Dr Alexander ERATH

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Alex Erath

Principal Investigator of Engaging Mobility & Co-PI of Cognition, Perception, and Behaviour in Urban Environments

Alex leads the research project Engaging Mobility at the Future Cities Laboratory. Before, he coordinated FCL's research group Mobility and Transportation Planning and led in this role the implementation and further development of the large-scale, agent-based transport demand model MATSim Singapore. He obtained his PhD in 2011 from ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) where he studied the vulnerability of transport infrastructure. His main research interests are active mobility, the interaction between transport infrastructure and the built environment, travel behaviour, accessibility-based transport planning and multi-agent, activity-based transport demand modelling.


Alex’s current research focus lies in bridging the gap between transport modelling and urban design to facilitate the planning for active mobility. In addition, he aims for making large-scale, agent-based transport demand models such as MATSim more accessible for planning practice. The goal is to make big data generated as output of such models accessible to end users such as transport planners and operators, urban planners and other potential stakeholders. To this end he and his colleagues at FCL designed a Decision Support System combines various datasets in a spatial database which is directly connected to MATSim whereas tailored business analytic software provides user friendly analysis. His vision is to replace the current approach of  separated, only periodically updated urban datasets with a living digital urban model where data sets are continuously updated and statistically enriched.


VSS (Organisation of Swiss Road and Transport Professionals) award 2005 for best MSc thesis 2005 titled 'Value of travel times savings and location choice for shopping trips’


Dr. sc. (PhD) ETH Zurich
MSc (Civil Engineering) ETH Zurich


Between abstraction and hyperrealism: Is there a right point?
Kay W. Axhausen, and Alexander Erath
Visualizing Transport Futures: the potential of integrating procedural 3d modelling and traffic micro-simulation in Virtual Reality applications.
Alexander L. Erath, Tanvi Maheshwari, Michael Joos, Jonas Kupferschmid, and Michael A.B. Van Eggermond
Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, (2017) FCL, Singapore ETH Centre.
Virtual Reality as a tool to assess perception of safety and comfort for cyclists in Singapore.
Tanvi Maheshwari, Jonas Kupferschmid, Alexander L. Erath, and Michael Joos
(2017) GASS.
Visualizing Waypoints-Constrained Origin-Destination Patterns for Massive Transportation Data.
Wei Zeng, Chi-Wing Fu, Stefan Müller Arisona, Alexander L. Erath, and Huamin Qu
Computer Graphics Forum, (2016) Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Using smartcard data for agent-based transport simulation.
Pieter J. Fourie, Alexander L. Erath, Sergio A. Ordóñez Medina, Artem Chakirov, and Kay W. Axhausen
In Public Transport Planning with Smart Card Data, edited by Fumitaka Kurauchi and Jan-Dirk Schmöcker, 133-160. (2016) Boca Raton: CRC Press.
Bike to the future: Experiencing alternative street design options.
Alexander Erath
Engaging Mobility, (2016) Zürich: ETH Zürich.
PTV Innovation Day in Singapore on 22th of July.
Alexander Erath, Jonas Kupferschmid, and Mohsen Nazemi
Engaging Mobility, (2016) Zürich: ETH Zürich.
The fruits of this year’s TRB submission frenzy.
Alexander Erath
Engaging Mobility, (2016) Zürich: ETH Zürich.
Alexander Erath, and Artem Chakirov
In The Multi-Agent Transport Simulation MATSim, edited by Andreas Horni, Kai Nagel and Kay W. Axhausen, 379-382. (2016) London: Ubiquity.
Interactive analysis and decision support with MATSim.
Alexander Erath, and Pieter J. Fourie
In The Multi-Agent Transport Simulation MATSim, edited by Andreas Horni, Kai Nagel and Kay W. Axhausen, 253-258. (2016) London: Ubiquity Press.
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