UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

Dr Milan Lovric

Dr Milan Lovric

Research Fellow

Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2020

Research summary

1) Dr Milan Lovric is currently working on a project which investigates the user acceptance of autonomous shuttles. He has also been researching the link between mobility and health & well-being:



2) Before joining UCL, Dr Lovric was based at the University of Southampton, where he spent three years as the main developer of NISMOD Transport – a suite of the UK's national-scale transport models for road, rail, and air. This work was part of the EPSRC-funded ITRC consortium that pioneered the use of system-of-systems modelling to support infrastructure policy and planning:



NISMOD Transport features the UK's first ever national-scale road traffic model with which we achieved an estimation of a 60-million cell (TEMPro-level) origin-destination matrix of vehicle trips, and its assignment to the entire strategic road network of Great Britain (A-roads, motorways, ferries) using state-of-the-art routing models and >90 million routes generated on a compute cluster.

NISMOD's demand prediction and network assignment models can be used to assess various vehicle electrification scenarios of the UK's path to achieving the Net Zero emissions target:

It can also be used to simulate local impacts of new transport infrastructure, such as road expansions and new road developments, as was demonstrated for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc:

NISMOD is now part of UKCRIC's DAFNI facility: https://dafni.ac.uk/

3) As a postdoctoral associate at the Singapore-based SMART Centre of MIT, Dr Lovric gained hands-on experience with cutting edge transport research including activity-based demand modelling, network assignment, model calibration, smart card data analysis, and GIS visualisation:


4) Dr Lovric was one of the scientific code contributors to the FP7 project CRISIS, in the capacity of a sponsored visiting researcher at the University of Oxford (INET) and an external consultant to the Santa Fe Institute. There he worked on the implementation of realistic bank bankruptcy resolution mechanisms within an agent-based model of the UK’s financial sector:

5) Dr Lovric's first postdoctoral position was at the Rotterdam School of Management, where he developed a decision support system for sustainable revenue management in Dutch and Chinese public transport (metro, high-speed rail). There he also got experience with MATSIM (an open-source multiagent transport simulation framework) and smart card data analysis.

Teaching summary

University of Southampton

  • Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (2017-2019) - presented

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Multivariate Data Analysis (2015) - teaching materials co-author

Erasmus University Rotterdam

  • Agent-based Models (2009-2010) - lecturer
  • ICT-IBEB (2009-2010) - teaching assistant
  • Advanced Computer Programming (2008-2009) - lecturer
  • Programming & Computers (2008-2009) - teaching assistant
  • Informatics (2007-2008) - practical coordinator
  • Informatics&Economics Wintercourse 2 (2006-2007) - teaching assistant


Dr Milan Lovric has expertise in transport demand & supply modelling and development of agent-based simulations for policy analysis. He obtained a Ph.D. in Finance from the Erasmus University Rotterdam (in 2011), and a dipl.ing. (integrated master) in Computing from the University of Zagreb (in 2005).

Before joining University College London (Centre for Transport Studies), Dr Lovric was involved in multidisciplinary projects at world-leading research groups including: MIT (SMART Centre, Singapore), University of Oxford (INET Institute at Oxford Martin School), University of Southampton (Transportation Research Group), and Erasmus University Rotterdam (Rotterdam School of Management).

The national-scale models of UK road, rail, and air transport, which he developed for the pioneering Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC), are now part of the UKCRIC's DAFNI facility and are already informing UK policy ranging from road developments to energy transitions.