Dr.ir. M.A. (Michiel) de Bok


Michiel de Bok works as a researcher at TU Delft and as a research leader at Significance. At TU Delft he is responsible for the MASS-GT freight microsimulation program and the supervision of research within the HARMONY project. He holds a PhD and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from TU Delft in the field of transportation and planning. 

Research themes

  • Freight transport modelling


Michiel joined the department in 2017 to start with professor Lori Tavasszy a line of research into agent-based freight transport demand models. Michiel gained his PhD at the department on agent-based land use modelling. Since then Michiel works at Significance on the development of strategic transport demand models. A growing interest into strategic freight and logistics models motivated him to to return to the department to work on the development of a new generation of agent-based models of freight transport demand.

Occasional guest lectures on strategic (freight) transport demand models in courses, such as:

  • CIE4840: Analysis and modeling/Analysis and Design of Freight and Logistic Systems.
  • CIE5750: Transport and spatial planning for urbanized regions.
  • de Bok, M and L Tavasszy (2018) “An empirical agent-based simulation system for urban goods transport (MASS-GT)”. Procedia in Computer Science, Vol 130, pp 126-133.
  • Tavasszy, L, M. de Bok, J. Rezaei and Z. Alimoradi (2019) “Descriptive Models of Logistics Decisions in Freight Transportation Modelling: a Review”. Journal of Supply Chain Management Science, accepted for publication.
  • de Bok, M, B Wesseling, J Kiel, J Francke, O Miete (2018) “A sensitivity analysis of freight transport forecasts for the Netherlands”. International Journal of Transport Economics, Vol 45 (4), pp 567-584.
  • de Bok, M, G. De Jong, L. Tavasszy, J. van Meijeren, I. Davydenko, M. Benjamins, N. Groot, O. Miete, M. van den Berg (2018) “Development of a multimodal transport chain choice model for container transport for BasGoed”, Transportation Research Procedia, Vol 31, 99-107.
  • de Bok, M and F van Oort (2011) “Agglomeration economies, accessibility and the spatial choice behavior of relocating firms”, Journal of Transport and Land Use, Vol4(1), pp.5-24.
  • de Bok, M (2010) “Estimation and validation of a microscopic model for spatial economic effects of transport infrastructure”. Transportation Research Part A, Vol 43(1), pp 44-59.

The objective of the MASS-GT research project is to develop a more comprehensive behavioral agent-based microsimulation framework for strategic freight transport studies at the national or regional level. The first prototypes of an agent based simulation models that are being developed are focussed on urban goods distribution. The logistic scope of this model covers parts of the transportation and distribution system, i.e. logistic choices such as shipment size and vehicle type choice, tourformation.

The HARMONY project is a Horizon 2020 project for the European Commission in which a new generation of harmonised spatial and multimodal transport planning tools are developed, enabling metropolitan area authorities to lead the transition to a low carbon new mobility era in a sustainable manner. Within the HARMONY project, TU Delft leads the  development of a freight activity simulation model for urban logistics. This simulation model describes logistic decision making in the context of urban transport planning. Logistic choice that will be simulated include vehicle type choice, formation of tours, use of city distribution centers, and departure time choice. The societal contribution is to provide tools for evidence based decision making for urban transport planners. The scientific contribution: better understand logistic decision making using emergent data collection.

  • Research leader at Significance
  • Pagliara, F, M de Bok, D. Simmonds and A. Wilson (Eds) “Employment location in cities and regions, advances in spatial science”, Springer, Berlin Heidelberg, 2013.

Michiel de Bok


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