Dilum Abeyakone Dissanayake


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am accepting PhD applications in the areas of travel demand modelling and forecasting, behavioural change, electric and autonomous mobility and sustainable mobility (including walking and cycling).

Here is the list of my current and completed PhD students:

Hisham Makahleh (1st year)
Shukurat Bankole (1st year)
Janak Parmar (Cusano University, Italy, 2nd Year)
Huseyin Ayan (Newcastle University, 2nd Year)
Pound Meenapinunt (Newcastle University, 3rd Year)
Matthew Burke (Newcastle University, 3rd Year)
Haoyu Wang (Newcastle University, 3rd Year)
Ayan Chakravartty (Newcastle University, 3rd Year)

Abdullah Bostaji (2023; 2nd supervisor), Transport and the environment
Turner J. (2020, Main Supervisor), Trip sharing in rural communities
Akgun N. (2019, Main Supervisor), Transport safety
Ali F. (2018, Main Supervisor), Travel Behaviour,
Sykes P. (2018, 2nd Supervisor), Uncertainty in decision making
Yosritzal (2014, Main Supervisor), Travel Behaviour,
Alkaabi A. (2013, Main Supervisor), Traffic Incident Management
Widyastuti H. (2011, Main supervisor), Transport Safety


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Personal profile

Research interests

My research focuses on:

Travel behaviour analysis, Travel demand modelling and forecasting, Electric and Autonomus Vehicles, Investigating travel behaviour change, Value of travel time (VOTT) and its relationship with ICT use, Investigation of transport policies (transit subsidy, congestion pricing, telecommuting, land use planning), Infrastructure engineering and planning, Traffic incident management, Transport safety (valuation, child pedestrians, Willingness to pay), Transport and the environment, Transport and land use, Vehicle ownership modelling and forecasting, Developing country research (both safety, travel behaviour and tourism)

Methods and Models that I applied in my research:
  • Discrete choice techniques
  • Hazard-based duration models
  • Statistical analysis (Data factoring, clustering, and multiple corresponding analysis, Generalised linear models, multiple regression)
  • Theory of Planning Behaviour
  • Theory of Diffusion of Innovation
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP)
  • Data mining and Machine learning
Funded Projects (Current and previous):
  • CLEETS (2023-2028) – Funded by NSF (USA) and UKRI (UK); Co Investigator (from University of Birmingham) – £10m; consortium covers the UK (University of Birmingham and Cardiff University), and the Discovery Partners Institute, part of the University of Illinois System. I lead Transport Demand Management theme. Home - CLEETS Global Center (cleets-global-center.org)
  • Capitalisation (2021-23) – Funded by INTERREG North West Europe; Principal Investigator (from Newcastle University) – €392k; consortium covers the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Belgium. I lead Transport Modelling Work Package. www.nweurope.eu/media/13359/list-of-approved-projects-2nd-call-for-cap.pdf
  • eHUBS (2019-2022) – Funded by INTERREG North West Europe; Principal Investigator (from Newcastle University) – €412k ; eHUBS is focusing on Travel Behaviour Change with 92 physical eHUBS infrastructure in Europe - consortium covers Netherland (consortia lead), Germany, UK, Belgium, France. https://www.nweurope.eu/projects/project-search/ehubs-smart-shared-green-mobility-hubs/
  • EPSRC DTC funding (2019-2023) – £57k – PhD studentship started in September 2019. The focus on the urban transport infrastructure focuses most conducive to electric Micro-mobility. This project is giving attention to COVID 19 impacts on cycling and how cycle flows changing before and during COVID-19 with particular attention to the UK government initiatives of introducing pop-up lanes. https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=studentship-2281091
  • Duo India Professor Fellowship to research with Professor Indrajit Ghosh at IIT Roorkee (2020-22) – Funded by DUO-India Fellowship Programme. This fellowship will explore the road user behaviour of pedestrians and cyclists with a particular focus to road safety. https://ir.iitr.ac.in/blog/posts/56/
  • SPARC Project (2020-2022) – Road Tolling - Funded by SPARC Scheme (India); the consortia consist of BITS Pilani, Cardiff University and Newcastle University. https://www.bits-pilani.ac.in/hyderabad/prasantasahu/ProjectsandGrants
  • Teaching Funding (2017) – Teaching and computer workshops for Stage 4 students at Durham University - £6k
  • JSPS Bridge Fellowship (2013) – Funded by JSPS to carry out research with 4 Japanese Universities - £12k
  • Research fund from Gateshead Council (2007-2008) – for a student project – £500
  • Catherine Cookson Foundation (2005-2006) – £2.5K

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, Travel Behaviour Analysis, Nagoya University, Japan

Master of Engineering, Infrastructure Planning and Management, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand

Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka


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