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:
et al., 2022, Dynamic modelling and optimisation of transportation systems in the connected era, Transportmetrica B-transport Dynamics, Vol:10, ISSN:2168-0566, Pages:801-802
et al., 2022, A branch-and-price algorithm for location-routing problems with pick-up stations in the last-mile distribution system, European Journal of Operational Research, Vol:303, ISSN:0377-2217, Pages:1258-1276
Zhu S, Fu X, Bell MGH, 2021, Container shipping line port choice patterns in East Asia the effects of port affiliation and spatial dependence, Transportation Research Part E-logistics and Transportation Review, Vol:156, ISSN:1366-5545
Cheung K-F, Bell MGH, 2021, Improving connectivity of compromised digital networks via algebraic connectivity maximisation, European Journal of Operational Research, Vol:294, ISSN:0377-2217, Pages:353-364
et al., 2021, Deploying autonomous mobile lockers in a two-echelon parcel operation, Transportation Research Part C-emerging Technologies, Vol:128, ISSN:0968-090X