Professor David Watling

Professor David Watling


Active/Recent Research Projects
optiTruck: Optimal fuel consumption with Predictive Power Train Control and calibration for intelligent trucks. EU Horizon 2020.
ELVITEN: Electrified L-category Vehicles Integrated into Transport and Electricity Networks. EU Horizon 2020.
TrACE – Transport Analytics Centre of Excellence in Cyprus. EU Horizon 2020.
STEP-CHANGE: Sustainable Transport Evidence and modelling Paradigms: Cohort Household Analysis to Achieve New Goals in Engineering design. EPSRC.
Visions2030: Visions of the role of walking and cycling in 2030. EPSRC.
Competitive Cities: The Network and Long term impacts of fiscal Management of Transport Demand. EPSRC.
Professional Engagements
Associate Editor, Networks & Spatial Economics.
Programme Committee member of numerous international conferences, e.g. INSTR, EURO WG, DTA, IMA, ISTTT .


  • Co-Research Group Leader, Spatial Modelling and Dynamics group
  • Co-Theme Leader, Resilience theme

Research interests

  • Mathematical modelling, simulation, statistical analysis, optimisation of transport systems.
  • Specific interest in traffic network models, especially dynamic and stochastic issues.
  • Network reliability modelling and assessment.
  • Optimal network toll problems, bi-level and mathematical programs with equilibrium constraints.
  • Statistical inference for network models.
  • Visioning and alternative/qualitative paradigms for long-range transport planning.
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  • BSc (Hons), Mathematics, University of Leeds
  • PhD, Probability & Statistics, University of Sheffield

Student education

  • Teach on various Masters-level and undergraduate-level modules concerned with the modelling of transport systems, transport networks and travel demand.
  • Experience of running a variety of CPD courses for transport professionals, on network modelling (especially SATURN software), statistics & accident analysis.
  • Supervisor of numerous PhD students.
  • Formerly, for two three year periods, held the post of Director of Postgraduate Research Studies.

Research groups and institutes

  • Spatial Modelling and Dynamics

Current postgraduate research students

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