamilton, Mississauga and the Regions of Durham, York, Peel and Halton. Professor Miller currently serves as TMG’s Research Director.

A full CV can be downloaded from: Eric J. Miller CV - February 2017

 

Research Interests

Microsimulation modelling methods

Analysis of transportation - land use interactions

Development and applications of disaggregate travel choice models

Transportation energy/emissions modelling

Analysis of transit demand and operations

Research Areas

Microsimulation of Urban Transportation - Land-Use Systems

My main area of research is the development of a comprehensive, integrated, microsimulation-based software environment for modelling urban transportation and land-use systems. Development of the Integrated Land Use, Transportation, Environment (ILUTE) modelling system is a multi-year, multi-university undertaking, involving researchers from Calgary, Laval and McMaster Universities, led by our research team at the University of Toronto. Microsimulation involves the modelling of the behaviour of individual "actors" within the urban system (persons, households, firms, vehicles, etc.). Overall system behaviour (population and employment distributions, transportation flows by mode, etc.) is then the sum of the behaviours of all the individuals within the system. While computationally intensive, microsimulation holds the promise of providing more accurate, more policy sensitive estimates of travel demand than current conventional modelling techniques.

Development of the ILUTE modelling system involves state-of-the-art object-oriented programming methods, development and implementation of a wide variety of behavioural sub-models, use of a variety of novel data collection procedures to obtain the dynamic, micro-level behavioural data required to develop these sub-models, and a wide variety of other individual research projects suitable for student involvement at the bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. levels.

Sustainability of Urban Transportation Systems

In parallel with my more formal modelling efforts, I also am involved in the empirical analysis of the relationship between urban form, transportation system configuration and the energy efficiency/environmental sustainability of urban transportation systems. This work involves the statistical analysis of both observed and modelled travel behaviour, as well as the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the analysis and display of spatial data.

Improvements in Conventional Travel Demand Models

Over the past number of years I have developed GTAMODEL, a multimodal, regional transportation modelling system for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). This four-stage modelling system is used by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and other GTA planning agencies to analyze and forecast travel demands in the GTA. On-going evolutionary development of this EMME/2-based modelling system provides the opportunity for student research topics in a variety of areas including trip generation, distribution and mode choice modelling, for both work and non-work purposes.

Publications

Teaching

Course CodeTitle & DescriptionSessionDay(s)Start TimeEndSection
CEM1004H
Winter 2019Monday10:0012:00
CIV1535H
Winter 2019Thursday10:0012:00101

News Mentions

Professor Eric Miller (CivE) addressed a crowd University of Toronto alumni and friends on as part of the U of T in Your Neighbourhood lecture series. (Photo: Paul Terefenko)

Eric Miller reports from the trenches of Toronto’s transit wars

This story originally appeared on Engineering News. Professor Eric Miller of the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering addressed a crowd of more than 80 University of Toronto alumni and friends on March 28 as part of the U of T in Your Neighbourhood lecture series. Few topics are more relevant in Torontonians’ neighbourhoods than transit. Plans… Read more »

Contact

Eric Miller
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1A4

 

Office: GB305

Tel: 416-978-4076
Fax: 416-978-6813

miller@ecf.utoronto.ca