Senior Research Associate
Public Health Modelling Group
Current work and interests
Ismaïl’s research concentrates on urban and transport modelling of multi-agent systems, with specializations in travel demand modelling, travel behaviour analysis, and transport micro-simulation. Specifically, he examines the methodological facets of activity-based models that emphasize individual and/or household transport decision-making mechanisms. His objective is to comprehend how travel behaviour shifts in response to urban and transport policy interventions, and the resulting implications for exposures and population health. He is presently engaged in the JIBE and GLASST research projects to further this objective.
Background and experience
Ismaïl earned a PhD in Applied Sciences from the University of Liège, Belgium in 2017, an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Institut Gramme in 2012, and an MSc in Management Sciences from HEC Liège in 2015. He also served as a Visiting Research Fellow at the École Polytechnique de Montréal in Canada. In May 2021, he was awarded the Professor Piet Rietveld Award for the best doctoral dissertation in transportation research from BIVEC/GIBET. In 2018, he was granted a prestigious postdoctoral research fellowship from the F.R.S.-FNRS, where he worked on disruptive mobility systems such as on-demand mobility services and Mobility-as-a-Service. Following that, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at IFSTTAR in Paris, where he estimated contact networks relevant to the spread of infectious diseases using mobility models. Ismaïl also co-supervised several PhD/master students on various transport-related research topics. To date, he has published almost 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals.