Michel Bierlaire
Professor Michel Bierlaire  

 
Born  1967 Namur, Belgium  
Nationality  Belgian  
Citizenship  Belgium  
Academic background  
Education  Mathematics  
Alma mater  Université de Namur  
Thesis  Mathematical models for transportation demand analysis (1996)  
Doctoral advisor  Philippe Toint  
Academic work  
Discipline  Mathematics  
Subdiscipline  Transport optimization  
Institutions  École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne  
Main interests 

Michel Bierlaire (born 1967 in Namur, Belgium) is a Belgium applied mathematician specialized in transportation modeling and optimization. He is a professor at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and the head of the Transport and Mobility Laboratory.^{[1]}^{[2]}
Career
Bierlaire received a PhD in mathematics from Université de Namur in 1996 for his thesis on "Mathematical models for transportation demand analysis" that was supervised by Philippe Toint.^{[3]}^{[4]}^{[5]} He then joined as a research associate the Intelligent Transportation Systems Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he worked on the design and development of DynaMIT, a realtime software simulation tool designed to "effectively support the operation of Advanced Traveler Information Systems (ATIS) and Advanced Traffic Management System."^{[6]}^{[7]}^{[8]}
In 1998, he joined École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Maître d'enseignement et de recherche) at the Operations Research Group at the Institute of Mathematics. In 2006, he was made associate professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering and became the founding director of the Transport and Mobility Laboratory. Since 2012, he has been a full professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.^{[1]}^{[2]}
At the EPFL, he created in 2010 the Doctoral Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering,^{[9]} that he chaired until 2017.^{[10]} In 2012, Bierlaire founded hEART, the European Association for Research in Transportation that he chaired from 2012 to 2015.^{[11]}^{[12]}
Research
Bierlaire's research targets at developing mathematical models replicating the complexity of mobility behavior of individuals and goods for all modes of transportation.^{[13]} He aims to develop solutions to transportation problems that also include the implications of mobility on land use,economics,^{[14]} and the environment^{[15]}^{[16]}, among others.
His work focuses on modeling travel behaviors by employing choice and activitybased models; on developing operations research models based on vehicle routing, scheduling, and timetabling;^{[17]}^{[18]}^{[19]} and on the fusion of those models. His further interests encompass intelligent transportation systems^{[20]} and the reproduction of pedestrian flow patterns.^{[21]}
He creates and tests mathematical models and algorithms for applications in operations research that include continuous and discrete optimization,^{[22]} queuing theory, graphs, and simulation.^{[23]} Apart from implementations in transportation demand analysis, his work also finds active use in other domains such as marketing and image analysis.
His multidisciplinary research draws next to mathematics also on computer vision, image analysis, hospital management and marketing.^{[24]}^{[25]}^{[26]}
Biogeme
Bierlaire is the lead developer of Biogeme, an open source project that performs the maximum likelihood estimation of parametric discrete choice models. It is working within the framework of Pandas, a Python data analysis library.^{[27]}
Teaching
Bierlaire has developed several online courses, one discrete choice models,^{[28]} and three on optimization.^{[29]}^{[30]}^{[31]} Together with Moshe BenAkiva at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Daniel McFadden and Joan Walker, both at at University of California, Berkeley, he is offering a course on "Discrete Choice Analysis: Predicting Individual Behavior and Market Demand" that is designed for professionals from academia and industry.^{[32]}
Distinctions
On invitation from the Association of European Operational Research Societies, Bierlaire initiated the EURO Journal on Transportation and Logistics, whose editor in chief he was between 2011 and 2019.^{[33]} Since 2012, he has been an associate editor of the journal Operations Research (journal.^{[34]}. He was an associate editor of the Journal of Choice Modelling since its conception in 2007 until 2017.^{[35]}
Selected works
 Bierlaire, Michel (2015). Optimization: principles and algorithms. Lausanne, Switzerland: EPFL Press. ISBN 9781482203455.
 Fosgerau, Mogens; McFadden, Daniel; Bierlaire, Michel (2013). "Choice probability generating functions" (PDF). Journal of Choice Modelling. 8: 1–18. doi:10.1016/j.jocm.2013.05.002.
 Bierlaire, Michel; Chen, Jingmin; Newman, Jeffrey (2013). "A probabilistic map matching method for smartphone GPS data". Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies. 26: 78–98. doi:10.1016/j.trc.2012.08.001.
 Farooq, Bilal; Bierlaire, Michel; Hurtubia, Ricardo; Flötteröd, Gunnar (2013). "Simulation based population synthesis". Transportation Research Part B: Methodological. 58: 243–263. doi:10.1016/j.trb.2013.09.012.
 Osorio, Carolina; Bierlaire, Michel (2013). "A SimulationBased Optimization Framework for Urban Transportation Problems". Operations Research. 61 (6): 1333–1345. doi:10.1287/opre.2013.1226. hdl:1721.1/89831.
 Glerum, Aurélie; Stankovikj, Lidija; Thémans, Michaël; Bierlaire, Michel (2014). "Forecasting the Demand for Electric Vehicles: Accounting for Attitudes and Perceptions". Transportation Science. 48 (4): 483–499. doi:10.1287/trsc.2013.0487.
 Umang, Nitish; Bierlaire, Michel; Vacca, Ilaria (2013). "Exact and heuristic methods to solve the berth allocation problem in bulk ports". Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review. 54: 14–31. doi:10.1016/j.tre.2013.03.003.
References
 ↑ ^{1.0} ^{1.1} "10 new professors at the two Federal Institutes of Technology ETHBoard". www.ethrat.ch. Retrieved 20210122.
 ↑ ^{2.0} ^{2.1} "Transport and Mobility Laboratory". www.epfl.ch. Retrieved 20210120.
 ↑ Bierlaire, M.; Toint, Ph. L.; Tuyttens, D. (19910101). "On iterative algorithms for linear least squares problems with bound constraints". Linear Algebra and Its Applications. 143: 111–143. doi:10.1016/00243795(91)90009L. ISSN 00243795.
 ↑ Bierlaire, M; Toint, Ph. L (19950201). "Meuse: An origindestination matrix estimator that exploits structure". Transportation Research Part B: Methodological. 29 (1): 47–60. doi:10.1016/01912615(94)00025U. ISSN 01912615.
 ↑ Bierlaire, Michel; Lotan, Tsippy; Toint, Philippe (19971101). "On The Overspecification of Multinomial and Nested Logit Models Due to Alternative Specific Constants". Transportation Science. 31 (4): 363–371. doi:10.1287/trsc.31.4.363. ISSN 00411655.
 ↑ "DynaMIT". MIT.
 ↑ BenAkiva, Moshe; Bierlaire, Michel; Koutsopoulos, Haris; Mishalani, Rabi (1998). "DynaMIT: a simulationbased system for traffic prediction". Infoscience.
 ↑ BenAkiva, Moshe; Bierlaire, Michel; Koutsopoulos, Haris N.; Mishalani, Rabi (2002), Gendreau, Michel; Marcotte, Patrice (eds.), "Real Time Simulation of Traffic DemandSupply Interactions within DynaMIT", Transportation and Network Analysis: Current Trends, Boston, MA: Springer US, 63, pp. 19–36, doi:10.1007/9781475768718_2, ISBN 9781441952127, retrieved 20210122
 ↑ "EDCE Civil and Environmental Engineering". www.epfl.ch. Retrieved 20210125.
 ↑ "Academic webpage of Michel Bierlaire". transpor.epfl.ch. Retrieved 20210123.
 ↑ "hEART: European Association for Research in Transportation". heartweb.org. Retrieved 20210122.
 ↑ "hEART: European Association for Research in Transportation". www.heartweb.org. Retrieved 20210125.
 ↑ Nikolić, Marija; Bierlaire, Michel; de Lapparent, Matthieu; Scarinci, Riccardo (20190426). "Multiclass SpeedDensity Relationship for Pedestrian Traffic". Transportation Science. 53 (3): 642–664. doi:10.1287/trsc.2018.0849. ISSN 00411655.
 ↑ Maknoon, M. Y.; Soumis, F.; Baptiste, P. (20160901). "Optimizing transshipment workloads in lessthantruckload crossdocks". International Journal of Production Economics. 179: 90–100. doi:10.1016/j.ijpe.2016.05.015. ISSN 09255273.
 ↑ Scarinci, Riccardo; Rast, Frédéric; Bierlaire, Michel (20170701). "Needed reduction in mobility energy consumption to meet the goal of a 2000watt society". Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice. 101: 133–148. doi:10.1016/j.tra.2017.05.010. ISSN 09658564.
 ↑ Bierlaire, Michel (June 2015). "Simulation and optimization: A short review". Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies. 55: 4–13. doi:10.1016/j.trc.2015.01.004.
 ↑ Markov, Iliya; Bierlaire, Michel; Cordeau, JeanFrançois; Maknoon, Yousef; Varone, Sacha (20200101). "Waste collection inventory routing with nonstationary stochastic demands". Computers & Operations Research. 113: 104798. doi:10.1016/j.cor.2019.104798. ISSN 03050548.
 ↑ Binder, Stefan; Maknoon, Yousef; Bierlaire, Michel (20170501). "The multiobjective railway timetable rescheduling problem". Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies. 78: 78–94. doi:10.1016/j.trc.2017.02.001. ISSN 0968090X.
 ↑ Robenek, Tomáš; Azadeh, Shadi Sharif; Maknoon, Yousef; de Lapparent, Matthieu; Bierlaire, Michel (May 2018). "Train timetable design under elastic passenger demand". Transportation Research Part B: Methodological. 111: 19–38. doi:10.1016/j.trb.2018.03.002.
 ↑ Scarinci, Riccardo; Hegyi, Andreas; Heydecker, Benjamin (20170901). "Definition of a merging assistant strategy using intelligent vehicles". Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies. 82: 161–179. doi:10.1016/j.trc.2017.06.017. ISSN 0968090X.
 ↑ Molyneaux, Nicholas; Scarinci, Riccardo; Bierlaire, Michel (20200516). "Design and analysis of control strategies for pedestrian flows". Transportation. doi:10.1007/s11116020101111. ISSN 15729435.
 ↑ Moret, Stefano; Babonneau, Frédéric; Bierlaire, Michel; Maréchal, François (January 2020). "Decision support for strategic energy planning: A robust optimization framework". European Journal of Operational Research. 280 (2): 539–554. doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2019.06.015.
 ↑ Flötteröd, Gunnar; Bierlaire, Michel; Nagel, Kai (20110616). "Bayesian Demand Calibration for Dynamic Traffic Simulations". Transportation Science. 45 (4): 541–561. doi:10.1287/trsc.1100.0367. ISSN 00411655.
 ↑ Alahi, A.; Bierlaire, M.; Vandergheynst, P. (20140201). "Robust realtime pedestrians detection in urban environments with lowresolution cameras". Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies. 39: 113–128. doi:10.1016/j.trc.2013.11.019. ISSN 0968090X.
 ↑ "Research". www.epfl.ch. Retrieved 20210122.
 ↑ Binder, Stefan; Macfarlane, Gregory S.; Garrow, Laurie A.; Bierlaire, Michel (January 2014). "Associations among household characteristics, vehicle characteristics and emissions failures: An application of targeted marketing data". Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice. 59: 122–133. doi:10.1016/j.tra.2013.11.005.
 ↑ "Biogeme". biogeme.epfl.ch. Retrieved 20210122.
 ↑ "Introduction to Discrete Choice Models". edX. Retrieved 20210123.
 ↑ "Optimization: principles and algorithms  Linear optimization". edX. Retrieved 20210123.
 ↑ "Optimization: principles and algorithms  Unconstrained nonlinear optimization". edX. Retrieved 20210123.
 ↑ "Optimization: principles and algorithms  Network and discrete optimization". edX. Retrieved 20210123.
 ↑ "Discrete Choice Analysis: Predicting Individual Behavior and Market Demand". transpor.epfl.ch. Retrieved 20210123.
 ↑ EURO Journal on Transportation and Logistics.
 ↑ "Operations Research  PubsOnLine". pubsonline.informs.org. Retrieved 20210122.
 ↑ Journal of Choice Modelling.
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