An integrated vertiport placement model considering vehicle sizing and queuing

The increasing levels of congestion and infrastructure costs in cities have created a need for more intelligent transport systems. Urban Air Mobility (UAM) offers a solution by introducing intra-urban aerial transport to overcome the existing congested infrastructure. The performance of UAM systems are highly dependent on vertiport locations, vehicle sizing and infrastructure specifications. This study … Read more

Optimisation of Step-free access Infrastructure in London Underground considering Borough Economic Inequality

Public transport is the enabler of social and economic development, as it allows the movement of people and provides access to opportunities that otherwise might have been unattainable. Access to public transport is a key aspect of social equity, with step-free access improving the inclusivity of the transport network in particular for mobility impaired population … Read more

Demand modelling and optimal vertiport placement for airport-purposed eVTOL services

Recent technological advances have only recently made Urban Air Mobility feasible as a realistic alternative to existing transport modes. Despite the growing interest, this disruptive service requires accurate strategic investments to ensure its viability in the short- and long-term. While airports have been identified as potential sites for vertiports, extending operations to the urban rest … Read more

Integrated Trajectory-Location-Routing for Rapid Humanitarian Deliveries using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles have the potential to provide an economical solution to the challenges of post-disaster land-based relief operations. Beyond regulatory concerns, technical and particularly airspace integration limitations inhibit their deployment in practice. To address these issues and ensure uninterrupted optimal operations, we present a novel approach consisting of an integrated trajectory-location-routing algorithm that seeks … Read more

Resilience assessment for interdependent urban infrastructure systems using dynamic network flow models

Critical infrastructure systems in cities are becoming increasingly interdependent, therefore exacerbating the impacts of disruptive events through cascading failures, hindered asset repairs and network congestion. Current resilience assessment methods fall short of fully capturing such interdependency effects as they tend to model asset reliability and network flows separately and often rely on static flow assignment … Read more

Assessment of systemic vulnerabilities in container shipping networks with consideration of transhipment

The global container shipping network is vital to international trade. Current techniques for its vulnerability assessment are constrained due to the lack of historical disruption data and computational limitations due to typical network sizes. We address these modelling challenges by developing a new framework, composed by game-theoretic attacker-defender model and a cost-based container assignment model … Read more

Scheduling co-operating stacking cranes with predetermined container sequences

Crane scheduling in container terminals is known as a difficult optimization problem that has become even more challenging in recent years with the proliferation of multi-gantry automated stacking cranes. In this paper we present an efficient algorithm solving a subproblem arising in this context, namely deciding the priority of cranes after transportation tasks have been … Read more