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Nilufer Sari Aslam


PhD Researcher
Space Time Lab for Big Data Analytics
Consumer Data Research Centre

UCL Department of Geography
University College London
North-West Wing
Chorley Institute
Gower Street



Prof. Tao Cheng, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, UCL.
Dr. James Cheshire, Department of Geography, UCL.


Identification of Human Mobility Pattern Using Smart Card Data

Principal models of urban mobility establish an understanding of individual activity patterns using travel demand surveys. These surveys, representative of a subset of the population are used to create disaggregate activity schedules for estimating the projected travel demand. The whole paradigm is not only time-consuming and costly but also static in nature to adequately represent the dynamic needs of urban transportation in today’s world. The advent of large data sources such as smart card and mobile phones have created new opportunities in transport modelling and travel behaviour research. This study aims to supplement and enhance the established paradigm of transportation modelling with the dataset from smartcards.

The research is being carried out in partnership with the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) and SpaceTimeLab for Big Data Analytics, UCL, and Transport for London (permitting access to anonymized London Travel Demand Survey Data and smart card data)


I am a PhD Student in the Department of Geography. I studied Geological Engineering at Pamukkale University, Turkey and VU University, Netherlands and majored in Remote Sensing and Ore Deposit. I completed my MSc in Geographic Information Science at UCL in 2013 with a dissertation in online support vector regression and network travel time prediction. My research interests are transportation networks and data mining techniques. I also worked on Analysis of Demand Dynamics and Intermodal Connectivity in London Bicycle Sharing System during my MRes. As part of my PhD, I am currently investigating the user mobility in urban environment from spatial-temporal data.


Conference Proceedings:

  • Sari Aslam, N., Cheng, T., Cheshire, J. (2016) Analysis of Demand Dynamics in London Bicycle Sharing System. The American Association of Geographers AAG, 2016 Annual Meeting 29th March – 2nd April, 2016. San Francisco, California.
  • Sari Aslam, N., Cheshire, J., Cheng, T. (2015) Big Data Analysis of Population Flow between TfL Oyster and Bicycle Hire Networks in London In the Proceedings of the 23rd Conference on GIS Research UK, 15th – 17th April, 2015. University of Leeds, UK
  • Sari Aslam, N., Haworth, J., Cheng, T. (2014) Online Support Vector Regression for Prediction Models (Online Destek Vektor Regresyon Analizleri ile Tahmin Modelleri), Jeouzal2014, April 2014 (file:///C:/Users/eng%20d/Downloads/bildiriler.pdf)




UCL Departmental Award, MSc Geographic Information Science (2012-2013)

ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) PhD Studentship (2014-2019)