Pablo is currently a PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University under the supervision of Prof. Sean Qian. As a part of his PhD, Pablo aims at enhancing predictive models of travel behavior by combining data-driven and experimental research approaches. In his view, more collaboration among transportation, behavioral and data scientists will be key to achieve this goal.


Pablo completed a B.S. in Civil Engineering, a minor in Social Psychology and a M.S. in Transportation Engineering at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC) in 2015. In 2017, he graduated with a M.S. in Cognitive and Decision Sciences from University College London (UCL).

Research experience

During the first semester of 2018, Pablo worked as a research assistant for the Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence (BRT-CoE) to extend the research conducted during his MSc at UCL. Back in 2014, Pablo had been a research assistant at the Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence (BRT-CoE) and at the office of CEDEUS in Santiago, Chile. At CEDEUS, he conducted research on fare evasion in public transport and presented this work in various international conferences. During this period, Pablo was the recipient of the Michael Beesley Award for his article Decreasing fare evasion without fines? A microeconomic analysis, which was later published in the journal Research in Transportation Economics. As a result of his master's thesis work, he previously published the article What is behind fare evasion in urban bus systems? An econometric approach in Transport Research Part A: Policy and Practice.‚Äč Pablo has been always interested in the policy implications of his research on fare evasion and thus, he has been actively collaborating in public events and academic workshops held in Santiago, Chile.

Work experience

Between 2018 and 2019 Pablo worked as a part-time lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering (DIC) at the University of Concepcion, Chile and taught the following courses: (1) Optimization, (2) Fundamentals of Transportation Engineering and (3) Transportation Planning. He also coauthored a research paper with colleagues from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Civil Engineering which modelled the relationship between food purchase habits and mobility patterns in Concepcion, Chile through a state-of-the-art econometric framework. In addition, he worked as a external consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to develop a predictive tool of fare evasion in public transport.
During 2016 Pablo worked for 5 months as a Transport Research Intern at the Ross Center for Sustainable Cities at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington DC. At WRI, he conducted research and data analysis as part of a project with the IDB and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to promote low carbon technology transfer in Latin America and the Caribbean. He also collaborated with the BRT-CoE in a project aimed at rethinking the next generation of BRT in China. As part of this project, Pablo and researchers from WRI and the China Urban Sustainable Transport Research Center (CUSTReC) coauthored the article Comparing Chinese and Non-Chinese Bus Rapid Transit: Evidence from Evaluation of Global BRT Based on BRT Design Indicators published in the journal Transportation Research Record. This article was also an input for a policy paper led by researchers from WRI where Pablo is co-author. After finishing his internship, he worked as a external consultant for WRI on a report exploring the relationships between design elements and operational performance in BRTs.