K. Shankari is a researcher in the Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences at NREL. Her interdisciplinary research in open-source computer systems for sustainable transportation focuses on collecting, analyzing, and influencing travel behavior. She does this by enabling the collection of rich, end-to-end, multimodal data, which has historically been exceedingly difficult to gather methodically. At the core of this work is Shankari’s development of a novel modular open-source platform NREL Open Platform for Agile Trip Heuristics (OpenPATH), formerly known as “e-mission.”


Ph.D., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley

M.S., Computer Science, University of California, Santa Cruz

B.E., Computer Engineering, University of Bomba

Featured Work

Estimating Travel Energy Consumption Uncertainty Based on Inferred Travel Mode and Sensed Travel Length, Transportation Planning and Technology (2023)

MobilityNet: Towards a Public Dataset for Multi-modal Mobility Research, International Conference on Learning Representations (2020)

TripAware: Emotional and Informational Approaches to Encourage Sustainable Transportation via Mobile Applications, 6th ACM International Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Buildings, Cities, and Transportation (2019)

e-mission: An Open-Source, Smartphone Platform for Collecting Human Travel Data, Transportation Research Record (2018)

Awards and Honors

NREL Director’s Award (2021)

NREL Top 15 Outstanding Mentor (2021)