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Dr Tim Hillel
Chadwick building
Gower Street
Tel: +44 20 3108 5275
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  • Lecturer in Analytics of Infrastructure Systems
  • Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Research Summary
Behaviour & Infrastructure Group (BIG)

Tim leads the Behaviour & Infrastructure Group at UCL, which aims to build a deeper understanding of urban systems and infrastructure networks using human behaviour as the central component of analysis. The methodological approaches employed within the group are diverse, and combine machine learning and artificial intelligence, statistical modelling, optimisation, and simulation. The group sits within the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) at UCL, co-affiliated with both the Infrastructure Systems Institute (ISI) and the Centre for Transport Studies (CTS). 

Recent and ongoing projects

  • Dynamic Digital Twins of Interconnected Energy and Transport networks (DDT-IET)
  • Intelligent digital twins for assessing and predicting bridge road traffic demands
  • OPTimization of Individual Mobility plans to simulate future travel in Switzerland (OPTIMS)
  • Automated organizational design and optimization

PhD supervision (UCL)

  • Nicolas Salvadé - Understanding the role of household lifestyles in transport sustainability.

External PhD supervision/Academic visitors

  • Negar Rezvany (EPFL) - An activity-based approach for joint transport and energy demand modelling.
  • Janody Pougala (EPFL) - Activity-based travel demand forecasting.

Former PhD students

  • Gael Lederrey (EPFL) - Bridging the gap between model-driven and data-driven methods in the era of Big Data.

Teaching Summary
Tim currently leads the Transport economics course on the joint Transport MSc between UCL and Imperial College London. He is also deputy module-coordinator for Financial aspects of project engineering.

Tim gives guest lectures covering digital infrastructure, activity-based modelling, and agent-based simulation on the following courses at UCL:

  • Introduction to complex infrastructure systems (CEGE)
  • Digitalisation in infrastructure (CEGE)
  • Transport planning analysis (The Bartlett School of Planning)

Tim has extensive experience teaching machine learning, artificial intelligence, and programming, and is currently working to introduce programming and machine learning skills into the undergraduate and postgraduate Civil Engineering curriculum at UCL.

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