Nicole Ronald BE(Hons), BSc, MEngSc (Melb), PhD (Eindhoven), GCLT (Swin)

Who am I?

I am fascinated by how we will travel in the future and how we can explore these scenarios in the present day using novel simulation and data analysis techniques.

My interest in both transport and computing started during my undergraduate degree, but combining the two was formalised in my second-last year during a guest lecture from a transport modelling consultant who demonstrated microsimulation in Paramics. My final year project supervisor (now my colleague) suggested I look at this new technique he’d come across called agent-based modelling and simulation.

Over the past 10 or so years since then, I have flipped back and forth between transport and software engineering, from consultancy and small business to academia, from modelling logistics to modelling pedestrians, from activity-travel behaviour to public transport operations, from Australia to Europe, with some teaching and university admin experience on the side.

I specialise in data analysis and agent-based modelling of travel behaviour, looking for patterns in data that can be used to inform and develop models of individual travel behaviour. Currently I am working on simulating new modes of transport, specifically on-demand transportation, in order to explore their viability in various scenarios, and assisting with future research proposals in connected/smart cities. I am also involved in teaching complex systems engineering, spatial information programming, research methods and transport engineering.

My long-term aim is to assist planners, engineers and policymakers in decision-making by creating appropriate, effective, and usable computational models of transportation/urban systems and travel behaviours. I have recently joined Swinburne University of Technology, Australia as a lecturer in computer science and software engineering and am currently building a lab to achieve this aim.

Where am I?

Lecturer, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia (profile coming soon)
Honorary Fellow, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne, Australia (find-an-expert profile)
Software engineering lecturer/tutor, University of Melbourne, Australia (contact)
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