Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Professor Michael Bell is Professor of Transport Operations in the Centre for Transport Studies at Imperial College London.

Having graduated in 1975 from Cambridge University with a BA in Economics, he obtained an MSc in Transport Planning in 1976 and a PhD in 1981, both from Leeds University. Between 1979 and 1982 he worked as a Research Associate at University College London, before moving to the Institut für Verkehrswesen at the Technical University of Karlsruhe as an Alexander von Humboldt post-doctoral Research Fellow. 

He returned to the UK in 1984 to a New Blood lectureship at the University of Newcastle. In 1992 he became the Deputy Director of the Transport Operations Research Group (TORG), becoming its Director in 1996.  He was promoted to a Personal Readership in 1994 and to a Personal Chair in 1996. In January 2002, he moved to Imperial College London.

His research and teaching interests have spanned travel demand forecasting, network modelling, traffic engineering and control, transport telematics, and logistics. Recent projects cover multi-objective traffic signal control (for the Department for Transport), road network monitoring (a European Union project), a Swiss national traffic model (for ETH, Zurich), impact of congestion charging in London (for John Lewis Partnership, Transport for London), robust and adaptive navigation for road vehicle (for BMW), congested transit assignment (for Department of Transport), and door-to-door transport for elderly and disabled people (Transport for London).


Full details on research activities are available here:



Liu Z, Miwa T, Zeng W, et al., 2019, Dynamic shared autonomous taxi system considering on-time arrival reliability, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Vol:103, Pages:281-297

Bell MGH, Pan J-J, Teye C, et al., An entropy maximizing approach to the ferry network design problem, Transportation Research Part B: Methodological

Achurra-Gonzalez PE, Novati M, Foulser-Piggott R, et al., 2019, Modelling the impact of liner shipping network perturbations on container cargo routing: Southeast Asia to Europe application, Accident Analysis & Prevention, Vol:123, Pages:399-410

Perera SS, Bell MGH, Latty T, 2019, Disassortativity in Biological and Supply Chain Networks

Raadsen MPH, Bliemer MCJ, Bell MGH, 2019, A review of (dis) aggregation and decomposition methods in traffic assignment

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