Workshop on: “Bringing new types of data closer into practice in transport planning and modelling”


16 October 2017, 9:30-17:00


In the last decade, there has been increase of interest and effort in utilizing new and richer type of data (or commonly called as “Big Data”) in transport analysis and modelling. In many cases it was motivated with a decreasing of response rate for traditional travel diary collection methods and the need to reduce the cost by utilizing widely available new mobile technologies. At some other cases it was motivated by the need for a more accurate spatio-temporal description of how people travel over longer periods of time or because of the new revelation of transport as a service. Drawing and utilizing insights from this ubiquitous data, however, remains a challenge due to fast moving technologies, its unprecedented degrees of heterogeneity and lack of theoretical underpinning. Furthermore, with the increase of data type and depth involve, the data management and the security and privacy issues of the users are becoming a serious concern of various different authorities.

In an effort to bring these types of data closer to practical use in transport planning and analyses, this workshop will discuss three following topics: 1) the current use of travel diary in the Swedish transport research and practice, 2) GPS, GSM, accelerometer, and fusion data analysis, and 3) security, privacy, and practical issues in collecting and utilising the big data in practice.

This workshop is expected to understand better the challenges and opportunities of new type of data that are not usually found in traditional data analysis problems, and to further push the feasibility of integrating this new type of data to improve transport planning and modelling framework in Sweden.


Time Activity Speaker
09:30-9:50 Room opens from 09:30 for re-registration and coffee
9:50-10:00 Opening remark and housekeeping Yusak Susilo (KTH)

Ubiquitous data and transport and urban planning in Sweden (chaired by Ida Kristoffersson, VTI)

10:00-10:30 Current data use and needs in Swedish transport practice Karin Brundell-Frej (WSP/K2 Lund)
10:30-11:00 GPS data for network performance analysis Erik Jenelius (KTH)
11:00-11:30 The use of GSM data analysis in Swedish urban and transport planning assessments John Östh (Upsalla University)
11:30-12:00 Exploring passive and active data sources for transport policy and planning Caitlin Cottrill (Aberdeen University)
12:00-13:00 Lunch
Examples across the globe (chaired by Gyözö Gildofalvi, KTH)
13:00-13:45 Learning from smart cards: Lessons from Singapore Kay Axhausen (ETH Zurich)
13:45-14:15 City operation and transportation Miro Holecy (IBM)
14:15-14:30 Fika
Recent local developments and issues (chaired by Clas Rydergren, Linköping University)
14:30-15:00 MEILI and the search for a travel diary collector Adrian Prelipcean (KTH)

TRavelVU an app for collecting travel survey data

Leif Linse (Trivector)
15:30-16:00 Rules and regulations on privacy of big data in particular in tracking people movements Evelyne Sørensen (
Short break – preparation for panel discussion
16:05-16:55 Panel Discussion, chaired by Wilco Burghout, KTH Eva Lindborg (Trafa), Tomas Julner (TrafikStockholm/TrV), Isak Jarlebring Rubensson (Stockholm County/Trafikförvaltningen), Karin Brundell-Frej (WSP/K2 Lund), Kay Axhausen (ETHZ), Evelyne Sørensen (
16:55-17:00 Closing remark

Download of more detailed information on the sessions and speakers

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Participation and registration

Participation to the workshop is free of charge however preliminary registration is necessary.

The maximum number of attendee is limited up to 100 people (at D2  room for this purpose).

The workshop takes place one day before the national transport research conference , which is also located at KTH.

To register, please contact Lennart Leo via Email  before 3 October 2017.

For any other information, please contact Yusak Susilo .