Lisa Aultman-Hall

Professor, Chair

Contact InformationLisa Aultman-Hall

Biography Summary

Lisa Aultman-Hall, PhD is Professor and Chair of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. After graduating in 1996 with a PhD from McMaster University, she served as a Professor of Civil Engineering at the Universities of Kentucky, Connecticut and Vermont. Prof. Aultman-Hall focuses on transportation systems, especially methods to collect unique databases for modeling and analysis of long-distance intercity travel, transportation sector emissions, network resiliency, streetscape design, and non-motorized transportation. She was the founding Director of the interdisciplinary Vermont Transportation Research Center (TRC) whose focus included land use and transportation models. She is currently active as co-leader of the Sustainable Aviation Research Collaborative at the University of California Davis. Prof. Aultman-Hall brings modeling of real-world spatial behavior to the modeling of charging demand for electric vehicles with the Joint Clean Climate Transport Research Partnership (JCCTRP) led by the University of Quebec at Montreal.

Prof. Aultman-Hall's most recent journal publications have focused on creating alternative specific attributes for intercity mode choice models of air versus highway travel. She is also working on use of travel survey data to generate time and space-resolved energy demand for electric vehicle (EV) charging which is a key element of modeling regional electricity grids under different EV adoption scenarios. Prof. Aultman-Hall is currently engaged with partners at UC Davis to consider the role of racial identity in bicycling. With collaborators in Vermont, she is developing new spatial accessibility measures for intercity travel using large datasets from California.


  • 1996, Doctorate, Civil Engineering, McMaster University
  • 1993, Master of Applied Science, Civil Engineering, Queen's University
  • 1991, Bachelor of Applied Science, Civil Engineering, McMaster University

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Ullman*, Hannah and Lisa Aultman-Hall. (2020). Exploring motivations and barriers for long-distance trips of adult women Vermonters. Travel Behavior and Society, volume 21, pages 37-47. (Accepted in 2020)
  • Dowds, Jonathan, Lisa Aultman-Hall and Jeffrey LaMondia. (2020) Comparing alternative methods of collecting self-assessed overnight long-distance travel frequencies. Travel Behavior and Society 19, April, 124-136. (Accepted in 2019)
  • Xiao Xiao**, Lisa Aultman-Hall, Robert Manning, and Brian Voigt (2018) The Impact of Spatial Accessibility and Perceived Barriers on Visitation to National Parks. Journal of Transport Geography vol. 68(C), pages 205-214. (Accepted in 2018)
  • Lisa Aultman-Hall, Jeffrey J. LaMondia, Hannah Ullman and Madeline Suender*. (2018) Surveying Social Network Geography to Model Long-distance Travel. Transportation Research Procedia. 32:542-552 DOI: 10.1016/j.trpro.2018.10.027 (Accepted in 2018)
  • Rosaria Berliner**, Lisa Aultman-Hall, Giovanni Circella. (2018) Exploring the Self-Reported Long-Distance Travel Frequency of Adult Californians. Transportation Research Record (Accepted in 2017)
  • Dowds, Jonathan, Karen Sentoff, James L. Sullivan and Lisa Aultman-Hall. (2017) Assessing the Impact of Network Resolution and Origin-Destination Aggregation on the Stability of Transportation Network Criticality Rankings. Transportation Research Record 2653. DOI 10.3141/2653-11 (Accepted in 2016)
  • Harvey*, Chester, Lisa Aultman-Hall, Austin Troy and Stephanie Hurley. (2017) Streetscape Skeleton Measurement and Classification. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design. doi: 10.1177/0265813515624688 (Accepted in 2016)
  • LaMondia, Jeffrey, Anuar Onayev, and Lisa Aultman-Hall (2020). A Comprehensive Assessment of Mode-Specific Predictor Variables for Long-Distance Travel Mode Choice Models, Annual Transportation Research Board Meeting Conference, January, Washington, D.C. (Accepted in 2019)
  • Howerter, Sarah, Jonathan Dowds, Paul Hines and Lisa Aultman-Hall (2020). Modeling Electric Vehicle Energy Demand and Regional Electricity Generation Dispatch for New England and New York, Annual Transportation Research Board Meeting Conference, January, Washington, D.C. (Accepted in 2019)
  • Howerter, Sarah, Dillon Fitch and Lisa Aultman-Hall. (2019). Analysis Of Bicyclist Race and Ethnicity from Eight Travel Surveys in the United States, 98th Annual Transportation Research Board Meeting Conference, January, Washington, D.C. (Accepted in 2018)
  • Lisa Aultman-Hall and Hannah Ullman. (2020) Long-Distance and Intercity Travel: Who participates in Global Mobility?. In Mapping the Travel Behavior Genome, Konstadinos (Kostas) Goulias Editor, Elsevier. (Accepted in 2019)
  • Lisa Aultman-Hall. “Incorporating Long-Distance Travel Into Transportation Planning In The United States.” National Center for Sustainable Transportation, University of California Davis, 2018.

Graduate Studies

  • Currently accepting applications for graduate students