Transport and Mobility Laboratory: yearly report 2020

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TeachingTop

Spring 2020

Decision-aid methodologies in transportation
Section(s): Civil Engineering
Lecturers: Tim Hillel, Nour Dougui
Teaching assistant: Stefano Bortolomiol, Gael Lederrey, Selin Atac, Janody Pougala
Number of students: unknown
Optimization and Simulation
Section(s): Doctoral program in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Lecturers: Michel Bierlaire, Rico Krueger, Melvin Wong
Number of students: unknown

PhD thesesTop

Defense scheduled in 2020 or after and theses in progress

Ongoing

Meritxell Pacheco
A general framework for the integration of complex choice models into mixed integer optimization
Committee: Prof. B. Atasoy (TU Delft), Prof. B. Gendron (U. Montréal), Prof. D. Kuhn (EPFL), Prof. S. Sharif-Azadeh (TU Eindhoven, co-director), Prof. M. Andersen (EPFL, chair), Prof. M. Bierlaire (EPFL, director)
Exam: May 19, 2020
Nicholas Molyneaux
Dynamic management polices for transportation hubs
Gael Lederrey
Machine learning and discrete choice
Selin Atac
Demand-based mobility sharing systems
Stefano Bortolomiol
Incorporating competitors' behavior in demand based optimization models

PhD committeesTop

Claudia Bongiovanni
The Electric Autonomous Dial-a-Ride Problem
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
May 25, 2020
Meritxell Pacheco Paneque (Thesis director)
A general framework for the integration of complex choice models into mixed integer optimization
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
May 19, 2020
Omar Abou Kasm
Mathematical Programming for Port Quayside Operations Management
New-York University Abu-Dhabi, UAE
March 05, 2020

Masters thesesTop

Alain Azzi
Section: Mechanical Engineering
Feuille de route pour l'électrification du réseau de bus urbains de Lausanne à l'horizon 2030
Supervision:Nicola Ortelli, Janody Pougala, Michel Bierlaire
Expert:
17/02/2020-14/08/2020
Sergej Gasparovich
Section: Civil Engineering
Generating daily activity schedules using machine learning
Supervision:Janody Pougala, Tim Hillel, Michel Bierlaire
Expert:
17/02/2020-19/06/2020
Adrien Nicolet
Section: Civil Engineering
Risk assessment of pedestrian crossings
Supervision:Nicholas Molyneaux, Gael Lederrey, Michel Bierlaire
Expert:
17/02/2020-17/07/2020

Semester projectsTop

Hugo Bocquet
Optimizing Organizational Chart using local search method
Section:
February 17, 2020-June 30, 2020
Supervision: Nour Dougui, Selin Atac, Michel Bierlaire
Elodie Duliscouet, Paulin Raison, Yahya Basiouny
Optimal regulation of oligopolistic markets with discrete choice models of demand
Section:
February 17, 2020-June 12, 2020
Supervision: Stefano Bortolomiol, Selin Atac, Michel Bierlaire
Yannis Voet
Robust routing and scheduling in liner shipping
Section:
February 17, 2020-June 12, 2020
Supervision: Stefano Bortolomiol, Nour Dougui, Michel Bierlaire
Jasso Espadaler
Analysis of the value of demand forecasting within vehicle sharing systems
Section:
September 17, 2019-January 31, 2020
Supervision: Selin Atac, Stefano Bortolomiol, Michel Bierlaire
Sergey Gasparovich
Investigating daily activity patterns
Section:
September 17, 2019-January 31, 2020
Supervision: Janody Pougala, Tim Hillel, Michel Bierlaire
Adrien Nicolet
Tour-based mode choice modelling
Section: Civil Engineering
September 17, 2019-January 31, 2020
Supervision: Tim Hillel, Janody Pougala, Michel Bierlaire
Adrien Nicolet
Risk assessment of pedestrian crossings
Section:
September 16, 2019-January 31, 2020
Supervision: Nicholas Molyneaux, Gael Lederrey, Michel Bierlaire

Additional teachingTop

SeminarsTop

Organization of conferences, workshops, etc.Top

15th Workshop on Discrete Choice Models
June 11, 2020-June 13, 2020
Location: EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Role: Organizer
Discrete Choice Analysis: Predicting Individual Behavior and Market Demand
February 09, 2020-February 13, 2020
Location: EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Role: Founder, organizer and lecturer
Winter School on Optimization and Operations Research
January 19, 2020-January 24, 2020
Location: Hotel Europe, Zinal
Role: Organizer

PublicationsTop

Papers in international journals (accepted for publication)Top

  1. Lederrey, G., Lurkin, V., Hillel, T., and Bierlaire, M. (to appear). Estimation of Discrete Choice Models with Hybrid Stochastic Adaptive Batch Size Algorithms, Journal of Choice Modelling (accepted for publication on May 20, 2020)
  2. Hillel, T., Bierlaire, M., Elshafie, M., and Ying, J. (to appear). A systematic review of machine learning classification methodologies for modelling passenger mode choice, Journal of Choice Modelling (accepted for publication on May 10, 2020)
  3. Molyneaux, N., Scarinci, R., and Bierlaire, M. (to appear). Design and analysis of control strategies for pedestrian flows, Transportation (accepted for publication on April 18, 2020)

Papers in international journalsTop

  1. Bansal, P., Krueger, R., Bierlaire, M., Daziano, R., and Rashidi, T. (2020). Bayesian Estimation of Mixed Multinomial Logit Models: Advances and Simulation-Based Evaluations, Transportation Research Part B: Methodological 131:124-142.
  2. Moret, S., Babonneau, F., Bierlaire, M., and Maréchal, F. (2020). Overcapacity in European power systems: analysis and robust optimization approach, Applied energy 259(113970):.
  3. Markov, I., Bierlaire, M., Cordeau, J., Maknoon, Y., and Varone, S. (2020). Waste Collection Inventory Routing with Non-stationary Stochastic Demands, Computers & Operations Research 113(104798):.
  4. Moret, S., Babonneau, F., Bierlaire, M., and Maréchal, F. (2020). Decision support for strategic energy planning: a complete robust optimization framework, European Journal of Operational Research 280:539-554.
  5. Kazagli, E., Bierlaire, M., and de Lapparent, M. (2020). Operational route choice methodologies for practical applications, Transportation 47:43-74. [Published online: 06 January 2018]

Book chaptersTop

  1. Bierlaire, M., Scarinci, R., Nikolic, M., Oyama, Y., Molyneaux, N., and Wang, Z. (2020). Methodologies for understanding and improving pedestrian mobility. In Ole B. Jensen, Claus Lassen, Vincent Kaufmann, Malene Freudendal-Pedersen, Ida Sofie Gøtzsche Lange (ed) Handbook of Urban Mobilities . Routledge.

    Technical reportsTop

    1. Krueger, R., Bansal, P., Bierlaire, M., Daziano, R., and Rashidi, T. (2020). Variational bayesian inference for mixed logit models with unobserved inter-and intra-individual heterogeneity. Technical report arXiv:1905.00419. Transport and Mobility Laboratory, ENAC, EPFL.

    Speaker in external seminarsTop

    1. Atac, S., Obrenovic, N., and Bierlaire, M., Vehicle sharing systems: Does demand forecasting yield a better service?. STRC 2020, May 13, 2020, Monte Veritá, Ascona, Switzerland

    Awards and distinctionsTop

    ReviewingTop

    1. Computer Science and Information Systems (1)
    2. European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research (1)

    Research projects (4)Top

    OrgVisionPro: Automated organizational design and optimization
    Sponsor: Commission pour la technologie et de l'innovation, Office Fédéral de la formation professionnelle et de la technologie.
    Team: Michel Bierlaire (PI), Tim Hillel (PM), Melvin Wong, Rico Krueger
    Period: October 01, 2019-April 01, 2021
    This Innovation is an advanced analytics algorithms to propose organization design (OD) scenarios based on the existing situation, constraints, and future needs of a business. These scenarios will support organizations in shaping their future by optimizing their structure and operating models.
    ACTIVITY BASED TRAVEL DEMAND FORECASTING
    Sponsor: Swiss Federal Railways (SBB)
    Team: Michel Bierlaire (PI), Tim Hillel (PM), Janody Pougala
    Period: March 01, 2019-March 01, 2020
    This research project aims to update and improve the microscopic activity-based demand model developed and maintained by SBB. Specifically the research intends to address the following questions: 1. Ownership of mobility instruments: Which metrics and specifications can be added to the current model, in order to improve its ability to forecast mid-and long-term ownership of mobility instruments? More specifically, how can the notion of accessibility be integrated to the current model to capture more complex mode interactions? 2. Mode choice model: Can a tour-based approach be used to model mode choice? In addition, how can the processes to estimate destination and mode choice (currently nested) be combined to generate results that are consistent with observed mobility behaviors at different time horizons (short, mid, and long-term)? 3. Tour and activity generation: How can the generation of tours and activity patterns be combined to allow modelling of joint decisions?
    Design of a car-free city center: a fringe parking system with accelerated moving walkways
    Sponsor: European Commission
    Team: Michel Bierlaire (PI), Yuki Oyama (PM)
    Period: October 01, 2018-September 30, 2020
    This project is conducted on a fellowship "The EuroTech Postdoc Programme". A car-free city center is a valuable solution for decreasing traffic congestion and CO2 emissions, and improving active mobility and quality of life. To achieve these goals, one of the biggest challenges is the relocation of parking places scattered in the inner district, which cause cruising for available parking as well as car inflows. A possible solution is a “fringe parking” system, which groups parking into a limited number of spots on the border of the district. However, this may decrease the level of accessibility moving the parking away from the final destinations. The key idea of this research is to use “accelerated moving walkway” (AMW), a novel transport system, in combination with a fringe parking system to design a car-free city center with high accessibility. The goal of the research is to propose and identify the optimal configuration of a fringe parking system with AMWs, as a solution to city centers. The main methodologies are network design optimization and traffic assignment.
    Incorporating competitors' behavior in demand based optimization models
    Sponsor: Swiss National Science Foundation
    Team: Michel Bierlaire (PI), Virginie Lurkin (PM), Stefano Bortolomiol
    Period: November 01, 2017-October 31, 2020
    The starting point of this research project is the general framework developed in the SNF research project 200021_165636 entitled “Incorporating advanced behavioral models in mixed integer linear optimization”. The project aims at formulating explicitly the complex interaction between the supply and demand actors. We hypothesize that the decisions of supply actors (such as capacity, assortment, and price) are highly influenced by the decisions of other actors, through competition within the market. In this project, we will therefore explicitly consider multiple operators that compete for the same pool of customers. Each operator will take the supply-side decisions that optimize its performance function (e.g., maximization of revenue). Non-cooperative game theory is commonly used to model such oligopolistic competition. We plan to investigate how to integrate these games in the already developed framework. In this context, the objective will be to analyze the concept of equilibrium, that is, stationary states of the system where no actor has an incentive to change his/her decisions.

    Miscellaneous responsibilitiesTop

    Ongoing

      Bierlaire

    1. Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Transportation Research Part B (since January 01, 1995)
    2. Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Transportation Research Part C (since January 01, 2006)
    3. Director of the Transport and Mobility Laboratory, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland (since July 01, 2006)
    4. Director, Transportation Center, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland (since May 06, 2009)
    5. Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research (since November 08, 2011)
    6. Associate Editor, Operations Research (since January 01, 2012)
    7. Member of the research council, Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), Bern, Switzerland (since January 01, 2015)
    8. Member of the Academic Promotion Committee, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland (since April 01, 2015)
    9. Founder, member of the steering committee, European Association for Research in Transportation (since September 09, 2015)
    10. Member of the scientific advisory board, CIRRELT (Interuniversity Research Center on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation, Québec, Canada (since January 01, 2016)
    11. Scientific advisor, BestMile SA (since May 12, 2016)
    12. Scientific advisor, Kidodynamics (since May 01, 2018)
    13. Associate Editor, Transport Findings (since October 01, 2018)
    14. Member of the International Scientific Advisory Board , Transportation Research Center, Kumasi, Kumasi, Ghana (since November 01, 2018)
    15. Member of the Editorial Board, Transportation Research Part B (since December 01, 2018)

    Expertise

    • Transportation Research
    • Operations Research
    • Discrete Choice Models

    Methods

    Modeling, optimization, simulation

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