Introduction TRAIL PhD Council members

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(in alphabetical order)

Eleni Charoniti

University representative of Eindhoven University of Technology

Research topic

Developing and validating dynamic, activity - based travel demand models of group decisions under uncertainty is the main focus of my research. The aim is to develop alternatives to currently used models. Human behavior is a really important factor to be taken into account so as to shed some light on how people make sequential decisions under uncertainty. This will be investigated not only in terms of travel behavior research, but also of human choice and decision making based on other fields, such as social psychology. Examining more complex decision problems and developing comprehensive models of activity-travel behavior of individual and household decision making under uncertainty is absolutely imperative to making a step further in the existing applications.

Background and interests

Education in Civil Engineering, specialization in Transport Planning and Engineering. Diploma thesis about “Analysis of alternative scenarios for managing traffic incidents through microsimulation”. Interests include urban planning, transport modelling, uncertainty analysis, human behavior, decision making under uncertainty.

Dorine Duives (treasurer)

University representative of Delft University of Technology

Research Topic

Providing quantitative insights into the operational movement behaviour of pedestrians during large-scale events. Since the aim of this PhD research is to provide the scientific community with a more profound understanding of the movements of pedestrians in a crowd and the characteristics which influence these operational movements. In order to reach the proposed objective, the research focusses on two things. First of all, the empirical exploration of pedestrian operational movements within a crowd during large-scale events. And secondly, the development of a pedestrian crowd movement simulation model.

Background and interests

Dorine studied Civil engineering at both Delft University of technology (BSc & MSc) and Northwester University (MSc), both with a specialization in Transport and Planning. She wrote her master thesis’s about “Exit choice behaviour of pedestrians during evacuations” (NU, USA) and “Self-organisation within pedestrian movements during large-scale events”(DUT,NL). She is interested in the modelling of human behaviour, traffic flow modelling, discrete choice modelling and computer vision.


Shalini Kurapati (Chair)

University representative of
Delft University of Technology

I have a bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai (India) and a Masters degree in Engineering and Policy Analysis from the Delft University of Technology. I'm currently pursuing my PhD research in the field of transportation and logistics. I'm studying the exciting and challenging field of global freight transportation networks, which are complex, interrelated, and comprising dynamic and ever-increasing stakeholders.  Lack of awareness of the network interdependencies makes these networks vulnerable to dynamic events and disruptions, causing huge financial and operational losses and ripple effects along the network. My research focuses on exploring how shared situational awareness can be created to improve participative decision making in such complex intermodal transportation networks.

My research utilizes serious games as both data collection and training tools to explore and enhance the decision-making and behavior of stakeholders in transportation networks to tackle dynamic events and disruptions.

Joris Wagenaar
University representative of Erasmus University Rotterdam

Research Topic
The focus in my research is on disruption management in passenger railway transportation. A disruption is currently handled in a consecutive way. The first step is the modification of the timetable. Then, with the new timetable as input, the rolling stock circulation is rescheduled and finally with both the new timetable and the new rolling stock circulation as input the crew schedule is adapted. In my research the main focus is on rolling stock rescheduling and on integrating the three steps. 

Background and Interests
Education in Econometrics & Operations Research, specialization Quantitative Logistics and OR, thesis in OR & Health’s Care. Interests are in Disruption Management, Quantitative modelling - e.g. robust and stochastic optimization, prediction models, statistical analysis/clustering techniques-, and public transport and public transport networks, especially railways.


Last updated: Monday, October 20th, 2014