PhD Student Position: Agent-Based Spatial Accessibility Modeling

We are inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD position for 3.5 years (with the possibility of extension to 4 years) in the area of spatial accessibility analytics. The PhD position is part of the DIZH-funded research project «SISAL: Situation-Aware Individualized Spatial Accessibility Analytics». The PhD student will be supervised by Dr. Hoda Allahbakhshi (Postdoctoral Fellow, Digital Society Initiative, University of Zurich) and Prof. Robert Weibel (Head of GIS Unit, Department of Geography, University of Zurich).

About the project

Spatial accessibility is highly context-dependent; dependent not only on environmental context, such as available transport infrastructure, means of transport, or weather conditions but also on the capacities for locomotion and wayfinding of the individuals seeking to access e.g., public facilities and services. These capacities are highly variable between individuals. Therefore, this project aims to use agent-based models (ABMs) to simulate the effects of varying capacities of individuals (e.g., mobility impairments) as well as the effects of variations and thus heterogeneity in the environmental context (e.g., pavement surface changes by rain/snow, changes in visibility at different times of day/night) on spatial accessibility patterns and behavior.

Here (PDF, 153 KB) you can find further Information on the position and application.