Hiroyuki (Hiro) Iseki is Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and a research faculty with the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education. He earned his Bachelors of Engineering from Kyoto University, Japan, Masters of Engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Urban Planning from UCLA. Iseki also received post-doctoral training at the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies.
Iseki’s research focuses on balancing efficiency, effectiveness, and equity in public policy and planning with a special attention to transportation, environment, and land use. His research interest includes transportation economics and finance, public transit planning and management, travel behavior analysis and modeling, sustainable transportation, regional transportation planning, and applications of GISs to research and practice in public policy and planning.
Iseki and his research team have recently completed a case study in New Orleans on transit service privatization and regional coordination funded by the Mineta Transportation Institute. The report, titled "Examination of Regional Transit Service Under Contracting: A Case Study in the Greater New Orleans Region" is available at: http://transweb.sjsu.edu/project/2904.html.
He has also been involved in the series of research projects titled "Tool Development to Evaluate the Performance of Intermodal Connectivity (EPIC)" with researchers from the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies over the last six years. Past reports on this research are available at: http://www.its.ucla.edu/research/EPIC/. The research team is currently developing a web-based analysis tool that helps transit planners to identify the most important improvements needed at transit stops/stations to significantly improve levels of transit users’ satisfaction, based on inputs from transit users. The tool will include: 1) a toolkit of survey instruments, 2) guidelines for conducting a user survey about their perceptions of transit service quality, 3) an online interface for uploading data, and 4) a downloadable customized analysis for any specific transit stop or station.
He most recently volunteered his expertise through GISCorps, gathering and mapping key geographic information to help humanitarian relief efforts in Japan in response to the March earthquake and tsunami. You can see the map and the report at: http://gis.ats.ucla.edu/japan/ and http://www.giscorps.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=102&It...
Iseki received the 2000 Pyke Johnson Award as the Best Paper in the field of Transportation Planning and Administration with Brian D. Taylor and Mark Garrett for the paper titled “Measuring Cost Variability in the Provision of Transit Service,” at the Transportation Research Board 79th annual meeting. He also received the Chester Rapkin Award for the Best Paper in the Journal of Planning Education and Research in 2002 with Anastasia Loukaitou Sideris and Robin Liggett for the paper titled "The Geography of Transit Crime: Documentation and Evaluation of Crime Incidence on and around the Green Line Stations in Los Angeles."
Iseki’s work has been published in a range of transportation and planning journals including Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Transport Reviews, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Journal of Public Transportation, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) Journal, and Journal of Planning Education and Research.