Richard K. Brail, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
B.A. Rutgers University; M.C.R.P and Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill




Research Interests

  • Applications of information technology in urban planning
  • Transportation planning methods and application
  • Planning decision support systems
  • Land use planning methods and models
  • Geographic Information Systems


Graduate Courses

  • Urban Transportation Planning
  • Public Transit Planning and Management
  • Seminar on Planning Support Systems
  • Methods of Planning Analysis II
  • Graduate Planning Studio
  • Computer Applications in Planning and Development


Publications and Activities

  • Lead editor, Planning Support System: Integrating Geographic Information Systems, Models and Visualization Tools (Redlands, California: ESRI Press, 2001)
  • Invited Speaker, Conference on Complex Artificial Environments, Venice, 2004 (published as “Planning support systems evolving: when the rubber hits the road”, in The Study of Complex Artificial Environments, edited by J. Portugali (New York: Springer, forthcoming)
  • Recent and current research projects include the application of planning support systems, transportation planning for the disabled and elderly, the transportation impacts of the New Jersey State Plan, and the development and application of new transportation planning models



Richard Brail is a Professor in the Urban Planning and Policy Development Program. He has been head of the Urban Planning three times in his thirty-year career at Rutgers. He was the founding director of the National Transit Institute at Rutgers, and brought the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program to the school. Professor Brail has had a leadership role in the development of computer technology, and wrote one of the major early texts focusing on applied computing in planning (Microcomputers in Urban Planning and Management). He was also co-editor of Spreadsheet Models for Urban and Regional Analysis, a collection of planning application spreadsheets designed with a common user interface. His recent edited work, Planning Support Systems, is the first major publication to contain the work of leading scholars focusing on this emerging area of research and application. He has held visiting appointments at the University of California, University of Hong Kong, and Institute of Technology, Bandung, Indonesia. Former chair of the Middlesex County Transportation Committee, Professor Brail has served on numerous national, state and local committees and has been the recipient of the Presidential Award for Distinguished Public Service by Rutgers University.


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