Quantitative Models of Human Behavior: Econometrics, Machine Learning, or Both?

Le Centre de Robotique a le plaisir d’accueillir Prof. Joan Walker (Université de Californie, Berkeley) durant une année. Joan Walker fera une présentation sur ses travaux portant sur la modélisation quantitative des comportements humains. La présentation aura lieu le mercredi 17 avril de 11h00 à 12h00 dans la salle Chevalier à MINES ParisTech.


Many aspects of engineering, planning, and policy involve a human element, be it consumers, businesses, governments, or other organizations. Effective design and management require understanding this human response. This talk focuses on behavioral theories and the use of quantitative methods to analyze human response, comparing and contrasting more traditional approaches grounded in economics with more recent efforts from machine learning.


joan_walkerJoan Walker is a Professor of Civil Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. She has served twice as Acting Director of UC Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies and as Co-Director of its Center for Global Metropolitan Studies. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley and her Master’s and PhD degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, she was Director of Demand Modeling at Caliper Corporation and an Assistant Professor of Geography and Environment at Boston University. She is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) – the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. She is the Chair of the Committee on Transportation Demand Forecasting (ADB40) for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.

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