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Prof Benjamin Heydecker

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    020 7679 1553
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    31553
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    020 7679 3042
  • Email:

    b.heydecker@ucl.ac.uk
  • Address:

    210 Chadwick Building Centre for Transport Studies,
    UCL, Gower Street,
    London,
    WC1E 6BT
  • Appointments:

    Professor of Transport Studies, Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng, Faculty of Engineering Science

Summary

Recent Research Dynamic Analysis of Road Traffic Flow. Understanding of flow breakdown and other dynamic traffic phenomena on busy motorways, and to establish ways in which this can be modelled so that active traffic management measures can be developed.

Distributed Adaptive Control for Traffic Signal Systems. Development of a novel approach to on-line signal control of road traffic using learning classifier systems.

SIGSIGN research. Development of research software for design of signal-controlled road junctions.

Analysis of trajectories of stacking aircraft for enhanced short term conflict alert.

Analysis of crash and casualty record at road safety cameras operating under cost recovery.

Development of a harmonised research programme for information and communications technology (ICT) in cooperative traffic management.

Current Teaching

Mathematicians' course M501 Theory of Traffic Flow

Chair of the Intercollegiate MSc in Transport (joint with Imperial College London).

Graduate teaching includes:
Quantitative methods (T2)
Transport engineering and operations (T3)
Road traffic theory and its applications (T8)
Quantitative techniques for transport engineering and planning (T11)
Advanced transport modelling (T14)

PhD supervision

Research Summary

Recent Research Dynamic Analysis of Road Traffic Flow. Understanding of flow breakdown and other dynamic traffic phenomena on busy motorways, and to establish ways in which this can be modelled so that active traffic management measures can be developed.

Distributed Adaptive Control for Traffic Signal Systems. Development of a novel approach to on-line signal control of road traffic using learning classifier systems.

SIGSIGN research. Development of research software for design of signal-controlled road junctions.

Analysis of trajectories of stacking aircraft for enhanced short term conflict alert.

Analysis of crash and casualty record at road safety cameras operating under cost recovery.

Development of a harmonised research programme for information and communications technology (ICT) in cooperative traffic management.

Research Activities

  • EPSRC/RSSB: Cost functions of railway operations and their applications to optimisation
  • EPSRC/RSSB: Dynamic responsive signal control for railway junctions
  • EPSRC: Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Network Data and Route Dynamics (STANDARD)
  • EU-FP7: Network of Excellence for Advanced Road Cooperative traffic management in the Information Society (NEARCTIS)
  • SCALE
  • SCALE: Small Changes Lead to Large Effects: Changing Energy Costs in Transport and Location

Recent Publications

Displaying 30 most recent publications. For the full list please visit UCL Discovery

  1. Lee S,Heydecker BG,Kim J,Park S (2017) Stability analysis on a dynamical model of route choice in a connected vehicle environment Transportation Research Procedia. 10.1016/j.trpro.2017.05.040.
  2. Scarinci R,Hegyi A,Heydecker BG (2017) Definition of a merging assistant strategy using intelligent vehicles Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies. 10.1016/j.trc.2017.06.017.
  3. Anbaroglu B,Heydecker B,Cheng T (2016) How travel demand affects detection of non-recurrent traffic congestion on urban road networks International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives, 41, 159 - 164. 10.5194/isprsarchives-XLI-B2-159-2016.
  4. Heydecker BG (2016) Network models of route choice Mathematics Today.
  5. Heydecker BG,Taylor NB (2015) Estimating probability distributions of dynamic queues Transportation Planning and Technology, 39(1), 1 - 25. 10.1080/03081060.2014.976987.
  6. Scarinci R,Heydecker B,Hegyi A (2015) Analysis of Traffic Performance of a Merging Assistant Strategy Using Cooperative Vehicles IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 16(4), 2094 - 2103. 10.1109/TITS.2015.2394772.
  7. Heydecker BG,Scarinci R (2014) Control concepts for facilitating motorway on-ramp merging using intelligent vehicles Transport Reviews.
  8. Anbaroglu B,Heydecker B,Cheng T (2014) Spatio-temporal clustering for non-recurrent traffic congestion detection on urban road networks Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 48, 47 - 65. 10.1016/j.trc.2014.08.002.
  9. Cheng T,Wang J,Haworth J,Heydecker BG,Chow AHF (2014) A dynamic spatial weight matrix and localized space-time autoregressive integrated moving average for network modeling Geographical Analysis, 46, 75 - 97. 10.1111/gean.12026.
  10. Taylor NB,Heydecker BG (2014) The effect of green time on stochastic queues at traffic signals TRANSPORTATION PLANNING AND TECHNOLOGY, 37(1), 3 - 19. 10.1080/03081060.2013.844907.
  11. Tsapakis I,Heydecker BG,Cheng T,Anbaroglu B (2013) How metro strikes affect macroscopic and microscopic travel times in London Transportation Planning and Technology, 36(1). 10.1080/03081060.2012.745766.
  12. Tsapakis I,Heydecker BG,Cheng T,Anbaroglu B (2013) How tube strikes affect macroscopic and link travel times in London Transportation Planning and Technology, 36(1), 109 - 129. 10.1080/03081060.2012.745766.
  13. Chow AHF,Heydecker BG,Cheng T (2012) Urban traffic data fusion.
  14. Tsapakis I,Heydecker BG,Cheng T,Anbaroglu B (2012) How tube strikes affect macroscopic and link travel times in London Transportation Planning and Technology.
  15. Heydecker BG,Beeharee A,Addison JD (2012) SafeTRIP: Using Satellite Communication for ITS Traffic Technology International.
  16. Yanez MF,Cherchi E,Ortuzar J,Heydecker BG (2012) Inertia and shock effects on mode choice panel data: implications of the Transantiago implementation Travel Behaviour Research in an Evolving World.
  17. Heydecker BG,Addison JD (2012) The Harmonised Research Programme.
  18. Tsapakis I,Turner JT,CHENG T,Heydecker B,Emmonds AE,Bolbol AB (2012) Effects of tube strikes on journey times in the transport network of London.
  19. HEYDECKER B,Addison JD (2011) Analysis and modelling of traffic flow under variable speed limits Transportation Research (Part C: Emerging Technologies), In press.
  20. Heydecker BG (2011) Motorway speed limits British Politics and Policy at LSE.
  21. Yáñez MF,Cherchi E,Heydecker BG,de Dios Ortúzar J (2011) On the Treatment of Repeated Observations in Panel Data: Efficiency of Mixed Logit Parameter Estimates Networks and Spatial Economics, 11(3), 393 - 418. 10.1007/s11067-010-9143-6.
  22. Heydecker BG (2011) Measuring traffic flow using real-time data, E-C149, 109 - 120.
  23. Yanez MF,Cherchi E,Heydecker BG,Ortuzar J (2011) On the treatment of repeated observations in panel data: efficiency of mixed logit parameter estimates Networks and Spatial Economics, 10. 10.1007/s11067-010-9143-6.
  24. Wong CK,Heydecker BG (2011) Optimal allocation of turns to lanes at an isolated signal-controlled junction Transportation Research (part B, methodological), In press.
  25. Yang H,Xu W,Heydecker BG (2010) Bounding the efficiency of road pricing Transportation Research (Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review), 46E(1), 90 - 108. 10.1016/j.tre.2009.05.007.
  26. Heydecker BG (2010) Review of the state of knowledge and capability in relevant technologies, 1 - 258.
  27. Lee S,Heydecker BG,Kim YH,Shon EY (2010) Dynamic OD estimation using three phase traffic flow theory Journal of Advanced Transportation. 10.1002/atr.117.
  28. HEYDECKER B,Christodoulou A,Robertson SA,Allsop RE (2010) Criteria for pedestrian crossings.
  29. Wang J,Cheng T,Heydecker BG,Howarth J (2010) STARIMA for journey time prediction in London Proceedings of the 5th IMA conference on mathematics in transport.
  30. HEYDECKER B (2009) Evaluation of Pedestrian Priority Zones in the European area.

Biography

Benjamin Heydecker’s research lies in developing mathematical and statistical analyses in transport studies. He has pursued this along three broad themes within the field of transport studies: 
o Transport safety, including the analysis and interpretation of road accident data, 
o Traffic management and control, including real-time information, management and control systems with a view to promoting cooperative usage of road and railway networks to benefit users and citizens, and 
o Transport planning methods, including dynamic transport modelling and discrete choice methods. 
The interrelationships between these themes, and between each of them and methodologies for estimation, design and management, are of special interest to him. He is currently exploring opportunities presented by emerging information and communications technology to promote cooperation among users, between users and they transport system, and among components of the transport system. He serves on the editorial boards of the Networks and Spatial Economics, Sustainable Transportation and Transportmetrica journals. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mathematics and its Applications, Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, Fellow of the Transport Research Foundation and Member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.

Qualifications

  • 2005: Chartered Scientist,
  • 1983: Doctor of Philosophy, University College London
  • 1978: Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge