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UCL-Energy seminar: 'Modelling Urban Energy Systems: Disaggregate activity-based models of demand', Aruna Sivakumar, Imperial College

17:30 - 19:00 12 November 2013

Location: Room GO1, Central House

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Cities are increasingly recognized as major contributors to global resource consumption and other environmental problems. To date, urban energy system models, and the urban industrial ecology literature in general, have focused largely on assessments of urban performance at annual whole-city scales, for example in descriptive urban metabolism studies or strategic assessments of future policy directions. However implementing these strategies and constructing efficient urban infrastructures in particular requires greater spatial and temporal resolution in the underlying demand data.

This seminar presents the conceptual and modelling frameworks underlying the development of SynCity, an urban systems modelling tool developed as part of the BP-sponsored Urban Energy Systems (UES) project at Imperial College London. SynCity, a hierarchical model system developed in Java, comprises four layers – a spatial layout model, an agent-based microsimulation model of urban activities (AMMUA), a resource flow and conversion/network optimisation model; and an urban energy service networks model. The focus of this talk will be on the AMMUA module, describing a disaggregate and econometric activity-based approach to modelling resource demands.

About the speaker:
Aruna Sivakumar is a lecturer in travel behaviour and demand modelling at the Centre for Transport Studies, Imperial College London. She also leads the transport work streams in multi-disciplinary research projects such as the BP-sponsored Urban Energy Systems project and the EPSRC sponsored Digital City Exchange project. Aruna is a young member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Travel Behaviour and Values, an elected member of the executive board of the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR), and a member of the Methodological Innovations committee for the European Transport Conference. Aruna holds a PhD and MSc in transportation engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and her research interests include econometric models of demand, travel behaviour and the role of ICTs, integrated urban system models, and transport policy.

We expect this event to be extremely popular, and places will be on a first come first served basis. If you are no longer able to attend please email as soon as possible energy-events@ucl.ac.uk

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