Zhi LIU

 Zhi LIU

Senior Fellow and China Program Director, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Director of Peking University – Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy

Mr Zhi Liu is Senior Fellow and China Program Director with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Director of Peking University – Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy. Prior, Mr. Liu was Lead Infrastructure Specialist with the World Bank where he had worked for 18 years. He has authored and co-authored a number of academic papers and World Bank reports on the topics of metropolitan infrastructure financing, low-carbon city development, sustainable urban transport, motorization, and poverty and transport.  He holds B.S. from Zhongshan University, M.S. from Nanjing University, and Ph.D. from Harvard University

Anil Namdeo

Anil Namdeo

Doctor, Senior Lecturer in Transport and Sustainability, Newcastle University

Dr Namdeo is a Chartered Environmentalist a Chartered Scientist and currently a Senior Lecturer in Transport and Sustainability at Newcastle University. He has special interest in traffic emissions and air quality. His research also covers the issue of air quality and health with a special focus on the personal exposure of population to air pollution. He is also involved in research on environmental justice and links between air quality, social deprivation and health; research bridging the gap between engineering, and medical and social sciences. Dr Anil Namdeo is also a visiting professor at the Anna University, Chennai, India.


Bernardo Guatimosim Alvim et al

Bernardo Guatimosim Alvim et al

Bernardo Guatimosim Alvim is a Senior Transport Specialist in the World Bank’s Latin America and the Caribbean Region based in Brasilia.  He has more than 25 years of experience in the transport sector having previously been a technical manager of the planning division of Sao Paulo State Agency, and leader of numerous consulting assignments with government and industry.  He holds a PhD in Transport Planning from the Universidade de Sao Paulo, MSc in Transportation Sciences from the Instituto Militar de Engenharia, and a BSc in Civil Engineering from the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. His current assignment includes a broad section of lending and analytical activities in the transport portfolio with a focus on urban transport planning, mass transit investments, analysis of freight and logistics, and PPP project advisory.

Georges Bianco Darido is a Senior Transport Specialist in the World Bank’s Latin America and the Caribbean Region, based in Washington.  He is currently a team leader of urban transport investments in Brazil and Peru, including various technical assistance activities regarding sustainable transport, integrated land use planning, logistics, demand management, and public private partnerships.  Before the World Bank, he was an international transport consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, a senior research associate for the Center for Urban Transport Research/University of South Florida, and a traffic engineer.  He holds a Master's in Transportation Systems from MIT, a Master's in Economics from Scuola Mattei (Italy), B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Central Florida, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the United States.

Maria Inês Garcia Lippe is a transport specialist and works as an independent consultant with focus on demand modeling and feasibility studies for land use and transportation projects, and acts as a World Bank Consultant since 2010. She is currently involved on support for strategic plans for metropolitan regions and on how urban policies can contribute for transport solutions. She works on database models, indicators and systematized references for studies analysis. Before work as an independent consultant she worked at private consulting engineering companies as projects coordinator. She holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Escola Politécnica of University of São Paulo and also graduation in logistics.

Dr. Shomik Mehndiratta leads the World Bank’s Transport practice’s efforts related to climate change.  In this role he provides technical and intellectual leadership to the Bank’s global efforts on low carbon transport systems as well as enhancing the climate resilience of transport infrastructure.  He has earlier served as the technical lead of the Bank’s urban mobility practice. He has been at the World Bank since 2002 and in the period 2007-2010 he lived and worked in China.  Most of his work in the Bank has been working on urban mobility issues with clients in East Asia, South Africa and Latin America.   He is co-editor and author of an edited book on Low Carbon Urban Development in China.  Prior to the World Bank he worked at CRA International, a business and economics consulting firm, based out of Boston MA.   Shomik is an Indian national, and holds a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and a eMBA jointly from INSEAD and China’s Tsinghua University. 

Carmen Hass-Klau

Carmen Hass-Klau

Professor in Civil Engineering, Transport and Public Transport Systems in Europe, University of Wuppertal, Germany

Carmen Hass-Klau is Professor in Civil Engineering,Transport and Public Transport Systems in Europe at the University of Wuppertal, Germany. She completed an Engineering Degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Berlin followed by an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning Studies and a PhD in Geography from the University of Reading. Professor Hass-Klau has completed projects for many organisations including the Department of the Environment, Transport and Regions, UK, the Anglo-German Foundation for the Study of Industrial Society, the Countryside Commission, and many local authorities. She has been an adviser to both the British and German governments and has been a member of the Swedish Transport Research Board. She is a former Project Visiting Fellow to the Warren Centre, University of Sydney, Australia.

Christopher Zegras, Darío Hidalgo, Juan Carlos Muñoz

Christopher Zegras, Darío Hidalgo, Juan Carlos Muñoz

Associate Professor, Transportation and Urban Planning, MIT

Christopher's teaching and research interests include the interelations between transportation and the built and natural environments, transportation system finance and policy, and integrated system modelling. Current research projects include: Future Urban Mobility; Making the 'Clean Energy City' in China; Travel Behaviour of the Baby Boomers; and, Implementing Bus Rapid Transit: The Institutional Dimensions. Zegras has consulted widely, including for the International Energy Agency, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Canadian, German, US, and Peruvian Governments, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the United Nations Centrefor Regional Development. Zegras previously worked for the International Institute for Energy Conservation in Washington, DC and Santiago de Chile and for MIT’s Laboratory for Energy and the Environment. He currently serves as the MIT Lead for the MIT-Portugal Program Transportation Systems Focus Area, on the Faculty Advisory Council of the Transportation@MIT Initiative, and on the Transportation in Developing Countries Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council.

Darío Hidalgo, Director Reserach and Practice at EMBARQ 

Dr. Hidalgo guides the EMBARQ Network’s international team of transport engineers, urban planning specialists and environmental scientists. This team is involved in sustainable transport and urban development projects in India, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, and China. He also coordinates the Observatory of the BRT-ALC Center of Excellence. He has more than 20 years of experience as a transport expert, consultant, and government official. He has taken part in urban transport projects and taught training courses in 10+ countries of Latin America, Asia and Africa. He has also been a lecturer in urban planning and is the author of 55 publications and conference presentations, including an extensive review of bus systems in developing countries. He holds Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Transportation Planning from Ohio State University, and a Civil Engineering degree from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. He lives with his family in Bogotá, Colombia.

Juan Carlos Muñoz

Juan Carlos Muñoz is Professor, Department of Transportation Engineering and Logistics of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (www.ing.puc.cl/jcm). His research areas are transport networks, traffic, logistics and public transport. In the latter area leads the Across Latitudes and Cultures Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence (www.brt.cl) funded by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations. It is also the Deputy Director of the Center for Sustainable Development (CEDEUS, www.cedeus.cl). During 2003 and 2004 he served as advisor to the Minister of Transport and Telecommunications for the Transantiago plan and in 2008 was designated as one of the 12 members of the committee of experts set up by the Ministry to suggest a course of action for the Transantiago project . He was a member of the Board of the Regional Metro of Valparaiso from 2007 to 2010 and adviser to the president of Metro de Santiago in the same period. It is also dedicated to the design of flexible work shifts for drivers of public transport and retail workers. Currently, the company co-directs Shift-UC (www.shift.uc.cl) dedicated to the latter objective by providing quantitative human resource problems solutions. He has been a consultant on planning and logistics operations of companies like Embotelladora Andina, ENAP and Bazuca.com. He is a member of the editorial board of several scientific journals.

Derong Wang, and Yue’e Gao

Derong Wang,  and Yue’e Gao

Professor Wang, Executive Vice President and Research Fellow at the China Communications and Transportation Association, Beijing, China

Professor Wang served for many years as director and chief engineer at the State Developing & Planning Commission. For years, his research fields have covered development strategies and plans for communication and transportation, economic and technical policies for communication and transportation, key transportation construction projects, development and operation of international container transportation as well as plans, policies and development strategies for China logistics. Professor Wang has been a professor at Tongji University, Nankai University, Northern Jiaotong University, Beijing Spaceflight and Aviation University and at Southwestern Jiaotong University.

Gao Yue'e is a senior analyst with China Communications and Transportation Association

Dinesh Mohan

Dinesh Mohan

Henry Ford Professor for Biomechanics and Transportation Safety and Co-ordinator of the Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)

Dinesh Mohan is Henry Ford Professor for Biomechanics and Transportation Safety and Co-ordinator of the Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi. His fields of research include: transportation (safety and pollution), human tolerance biomechanics, motor-vehicle safety, and road-traffic injuries. Professor Mohan has been a consultant on safety related matters to government departments in India, Nepal, Indonesia,Thailand, Bangladesh, Iraq and Libya and many automotive industrial houses. He serves as a member of the WHO Advisory panel on Accident Prevention. Professor Mohan holds a PhD and MS in Bioengineering, MS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and B Tech (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering.

Geetam Tiwari

Geetam Tiwari

Professor Geetam Tiwari obtained her B. Arch from the IIT Roorkee and Master of Urban Planning and Policy, and Ph.D. in Transport Planning and Policy, from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Currently she is TRIPP Chair Professor for Transport Planning at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and Adlerbretska Guest Professor for sustainable urban transport at the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. She has extensive research experience in dealing with transportation issues of special relevance to low income countries. These include development of bus systems and road designs that would make transportation efficient and safer. She has been working in the area of traffic and transport planning focusing on pedestrians, bicycles and bus based public transport systems. Some of her projects include Development of a Bicycle Master plan for Delhi, analysis of traffic on Indian Highways, crash analysis on rural and urban roads, public transport planning.

She has extensive research experience in dealing with transportation issues of special relevance to low income countries. These include development of bus systems and road designs that would make transportation efficient and safer. She has been working in the area of traffic and transport planning focusing on pedestrians, bicycles and bus based public transport systems. Some of her projects include Development of a Bicycle Masterplan for Delhi, analysis of traffic on Indian Highways, crash analysis on rural and urban roads, public transport planning.

She has published over 70 research papers on transportation planning and safety in national and international journals, peer reviewed seminar proceedings and edited four books on transportation planning and road safety. Prof. Tiwari received the International Velocity Falco Lecture Prize in Barcelona, the Stockholm Partnerships award for local impact, innovative thinking and a potential for replication or transferability, the Centre for excellence grant from Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF), and the Prince Michaels award for promoting road safety research. She is advisor to Urban Age series of conferences coordinated by London School of Economics since 2005. She is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion.

Jason Mochache

Dr Jason Mosomi Mochache, Chief Human Development Specialist and Planner, Uganda Country Office, African Development Bank

John Dales

John Dales

Director, Urban Movement

John is a traffic engineer, transport planner and urban designer with 29 years’ professional experience that spans from strategic transport planning to concept design. Well known as a champion of better town and city streets, he was Director being responsible for Urban Initiatives’ Movement + Streets portfolio before founding Urban Movement. John is an urban realm design advisor to several UK local authorities, including the City of Edinburgh, the London Borough of Ealing and Southend Borough Council, as well as a Design Review Panellist for Transport for London and Urban Design London. He is a Trustee of Living Streets, was a contributing author to Manual for Streets 2, and is a former Board member of the Transport Planning Society. He’s an experienced trainer of other transport practitioners, a regular conference speaker and chair, and has been author of a monthly article in Local Transport Today on ‘Transport in Urban Design’ since 2005.

John’s reputation is based on his project work, which has encompassed the conception, design, execution and management of a wide range of transport, traffic and street improvement projects in different types of settlement across the UK.

 

John Miles

John Miles

Arup/Royal Academy of Engineering Professor of Transitional Energy Strategies, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

John is also a special adviser to Arup in the areas of energy strategy and future transport systems. John is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Since his appointment at Cambridge, Professor Miles' research interests have developed in three particular directions, each of which is related to the energy strategy theme. These are electric vehicles (particularly wireless charging technology and its application to cars and commercial bus operations), electricity storage at consumer premises using intelligent battery-based systems, and the concept of 'Intelligent Mobility' (which seeks to enable more efficient utilisation of the transport infrastructure, thereby reducing the transport system total energy requirement). Outside Cambridge, Professor has been appointed by Government to sit on the UK Automotive Council, and chairs the Auto Council's Working Group on Intelligent Mobility.

 

John Polak

John Polak

John Polak is Professor of Transport Demand and Head of the Centre for Transport Studies at Imperial College London. He is director of the Intercollegiate MSc courses in transport and coordinates the Universities' Transport Partnership. He is a mathematician by background specialising in travel behaviour and transport demand modelling.

He is a past President of the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research, a past Council Member of the Association for European Transport, and past chair of the AET Applied Transport Modelling programme committee.

He is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College and serves on the US Transportation Research Board's Committee on Traveller Behaviour and Values. He has served as an advisor to Transport for London on the design of LATS 2001 and the London Congestion Charging monitoring programme and to the Department on the quality assurance reviews of the NTS and of Road Freight Statistics as well as to the Singaporean and Norwegian governments on the modelling road pricing measures.

Professor Polak has extensive experience of working with the International Transportation Economics Association (ITEA) and its predecessors on a wide range of topics. He has been in the forefront of innovative transport model development in the UK for a number of years, contributing to the development of techniques for stated preference data collection, activity based modelling, econometric aspects of discrete choice modelling, the assessment of the welfare impacts of transport policy measures, the treatment of errors in revealed preference data.

 

John Robertson

John Robertson

John founded and leads JRA. In his first two decades of practice he completed over 100,000 square metres of commercial space in Central London, and has become one of the most respected and trusted architects in this hugely competitive market. In addition to new-build projects, John has been entrusted with some of the most sensitive restoration and retrofit projects in the city, including the refurbishment of the iconic art-deco Daily Express building on Fleet Street. In recent years he has seen the expansion of the practice’s work into overseas markets, opening an office in Poland and designing projects in Copenhagen and Beirut. John’s work is guided by the principle of contextual civic modernism, which he developed to explain the importance he places on preserving the historic fabric and character of our cities, whilst adding to them with modern buildings that enhance the experience of the city as a whole. Clients from both the public and private sector, including the City of London Corporation, Crossrail, British Land, Aviva Investors and Land Securities, have benefitted from this approach, which creates value for investors and minimises development risk by delivering high-quality, civic-minded architecture that maximises the potential of its site. John’s commitment to furthering the culture of architecture is reflected in his regular lectures for institutions including Cambridge University and the Twentieth Century Society, his participation in the British Council for Offices, the City Architecture Forum and in JRA’s sponsorship of the Architecture Programme at the Royal Academy of Arts. John is also a committee member of the City Architecture Forum.

Katsutoshi Ohta

Katsutoshi Ohta

Toyota Transport Research Institute and Hisashi Kubota, Saitama University

Katsutoshi Ohta is Professor Emeritus at Tokyo University, where he served as Professor and head of the Urban Transportation Research Unit from 1991 to 2003. He was recently appointed Professor of Urban Transport Planning in the new Department of Regional Studies at Toyo University.He holds an undergraduate degree and masters in Civil Engineering (Tokyo) and a PhD (Harvard) in City and Regional Planning. He is widely published in the field of transport as a leading authority in the field. His publications include Transportation Systems Planning (Gijutsu Syoin, 1988), Community Building with Transport (Kasima Syuppankai, 1998) and Socio-Economic Evaluation of Transport Investment (Toyou Keiza Shinpousya, 1997) (all in Japanese).

He has served as the Chairperson of the Japan Society of Civil Engineering and Technical Research Subcommittee on Transport Demand Prediction. He is also the Chairperson of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation Committee on the Improvement of Prediction of Future Traffic Flows. He advised the planning and decision-making of many transport projects at both national and local level as a member of the planning committee.

Ken Gwilliam

Ken Gwilliam, Independent Consultant, Economic Adviser, Transport The World Bank

Throughout the past decade transport projects have played a pivotal role in the support of economic development and poverty alleviation. Professor Gwilliam pioneered the use of evaluation and analysis in transport economics: “The main purpose of project economic analysis is to help design and select projects that contribute to the welfare of a country”. He pointed out that analysis is most useful when used early in the project cycle. Professor Gwilliam worked on improving the Bank's analytical abilities and its preparedness to meet emerging challenges. He suggested that past performance has been well managed and effective, especially for intercity highway construction and rehabilitation, that for the Bank’s approach to transport contributed to private sector development, particularly though private contracting of maintenance, project outcome ratings have shown a steady improvement since the early 1990s. He noted that that key elements of the strategy—sustainability, private sector involvement, and urban strategy—remain relevant today.

Kiril Stanilov

Kiril Stanilov

Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge

Kiril holds degrees in architecture, urban planning and urban design. Prior to joining the ReVISIONS team, he was an associate professor at the University of Cincinnati and a Marie Curie fellow at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL. His research interests are centred on explorations of contemporary patterns of urban growth and change, and the evolution of urban form.

Mao QIZHI and Yang JIANG

Mao QIZHI and Yang JIANG

Mao Qizhi, Professor of Urban Planning and Design and Associate Dean of the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijng, China

Mao Qizhi is Professor of Urban Planning and Design and Associate Dean of the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University, Beijng, China. He has been engaged in research and teaching in urban and regional planning, urban design, infrastructure planning, and GIS/RS and virtual reality technology application in rural and urban planning. He has done research and consultation work for UNCRD, UNDP, CIDA, Chinese National Natural Science Foundation, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Ministry of Education, and Beijing Municipal Government.

He currently serves as vice president of the World Society of Ekistics (WSE), advisor to the Rural and Urban Planning Consultative Committee, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of People’s Republic of China, deputy director of International Cooperation Committee, Architecture Society of China, vice president of Beijing Urban Sciences Research Society, director of Historic and Cultural City Committee, deputy director of Urban Planning Specialty Education Steering Committee of Chinese Universities; deputy director of Beijing Urban Planning New Technology Application Academic Committee; and executive chief-editor, China City Planning Review.?Professor Mao earned his doctorate in engineering from Tsinghua University, a master’s degree from Stuttgart University in Germany, and his bachelor degree in Architecture from Zhejiang University.

Yang JIANG Ph.D. Candidate

Yang Jiang is the Program Manager of China Sustainable Transportation Center (CSTC) founded by the Energy Foundation, and a Ph.D. candidate at Tsinghua University. He has been managing a variety of projects, including transit-oriented development, urban retrofit, non-motorized transportation system development and city-level carbon emission evaluation, in around seven cities in China; and conducting relative research to support national policy development in the above fields.

Mr. Jiang received his dual master's degrees of city planning and science in transportation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010, and bachelor and master degrees of architecture from Tsinghua University in 2007. Before joining CSTC in 2010, he had internship at the World Bank, IBI Group, Aedas Architects and China Academy of Urban Planning and Design.

Margaret Carol Bell CBE

Margaret Carol Bell CBE

Science City Professor of Transport and the Environment, Newcastle University

Margaret Carol Bell CBE is Science City Professor of Transport and the Environment at Newcastle University. Professor Bell was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to sustainable transport in the Queen’s 80th Birthday Honours List in 2006. Her main contribution to knowledge rests with the queueing model for TRANSYT, ageing of traffic signal plans and pioneering research in assessment of impacts and management of traffic related environment, exposure and health. She has been instrumental in creating integrated research facilities including, with Professor Blythe, the North East Transport Observatory which forms the platform for assessing the performance of electric vehicles and delivers the modelling framework for investigating Regional Transport sustainability. Professor Bell is a member of the Research Council’s Peer Review Colleges, Chair of the Smart Environment Interest Group of the ITS (UK) and has given evidence at the Transport Select Committee on behalf of the IET. Other areas of research include: development of congestion measures, forecasting air quality and duration of incidents with neural networks and fuzzy logic, evaluation of demand management strategies and traffic control policy on the environment.

Michael Batty

Michael Batty

Michael Batty, Bartlett Professor of Planning, University College London and Chair of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA)

Mike has worked on computer models of cities and their visualisation since the 1970s and has published several books, such as Cities and Complexity (MIT Press, 2005) which won the Alonso Prize of the Regional Science Association in 2011, and most recently The New Science of Cities (MIT Press, 2013). His blogs www.complexcity.info cover the science underpinning the technology of cities and his posts and lectures on big data and smart cities are at www.spatialcomplexity.info . His research group is working on simulating long term structural change and dynamics in cities as well as their visualisation. Prior to his current position, he was Professor of City Planning and Dean at the University of Wales at Cardiff and then Director of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and the Royal Society (FRS), was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2004 and the 2013 recipient of the Lauréat Prix International de Géographie Vautrin Lud. In 2015 he received the Founders Medal of the Royal Geographical Society for his work on the science of cities. 

OP Agarwal

OP Agarwal

Senior Urban Transport Specialist, the World Bank

OP Agarwal assists and advises on all urban transport projects of the World Bank, across all regions. For nearly 30 years, he was a member of the civil service in India and as one his assignments he headed the urban transport division of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. He was the key author of India’s National Urban Transport Policy and also developed a five-year action plan for improving urban mobility in Indian cities over the 11th five-year plan. He was also the Managing Director of the Urban Mass Transit Company, a joint venture company in India, engaged in developing sustainable urban mobility solutions. He has a master’s degree in Transportation and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

Paul Amos

Transport Adviser, World Bank

Paul is an economist by training and spent the earlier part of his career as a Transport and Management Consultant based in Australia and the United Kingdom. From 1984 to 1993, he was Managing Director of Travers Morgan Pty and later Director on the Group Board based in London. In these roles, he carried out or directed numerous policy, regulatory, management and project studies covering all modes of transport. In 1993, he became Principal of Booz Allen & Hamilton's European transport management and technology consulting practice. Later he joined the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, with responsibility for the EBRD's railway sector lending. He joined the World Bank in 2003 as Transport Adviser based in Washington and is currently advising both on transport policy issues in the World Bank and on active assignments in China, Pakistan, Poland, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Southeastern Europe.

Paul Buchanan (edited by Yin jin)

Paul Buchanan (edited by Yin jin)

Director, Economics, Volterra

Paul Buchanan is a Partner at Volterra. He was previously director at Colin Buchanan, a leading UK-based transport, planning, urban design and economics consultancy. Mr Buchanan is an economist with many years of experience in planning, economic and financial evaluation of a wide range of public and private sector transport investments and policies. He has specific expertise in transport economic appraisal, development impacts of transport, financial and risk modelling. Mr. Buchanan has led the economic work behind many major projects including the Jubilee Line Extension and Crossrail. He overseas rail experience includes major rail projects in Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Bangkok, Bogota, Budapest, and Jakarta.

Paul Elliott

Paul Elliott

Professor, Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Imperial College London

Paul trained in clinical medicine and epidemiology as a Wellcome Trust Clinical Fellow at St Mary's Hospital London and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He was lecturer, then senior lecturer and reader in epidemiology before becoming Head of the Environmental Epidemiology Unit at LSHTM 1990-95. He moved to Imperial College in 1995 when he was appointed to the Chair in Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine and Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. He also holds positions as Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine with the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Kensington & Chelsea PCT.

Peter Hall

Peter Hall

Bartlett Professor of Planning and Regeneration, The Bartlett, University College London

Sir Peter was an English town planner, urbanist and geographer. He was the Bartlett Professor of Planning and Regeneration at The Bartlett, University College London and President of both the Town and Country Planning Association and the Regional Studies Association. He was internationally renowned for his studies and writings on the economic, demographic, cultural and management issues that face cities around the globe. Hall was for many years a planning and regeneration adviser to successive UK governments. He was Special Adviser on Strategic Planning to the British government (1991–94) and a member of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Urban Task Force (1998–1999). Hall is considered by many to be the father of the industrial enterprise zone concept, adopted by countries worldwide to develop industry in disadvantaged areas.

Robert Cervero

Robert Cervero

Friesen Chair of Urban Studies and Director of the University of California Transportation Center (UCTC)

Robert works in the area of sustainable transportation policy and planning, focusing on the nexus between urban transportation and land-use systems. He is Friesen Chair of Urban Studies as well as Director of the University of California Transportation Center (UCTC), a multi-campus research center devoted to advancing economic competitiveness, sustainability and livability in the transportation sector. His current research focuses on the intersection of infrastructure, place-making, and economic development, integration of BRT and hybrid services, bikeway network performance, and sustainable transportation policies for the Global South.

Professor Cervero has and continues to serve as an advisor and consultant on numerous transportation and urban planning projects worldwide. He is the first-ever recipient of the Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban Planning Research and is a two-time recipient of the Article of the Year Award from the Journal of the American Planning Association.  In 2013, he was ranked among the top 100 City Innovators Worldwide by UMB’s Futures Cities.  He chairs the International Association of Urban Environments and the National Advisory Board of the Active Living Research Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and serves on the advisory board of the Future of Urban Development Initiative of the World Economic Forum, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Board of Scientific Councelors, and the American Planning Association’s Emerging Issues Task Force.  He was a contributing author to the recent IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change) Fifth Assessment and UN-Habitat’s 2013 Global Report on Sustainable Mobility. Professor Cervero serves on the editorial boards of 8 academic journals, including Urban Studies and Journal of the American Planning Association, and is a faculty affiliate of a number of research units on the Berkeley campus.

Stephen Platt

Stephen Platt

Doctor, director, Cambridge Architectural Research (CAR)

Dr Platt has been director at CAR since 1990 and its Chairman since 2001. He has produced many energy conservation studies and building user surveys. He ran the public consultation exercise for Cambridge Futures, on development and transport in the region. He produced a report on housing in the South East entitled Housing Futures for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, co-authored a study for CABE and the RIBA entitled Urban Futures and carried out a study of Cambourne for InspireEast. For the past three years he had focused on post-disaster planning and reconstruction. Dr Platt taught architectural research at the School of Built Environment at Nottingham University for five years. He is currently a member of the Cambridgeshire Quality Panel responsible for scrutinizing plans for major growth sites in Cambridgeshire.

Ying Jin

Ying Jin

Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction, University of Cambridge

Dr Ying Jin lectures on city planning, urban design, and urban modelling. He is particularly interested in understanding how technology, policy and human behaviour affect the development of cities and their infrastructure, and in using this knowledge for creating new design solutions.

His main research interests are computer models of cities, and urban history. He has extensive industry experience and directed multi-disciplinary teams in building and using computer models as experimental platforms to appraise policy scenarios that involve investment, regulation, pricing and promotional campaigns.  Key projects include strategic planning of London and surrounding regions, sub-regional and local planning in the English Midlands, transport and energy scenarios for the European Union, and long term city region and transport plans in China and in South America.  His interests in urban history lie mainly with the European Renaissance cities and the Chinese cities since the Tang Dynasty in the 7th Century.

Dr Jin leads urban modelling under the University’s Energy Efficient Cities Initiative to create a new generation of conceptual and practical urban and regional models.  These models are used to assess novel designs of buildings, transport and energy supply networks, and to identify effective solutions for reducing overall energy use whilst supporting economic, social and environmental objectives.  He is a co-Investigator at the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction in the University of Cambridge, and for the Tsinghua-Cambridge-MIT collaborative Low Carbon Urban Design project.  He is the lead convenor of the annual Symposia on Applied Urban Modelling since 2011.