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Dr Xenia Karekla
University College London
Chadwick Building, Gower Street
Tel: 020 7679 7224/ ext. 31582
  • Research Associate
  • Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Xenia Karekla is a Research Associate at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering of University College London (UCL), UK. She studied Civil Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece with a focus on Transport and then pursued a joint MSc in Transport at UCL and Imperial College London. She was awarded a PhD from UCL, whilst working on various multidisciplinary projects that were pushing the boundaries of conventional research. Throughout her academic career she participated in research proposals that were collectively granted £8million and has carried out empirical and numerical research related to three public transport modes (car, train, bus), all focused on users’ safety and the way they interact with the environment they negotiate. Her BSc thesis focused on investigating the influence of mobile phone use on vehicle speed with means of qualitative and quantitative data that were collected from real drivers through empirical experiments. Her MSc project aimed to optimise the London Underground network through simulation models describing train dwell time and headways, as well as cost and benefit analysis. The results of this work were presented to the London Public Transport Authority (TfL) and inspired changes to the network (hump installations that reduce the gap between the train and the platform). Her PhD looked at improving bus accessibility for people of all ages and abilities, carrying out complex experiments on a London double-decker bus. It is the first of its kind experimental evaluation of acceptable acceleration levels for moving passengers in moving vehicles, using novel methods and has received the European Friedrich List award 2017 for being an outstanding scientific work. Her PhD work has been introduced to a bus operator in London, UK (HTC GROUP) who is now applying changes to their fleet by reprogramming the engine of 20 vehicle according to her findings. In the future she is aiming to further improve the accessibility of public transport modes, and expand her research to additional modes of transport, in order to advance human well-being and social integration.

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Academic Background
2016 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Transport Engineering University College London
2009 MSc DIC Master of Science/Diploma of Imperial College – Transport Engineering Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
2008 BSc Bachelor of Science – Civil Engineering National Technical University of Athens
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