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PhD Design and decision support systems
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Scholarship / Financial aid: maximum salary per month: eur 2500 - 3000

Date: Temporary for specified period

Deadline: 1st November 2008

Open to: see Requirements

Announcement follows

Job description

*Project description*
*Problem definition
*New forms of teleworking and the provision of travel information (both pre route and en-route) will likely influence the way individuals and households organize their activities in time and space. Travel information and location-based services allow travellers to make better informed decisions about the choices they have and reduce the uncertainty about various types of attributes influencing their decisions. Likewise, travel guidance systems will imply that travellers experience new and different options. All of this should be viewed in a dynamic context as travellers learn about their spatial and travel environment. The feasibility of activity-travel patterns depends largely on the spatial distributions of land use (and the time space constraints/ accessibility involved) and on institutional factors such as office and shopping centre opening hours. Thus, due to increasing
congestion, less reliable travel times and the impact of various forms of ICT, individuals and households are likely to change or are advised/stimulated to change one or more characteristics of their activity-travel patterns (destination, timing, transport mode, task allocation etc.). In turn this may impact the market potential of facilities, triggering supply side dynamics. Little is know about the intensity and nature of such changes. Moreover, current activity-based models of activity-travel patterns do not incorporate such dynamics yet (Arentze and Timmermans, 2007).

*Research design*
The goal of this research project is to examine likely spatial externalities of new forms of teleworking and travel information provision (personal and public; descriptive and prescriptive) . To that effect an agent-based simulation model will be developed, building on the models available in Eindhoven. It simulates first the impact of new forms of teleworking on changes in activity-travel patterns, and in turn changes in these patterns are used to simulate the impact on changing spatial and temporal demand.

*First, a stated adaptation and real world study will be designed to collect data on how individuals and households adapt their activity-travel patterns in the context of respectively new forms of telecommuting and various kinds of travel information. The survey will be a panel survey. ICT technology will be used to trace the activity-travel patterns of respondents. This will be supplemented by prompted recall via the Web. Next, the collected data on adaptation patterns will be analyzed using Bayesian networks as this method allows estimating both direct and indirect effects between the various factors and in addition allows simulating behavioural change as a function of new evidence/experience s. Thirdly, using these Bayesian belief networks,
spatial externalities can be identified. It will lead to conclusions with respect to changing destination for conducting particular activities. In turn, this will be used in a series of performance indicators allowing one to judge different urban scenarios. Finally, the agent-based simulation model will be applied to evaluate different scenarios.


University Graduate

The candidate should possess a master degree and a good background in research methods, statistical analyses and computer programming.

Further requirements:

- Demonstrated interest in scientific research
- Proficiency in English writing and speaking
- Highly motivated to conduct academic research
- Team spirit


Technische Universiteit Eindhoven Department of Architecture, Building and Planning

The Department offers a BSc in Building Science (Bouwkunde) and MSc programmes in Architecture, Building and Planning, Building Services and Construction Management and Engineering. Research is design and application oriented, based on fundamental scientific insights and methods.

Conditions of employment

Estimated maximum salary per month: eur 2500 - 3000
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: 4 jaar
Maximum hours per week: 40

Additional Information

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:

Prof.dr. Harry Timmermans
Telephone number: +31(0)402472274

Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.

- About the organization


You can apply for this job before 01-11-2008 by sending your application to:

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
VRT 2.09
F. van der Heijden
Postbus 513
5600 MB Eindhoven
E-mail address:

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number V38.539.

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