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 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 technologies;
    • Apply trip-based, discrete-choice, and activity-based models for transport systems planning;
    • Recognise differences and similarities between different models and approaches used for transport systems planning;
    • Identify needs for transport modelling and related decisions in a multi-user and multi-stakelholder environment;
    • Judge possible solutions to transport-related problems via appropriate transport modelling tools and defend their suitability with an entrepreneurial mindset;
    • Follow scientific literature in transport systems modelling.

    Course content

    The course contents include:

    1. Main concepts of Transport Modelling
    2. Data management
    3. Trip generation
    4. Trip distribution
    5. Modal split
    6. Traffic assignment
    7. User equilibrium vs System optimum
    8. Activity- agent-based modelling
    9. Integrated land-use and transport models
    10. Use of transport modelling in the decision-making context
    11. Analysis methods for research on users and values
    12. Entrepreneurial mindset for well-informed business decisions


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