Keynote Speakers of ITFT 2024

Prof. Michel Bierlaire
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Michel Bierlaire is the director of the Transport and Mobility laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. Since 2009, he is the director of TraCE, the Transportation Center. From September 2017 to August 2021, he has been the head of the Civil Engineering Institute at EPFL.
His main expertise is in the design, development and applications of models and algorithms for the design, analysis and management of transportation systems. Namely, he has been active in demand modeling (discrete choice models, estimation of origin-destination matrices), operations research (scheduling, assignment, etc.) and Dynamic Traffic Management Systems.
He is the founder of hEART: the European Association for Research in Transportation. He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the EURO Journal on Transportation and Logistics, from 2011 to 2019. He is an Associate Editor of Operations Research and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Transportation Research Part B and Transportation Research Part C.

Speech Title: Activity-based models: recent developments in travel demand modeling

Prof. Andrea D’Ariano
Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy

Prof. Andrea D’Ariano is Full Professor in Operations Research (MAT-09) at Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Department of Engineering (recently renamed as Department of Civil, Computer Science and Aeronautical Technologies Engineering). He got the Italian Full Professor Scientific Habilitation in Operations Research and Transportation Science.
His research publications were acknowledged by Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS), INFORMS Aviation Applications Section, INFORMS Railway Applications Section, International Association of Railway Operations Research, TRAIL Research School, IEEE as best papers; by IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society as best PhD thesis; by AIRO as best Master thesis.
He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed international publications (including top-cited papers in high-impact journals). He served as editor and/or reviewer for numerous journals and as external expert and rapporteur for European Commission and National Foundations.
Speech Title: Models, algorithms, and applications to reschedule trains during disturbed operations

Prof. Otto Anker Nielsen
Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Prof. Otto Anker Nielsen is full professor of transport modelling, and head of the Transport Division at the Department of Technology, Management and Economics. His main research areas are transport modelling and transport planning with focus on developing behaviourally realistic models of transport systems. He works across multiple modes of transport, at the intersection of behavioural science, mathematical modelling and computer science.
His key findings consist of several theoretical contributions to the research forefront in route choice modelling and traffic assignment, including ways to capture taste heterogeneity in route choice, bounds on preferences, and correlation between alternatives, development and implementation of solution methods for real large-scale networks, methods for processing and utilizing new data sources in models, and empirical insights. In addition he has developed integrated models to optimising transportation systems with respects to travel demand as well as supply in public transportations systems, air transport, and road pricing schemes. He is currently a World’s Top 2% Scientist in the Stanford University citation metrics indicator, co-editor for the International Journal of Railway Operations Research, and associate editor of Transportmetrica A.

Assoc. Prof. David Zhiwei Wang
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr. Wang is currently associate professor in School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NTU. He received his PhD degree from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and Bachelor degree from Beijing Jiaotong University. With both degrees in transportation engineering, Dr. Wang's research interests focus on Integrated land use-transportation planning; Transport network modeling and analysis, Public transport operations and planning, Logistics and network analysis. Dr. Wang is currently the Deputy Director of Transportation Research Centre @ NTU.
He serves as an Associate Editor of Transportmetrica A: Transport Science, editorial board member of Travel Behaviour & Society and Transportation Research Part E. He received Fred Burggraf Award from Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Research Councils of the United States in 2016; Tan Chin Tuan Exchange Fellowship in Engineering at NTU in 2017.