Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Postgraduate







609Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus






Nils joined the Centre for Transport Studies (CTS) and the Transport Systems and Logistics Laboratory (TSL) as a PhD student in October 2014 to investigate how interdependencies between different urban infrastructure systems affect their resilience against disruptions, such as extreme weather events. Nils combines methods from the fields of reliability engineering, network theory and operations research to develop a novel modelling and simulation tool that captures various types of interdependency at the network and component levels. The results of this project can help infrastructure providers and government authorities to devise resilience strategies that take into account the vulnerabilities arising from cascading failure, network congestion, delayed recovery and other interdependency effects.

Interdependent urban infrastructure systems

Asty modelling and simulation tool

Nils research is funded by the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Sustainable Civil Engineering and the Climate-KIC initiative. He is also affiliated to the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation (CSEI) and has carried out consultancy work with Imperial Consultants (ICON).

Nils holds an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from Cambridge University and a BSc in Industrial Engineering (Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen) from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He has also completed a minor degree in Applied Studies of Culture and Society at KIT and was a visiting student at Istanbul Technical University.