Publications are linked to PDF files where possible
Mayaud JR, Anderson S, Tran M, Radic V. (2019). Urban Science.
Frank L, Mayaud JR, Hong A, Fisher P, Kershaw S. (2019). Journal of Planning Education and Research.
Talebian H, Herrrera O, Tran M, Merida W. (2018). Energy Policy.
Mayaud JR, Anderson S, Tran M, Radic V. (2018). Complex Networks Conference Proceedings, Cambridge, UK.
Lopez-Behar D, Tran M, Mayaud JR, Froese T, Herrera O, Merida W. (2018). Energy Research & Social Science.
Lopez-Behar D, Tran M, Froese T, Mayaud JR, Herrera O, Merida W. (2018). Energy Policy.
Mayaud JR, Tran, M, Pereira RHM, Nuttall R. (2018). Computers, Environment and Urban Systems.
Tran M et al. (2017) Chapter 6 in Sustainable Futures in the Built Environment to 2050: A Foresight Approach to Construction and Development (Eds. Dixon, T, Connaughton, J., Green, S.). Wiley-Blackwell, UK.
Mayaud JR, Wentworth J. (2017). POSTnote. Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology, UK.
Tran M. (2016) Environmental Modelling & Software, 78:225 - 233.
Hall JW, Tran M, Hickford AJ, Nichols RJ. (eds.) Cambridge University Press, UK, 2016.
Introducing national infrastructure assessment.
Hall JW, Hickford AJ, Nichols RJ, Tran M. (2016) Chapter 1 in Hall et al. (eds.) Future Infrastructure: a system-of-systems approach. Cambridge University Press, UK.
A framework for analysing long-term performance of interdependent infrastructure systems.
Hall JW, Otto A, Hickford AJ, Nichols RJ, Tran M. (2016) Chapter 2 in Hall et al. (eds.) Future Infrastructure: a system-of-systems approach. Cambridge University Press, UK.
Digital communications and information systems.
Oughton E, Tran M, Jones C, Ebrahimy R. (2016) Chapter 10 in Hall et al. (eds.) Future Infrastructure: a system-of-systems approach. Cambridge University Press, UK.
Assessing the performance of national infrastructure strategies.
Tran M, Hall JW, Nichols RJ, Hickford AJ. (2016) Chapter 11 in Hall et al. (eds.) Future Infrastructure: a system-of-systems approach. Cambridge University Press, UK.
Quantifying interdependencies: transport-energy and energy-water.
Tran M, Byers E, Blainey SP, Barua P, Chaudry M, Qadrdan M, Eyre N, Jenkins N. (2016) Chapter 12 in Hall et al. (eds.) Future Infrastructure: a system-of-systems approach. Cambridge University Press, UK.
The complete picture: a vision of long-term infrastructure provision.
Hall JW, Nichols RJ, Tran M, Hickford AJ. (2016). Chapter 16 in Hall et al. (eds.) Future Infrastructure: a system-of-systems approach. Cambridge University Press, UK.
Byers E, Qadrdan M, Hall JW, Amezaga J, Chaudry M, Kilsby C, Tran M, Alderson D. (2016) European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2016, Vienna Austria.
Byers EA, Qadrdan M, Leathard A, Alderson D, Hall JW, Amesaga JM, Tran M, Kilsby CG, Chaudry M. (2015) Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Energy, 168: 188 – 204.
Hickford, A.J., Nicholls, R.J., Otto, A., Hall, J.W., Blainey, S.P., Tran, M. and Baruah, P. (2015) Futures, 66: 13-24.
Visualisation tools for multi-perspective, cross-sector, long-term infrastructure performance evaluation.
Alderson D, Barr S, Tran M, Hall JW, Otto A, Hickford A, Byers E. (2014) International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure 2014, Vienna, Austria, 29 Sep - 02 Oct 2014.
Baruah PJ, Eyre N, Qadrdan M, Chaudry M, Blainey S, Hall JW, Jenkins N, Tran M. (2014) Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Energy, 167(3): 139-151.
Hall JW, Otto A, Tran M, Barr S, Alderson D. (2014) Vulnerability, Uncertainty and Risk: 2821-2829.
A quantified system-of-systems modeling framework for robust national infrastructure planning.
Otto A, Hall JW, Hickford AJ, Alderson D, Barr S, Tran M. (2014) IEEE Systems Journal, 99: 1-12.
Tran M. (2014) Complexity, 19: 8-22.
Tran M, Brand C, Banister D. (2014) Journal of Power Sources, 251: 130-136.
Tran M, Hall JW, Hickford A, Nicholls R, Alderson D, Barr S, Baruah P, Beavan R, Birkin M, Blainey S, Byers E, Chaudry M, Curtis T, Ebrahimy R, Eyre N, Hiteva R, Jenkins N, Jones C, Kilsby C, Leathard A, Manning L, Otto A, Oughton E, Powrie W, Preston J, Qadrdan M, Thoung C, Tyler P, Watson J, Watson G. and Zuo C. (2014) Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. ISBN: 978-1-874370-52-9.
Evaluating the impacts of V2G on the costs of owning and operating electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
Bishop JDK, Axon CJ, Bonilla D, Tran M, Banister D, McCulloch MD. (2013) Applied Energy, 111: 206-218.
Brand C, Anable J, Tran M. (2013) Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 49: 132-148.
The role of fiscal car purchasing incentives in a future low carbon transport system.
Brand C, Anable J, Tran M. (2013) Proceedings of the World Conference of Transportation Research 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 15-18 July.
Future energy mix and transport.
Tran M. (2013) Chapter 8 in, Givoni, M. and Banister, D. (eds.) Moving Towards Low Carbon Mobility. Edward Elgar, London. pp. 111-128. ISBN: 978-1-78100-722-8.
Tran M, Banister D, Bishop JDK, McCulloch MD. (2013) Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 80(5): 865-875.
Anable J, Brand C, Tran M, Eyre N. (2012) Energy Policy, 41: 125-138.
Bishop JDK, Axon CJ, Tran M, Banister D, Bonilla D, McCulloch MD (2012) Fuel, 99: 88-105.
Brand C, Tran M, Anable J. (2012) Energy Policy, 41: 107-124.
Tran M. (2012) Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation, 17(9): 3682-3695.
Tran M. (2012) Applied Energy, 96: 1-11.
Tran M, Banister D, Bishop JDK, McCulloch MD. (2012) Nature Climate Change, 2: 328-333.
Bishop JDK, Axon CJ, Banister D, Bonilla D, Tran M, McCulloch MD. (2011) International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 36(5): 9382-9395.
Low carbon car taxation and its potential to accelerate transitions to a low carbon transport sector in the UK.
Brand C, Tran M, Anable J. (2011) The European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE). Conference Proceedings, Energy efficiency First: ISBN: 978-91-633-4455-8.
20% transport - how we may get there.
Brand C, Anable J, Tran M. (2009) Royal Geographical Society - Annual International Conference, Manchester, UK, August 2009.
Programmes & Opportunities
Master of Engineering Leadership
in Urban Systems
All urban infrastructure has potential environmental, social and economic impacts. The challenge is to identify, develop or deploy the best tools and thinking in terms of both engineering and planning to tackle these challenges, ultimately making cities more livable and environmentally friendly. Cities represent places where we can make a difference: they are the spaces where we can make the greatest positive gains if we can improve efficiencies or change behaviour.
Future leaders in the field of urban systems need both technical depth and an ability to see the big picture. Students can develop these two perspectives in the Master of Engineering Leadership in Urban Systems program, which brings together UBC’s expertise in the field of engineering with its strengths in social, long-term and regional-level planning through the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP). In addition, students benefit from the courses offered through the Sauder School of Business on sustainability leadership and business.
For mid-career professionals, the intense one-year nature of this program is an excellent way to be enriched by UBC’s academic atmosphere, gain access to all the events and activities available on campus, and be exposed to cutting-edge research in the areas of architecture, engineering, planning and business.
Martino Tran is Co-Director of the MEL Urban Systems programme.
Masters / PhD opportunity
in Citizen Science for Low-Carbon Cities
A major barrier to effective low-carbon infrastructure investment is
inaccurate forecasts of capacity and demand, often due to lack of detailed
behavioural data. Travel demand and household activity data are typically
gathered through paper surveys that are unreliable, biased, and have poor
spatial and temporal resolution. Consequently, travel demand models can lack precision (trip distance, time, location) and building energy models often aggregate several end-uses (illumination, heating, entertainment).
Early research has shown that smartphone technology can replace conventional travel and household surveys improving data collection, resolution and reliability. With technological advances and decreasing costs in information technologies (e.g. smartphones, wireless sensors) there is an opportunity to develop high-resolution urban activity monitoring techniques. Citizen science programs using smartphone technology are a powerful approach for urban environmental monitoring, and numerous citizen science programs are underway from cosmology to ecology. However, little work has been done using citizen based monitoring for urban infrastructure planning and demand management.
The PICS Fellow will develop a smartphone web-based application to collect high resolution (minutes, ~meters) urban demand activity data. GPS tagged data will be collected on household (illumination, heating, washing) and transport (mode, velocity, altitude) activity in terms of frequency and duration.
This will enable quantification of longitudinal service demand trends and related energy and environmental impacts (carbon emissions, local vehicle emissions) as a function of end-use (household activity and trip journey). This will be the first integrated household and travel activity data set giving insight into citywide demand patterns, and associated impacts.
Participant data will be collected, stored and post-processed on a server database with web interface. Newly developed machine learning algorithms will analyze passive data traces (location, velocity, electricity use), feedback trend analysis to the end-user, and monitor any change in behaviour over time (e.g. integrated daily household and travel energy consumption). A graphical user interface (GUI) will collect active data such as prompting participants to self-report end-use, and explore serious gaming applications (e.g. performance ranking of individual energy use within a social network) to determine if social influence can change energy end-use patterns.
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