Simon Hu


Name: Simon Hu

Position: Assistant Professor (Tenure-track)



Personal Profile

Dr Simon Hu is an Assistant Professor at the ZJU-UIUC Institute at Zhejiang University. He has a background in Civil Engineering and specialises in Transport and Environment Engineering. In 2006, he completed his Master degree in Transport and Sustainable Engineering from Imperial College London; he earned his PhD in Transport System Engineering in the same department in 2011. He is a member of Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport Engineering (CIHT) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE). In the past, he obtained research grants and undertook research projects through the Royal Society, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), Department for Transport (DfT), European Commission, INNOVATE UK and industry. To date, he has obtained total grant value of more than £2million. He has published over 10 peer reviewed journal papers, 30 conference proceedings and 2 government reports.

Currently, his main research interests lie in the smart urban transport systems, traffic micro-simulation modelling, vehicle emission modelling, urban air quality management and . His work to date has spanned across the areas of connected and autonomous vehicles, vehicle navigation, network reliability, traffic prediction and management, bike sharing, urban freight logistics emissions, aviation and railway engineering.



2007 – 2011 Imperial College London, Centre for Transport Studies, UK

PhD. In Civil Engineering (Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhD scholarship)

2005 – 2006 Imperial College London, Centre for Transport Studies, UK

MSc. In Transport with Sustainable Development

2002 – 2005 University of Nottingham, Department of Civil Engineering, UK

BEng. (Hons) In Civil Engineering

Work experience

2018 - Now Assistant Professor, ZJU-UIUC Institute, Zhejiang University

2017 - 2018 Research Fellow , Centre for Transport Studies, Imperial College London

2014 – 2017 Senior Research Associate, Centre for Transport Studies, Imperial College London

2011-2014 Research Associate, Centre for Transport Studies, Imperial College London


Selected Research Projects

1) 2017-2019, The Royal Society, Title: Theory and method of urban traffic management and decision support system, amount £12,000, Role: award holder

2) 2017-2018, EPSRC Global Challenges Research Funds, Title: Sustainable demand responsive transit schemes for developing countries, amount £75,000, Role: Participant

3) 2016-2017, Innovate UK, Title: Optimised Vehicle Autonomy for Ride and Emissions, amount: £123,523, Role: Co-I

4) 2015-2016, Department for Transport, UK, Title: Urban Freight Emissions, Air Quality and the London Lorry Control Scheme, £59,494, Role: Co-I

5) 2012-2015, EU FP7, Title: CARBOTRAF, amount: total £4.472 million (£408,616), Role: Lead researcher in proposal

6) 2012-2015, NERC, Title: Sensor Network for Air Quality at Heathrow airport, Amount: total £1,56 million (£ 480,000), Role: lead researcher in proposal

7) 2010-2012, EU FP7, Title: NEARCTIS, amount: total £2.5 million (£600,000), Role: Participant


Representative Publications

1) Tian, Y.; Hu, W.; Du, B.; Hu, S.; Nie, C.; Zhang, C., IQGA: A route selection method based on quantum genetic algorithm- toward urban traffic management under big data environment. World Wide Web 2018.

2) Yan, L.; Hu, W.; Hu, S., SALA: A Self-Adaptive Learning Algorithm—Towards Efficient Dynamic Route Guidance in Urban Traffic Networks. Neural Processing Letters 2018, 1-25.

3) Koudis, G., Hu, S., North, R., Majumdar, A. and Stettler, M. (2017), “The impact of aircraft takeoff thrust setting o NOx emissions”, Journal of Air Transport Management.

4) Koudis, G., Hu, S., Majumdar, A. and Stettler, M. (2016), “Reductions in aircraft fuel consumption and pollutant emissions at London Heathrow due to single engine taxiing”, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment.

5) Sun R, Han K, Hu S, Wang Y, Hu M, Ochieng Wet al.Integrated solution for anomalous driving detection based on BeiDou/GPS/IMU measurements, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, ISSN: 1879-2359. doi:10.1016/j.trc.2016.06.006

6) Mascia, M., Hu, S., Han, Ke., North, R., Millers, D. (2016), “A Holistic Approach for Performance Assessment of Personal Rapid Transit”, Research Transportation Business and Management. doi:10.1016/j.rtbm.2016.01.008

7) Mascia, M., Hu, S., Han, Ke., North, R., van Poppel, Martin., Theunis, J., Litzenberger, M., (2016), “impact of traffic management on black carbon emissions: a microsimulation study”, Journal of Networks and Spatial Economics. doi: 10.1007/s11067-016-9326-x

8) Hu, S., Mascia, M., Litzenberger, M., North, R., Thiyagarajah, A. and Han, K. (2015), “ Field Investigation of Vehicle Acceleration at the Stop Line with a Dynamic Vision Sensor”, Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering, ISSN: 1671-1637

9) Vranckx, S., Lefebvre, W., van Poppel, Martin., Theunis, J., Beckx, C., Elen, B., Mascia, M., Hu, S., North, R., Kobl, R., Mills, J., Dahlem, D., Kouwijzer, K., Marcinek, M. and Litzenberger, M., (2015), “CARBOTRAF: A decision support system for reducing pollutant emissions by adaptive traffic management”, International Journal of Environment and Pollution. doi:

10) Angeloudis, P., Hu, S. and Bell, M. G. H. (2014), “A strategic repositioning algorithm for bicycle-sharing schemes”, Transportmetrica A: Transport Science. doi:10.1080/23249935.2014.884184

11) Hu, S., Kaparias, I. and Bell, M. G. H., (2009), “Spatial econometrics models for congestion prediction with in-vehicle route guidance”, IET Intelligent Transport Systems, 3 (2), pp.159-167. doi: 10.1049/iet-its:20070062


Selected Honors

The Royal Society International Fellowship, Award Authority: The Royal Society, UK, 2017

Marie Curie doctoral training scholarship, Award Authority: European Union, EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Foundation, 2007   

Imperial College London best postgraduate thesis presentation prize, Award Authority: Imperial College London, 2007  

The University of Nottingham Undergraduate Scholarship, Award Authority: The University of Nottingham, 2002


Professional Services

2016 - 2018Visiting lecturer, City University of London

2006 - now,  Member of Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation (CIHT)

2011 - now,  Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE)

2015 - now,  Member of Chinese Oversea Transportation Association (COTA)