Charisma Choudhury is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Transport Studies and School of Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds (UoL) where she leads the Choice Modelling Research Group. She also serves as the Deputy-Director of the interdisciplinary Choice Modelling Centre, UoL. Prior to joining UoL, she has worked as an Assistant Professor at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and as Analysts in RAND Europe, UK and Cambridge Systematics, USA.
Charisma holds a PhD and MSc from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). For her doctoral work, she had focused on developing driving behaviour models with ‘Dynamic Latent Plans’. The driving behaviour models developed as part of her thesis have been implemented in leading commercial traffic simulation tools including AIMSUN and VISSIM. In recognition of her doctoral research, she has received the Gordon Newell Best Dissertation Prize from the HKSTS and an Honourable Mention from the IATBR.
She is an Honorary Guest Professor of Beijing Jiaotong University, China and a Turing Fellow of The Alan Turing Institute, London, UK.