Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Dr Narasimha (Chandra) Balijepalli


Programme Leader for MSc (Eng) Transport Planning & Engineering and Masters Admissions Tutor

Phone: +44 (0)113 34 35345
Room: 2.01
Research Group: Spatial Modelling and Dynamics

PhD Thesis

  • Stochastic Process Models for Dynamic Traffic Assignment (Supervisors: Prof David Watling and Dr Ronghui Liu)

Employment History

  • Jul 2015 - present Lecturer, ITS, Leeds
  • Jan 2007 - Jun 2015 Research Fellow, ITS,Leeds
  • Nov 2005 - Dec 2006 Research Officer, ITS,Leeds
  • May 1989 - Sep 2002, Consultant in Transport Planning and Modelling, Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai, India


  • 2006 PhD in Transport Modelling, University of Leeds,Leeds,UK
  • 2000 Masters in Transport Planning and Engineering with Distinction, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  • 1989 Masters in Transportation Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India
  • 1987 Bachelors in Civil Engineering with Distinction, Nagarjuna University, Guntur, India

Professional Engagements

  • Member, Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation, UK
  • Member, EPSRC's Engineering Prioritisation Panel, UK
  • Member, British Council's Newton Fund Evaluation Panel 
  • Member, Transportation Network Modelling Committee ADB30, Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C., USA (2009-present)
  • Life Member, Indian Roads Congress, New Delhi, India
  • Member, Advisory Group for Research Evaluation, Pontifical University of Peru, Lima, Peru (2015 - present)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Transportation Research Record, TRB, Washington D.C. (2009 - present)
  • Reviewer of journals: Transport Policy, Tra Res - A, B, Networks & Spatial Economics, Institution of Civil Engineers:Transport 

PI: Uptake of e-motorcycles in Indonesia funded by Royal Academy of Engineering (2018-present)

Research Experience and Special Expertise

  • Strategic transport modelling: dynamic land use transport interactions, gaming simulation, optimisation 
  • Traffic assignment modelling including day-to-day and within day dynamics
  • Traffic flow modelling for Dynamic Network Loading
  • Stochastic process models and driver learning models
  • Resilient networks: analysing vulnerable road links
  • Modelling road pricing and parking
  • Software: SATURN, MATLAB and OmniTRANS

Project Experience

  • MARS: Strategic land use transport model for Jakarta Region
  • Resilient transport networks and interdependencies, EPSRC 
  • Competition between cities, EPSRC
  • Lane change modelling in dynamic traffic flow models, EPSRC
  • Modelling day-to-day travel time variability on strategic road network in England, Highways Agency
  • Parking location choice modelling and area-based road pricing as part of DISTILLATE F - UK EPSRC
  • Doubly dynamic traffic assignment modelling, Centenary Chair Research Project,University of Leeds
  • Involved with the research project 'Advancing Methods for Evaluating Network Reliability' funded by the Department for Transport, UK
  • Project Leader: Comprehensive Transportation Plan for Jalgaon City, Maharashtra State,India
  • Worked on several consultancy studies funded by organisations such as World Bank, UNCHS, GTZ.


Programme Leader

MSc(Eng) Transport Planning & Engineering

Module Leader

  • Deterioration and Maintenance of Pavements TRAN5946
  • Road Geometry & Infrastructure TRAN5241
  • Principles of Transport Modelling TRAN5020


  • Transport Planning and Engineering CIVE2355
  • Principles of Transport Modelling TRAN5020
  • Traffic Network Modelling TRAN5290
  • Transport modelling software e.g., OmniTRANS, SATURN, DRACULA and HLFM


  • Masters student dissertations (23 students finished, 3 on-going)
  • PhD student work (One completed and two ongoing)

Visiting Lecturer 

  • University of Gadjah Mada, Indonesia


  • Masters Admissions Tutor: 2013 - present 


Book Chapters

  • Balijepalli NC; Ngoduy D; Watling D (2009) Dynamic Traffic Assignment with a New Flow Propagating Model Based on First Order Traffic Flow Theory, Models and Technologies for Intelligent Transport Systems, Aracne S.r.l., pp.14-20.
  • Balijepalli NC; Watling DP (2005) Doubly Dynamic Equilibrium Distribution Approximation Model for Dynamic Traffic Assignment, In: Mahmassani HS (Ed) Transportation and Traffic Theory: Flow, Dynamics and Human Interaction - Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.741-760.

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