UCL Energy Institute



The MaaSlab team study all surface modes of transport, for both passengers and freight, across space and time.

Urban Transport

The MaaSlab research group studies all surface modes of transport for passengers and freight across space and time. 

We focus on:

  • planning, design and operation of low carbon transport system 
  • low carbon transport technologies
  • new mobility services and business models
  • big data

Our areas of research include:

  • discrete choice and demand modelling techniques
  • activity-based models
  • freight transport modelling
  • residential location choices
  • spatial econometrics
  • data collection methods for behavioural modelling.

Our activities, approaches and aims synergise with the low carbon and smart cities vision. We also work closely with the public sector and private companies to transfer our research outcomes to the real world. Indicatively, we collaborate with public and private organisations, such as:

  • UK Department for Transport (DfT)
  • Transport for London (TfL)
  • Transport for West Midlands (TFWM)
  • Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM)
  • Transport Systems Catapult
  • TravelSpirit
  • UCL CASA (Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis)
  • MIT ITS Lab (Intelligent Transportation Systems)
  • Singapore–MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Centre
  • University of the Aegean – TransDeM Lab
  • University of Naples – Transport division

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Maria Kamargianni , Head of the Urban Transport & Energy group. 


Head of Group
Dr. Maria Kamargianni 

Research staff
Prof. Andreas Schäfer 

PhD students
Ms. Melinda Matyas 
Mr. Weibo Li
Mr. Jakub Muscat
Lampros Yfantis

Mr. Sridhar Raman
Mr. Dimitris Dimakopoulos
Mr. Richard Goulding

Visiting Affiliates
Prof. Andrea Papola
Ms. Katerina Kampouri


MaaS4EU is a research and development project funded by the Horizon2020 research and innovation programme bringing together 17 partners from several sectors and backgrounds to provide viable evidence and solutions about the MaaS concept. 

MaaS4EU will provide quantifiable evidence, frameworks and tools to remove the barriers and enable a cooperative and interconnected EU single transport market for the MaaS concept.

·       Project Website.

For more information, please contact Maria Kamargianni.

RCUK Centre of Energy Epidemiology – Residential Location Choice and Transport Energy Demand
This project uses an integrated modelling approach to capture trade-offs between housing/domestic and transport consumption costs, developing a novel methodological framework to explicitly include energy demand.

For more information, please contact Maria Kamargianni.

RCUK Centre of Energy Epidemiology – MOT tests
This project provides a novel analysis framework for the spatial aspects of car travel, measured by vehicle miles travelled, extended to include a variable decomposition approach that captures potential asymmetries and hysteresis in a spatial setting.

The results provide support to the car use saturation hypothesis through both the negative VMT trend and the positive impact of motorisation rate that captures car dependence, rather than car use intensity.

For more information, please contact Maria Kamargianni.

Londoners’ attitudes towards car-ownership and Mobility as a Service: Impact assessment and opportunities that lie ahead
The report provides insights about Londoners’ attitudes towards car-ownership, shared mobility services and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) as well as an impact assessment about a potential introduction of MaaS in the city.

For more information, please contact Maria Kamargianni.

Feasibility Study for "Mobility as a Service" concept for London – FS-MaaS
The objective of the FS-MaaS project is to propose the design of a Mobility as a Service (MaaS) concept for London, and examine its feasibility.

The feasibility study indicates that the introduction of MaaS-London will benefit both the supply and the demand side. It’s a feasible product that can well serve London transport market and contribute to London’s 2020 vision.

For more information, please contact Maria Kamargianni.

Developing Methodologies and Tools to Investigate and Quantify the Impact of Disruptive Innovations on Mobility, Energy Consumption and Air Quality – InoMOBILITY
The main objective of this project is to develop a state-of-the-art activity-based simulation platform, aiming to quantify the impact of new mobility services and technologies (e.g. autonomous vehicles, on-demand mobility services, route-guidance systems) with respect to travel habits, traffic congestion, transportation energy use and emissions. InoMobility steps on the advancements in technology and focuses on representing the complex and dynamic interactions between demand and supply in different levels by providing a simulation tool in which different transportation planning and technology scenarios may be tested and evaluated.

For more information, please contact Maria Kamargianni, Jakub Muscat and Lampros Yfantis

Reinventing Multimodal Sustainable Urban Transport: Demand Analysis of a ‘Mobility as a Service’ Concept for London
This research contributes to the understanding of consumer demand for buying and using MaaS, as well as its potential impact on private vehicle ownership. Special attention will be paid to the effect of mobility service bundling on the diffusion of innovative transport modes.

For more information, please contact Melinda Matyas and Maria Kamargianni

Exploring the factors affecting Electric Vehicle Purchasing Behaviour in Greater London
This project investigates the factors affecting consumers’ electric vehicle (EV) purchasing behaviour.

By defining consumers’ preference factors, targeted corporate marketing and government policies can be developed to accelerate diffusion of EFV.

For more information, please contact  Maria Kamargianni.

Analysing Londoners’ Transitions from Motorised Modes to Cycling
The aim of this project is to analyse the demographic and trip characteristics of cyclists in London to identify the most promising population segments and areas that cycling policies could target.

For more information, please contact Maria Kamargianni and Jakub Muscat.

Integration of Car Sharing and Bike Sharing System: A case study of Taiyuan, China
This project proposes an integrated urban transport system based on car sharing and bike sharing for developing countries using a Chinese city as case study. It will forecast the benefit of such a system to energy savings and climate change mitigation.

For more information, please contact Weibo Li and Maria Kamargianni.

Technology Opportunities and Strategies to Climate friendly transport – TOSCA
TOSCA, which was presented as a success story by the European Commission’s “Towards Low Carbon Transport in Europe” publication in 2012, simulated the energy use and CO2 emissions impact of emerging surface and air transportation technologies.

Recent Outputs

Kamargianni, M., Matyas, M., Muscat, J. and Li, W. (2017) Londoners’ attitudes towards car-ownership and Mobility-as-a-Service: Impact assessment and opportunities that lie ahead. MaaSLab - UCL Energy Institute Report, Prepared for Transport for London.

Matyas, M. and Kamargianni, M. (2017) Stated Preference Design for Exploring Demand for “Mobility as a Service” Plans. Presented at the 5th International Choice Modelling Conference.

Matyas, M. and Kamargianni, M. (2017) A Holistic Overview of the Mobility as a Service Ecosystem. Presented at the Transportation Research Conference, Gyor, Hungary.

Matyas, M. and Kamarginanni, M. (2017) The Mobility-as-a-Service Business Ecosystem. Presented at the 96th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting.

Kamargianni, M., Li, W., Matyas, M. and Schafer, A. (2016) A Critical Review of New Mobility Services for Urban Transport. Transportation Research Procedia, 14, pp.3294-3303.

Kamargianni, M., Matyas, M., Li, W. and Schäfer, A. (2015) Feasibility Study for Mobility as a Service Concept for London. UCL Energy Institute report, Prepared for the UK Department for Transport.


5 July 2016
UCL-Energy Urban Transport and Energy Group launch London Mobility Survey: Innovation in mobility and travel surveying

4 July 2016
Ride-sharing: The solution to our transport woes?

18 March 2016
The tipping point: A new direction in movement

4 September 2015
Rethinking mobility … the successful completion of the FS-MaaS project