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Bilal Farooq

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering


Founding Director, Laboratory of Innovations in Transportation (LITrans)
Twitter: @billjee
Publications at Polytechnique:
(electronic copy of articles is available upon request)

International Journal Publications

  1. *Anderson, P., and Farooq, B. (2017) A Generalized Partite-Graph Method for Association Problems in Transportation. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies 76: 150-169. 10.1016/j.trc.2017.01.004
  2. *Aliabadi H.A., Farooq, B., Morency, C., and Saunier, N. (2017) On the Role of Bridges as Anchor Points in Route Choice Modeling. Transportation.
  3. *Al-Mallah, R., Quintero, A., and Farooq, B. (2017) Distributed Classification of Urban Congestion Using VANET. IEEE Transcations on Intelligent Transportation Systems.
  4. *Saadi, I., Mustafa, A., Teller, J., Farooq, B., and Cools, M. (2016) Hidden Markov Model based population synthesis. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological 90: 1-21. Ranked 15 in the TOP 25 viewed articles of Transportation Research Part B during May-July 2016
  5. *Nikolić, M., Bierlaire, M., Farooq, B., and Delapparent, M. (2016) Probabilistic Speed-Density Relationship for Pedestrian Traffic: A Data-Driven Approach. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological 89: 58-81.
  6. Farooq, B., *Beaulieu, A., *Ragab, M., *Dang Ba, V., (2015) Ubiquitous monitoring of pedestrian dynamics: Exploring wireless ad hoc network of multi-sensor technologies, in SENSORS, 2015 IEEE, pp.1-4. doi: 10.1109/ICSENS.2015.7370450
  7. Elgar, I., Farooq, B., and Miller E.J. (2015) Simulation of Firm Location Decisions: An Attempt to Replicate Office Location Choices in the Greater Toronto Area. Journal of Choice Modelling 17, 39–51. doi:10.1016/j.jocm.2015.12.003
  8. Wissen, H.U., *Efthymiou, D., Farooq, B., von Wirth, T., Teich, M., Neuenschwander, N., Grêt, R.A. (2015) Indicators for the Quality of Urban Patterns: Spatially Explicit Evidence for Multiple Scales. Landscape and Urban Planning 142(0), 47-62. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.05.010
  9. *Hänseler, F.S., Bierlaire, M., Farooq, B., and *Mühlematter, T. (2014). A Macroscopic Loading Model for Time-Varying Pedestrian Flows in Public Walking Areas, Transportation Research Part B: Methodological 69: 60-80. doi:10.1016/j.trb.2014.08.003 Ranked 11 in the TOP 25 hottest articles of Transportation Research Part B during October-December 2014
  10. *Danalet, A., Farooq, B., and Bierlaire, M. (2014) A Bayesian Approach to Detect Pedestrian Destination-Sequences from WiFi Signatures. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies 44: 146-170. doi:10.1016/j.trc.2014.03.015
  11. *Anderson, P., Farooq, B., *Efthymiou, D., and Bierlaire, M. (2014) Association Generation in Synthetic Population for Transportation Applications: Graph-Theoretic Solution. Transportation Research Record 2429: 38–50.
  12. *Efthymiou, D., Farooq, B., Bierlaire, M., and Antoniou, C. (2014) Multidimensional Indicator Analysis for Transport Policy Evaluation, Transportation Research Record 2014-2: 83–94.
  13. Farooq, B., Bierlaire, M., *Hurtubia, R., and Flötteröd, G. (2013) Simulation Based Population Synthesis. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological 58: 243-263. doi:10.1016/j.trb.2013.09.012

* student supervised

International Journal Publications (under review)
  1. *Wong, M., Farooq, B., and Bilodeau, G.-A. (2016) Behavioral framework for on-line operational demand prediction in shared mobility systems.
  2. *Yazdizadeh, A., Farooq, B., Patterson, Z., and Razaei, A. (2016) A Generic Form for Capturing Unobserved Heterogeneity in Discrete Choice Modeling: Application to Neighborhood Location Choice.
  3. *Sobhani, A., *Aliabadi H.A., and Farooq, B. (2016) Metropolis-Hasting based extended path size logit model for bicycle route choice modeling using smartphone GPS data.
  4. *Grapperon, A., and Farooq, B. (2016) Effects of aggregation within high resolution time series data on traffic conditions.
  5. *Poucin, G., Farooq, B., and Patterson, Z. (2016) Urban Activity Patterns Mining in Wi-Fi Access Point Logs. Under review
  6. *Grapperon, A.P.H., Farooq, B., and Trépanier M. (2016) Information fusion of smart card data with travel survey. Under review.
  7. *Pibrac, A., and Farooq, B. (2016) Integrated Microsimulation Framework for Dynamic Pedestrian Movement Estimation in Mobility Hub. Under review.

Regular Reviewer for Scientific Journals

  1. Transportation Research Part B: Methodologies
  2. Transportation Science
  3. Transportation
  4. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies
  5. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
  6. Choice Modelling
  7. Transportation and Land Use
  8. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment
  9. Intelligent Transportation Systems
  10. Transportation Research Record

Refereed Conference Proceedings

  1. Farooq and Cherchi (2016) Immersive Virtual Reality Experiments for Analyzing Autonomous Vehicle Demand. Transportation Research Board Invited Speaker at Automated Vehicles Symposium 2016, San Francisco, 18-22 July 2016.
  2. Grapperon, A., Farooq, B., and Trépanier, M. (2016) Activity Based Approach to Estimation of Dynamic Origin-Destination Matrix Using Smartcard data, 9th TRISTAN symposium, Aruba, 13-17 June 2016.
  3. Wong, M., Farooq, B., and Bilodeau, G.A. (2016) Next Direction Route Choice Model for Cyclist using Panel Data. 51th Annual Conference of Canadian Transportation Research Forum, May, 2016.
  4. Grapperon, A., Farooq, B., et Trépanier, M. (2016) Enrichir les données de validation des titres de transport en commun, 51e congrès de l'Association Québécoise des Transports, Québec, 11-13 avril 2016.
  5. Beaulieu, A., and Farooq, B. (2016) Large-Scale Multisensor Monitoring of Pedestrian Dynamics in Public Spaces: Preliminary Results. Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, January, 2016.
  6. Poucin, G., Farooq, B., and Patterson, Z. (2016) Pedestrian Activity Pattern Mining in WiFi Network Connection Data. Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, January, 2016.
  7. Farooq, B., Beaulieu, A., Ragab, M., and Ba, V.T. (2015) Ubiquitous Monitoring of Pedestrian Dynamics: Exploring Wireless Ad Hoc Network of Multi-Sensor Technologies. IEEE SENSORS, Korea November 2015.
  8. Anderson, P., and Farooq, B. (2015) Generalized partite-graphs solutions for association problems in transportation. Proceeding of 14th International Conference on Travel Behaviour Research. July 2015.
  9. Pibrac, A., and Farooq, B. (2015) Integrated microsimulation framework for modelling pedestrian dynamics in transportation hubs. Proceeding of 14th International Conference on Travel Behaviour Research. July 2015.
  10. Shetwi, R.Y., Farooq, B., and Popa, C. (2015) Optimizing large-scale transportation infrastructure projects using Building Information Modelling (BIM). 50th Annual Conference of Canadian Transportation Research Forum, May, 2015.
  11. Reinoso G., and Farooq, B. (2015) Urban pulse analysis using Big Data. 50th Annual Conference of Canadian Transportation Research Forum, May, 2015.
  12. Ettehadieh, D., Farooq, B., and Saunier. N. (2015) Systematic parameter optimization and application of automated tracking in pedestrian-dominant situations. Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, January, 2015.
  13. Ettehadieh, E., Farooq, B., and Saunier, N (2014) Automated pedestrian data-collection and flow analysis in public spaces. Transportation Research Procedia (PED2014) 2: 207-212.
  14. Nikolić, M., Bierlaire, M., and Farooq, B. (2014) Probabilistic speed-density relationship for pedestrians based on data driven space and time representation. Proceedings of the Swiss Transportation Research Conference (STRC) 14 - 16 May, 2014.
  15. Nikolić, M., Farooq, B., and Bierlaire, M. (2013) Perception based spatial tessellations of pedestrian dynamics, Proceedings of the second Conference of European Association for Research in Transportation (hEART), Sweden, Stockholm 04 - 06 Sept, 2013.
  16. Hänseler, F., Farooq, B., Mühlematter T., and Bierlaire, M. (2013) Mesoscopic model for pedestrian flow in train stations. Proceedings of the Second Conference of European Association for Research in Transportation (hEART), Sweden, Stockholm 04 - 06 Sept, 2013.

Invited Speaker

  1. Immersive Virtual Reality Discrete Choice Experiments for Disruptive Transportation Technologies. TRB Workshop 110: Use of Visualization in SP Surveys. January 9, 2017.
  2. Patterns Mining in Ubiquitous Transportation Big Data. Invited Speaker, Guangdong University of Technology, December 16, 2016.
  3. Ubiquitous Sensing of Urban Activities and Mobility. Invited Speaker, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, December 12, 2016.
  4. Urban Activities, Mobility, and Ubiquitous-Networks. Invited Speaker, ITE University of Toronto, November 25, 2016.
  5. Analyse de la demande de nouveaux services interurbains. Invited Speaker, Montréal-Sherbrooke Corridor Train Project, Bromont, July 6, 2016.
  6. Harnessing Innovative Data Sources and Data Science for Transportation Systems of Tomorrow. Inivited Speaker, UMTRI Ann Arbor, February 19, 2016.
  7. Micro-simulation de la gare centrale de Montréal. Invited Speaker, Agence métropolitaine de transport, Montréal, January 29, 2016.
  8. Sustainable Active Urban Mobility: Research and Applications. Invited Speaker, City of Toronto, June 8, 2015.
  9. Use of Big Data for improving urban living. CityZeen Inc. Workshop on Big Data. Toronto, February 6, 2015.
  10. Pedestrian modelling and public health. Transportation and Public Health Workship, Montreal, May 1-2, 2015.
  11. Activity based travel demand modelling for pedestrian infrastructure planning. Canada-Germany Hands-on Sustainable Urban Mobility Workshop. Montréal, May, 2014.
  12. Études de la dynamique du flux des piétons dans les installations de transport collectif. Société de transport de Montréal (STM). Montréal, March 7, 2014.
  13. La modélisation et la microsimulation intégrée des systèmes urbaines. Service de la modélisation des systèmes detransport,Transports Québec. Montréal, Februrary 19, 2014.
  14. New directions in population synthesis for microsimulation of urban systems. CIRRELT, Montréal, December 12, 2013.
  15. Recent advances in data synthesis and indicators analysis for urban systems microsimulation, TRAM, McGill University, Montréal, September 19, 2013.

Books and Reports

  1. Farooq, B., Pibrac, A., Sim, R., Beaulieu, A. (2015) Analysis of Pedestrian Movement in Rosemont Metro and Bus Station, STM.
  2. Beaulieu, A., Farooq, B. (2015) Large scale multi-sensor monitoring of pedestrian dynamics during the Montréal MURAL festival in June 2015, Organizers of MURAL Festival.
  3. Farooq, B., Müller, K., Bierlaire, M. Axhausen K.W. (2014) Methodologies for synthesizing populations, in  Integrated Transport and Land Use Modeling for Sustainable Cities, Editors: Michel Bierlaire, André de Palma, Ricardo Hurtubia and Paul Waddell, EPFL Press.
  4. Farooq, B., Hurtubia, R., Bierlaire, M. (2014) Simulation based generation of synthetic population for Brussels case study, in  Integrated Transport and Land Use Modeling for Sustainable Cities, Editors: Michel Bierlaire, André de Palma, Ricardo Hurtubia and Paul Waddell, EPFL Press.

Open Source Efforts

  1. Simulation based Population Synthesizer (SimPSynz) for information fusion and synthesis
  2. BataclanSlim (BataclanSlim) Information fusion for Smart Card data enrichment 
  3. Pedestrian Cell Transmission Model (PedCTM) for pedestrian flow propagation in a pedestrian facility
  4. Tracker Optimization for Pedestrians (TrOPed) for automated calibration of video based trackers


  1. Jul 2016: BT Montréal, City TV
  2. Mar 2016: Le Code Chasteny
  3. Nov 2015: My students at Hackathon by MIT Media Lab
  4. Sept 2015: MURAL Festival


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