PhD position vacancy

We are hiring! PhD Positions in Applications of Swarm Intelligence in Traffic and Mobility Management. See details for the application procedure. In this PhD research you will be developing distributed demand management schemes via tradable, multi-modal travel permits, to balance user-centric versus system optimal objectives (including but not restricted to equity, sustainability, and security) the performance of the designed trading schemes for mobility services such as shared rides will be evaluated using an agent-based simulation model.

Modelling virus spreading in ride-pooling networks

Will a random infected passenger spread a virus across a large number of travellers using ride-pooling services? or will it be encapsulated and thus confined to a distinct community? How many other travellers will get infected and how will the epidemiological process evolve? Finally, can we mitigate it by effective control and design measures and thus introduce it to policymakers as a safe alternative?

See our open-access work published in Scientific Reports with Rafał Kucharski and Julian Sienkiewicz.

We combine epidemiological and behavioural shareability models to examine spreading among ride-pooling travellers, with an application for Amsterdam. 

Findings are at first sight devastating, with only few initially infected travellers needed to spread the virus to hundreds of ride-pooling users. Notwithstanding, we identify an effective control measure allowing to halt the spreading before the outbreaks without sacrificing the efficiency achieved by pooling.

Among the top 1% in the field of Logistics & Transportation based on a new bibliometric analysis

Found out that I am ranked among the top 1% world-wide (#86) in the field of Logistics & Transportation for the year 2019, according to the bibliometric analysis by Ioannidis et al. (2020).

See https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.3000918 and the accompanying tables: https://data.mendeley.com/datasets/btchxktzyw/2

Demand for Urban Pooled On-Demand Services

María Alonso González of our Smart Public Transport Lab has been awarded the 2nd prize of the European TRAVISIONS 2020 young researcher competition (cross modality category). Congrats Maria, well deserved!

This recognition of Maria’s excellent work joins the Michael Beesley Award for the best
young researcher paper at the Thredbo 16 international conference in Singapore. Her research has also been shortlisted among the top 12 submissions for the
2020 ITF (International Transport Forum) Young Researcher of the Year Award.

Interested in learning about Maria’s work? You can find here the her PhD dissertation entitled “Demand for Urban Pooled On-Demand Services: Attitudes, Preferences and Usage” which she defended in July.

The following journal publications are included in her PhD dissertation:
Alonso Gonzalez M., Cats O., van Oort N., Hoogendoorn-Lanser S., and Hoogendoorn S. (2020). What are the determinants of the willingness to share rides in pooled on-demand services?Transportation, in press.

Alonso Gonzalez M., van Oort N., Cats O., Hoogendoorn-Lanser S., and Hoogendoorn S. (2020). Value of Time and Reliability for Urban Pooled On-Demand Services. Transportation Research Part C, 115, 102621.

Alonso Gonzalez M., Hoogendoorn-Lanser S., van Oort N., Cats O. and Hoogendoorn S. (2020). Drivers and Barriers in Adopting Mobility as a Service (MaaS) – A Latent Class Cluster Analysis of Attitudes. Transportation Research Part A, 132, 378-401.

Alonso-Gonzalez M., Liu T., Cats O., van Oort N. and Hoogendoorn S. (2018).The Potential of Demand Responsive Transport as a Complement to Public Transport: An Assessment Framework and an Empirical Evaluation. Transportation Research Record, in press.

In addition, she contributed to more than 10 conference proceedings and numerous national and international events where she shared her research findings with experts, service planners and providers and other partners in the industry.

This work took place as part of the SCRIPTSproject financed by NWO which is a forerunner of the ERC project CriticalMaaS.

COVID-19 and public transportation: current assessment, prospects and research needs

Given the rapid pace of developments and different pathways in different places, Alejandro Tirachini and I decided to synthesize the key developments so far regarding public transportation and the COVID-19 pandemic. We present the different responses adopted by governments and public transportation agencies around the world and their related effects, and identify the research needs pertaining to critical issues that minimize contagion risk in public transportation in the so-called post-lockdown phase.

You can find the full paper here.

Soon to appear in the Journal of Public Transportation.