Michael van Eggermond is a PhD researcher at the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) of the Singapore-ETH Centre, where he is involved with the Engaging Mobility group. His main research interests are the measurement of cities' diversity, density and accessibility with novel data sources and the outcomes of these measures on travel-related decisions. His most recent research projects include measuring walkability in Singapore’s city centre based on pedestrian behaviour and he was involved with the development of MATSim Singapore, a Singapore-wide agent-based transport simulation model. Currently, he is investigating residential location choice in Singapore as well as factors influencing cyclability in the tropics. Michael holds a Master and Bachelor degree in Transport, Logistics and Infrastructure from the Delft University of Technology and spent a year at ETH Zurich for courses and his Master thesis. Prior to joining FCL Michael developed simulation models and business intelligence tools for health care and logistic organisations.
In the digital age and in a dense urban environment such as Singapore you could say that location does not matter: everything is nearby. But I believe location does matter. I’m interested in measuring location on one hand and the choice of individuals for a certain location and not another location. Location needs to be measured very precise in a dense environment: on the street block or building level and not on the zonal level. Also, it is necessary to take into account the proximity to other locations, by using travel times and pedestrian network. For instance, the number of jobs within 30 minutes traveling. Both location and travel time combined lead to accessibility. When considering the building, it becomes necessary to take a closer look at location choice models. The number of alternatives will explode, thus requiring some form of description of the formation of an individual’s set of alternatives: the choice set.