• 10767 Citations
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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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Projects 2013 2021

SCRIPTS - Smart Cities Responsive Intelligent Public Transport Systems

Timmermans, H. J. P., Massaad, H., Massaad, H., Feneri, A., Gerrits, E., Caiati, V., Jang, S. & Kruizinga, M.


Project: Research direct

DESENT – Smart decision support system for urban energy and transportation

Timmermans, H. J. P., Massaad, H., Massaad, H., Feng, T., Yang, D., Gerrits, E., Kruizinga, M., Kim, S., Jang, S., van der Waerden, P. J. H. J. & Gu, G.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 1979 2020

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., 2020, In : Transportation Research. Part B: Methodological. 133, p. 85-113

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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, (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of the 99th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board.

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

social network
interaction pattern
travel behavior
metro system
Electric lamps
2 Downloads (Pure)
5 Citations (Scopus)

Carsharing: the impact of system characteristics on its potential to replace private car trips and reduce car ownership

Liao, F., Molin, E., Timmermans, H. & van Wee, B., 2020, In : Transportation.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
car ownership
Railroad cars
electric vehicle
fossil fuel



urban geography
welfare economics
virtual reality
pricing policy

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

Smart city

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

Activities 1997 2003

  • 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