• 11522 Citations
1979 …2020

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“Professional urban and transportation planning require understanding of how individuals react to plans and policies.”

Research profile

Harry Timmermans is a Full Professor and Chair of Urban Planning at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His areas of expertise include urban planning, travel behavior research, and consumer demand modeling.  

Research activities of his multidisciplinary group concern the development and application of innovative models and ICT tools for urban planning and transportation. Several projects are related to innovative ICT apps, smart cities, urban transportation, and advance modeling techniques for urban and transportation planning. The group has an international reputation in the development of activity-based models of travel demand and new mobility options. Harry is an expert in the area of integrating electric vehicle solutions into consumer practices and the related effects on the built environment.

Academic background

Harry Timmermans has a PhD in Spatial Sciences from Nijmegen University. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Hasselt (UHasselt), Belgium. Harry has been awarded several prestigious grants and has won many (best paper) awards with his PhD students. In addition, he serves on many TRB and WCTR Committees, including the Public Transportation Marketing and Fare Policy committee. He was elected vice-chair of the International Association of Travel Behavior Research. He has co-authored more than 500 publications in urban planning, transportation, artificial intelligence, marketing, and environmental psychology. Harry has also accepted several invitations to join national and international committees on smart cities and smart mobility. He is (associate) editor of journals in urban planning and transportation.

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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

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
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  • 38 Downloads (Pure)



  • 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

  • Best Reviewer Award Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering

    Harry Timmermans (Recipient), 2016

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

    ERES Awards 2011

    Harry J.P. Timmermans (Recipient), 15 Jun 2011

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

    Honorary doctorate by the School for Transportation Sciences, Hasselt University

    Harry Timmermans (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: OtherHonorary degreesScientific


    • 10 Keynote talk
    • 2 Contributed talk
    • 1 Editorial activity

    HKSTS Conference, Hong Kong

    Harry J.P. Timmermans (Keynote speaker)
    13 Dec 2003

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific

    10th International Conference on Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR 2003), August 10-15, 2003, Lucerne, Switzerland

    Harry J.P. Timmermans (Keynote speaker)
    10 Aug 2003

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific

    South African TGransport Conference, Pretoria

    Harry J.P. Timmermans (Keynote speaker)
    16 Jul 2003

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific

    Keynote conference, Copenagen

    Harry J.P. Timmermans (Keynote speaker)
    11 Jun 2003

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific

    Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services (Journal)

    Harry J.P. Timmermans (Editorial board member)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    Student theses

    Albatross: implementatie, interpretatie en visualisatie van proeftoepassingen

    Author: van Soest, P., 31 Aug 2006

    Supervisor: Timmermans, H. (Supervisor 1), Arentze, T. (Supervisor 2) & Borgers, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    A Porta do Porto : een structuurplan voor "Porto-Campanha"

    Author: Boonmann, R., 31 Oct 1993

    Supervisor: Timmermans, H. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Master

    Climate change and heat stress in residential buildings: evaluation of adaptation measures

    Author: Haak, A., 31 Aug 2012

    Supervisor: Blocken, B. (Supervisor 1), van der Heijden, M. (Supervisor 2), Hensen, J. (Supervisor 2), Timmermans, H. (Supervisor 2) & Bosch, P. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master


    Computational analysis of climate change adaptation measures at the building and street scale focused on evaporative cooling: case study for Bergpolder Zuid

    Author: Toparlar, Y., 31 Oct 2012

    Supervisor: Blocken, B. (Supervisor 1), Montazeri, H. (Supervisor 2), Janssen, W. (Supervisor 2), van Hooff, T. (Supervisor 2), Albers, R. (External person) (External coach) & Timmermans, H. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master