Speakers at Modelling World 2018

Shown in the order they confirmed...

Tom van Vuren Helen Bowkett Professor Glenn Lyons

Tom van Vuren 

Divisional Director
Mott MacDonald

Tom van Vuren has been Chairman of Modelling World since its inception in 2006. As his Twitter profile states, he is passionate about transport modelling and always on the look-out for better ways to collect data, enhance the efficiency of methods and improve accessibilty of model results. He holds an MSc from the University of Delft and a PhD from the Institute for Transport Studies and the University of Leeds. Tom is a Divisional Director at Mott MacDonald and a visiting Professor at the University of Leeds; and is a qualified Transport Planning Professional. 

Helen Bowkett


Helen Bowkett has spent most of her working life in consultancy as transport economist and modeller, She has worked on a wide range of major infrastructure projects including bus rapid transit, roads, new cycle bridges and new railway stations. She was until recently the Head of Evidence at the Welsh Government, overseeing their analytical work on major projects and writing WelTAG 2017. Throughout her career she has maintained active links with the academic world and survived the part time PhD experience.

Professor Glenn Lyons 

Mott MacDonald Professor of Future Mobility 
University of the West of England / Mott MacDonald

Glenn is the Mott MacDonald Professor of Future Mobility at UWE Bristol. The appointment bridges between academia and practice and Glenn is dividing his time between the university and Mott MacDonald (on secondment). At a time of significance for the transport sector, the position aims to co-develop and extend transport expertise in relation to understanding and responding to a changing and uncertain mobility landscape, which is shaped by technological possibilities and societal needs and preferences.

Dr Kiron Chatterjee Dr Ian Phillips Robin North

Dr Kiron Chaterjee

Associate Professor in Travel Behaviour
University of the West of England 

Kiron Chatterjee is Associate Professor in Travel Behaviour at the Centre for Transport & Society at UWE Bristol. His research seeks understanding of the way in which people travel and how this is influenced by the transport system and social, economic and technological change. He has a particular interest in using longitudinal data to understand changing travel behaviour over the life course and has pioneered the use of biographical data collection methods. Current research is investigating how commuting influences personal wellbeing, reasons for the declining car use of young adults and the design, implementation and evaluation of sustainable transport interventions.


Dr Ian Phillips 

Research Fellow 
Institute for Transport Studies 

Ian Philips is an ESRC funded Innovation Fellow at the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds.  His current fellowship addresses questions relating to the following challenge: How can we intelligently fuse spatial data from public or private sector sources to ensure that the future of mobility is sustainable in terms of reducing total energy use and delivering public value?  Ian has worked on a range of research projects which bring together modellers, social scientists and spatial data to provide insights to policy makers.   


Robin North 

Immense Simulations

Robin is the CEO and Lead Technologist at Immense. He has 17 years’ experience working in the Transport industry. Robin started his career at Imperial College London moving from doctoral research through to a Lectureship in Transport and the Environment and establishing the Intelligent Infrastructure and Transport Systems Laboratory.

In 2014 Robin made the move to Transport Systems Catapult where he became Lead Technologist for Modelling and Visualisation. From the portfolio of ~£2m of project activities a set of technologies were identified that led to Robin co-founding Immense Simulations in 2016. He has led the company from concept development through to establishing early products in market.

Oliver Charlesworth James Woodcock John Swanson

Oliver Charlesworth

Global Account Director

Oliver Charlesworth comes from a mathematical and meteorological modelling background. He applied his PhD research skills, working ethic and knowledge to the transport industry – in particular transport modelling, and is now an Account Director for Citilabs.

During his consulting days he contributed to projects all over the world from technical lead to project management and client consultation. In Oliver’s role at Citilabs he manages clients and projects globally supporting national governments, regional and local authorities, and a multitude of private companies. Citilabs’ flagship product Cube is now one of many Citilabs solutions that Oliver can talk to you about, and provide details on how transportation professionals are using them around the world.

Oliver is also a member of the Council for the Association of European Transport and for the last three years has enjoyed volunteering his spare time to its benefit.

James Woodcock

Programme Lead, Pulblic Health Modelling
University of Cambridge 

Dr Woodcock leads a research programme at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), University of Cambridge, on Public Health Modelling. He has conducted many studies for academia and policy that estimate how changes to transport would impact health through the pathways of physical activity, air pollution, and road traffic injuries.  His two main current projects are TIGTHAT, laying the foundation for a globally applicable health impact model of transport that can be applied even in settings with limited data, and METAHIT, developing a beyond state of the art health impact for England. He was academic lead for the Propensity to Cycle Tool and Impacts of Cycling Tool. He is a member of the core expert group for the World Health Organization HEAT tool.

John Swanson

Steer Davies Gleave

John is well known for his work in Stated Preference, having done much of the early development work of this technique, while in recent years he developed the Urban Dynamic Model (UDM).

Jon Peters Tamara Djukic David Connolly

Jon Peters

Steer Davies Gleave

Jon started developing traffic and urban models as part of my doctoral research. This led naturally to a consultancy career with Steer Davies Gleave where he has now worked for 14 years and developed expertise in transport modelling and demand forecasting. He helps his clients realise their goals in the funding, financing and competitive bidding for transport infrastructure in both the public and private sectors internationally.

Tamara Djukic 

Senior Research Engineer

Current position at University/Job Title:

Senior research engineer, Aimsun SL, Barcelona

Areas of expertise: Transport modelling and simulation, data-driven prediction

Other details: In 2015, Tamara joined Aimsun to lead R&D projects and design the innovation roadmap for Aimsun Next and Aimsun Live. She has a PhD from Technical University of Delft and over 12 years of experience as an transport scientist and consultant. Tamara’s experience ranges from research and development through consultancy in the field of travel demand estimation and prediction as well as in the transport planning and modelling. She is also experienced in project management and liaison with proven track record in business development.

David Connolly

Director of Technical Development 

Dr David Connolly is Director of Innovation at SYSTRA Ltd and an expert in transport-related emissions strategy and appraisal.  His experience includes the creation and use of numerous multi-modal transport models, the modelling and appraisal of the emissions-related impacts of a wide range of land-use plans, transport schemes and strategies and a variety of other transport-related behavioural research.  He is a Director of the Transport Planning Society and a member of Environmental Protection Scotland’s Air Quality Expert Advisory Group and represents the Scottish Government’s Transport and Travel Statistics Committee on the ScotStat Board.  He is currently involved in helping to develop Clean Air Strategies for three UK cities and in the optimisation of the provision of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales).

Alex Longdon Dr. Crispin Cooper Devrim Kara

Alex Longdon 

Principal City Planner
Transport for London

Alex Longdon is a Principal City Planner in Transport for London’s Active Travel & Health team, who work to enable more people to walk, cycle and use public transport by putting people and their health at the heart of policy and decision making. Alex’s work focuses on policy and strategy for cycling, including helping develop the Strategic Cycling Analysis published by TfL in July 2017.

Crispin Cooper

Research Associate 
Sustainable Places Research Institute Cardiff University 

Dr Crispin Cooper is a Research Associate at Cardiff University’s Sustainable Places Research Institute. With a background in Computer Science and Geography, at the broadest level he is interested in how we can use advanced computing, in particular network analysis, to support a more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable society. He develops the sDNA software which is used by over 1000 researchers worldwide and his own research in this area focuses on transport, economic, health, walking and cycling behaviours and land use with recent diversification to networks of ideas in public discourse. He specializes in GIS, spatial analysis and machine learning methods.

Devrim Kara 

PTV Group, UK & Ireland

Devrim Kara is an experienced transport professional who has led the planning and design of major transport projects around the world. He delivered projects focusing on urban areas as well as regional and national transport networks. As the PTV Group Director for UK & Ireland, Devrim works closely with clients and professionals that use PTV Group software in developing effective, safe and balanced transport solutions globally. The PTV Group software is state-of-the-art and is used by professionals in more than 100 countries on innovative, intelligent and sustainable solutions that shape the future of transportation. 

Francesco Angelelli Luis Martinez Chris Wroe

Francesco Angelelli

Senior Transport Consultant

Francesco studied Civil Engineering at University of Bologna, he is a chartered member of the Italian Engineering Council, specialising in Transportation. Throughout his career he has specialised in the modelling of pedestrian movements and in the relative planning and design consultancy. He has been involved in a wealth of high-profile projects and built some of the most complex pedestrian models. These include Oxford Circus pedestrian realm, the brand-new Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium, Baku 2015 Olympics, Qatar 2022 FIFA Worldcup, the UK Pavilion at Milan EXPO 2015, Euston Station Enabling Works.

Luis Martinez

Shared Mobility Team
International Transport Forum

Luis Martinez, works as a Transport Analyst at the International Transport Forum at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France. At the ITF he is working on the ITF's Transport Outlook International Freight Model and projects related with shared urban mobility modelling in several cities (Lisbon, Helsinki, Auckland and Dublin).

Prior joining the ITF in 2014, Luis spent three years as Assistant Professor with the Civil Engineer Department, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal and is author of several research papers on transport modelling, transport economics and public transport design optimisation and simulation.

Chris Wroe

Lead Transport Analyst

Chris is an experienced transport planner and data scientist with a special interest im the application of innovative data collection methods, particularly mobile network data.  Chris leads O2's Data Analytics team, and has pioneered the use of mobile network data in a wide range of UK transport projects for clients such as Highways England, Transport for London and various Train Operating Companies and Local Authorities.

Aled Davies Fiona Crawford Menno Yap

Aled Davies

Principal Analyst
Transport for London 

Aled Davies is a Principal Analyst in the Streets Analysis team within TfL City Planning. He has 11 years’ experience in transport planning in the public sector and private sector consultancy focussing mainly on strategic modelling both in the UK and Europe. He is responsible for the development and application of TfL’s Highway Assignment Models (HAMs) and led the calibration and validation of Cynemon, an innovative new model representing cyclist route choice and flows across London. He is currently managing TfL’s Project EDMOND, using mobile network data to derive demand and routeing information for use in the development of London’s strategic models.

Fiona Crawford

Reserach Fellow
University of the West of England 

Fiona is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Transport and Society at the University of the West of England.  She has previously worked at the Office for National Statistics, the National Audit Office and Sustrans.  She obtained a PhD, supported by an iCASE studentship funded by the EPSRC and Highways England, from the University of Leeds in 2017.  She is particularly interested in examining day-to-day variability in transport network usage and in traveller behaviour using data from emerging data sources.  She is currently working on research projects examining demand responsive travel solutions and trust in autonomous vehicles.   

Menno Yap 

Transport Modeller 

Menno Yap works as transport modeller at Atkins, and performs his PhD research at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, department of Transport and Planning. His main research focus relates to using big data to improve modelling behaviour of public transport passengers, particularly during disruptions.

Sharon Richardson Amanda Rowlatt Professor Roger Vickerman

Sharon Richardson 

Joining the Dots

Joining Dots was launched in 2006 as an independent research and consulting practice. It followed a 15-year career in the IT industry that started with designing pre-Internet knowledge management systems and led to working for Microsoft as the European lead for ‘information work’ technology specialists, advising some of Microsoft’s largest customers, providing feedback to product groups and presenting at executive briefings. The technology keeps getting smaller and its impact gets bigger. The focus remains constant: Disruptions to the intelligence – decision – action cycle that underpins the performance and behaviour of all human-centred systems

In addition to industry experience, academic qualifications span cognitive, computer and data sciences. In 2015, she completed a MSc in Smart Cities and Urban Analytics that resulted in a national award-winning thesis and am currently conducting doctoral research at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London

Amanda Rowlatt

Chief Analyst and Strategy Director
Department for Transport

Amanda Rowlatt is Chief Analyst and Strategy Director at the Department for Transport. Before this she was Chief Economist at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Competition Commission and the Office for National Statistics. She has also had policy director responsibilities at the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for International Development. She is currently a non-executive director at Brunel University, Voluntary Services Overseas, an NHS health trust and a further education college.

Professor Roger Vickerman

Emeritus Professor of European Economics
University of Kent 

Roger Vickerman is Emeritus Professor of European Economics at the University of Kent. He has published widely on many aspects of transport and has served as an advisor to Parliamentary Committees in the UK and as a consultant to the European Commission, various government departments and regional and local government authorities in the UK and overseas. He was awarded the Jules Dupuit Prize of the World Conference on Transport Research Society in 2016

Paul Buchanan Dr. Fabio Galatioto Mike Waters

Paul Buchanan


Paul is an economist specialising in the planning, economic and financial appraisal of public and private sector transport investments and policies. Paul has particular expertise in the appraisal of urban rail systems in UK and overseas. In London his background includes the JLE, Crossrail, Underground extensions and a number of light rail schemes.

Paul led the development of the approach to valuing Wider Economic Benefits for Crossrail from 2002 to 2005, subsequently incorporated into Department for Transport guidance in 2006. WEBs show the real economic benefits associated with urban rail projects, not time savings but enabling city centre growth.

Paul spent 12 years at Colin Buchanan and Partners, 11 as Board Director, then Managing Director. The CBP focus on interactions between the economy, transport and planning, remain his core area of interest.

Paul is now a Partner at Volterra. His work includes HS2, rail schemes in Dublin, Auckland and Toronto, WEBs in Sydney and NZ and the economic impacts from the implementation of Crossrail.

Dr. Fabio Galatioto

Senior Specialist
Transport Systems Catapult

Senior Specialist at the Transport Systems Catapult, I am a civil Engineering in Transport with almost 15yrs experience in Transport Modelling and Environment. After my PhD in Transport I have worked in Academia for 8 yrs at Newcastle University developing expertise in Microsimulation modelling and Impact assessment. Since 2015 I have led proposals and projects focusing on Transport Emissions and Air Quality, Accident prediction and Impact Assessment; and advance microsimulation modelling. An example of the latter application is the LIFE “Life First Emergency Traffic Control” collaborative R&D Innovate UK funded project.

Mike Waters

Head of Policy and Strategy
Transport for West Midlands

Bio to follow...

Richard Bradley Ali Fereidoonian

Richard Bradley 

Head of Data, Modelling & Appraisal
Transport for the North 

Richard is part of TfN's transport strategy team and provides leadership in data analytics and the preparation of evidence for transport infrastructure and services business case submissions that can bring about a transformation in the North's economic standing within the UK.

Steve Close

Senior Social Researcher
Transport Systems Catapult

Bio to follow...

Ali Fereidoonian

Transport Modeller
Transport Systems Catapult

Ali is a transport modeller with three years of private sector experience. He is proficient in the use of the VISSIM. His technical transport modelling specialisms lie in micro-simulation modelling including the calibration and validation of numerous micro-simulation models.

He has experience in transport data collection means that he is skilled in undertaking data analysis, in Microsoft Excel, and is also effectively practiced in network coding, matrix building, matrix manipulation and model validation to the very latest DMRB and WebTAG standards.

He also have experience in the use of SATURN, my recent work has included the development of the North Tyneside SATURN models and modelling support to a number of local transport studies and scheme appraisal.

He has experience in assisting with the production of transport assessments and providing transport advice on a wide range of projects.

Daniel Hanson Jeremy Clarke David Simmonds

Daniel Hanson

Director of Economics

Daniel leads our Strategy, Economics and Policy work in the Transport sector. He is leading our advice on the economic appraisal of a number of major road projects, he led much of our advice to the Airports Commission and Department for Transport (DfT) on runway capacity, and is advising on a number of other projects in the area of Total Appraisal.

He is a member of the Economic Advisory Panel to High Speed 2. He was one of the principal architects of the regulatory framework for High Speed 1 and is advising on the regulation of, and access charge framework for, Crossrail. He directed our advice during the public inquiry of Dover Harbour Board’s ferry pricing.

Daniel also has extensive experience on competition, regulation and disputes more generally. He directed our firm’s response to the Competition Commission investigation into the supply, he advised one the main banks during the OFT's investigation and high court case on unauthorised overdraft charges, and has advised clients in most other sectors (including card payment networks, automotive, telecoms, electricity and water). He is a former Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute and international civil servant at the Caribbean Development Bank in Barbados. He holds degrees in Economics from the Universities of Warwick and Bristol.

Jeremy Clarke

Senior Engineer

Over 14 years experience in Highways Engineering. Public & Private Sector Experience TechnicianMember of Institute of Civil Engineers TMICE CSCS Residential Site Supervisor

David Simmonds

David Simmonds Consultancy

David Simmonds studied Town and Country Planning at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and the use of mathematical models in urban planning for his PhD at Cambridge. During the 1980s he worked for the London Transport Executive as an Economic Analyst, and for Marcial Echenique & Partners as a consultant and subsequently as Technical Director. In 1990 David left ME&P to set up David Simmonds Consultancy, particularly to develop and apply improved methods of forecasting the interactions between land-use, transport and the economy. This led to the development first of the DSCMOD approach and, in 1995, to the first version of the DELTA package. David has since directed a wide range of DELTA-based projects including forecasts used in public inquiries for Edinburgh Congestion Charging and the M74 completion, and work for the Eddington Study. He has also been responsible for a numerous other studies including contributions to the SACTRA report on Transport and the Economy.

CARL GOVES  Co-founder and Chief Engineer Immense

Carl Goves

Co-founder and Chief Engineer

Carl, is co-founder and Chief Engineer of Immense who has fourteen years of experience in transport modelling and simulation both domestically and internationally. A Chartered Civil Engineer by his mid-twenties, he has significant experience in consultancy and research and development. Carl is passionate about innovating in his field and brings proven applied technical expertise to Immense which is helping to shape their products to deliver significant benefits to existing and new markets supported by simulation.

Rishi Ahuja

Founder & Managing Director

Started his career in millennium year of 2000 as a founder of Sunovatech, with an aim to develop emerging and new age technologies that could simplify understanding of complex engineering solutions. He has an in-depth knowledge of Virtual Reality Industry, Engineering, Marketing and Human Behaviour in Business Development. Sunovatech now operates from India, Qatar and UAE with a successfully delivered over 600 Infrastructure Visualisation Projects
totalling in over trillions of Dollars of global investment.

Moving along the path of successful international partnerships Rishi has successfully established business and developed the market for PTV AG in India. Founded Road Safety Association of India, an Educational program for schools in India and currently engaged in advanced Virtual Reality solutions for infrastructure projects.


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