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2010 - Transportation Modeling

Planning, and operating transportation systems are difficult tasks.  This is due to the complex interaction of the infrastructure (such as highways, railways, vehicles, information technology, et cetera.) and the behavior of the users of the system.

In this short course, we introduce disaggregate travel demand models, designed to support decision-makers to better understanding and forecast traveler behavior.

The topics covered include:

  • survey design and data collection techniques,
  • model specification and estimation and
  • travel demand forecasting.

Real case studies will be analyzed in this 3 day course.

The Faculty:
Prof. Michel Bierlaire, Director of EPFL’s Transportation Centre
Prof. Maya Abou Zeid, American University of Beirut (AUB)

Course Content
The course will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to travel demand
  • Introduction to choice theory
  • Logit models: two alternatives
  • Logit models: more than two alternatives
  • Aggregation and forecasting
  • Statistical tests
  • Data collection
  • Nested logit models

The course is designed for professionals (from industry and public authorities); or academic researchers (professors, researchers, MSc and PhD students), who are interested in understanding and predicting disaggregate travel demand and individual choices.

It is assumed that participants have a basic knowledge of statistical methods, including linear regression models. An introduction to the software package BIOGEME that will be distributed at the course, will also be provided during the first lab, prior to working on the case studies. Information about the software can be accessed by contacting Professor Michel Bierlaire.

The participants will use their own laptop computers during the lab sessions. The software as well as the data for the case studies will be provided.

The course will consist of a total of 8 lectures and 3 computer laboratories of 90 minutes each. Each day, class starts at 9:00 and finishes at 17:00.

There are two periods in the morning and two in the afternoon. The last period is dedicated to questions and answers, and discussions.