Research Assistant in Dynamic Travel Behaviour and Machine Learning

DTU Management Engineering
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The Machine Learning for Smart Mobility Group and the Transport Modelling Division of the Department of Management Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is looking for excellent applicants to join the Division, starting on March 1st, 2019 or later. 

The successful applicant will work on research focused on knowledge creation and new modelling methods for the human dynamic decision-making in mobility systems.

We are looking for excellent applicants with MSc background on Transportation, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Cognitive Sciences, Behaviour Studies, Urban Planning or, and with the interest and ambition to pursue PhD studies.

The focus of this research is in Behavioural Modelling lying in the intersection between, Artificial Intelligence and Choice Modelling.

Project Overview
Transportation systems are dynamic by nature. The system conditions are constantly changed by endogenous and external factors, affecting all travelling decision making. Incidents, congestion, unplanned events or even delays in performed activities ultimately affect trip departure time, mode, route and actual trip making choices. Smart mobility brings even more dynamic factors into the individual decision making process, with multiple responsive services and real-time information accessible at your fingertips through smartphone apps. Among dynamic behaviour in transportation, the concept of mid-term dynamics focuses on day-to-day learning of the effects of activities performed throughout a day and their effect, such that “successful” patterns are reinforced; and short-term dynamics are concerned with travel and activity-making responses to real-time conditions of travel networks and activity availabilities. Understanding how individuals change their behaviour from their initial plan is essential to creating the informative tools of the future for policy- and decision-makers which generally still rely on static assumptions.

In this project you will focus on the development and understanding of the dynamics in individual decision making related to transportation. Both choice modelling classical methods and emerging machine learning techniques will be combined with stochastic process formulations to model such dynamics, especially focusing on scenarios with the introduction of a new smart mobility service in a given urban area. Different individual specific data sources, from paper to smartphone based travel surveys will be used in this project.

ties and tasks 

  • Literature review in dynamic behavioural processes, in order to generate a map of the current research and open problems;
  • Design and estimate alternative formulations for selected dynamic decision making processes using an individual travel data set;
  • Test the effectiveness of the frameworks based using simulation;
  • A MSc degree in Transportation Modelling, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Cognitive Sciences, Behaviour Studies, Urban Planning or related is required;
  • Excellent programming capabilities, in at least one scientific language (e.g. Python, Matlab, R, Julia) is required;
  • Excellent background in statistics and probabilities is required;
  • Transportation Modelling disciplines in the education background are preferable;
The following soft skills are also important: 
  • Curiosity and interest about current and future mobility challenges (e.g. smart and integrated mobility and travel behaviour);
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and orally;
  • Willingness to engage in group-work with a multi-national team;
The assessment of the applicants will be made by 15 February 2019.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The Research Assistant contract is offered for a one-year term. 

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Further information

For more information, please contact Carlos Lima Azevedo,, tel.: +45 4525 1545 or Francisco C. Pereira,

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Please submit your online application no later than 31 January 2019 (local time)To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form. The following must be attached in English: 

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc)
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The Machine Learning for Smart Mobility group belongs to the Transport Modelling division of the department of Management Engineering at DTU. The division conducts research and teaching in the field of traffic and transport planning, with particular focus on behaviour modelling, machine learning and simulation.  

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