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David Boyce

Professor Emeritus of Transportation and Regional Science

Christopher B. Burke

Ph.D. Regional Science (1965)
University of Pennsylvania

Master of City Planning (1963)
University of Pennsylvania

B.S. Civil Engineering (1961)
Northwestern University

Contact Information

Office: 2149 Grey Av.,
Evanston, IL 60201 USA
Phone: 847-570-9501
Please use home address for all mail.

Editorial and Society Activities

Research Interests

During 37 years of academic research and teaching, Professor Boyce has addressed key methodological issues related to metropolitan transportation and land use planning. His early monograph, Metropolitan Plan Making, critically examined the experience with the land use and travel forecasting models during the 1960s. Recognizing that these methods lacked an adequate scientific basis, he has since devoted himself to the formulation and solution of urban travel and location forecasting models as constrained optimization problems and related constructs, which synthesize elements of network analysis and modeling, discrete choice theory and entropy-based methods. He also extended this integrated approach to the study of regional economies, interregional commodity flows and freight transportation systems. Currently, he is writing a history of these models, as well as conducting experiments with a new multiple-class traffic assignment algorithm, TAPAS, that uniquely determines route flows and multiple-class links flows.

In addition to this primary research theme, from 1986-1996, Professor Boyce was an innovator of in-vehicle dynamic route guidance systems, a principal element of the emerging field of Intelligent Transportation Systems. In this area he conducted research on dynamic travel choice models and the performance of route guidance systems on urban road networks.

David Boyce has served as a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania (1966-1977), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1977-1988), and the University of Illinois at Chicago (1988-2003). He is a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International (2002), the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (2003), and the American Society of Civil Engineers (2009), and is an Emeritus Member of the Transportation Networks Committee of the Transportation Research Board. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio. He has published over 190 journal articles, books, book chapters and reports.

Editorial and Society Activities

Editorial Advisory Board, Transportation Science, since 1994; Associate Editor, 1978-1994.
Editorial Advisory Board, Transportation Research, 1974 - present.
Archivist, Regional Science Association International, since 1998.


Distinguished Service Award, North American Regional Science Council, 1994.

Founder’s Medal of the Regional Science Association International, 2000

Robert Herman Lifetime Achievement Award, Transportation Science and Logistics Society, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, 2003

UIC Inventor of the Year, 2000

UIC College of Engineering Faculty Research Award for contributions to transportation modeling and algorithms, 2000

University of Illinois Alumni Association UIC Flame Award for Teaching Excellence, 2001

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