His research is devoted to developing theories and models of multi-modal passenger transport systems by combining advancements simulation and operations research, behavioural sciences and complex network theory and modelling. The domain of application for most of his work is metropolitan public transport systems where he focuses on network dynamics and robustness, optimal service operations and control, and passenger demand and flow distributions forecasting. He is the PI of a European Research Council Starting Grant entitled CriticalMaaS where his groupdevelops models for two-sided mobility markets. Dr. Cats co-directs the Smart Public Transport Lab at TU Delft, leading a research group that works closely with public transport authorities and operators, as well as the CiTyAI lab focusing on advancing our understanding of behavioural analytics of human mobility and urban environment. Societal goals - from accessibility through equity and sustainability to resilience - all demand the development of mobility service solutions which must be be conscious of network geometry, user needs and market dynamics to be successful and scalable.
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“For mobility solutions to work they must be conscious of network geometry, user needs and market dynamics.”