Researchers on realTRIPS and the relevant projects

Chen Zhong is Associate Professor in Urban Analytics at CASA, UCL and PI on the realTRIPS project. Her research interests lie in spatial data analysis, machine learning, urban modelling, and data-driven methods for urban and transport planning. Her ongoing research focuses on urban mobility with strengths developed in three aspects: (i) the use of emerging human location data (e.g. smart card data, social media data) and advanced spatial analysis and modelling methods (ii) addressing broad transport-related issues, e.g. evolution of urban spatial structure, socio-spatial inequalities, and accessibility to services through academic and industrial collaborations; and (iii) looking into various urban contexts, e.g. mega-city regions in China and cities with informal settlements in Global South, e.g. Kenya.

Qili Gao (on SIMETRI project until 2023.02) is a Research Fellow at CASA UCL. Her work focus on spatial-temporal data mining, urban informatics, and analysis on human mobility and activity behaviours for urban and transport planning.

PhD students on realTRIPS and the relevant projects

Yikang Wang is a PhD student at CASA UCL. Prior to this, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in GIS from Wuhan University with honour, followed by an MSc in Computational Science at Imperial College. He is working on the analysis of human mobility in London.

Bowen Zhang is based at King’s College London, funded by K-CSC. He is working on a dissertation titled “Modelling Urban Clusters in Mega-city Region based on Human Mobility Pattern” using mobile phone data in the Great Bay area.

Wenlan Zhang is a PhD student at CASA UCL, started in March 2022. She has a background in environmental science and sustainable development. Her research interests lie in spatial data analysis, sustainable smart cities, and technology for development. Her PhD topic is data justice for development with a case study in Kenya.

Adham Enaya is a first year PhD student at CASA UCL, working on urban mobility and spatial interaction models.

Other PhD students in the team

Samuel Murphy, PhD student on inequality in emergency services at CASA UCL, primary supervised by Dr Chen Zhong. The project is an ESRC funded and in collaboration with London Ambulance Services.

Associated team member

Carmen Cabrera-Arnau was a Research Fellow who has joined CASA through the realTRIPS project in 2021. Prior to this, she did the MSc in Complex Systems at King’s College London, followed by a PhD at UCL’s Department of Mathematics. With a background in Physics and Applied Mathematics, her current research focuses on geographic data analysis, mathematical modelling, statistics, human mobility and spatial inequalities. She left the team in 2022 and is now a Lecturer in Geographic Data Science at the Department of Geography and Planning of the University of Liverpool.

Advisory board member

Prof. Michael Batty Professor of Planning, CASA, UCL

Dr. Mingshu Wang Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow (on data ethics issues)


Dr Wei Tu, Associate Professor, Shenzhen University

Prof Yang Yue Professor, Shenzhen University

Dr Faith Taylor Lecturer in Physical Geography Education, King’s College London

Visiting scholars

Dr Yang Zhou Assistant Professor, Central China Normal University. (2022-2023) Xiaoyue Xing visiting PhD student, Peking University. (02/2023 - 08/2023)

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