• Groene Loper 6, Vertigo



  • P.O. Box 513, Department of the Built Environment

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

The Design and Decision Support Systems research program focuses on planning, development and management of cities and large-scale urban artefacts such as malls, green spaces and offices.

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Developing design and decision support solutions for architecture and urban planning challenges

Organisational profile

As a result of processes becoming increasingly complex in recent years, integrated solutions to architectural and urban planning and design challenges, such as the development of smart cities, need to be assessed from multiple perspectives. Existing models and tools often fail to meet this requirement. The aim of the DDSS research program is to develop groundbreaking design and decision support systems that focus on particular types of design and planning problems in architecture and urban planning. The main objective of the DDSS research program is to conduct Innovative academically rigorous research, which is of practical relevance.

To that end, three groups participate in the research program: Information Systems in the Built Environment, Urban Planning Group and Real Estate Management and Development. Cross-fertilization between different age groups and disciplines is deemed essential to advancing DDSS research. The focus of the projects is to

  • Develop groundbreaking, innovative models and design and decision-support systems for specific applications in architecture and urban planning.
  • Disseminate such progress to practice.
  • Develop specialized knowledge about user responses to changes in their environment that can be applied to issues currently important to society such as energy use, mobility, information technology, safety, climate change and sustainable urban development.

In addition to internal collaboration, DDSS is involved in several national and international research collaborations, with professional organizations and universities.

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    Research Output

    A bi-objective timetable optimization model incorporating energy allocation and passenger assignment in an energy-regenerative metro system

    Yang, S., Liao, F., Wu, J., Timmermans, H. J. P., Sun, H. & Gao, Z., Mar 2020, In : Transportation Research. Part B: Methodological. 133, p. 85-113 29 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    A comparative study of contact frequencies among social network members in five countries

    Troncoso Parady, G., Frei, A., Kowald, M., Guidon, S., Wicki, M., van den Berg, P. E. W., Carrasco, J-A., Arentze, T. A., Timmermans, H. J. P., Wellman, B., Takami, K., Harata, N. & Axhausen, K. W., 2020, Proceedings of the 99th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board. 20-00676

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

  • A generalized mean-variance metric of route choice model under travel time uncertainty

    Wang, D., Liao, F., Gao, Z. & Timmermans, H. J. P., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Transportmetrica A: Transport Science.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • Prizes

  • 1st Award for Best Poster presentation

    Anna-Maria Feneri (Recipient), Soora Rasouli (Recipient) & Harry Timmermans (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

  • Analysis of dynamic mobility decisions over life courses

    Tao Feng (Recipient), May 2019

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific


    International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Journal)

    Minou Weijs - Perrée (Guest editor), Pauline E.W. van den Berg (Editorial board member), Gamze Z. Dane (Guest editor)
    30 Oct 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    Automation in Construction (Journal)

    Pieter Pauwels (Peer reviewer)
    4 Jul 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific


    Yuwen Zhao (Organiser)
    17 Jun 202019 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    Press / Media

    Digitaal bouwen vraagt om meebewegen en innoveren

    Bauke de Vries


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Student theses

    55+ housing in 2040: insights in the future supply and demand of attractive and appropriate 55+ housing

    Author: Pullens, W., 28 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Kemperman, A. D. (Supervisor 1), Maussen, S. J. (Supervisor 2) & Daalhuisen, E. G. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master


    A BIM-integrated approach to construction quality management: enabling information and knowledge management during the execution phase of a project life cycle

    Author: Achkar, E., 31 Jan 2017

    Supervisor: de Vries, B. (Supervisor 1), Beetz, J. (Supervisor 2), Krijnen, T. (Supervisor 2) & van de Koppel, W. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master


    Active coping behaviour & the physical work environment: can the physical work environment support active coping?

    Author: Winkelmolen, E., 25 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Appel - Meulenbroek, R. (Supervisor 1), de Kort, Y. (Supervisor 2), Haans, A. (Supervisor 2) & Kemperman, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master