Advanced Transport Modelling

Module aims

  • To provide a rigorous mathematical understanding of the fundamental theories underlying models of travel demand and transport supply and their application to the evaluation and appraisal of transport policies. Both aggregate and disaggregate modelling techniques will be considered.

Learning outcomes

 On successfully completing this course unit, students will be able to:

  • Have a critical understanding of the theories modern methods of analysing travel demand.
  • Have a critical understanding of economic theories underlying the evaluation of transport policies.
  • Have acquired practical experience in the use of relevant software tools implementing the methods presented in the module.
  • Have acquired practical experience of how these methods can be used to develop and evaluate transport policy measures.

Module syllabus

Week No.

Topic

Staff

15

Lecture: Economic fundamentals of random utility theory (1,2)

AS

16

Lecture: Estimation of discrete choice models (3,4)

Activity: Modelling project 1

AS
AS/FG

17

Lecture: Generalised extreme value models (5,6)

Activity: Biogeme workshop

AS

AS

18

Lecture: Mixed logit models (7,8)

AS

19

Lecture: Network equilibrium I (9,10)

BGH

20

Lecture: Network equilibrium II (11,12)

BGH

21

Lecture: Combined transport models (13,14)

Activity: Modelling project II

BGH

AS/FG

22

Lecture: Causal Inference I (15,16)

DJG

24

Lecture: Causal inference II (17,18)

DJG

25

Lecture: Trip matrix estimation (19,20)

Activity: Modelling project 3 (presentations)

BGH

AS / FG

Pre-requisites

This is a very mathematical unit. It may only be taken concurrently with or after completion of module T11 and after completion of Core Unit T5.

Teaching methods

A combination of lectures, tutorials and computer workshops will be used. A group design exercise also forms part of the module.

Assessments

Assignment Title

Date Set

Date Due

Return Date

Coursework Weighting

Set by

Studytown modelling exercise

Lectures 3-4

After lectures 19-20

End of April

100%

AS/FG

Reading list

Core

Supplementary

Module leaders

Dr Aruna Sivakumar
Professor John Polak