CVS prize for a study on the costs and benefits of network designs for the European high-speed rail network

Congrats Jorik Grolle for winning the second prize for his graduation thesis at the CVS transport colloquium! Jorik studied the costs and benefits of network designs for the European high-speed rail network.

Read more here in English or Dutch.

PhD graduations – Ding, Menno and Panchamy

Had an eventful end of last month with three PhD graduations within a week span:

On February 21, Ding Luo defended his thesis entitled “Data-driven Analytics and Modeling of Passenger Flows and Networks for Public Transport Systems“.

Then, on February 26, Menno Yap defended his thesis on “Measuring, Predicting and Controlling Disruption Impacts for Urban Public Transport”. Menno was awarded for his work with a Cum-laude designation.

And, on February 27, Panchamy Krishnakumari defended her dissertation on “Multiscale Pattern Recognition of Transport Network Dynamics and its Applications“. Panchamy was awarded for her work with a Cum-laude designation.

Congratulations to the young doctors for their wonderful achievements!

CASPT2018 & related activities

Participated in CASPT2018, the flagship scientific conference on public transport systems which took place in Brisbane, Australia on 23-25 July.

Have had the following contributions together with colleagues:
– Frequency and Vehicle Capacity Determination using a Dynamic Transit Assignment Model
– Stopping Pattern and Frequency Determination for a Multi-Modal Network
– A Holding Control Strategy for Diverging Bus Lines
– Using Passenger Flows to Determine Key Interchange Connections for Public Transport Synchronization
– Assessing Disruption Management Strategies in Rail-bound Urban Public Transport from a Passenger Perspective
– Is Flat Fare Fair? Equity Impact of Fare Scheme Change
– Value of Reliability for the Waiting Stage, In-vehicle Stage and Transfer Stage of Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) Services
– Determinants of Passengers’ Metro Car Choice Revealed through Automated Data Sources: A Stockholm Metro Case Study
– Passenger Route Choice and Assignment Model for Combined Fixed and Flexible Public Transport Systems
– Can Passenger Flow be Explained by Network Topology in Public Transport?

See the full program on the conference website: http://www.caspt.org/


Above: The Smart Public Transport Lab delegation to the conference, on stage

In conjunction with this conference, we have organized an affinity workshop between the Smart Public Transport Lab delegation from TU Delft and KTH and the Public Transport Research Group in Monash, Melbourne, led by Prof. Graham Currie.

Finally, I teach in the European edition of the Planning Public Transport Services course in Melbourne, see info on: https://www.monash.edu/engineering/its/public-transport-short-course

The next conference will take place in Tel Aviv, Israel, where I will be the scientific chair of the TransitData stream.

Two public transport proposals granted

Two public transport projects will be soon launched in the Department of Transport and Planning at TU Delft:

(1) SCRIPTS – on flexible demand-anticipatory services. Granted in the Smart Urban Regions in the Future (SURF) program by NWO [2016-2018; total of 1,800,000€, of which 500,000€ in TU Delft]. ‘Smart Cities’ Responsive Intelligent Public Transport Systems’ will develop advanced models for the optimal design of hybrid public transport systems, involving demand responsive transport services that are flexible in route and schedule and (self-)organized through ICT platforms, and the simulation of their performance, including a series of pilots and showcases.

(2) TRANS-FORM – on real-time transfer and congestion management. Granted in the Co-fund Smart Cities and Communities (ENSCC) call [2016-2018; total of 1,800,000€, of which 315,000€ in TU Delft]. A consortium of universities, industrial partners, public authorities and private operators from Switzerland, Sweden, Spain and the Netherlands, led by TU Delft. ‘Smart Transfers through Unravelling Urban Form and Travel Flow Dynamics’ will develop a multi-level approach for monitoring, mapping, analyzing and managing urban dynamics in relation to interchanging travel flows. Analysis of pedestrian and traveler flows at the hub, urban and regional networks.

Three new PhD positions in the area of public transport modelling will be soon available to work in these projects. Relevant background and skills include simulation modelling, network analysis and optimization.

UPDATE (28-01-2016):

Interested? See the job ad here. Applications are due by February 10.

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The first international courses on Planning Public Transport Servics took place in TU Delft

Two international courses on Planning Public Transport Services (PPTS2015) took place in TU Delft on 26-30 January for the first time. Both courses were given together with Prof. Avi Ceder, Prof. Graham Currie and Dr. Niels van Oort.

Eighteen participants from the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, South Africa and Irak took part in the courses. The courses covered topics in planning and operations at the route- and network-level combining practical know-how expertise and recent advances in public transport research.

We currently design future versions of the course to support a knowledge-based public transport sector and provide a solid base for PhD students conducting research in the public transport field.

Thanks again to the teaching team, the event organizers and all the participants for their enthusiasm! Wishing you all great success in implementing ideas to further improve public transport systems and hope to meet you again on one of your journeys.

In the picture below: Prof. Avi Ceder on his timetable design class.

Avi Ceder classroom