Program and registration

Digital Mobility Short Course
April 19-23, 2021, EPFL, Lausanne


The course is organized during five days, and has the following content:

  • fifteen 90-minute periods of lectures and laboratories
  • two afternoons dedicated to the visit of companies
  • one interactive session for questions and answers

Due to the current pandemic we consider the possibility of online teaching in case of mobility restrictions during the course dates.

A tentative schedule is provided below.

Mon, Apr 19Tue, Apr 20Wed, Apr 21Thu, Apr 22Fri, Apr 23
9:30 – 11:00Travel demand modeling – Introduction to choice models, BierlaireActivity-based models: the next generation of travel demand modeling in the era of big data, BierlairePassenger Matching for ride-sharing and car-pooling, GeroliminisThe Digital Revolution – Hype or Reality?, AlahiLab: Learning to predict mobility patterns (with Python), Alahi
11:15 – 12:45Prediction of travel demand – Mobility indicators, BierlaireFrom vehicle-ownership to ride-sharing: policy implications and planning, GeroliminisLab: Simulation and optimization of transport systems, GeroliminisIntroduction to machine learning for mobility – Common mistakes, AlahiIntroduction to deep learning – tips and tricks, Alahi
14:15 – 15:45Lab: analysis of demand data (with Python), BierlaireTraffic management for multi-modal transport operations, GeroliminisPresentation by a company Presentation by a companyLab: Learning to predict mobility patterns (part 2), Alahi
16:00 – 17:30Lab: calculation of indicators (with Python), BierlaireOperational problems for car-sharing and ride-hailing, GeroliminisPresentation by a companyPresentation by a companyQ&A, all
Welcome receptionDinner


The registration portal is available here.

  • March 01, 2021: deadline for early registration
  • April 18, 2021: deadline for late registration
  • April 19-23, 2021: course

A payment of 20% of the tuition fee is requested to confirm the registration. The rest of the fee shall be paid by March 01, 2021.

Tutition fees

  • Early registration: regular 3600 CHF [EUR]
  • Early registration: with scholarship 1800 CHF [EUR]
  • Late registration: regular 4320 CHF [EUR]
  • Late registration: with scholarship 2520 CHF [EUR]
  • Deadline for early registration: payment must be received by March 01, 2021
A limited number of scholarships (1800 CHF each) are available to students and full-time teaching staff (rank of instructor or higher) of academic institutions. Written requests for such scholarships should be sent to [email protected].
These requests must motivate the relevance of the course for the applicant’s research and teaching activities. Every applicant must register to the course in order to be eligible for a scholarship. If the scholarship happens not to be granted, the applicant can withdraw from the program at no cost.
Included in the fees
In addition to the participation to the lectures and the laboratories, the tuition includes:
– a memory stick with the handouts of the lectures,
– sandwich lunches and coffee breaks,
– a welcome cocktail,
– a dinner with all participants.
– a certificate will be awarded at the end of the course.
In order to maintain the highest standards, the enrollment is limited. Applications will be accepted until the program limit has been reached. Should the program limit be reached, we reserve the right to select the applicants who will receive the most benefits from the course, based on their qualifications and experience. A 20% cancellation fee will be charged to any registrant who cancels before the early registration deadline, that is before March 01, 2021. If the registrant intends to cancel after that deadline, or does not appear for the course, full tuition will be charged. The tuition will not be refunded for those who arrive late or leave before completing the course. In the event of a course cancellation, all fees will be refunded. However, we are in no way liable for non-refundable travel reservations.


The participants need a laptop computer for the laboratories. Make sure that Python is running, as well as Biogeme.
We encourage the participants needing a visa to Switzerland to register soon enough. No invitation letter will be provided before the payment of the tuition has been received. It is the participants responsibility to contact the Swiss embassy or consulate in their country.
Access to EPFL
Google Map
Map of the campus
We strongly advise to use the public transportation (Transports lausannois).
230 V. 50 Hz. Plugs in Switzerland are of Type J, different from the rest of the world (see this page). Do not forget to bring a plug adaptor.
There are two hotels on campus:
Starling Hotel
Swiss Tech Hotel
You may also prefer to stay in Lausanne city center. You can reach EPFL by metro in 20 minutes from Lausanne train station.
When you arrive at the hotel (any hotel), ask for a free public transportation pass called Mobilis.
Please contact Jose Ibarra if you have any special dietary requirements.