Professor Stephane Hess
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Stephane Hess is Professor of Choice Modelling in the Institute for Transport Studies and Director of the Choice Modelling Centre at the University of Leeds. He is also Honorary Professor in Choice Modelling in the Institute for Transport and Logistics Studies at the University of Sydney, Honorary Professor of modelling behaviour in Africa at the University of Cape Town, and has a director position at RSG, a leading North American consultancy company. Hess holds a PhD in transport demand modelling from Imperial College London and a MPhil in Statistical Science from Cambridge University. His area of work is the analysis of human decision using advanced discrete choice models, and he is active in the fields of transport, health and environmental economics. Hess has made contributions to the state of the art in the specification, estimation and interpretation of such models, notably in a valuation of travel time context, where he has led the modelling on the most recent UK, German and Singaporean national studies, as well as the reestimation of the Swiss study. He has published over 100 peer reviewed journal papers and has been involved as a principal or co-investigator in academic projects with a combined income generation of over 9.5M. His contributions have been recognised for example by the 2014 Outstanding Young Member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) award for exceptional achievements in transportation research, policy, the 2010 Fred Burggraf award handed out by the Transportation Research Board, the 2005 Eric Pas award for the best PhD thesis in the area of travel behaviour modelling, and the 2004 Neil Mansfield award handed out by the Association for European Transport. He is also the founding editor in chief of the Journal of Choice Modelling and the founder and steering committee chair of the International Choice Modelling Conference. He is an associate editor of Transportation Research Part E, and serves on the editorial advisory board of two other leading journals; Transportation Research Part B and Transportation, as well as academic committees at leading international conferences. Together with David Palma, he is the author of Apollo, a highly flexible and powerful free tool for estimating and applying choice models.