Topic outline

  • Welcome to the Transport Modelling course! 

    The course belongs to the elective courses of the Master's Program in Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering. 

    The course is intended for Master's and PhD students and it is offered in English.

    The course is aimed at learning the objectives and roles of models in transportation systems analysis. Moreover, it includes components of Innovation and Entrepreneurship supported by the Aalto Ventures Programme (

    Learning outcomes

    After successful completion of the course, a student is able to:

    • Justify data collection and management methods and technology
    • Apply trip-based, discrete-choice and activity-based models for transport systems
    • Apply network theory to transport systems
    • Explain differences and similarities between different models used for transport systems
    • Follow scientific literature in transport systems modelling

    Course content

    The course contents include:

    1. Introduction to Transport Modelling
    2. Data management 
    3. Trip generation
    4. Trip distribution
    5. Modal split
    6. Traffic assignment 
    7. User equilibrium vs System optimal
    8. Activity-based modelling
    9. Integrated land-use and transport models


    News regarding the course will be posted here in myCourses, within the Announcements Forum. Please, make sure you receive notifications when new messages are posted.

    All the sessions of this course will take place online. Although this is not a requirement, you are more than welcome to share your video when talking and participating to activities and discussions. This will be surely appreciated by your colleagues as it helps improving human connections in these challenging times. Note also that there is an assignment about this in the Assignments box.

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    This is the schedule of the course.

    Date Time Topic Link
    Monday, January 11 14:00 - 16:00
    Course Introduction
    Thursday, January 14 12:00 - 14:00
    Core topic - Data & networks
    Friday, January 15 10:00 - 12:00
    I&E project introduction 
    Monday, January 18 14:00 - 16:00
    Modelling tools
    Thursday, January 21 12:00 - 14:00
    Project workshop
    Friday, January 22 10:00 - 12:00
    Core topic - Trip generation & Trip distribution
    Monday, January 25 14:00 - 16:00
    Guest lecture - Pekka Räty & Jens West (HSL)
    Thursday, January 28 12:00 - 14:00
    Project workshop
    Friday, January 29 10:00 - 12:00
    Guest lecture - Alonso Espinosa Mireles de Villafranca + Modelling tools
    Monday, February 1 14:00 - 16:00
    Core topic - Modal split / discrete choice models
    Thursday, February 4 12:00 - 14:00
    Project workshop
    Friday, February 5 10:00 - 12:00
    Guest lecture - Serio Agriesti + Modelling tools
    Monday, February 8 14:00 - 16:00
    Core topic - Traffic assignment
    Thursday, February 11 12:00 - 14:00
    Project workshop - Pitching + Modelling tools
    Friday, February 12 10:00 - 12:00
    Guest lecture - Taina Haapamäki (Flou) + Modelling tools
    Monday, February 15 14:00 - 16:00
    Core topic - Agent-based modelling + LUTI
    Thursday, February 18 12:00 - 14:00
    Project workshop + Modelling tools
    Friday, February 19 10:00 - 12:00
    Project workshop - Reharsal
    Thursday, February 25 12:00 - 14:00
    Final presentations

    Please note that the topics for each lecture are not final and changes may occur during the course.

    The sessions are all planned as virtual sessions, delivered via Zoom. They will include various interactive activities, thus presence is highly recommended.

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    I would really appreciate your support in improving the quality of this course.

    I will appreciate constructive feedback.

    Grade 5 (weighted as a +5% in the final) is given if you just submit ALL your feedbacks.

    To anonymise the feedback, your submissions will be at first only associated with nicknames. At the end of the course, I will share a document to link nicknames to your student numbers.  

    There will be 4 feedback assignments during this course:

    • I&E competencies before the course
    • Mid-course feedback survey
    • I&E competencies after the course
    • Final feedback survey (delivered via Aalto "official" channel)

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