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David E. Boyce, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Civil, Materials, and Environmental Engineering



7126 E. Osborn Road, Unit 3006, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

Office Phone:

(847) 656-6667


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.

Selected Publications

  1. Boyce, D., and H. Williams, Forecasting Urban Travel, Edward Elgar, 2015, 660 pages.
    Translation of Forecasting Urban Travel into Chinese, China Communications Press Co., Ltd., 2021, 423 pages.

Notable Honors

1994, Distinguished Service Award, North American Regional Science Council

2000, Inventor of the Year, UIC

2000, Founder’s Medal, Regional Science Association International (RSAI)

2002, Fellows Award (Inaugural), RSAI

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

2003, Fellows Award, INFORMS

2009, Fellows Award, ASCE


Ph.D. Regional Science
University of Pennsylvania,1965

Master of City Planning
University of Pennsylvania, 1963

B.S. Civil Engineering
Northwestern University, 1961