David Boyce

June 24, 1938

Brief Biography

David Boyce is a transportation scientist and fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). Boyce’s research interests have included network equilibrium and traffic assignment, urban planning methodologies, and intelligent transportation systems. He attended Northwestern University prior to pursuing graduate study at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1963 to 1965 Boyce received three degrees from Penn: a Masters of City Planning, a Masters of Art in Regional Science, and a PhD in Regional Science.

Boyce taught at the University of Pennsylvania for eleven years, first as an Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning and then as a Professor of Regional Science and Transportation. During that time he became an active member of the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA) and Regional Science Association International (RSAI), serving as secretary of the later for nine years in the late 1960s and 1970s. Boyce eventually became President of that organization in 1987.

In 1988, Boyce left Pennsylvania to join the Department of Civil Engineer at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Shortly afterward, he began a long tenure as an associate editor of Transportation Science. At Urbana-Champaign, he was a member of the Illinois Universities Research Consortium (IURC), a position he continued to hold until 1993. Boyce accepted the position of Director of the Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998. Five years later, he was elected president of IURC, holding that position for two years. Even though Boyce retired from UIC in 2003, he has been an Adjunct Professor at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University since 2004.

In 1994, Boyce and former UIC student Bin Ran co-authored Dynamic Urban Transportation Network Models: Theory and Implications for Intelligence Vehicle-High Systems. The text was based around Boyce’s lecture notes on the subject and presented a new generation of models for solving dynamic travel choice problems.

Throughout his career, Boyce has worked closely with the Chicago Area Transportation Study, the Regional Transportation Authority of Northeastern Illinois, and the Illinois Department of Transportation. He has done consulting work for a number of firms and institutions including the General Motors Research Laboratories, LJL and Associates, JFT and Associates, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Boyce is an elected Fellow of INFORMS and RSAI. RSAI presented him with the society’s Founders Medal in 2000. For his contributions to the discipline and practice of transportation science, the Transportation Science and Logistics Society of INFORMS honored Boyce with the Robert Herman Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. 

Other Biographies

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering. Department of Civil and Materials Engineering: David E. Boyce, PhD.  Accessed July 24, 2019. (link


Northwestern University, BS 1961

University of Pennsylvania, MCP 1963

University of Pennsylvania, MA 1964

University of Pennsylvania, PhD 1965


Academic Affiliations
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Illinois at Chicago 
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Non-Academic Affiliations

Key Interests in OR/MS

Application Areas

Memoirs and Autobiographies


David Boyce Resume

Awards and Honors

Regional Science Association International Founder's Medal 2000

Regional Science Association International Fellow 2002

Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences Fellow 2003

Transportation Science and Logistics Society Robert Herman Lifetime Achievement Award 2003

American Society of Civil Engineers Life Member Award 2009

Professional Service

Regional Science Association International, President 1987

Selected Publications

Boyce D., Day N. D., & McDonald C. (1970) Metropolitan plan making: an analysis of experience with the preparation and evaluation of alternative land use and transportation plans. Regional Science Research Institute.

Boyce D., Chon K. S., LeBlanc L. J., Lee Y. J., & Lin K. T. (1983) Implementation and computational issues for combined models of location, destination, mode, and route choice. Environmental and Planning A, 15(9): 1219-1230.

Boyce D., Helgason R. V., & LeBlanc L. J. (1985) Improved efficiency of the Frank-Wolfe algorithm for convex network programs. Transportation Science, 19(4): 445-462.

Boyce D. & LeBlanc L. J. (1986) A bilevel programming algorithm for exact solution of the network design problem with user-optimal flows. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 20(3): 259-265.

Ben-Ayed O., Blair C. E., & Boyce D. (1988) A general bilevel linear programming formulation of the network design problem. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 22(4): 311-318.

Boyce D. E., LeBlanc L. J., & Ran B. (1993) A new class of instantaneous dynamic user-optimal traffic assignment models. Operations Research, 41(1): 192-202.

Boyce D. E. & Ran B. (1994) Dynamic Urban Transportation Network Models: Theory and Implications for Intelligent Vehicle-highway Systems. Springer Verlag: New York.

Boyce D., Hall R. W., & Ran B. (1996) A link-based variational inequality model for dynamic departure time/route choice. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 30(1): 31-46.

Bar-Gera H. & Boyce D. (2003) Origin-based algorithms for combined travel forecasting models. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 37(5): 405-422.

Additional Resources

Boyce D. (2002) A Memoir of the advance project. ITS Journal, 7: 105-130. (link