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Trinity College Dublin

Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering


School of Engineering

Personal Information
College Photo Name Caulfield, Brian
College Address Civil Structural & Environmental Eng,
Museum Building
Main Department Civil Struct & Env. Eng.
College Title Assistant Professor
College Tel +353 1 896 2534
Teaching interests and responsibilities
Undergraduate: Experimental Methods (1E11), Engineering Surveying (3A1), Highway and Transportation Engineering (3A7), Transportation (4A8). Postgraduate: MSc in Civil Engineering: Introduction to Transportation (T1), Transport Modelling (T2), Applied Transportation Analysis (T4). Postgraduate Diploma: Sustainable Energy
Professional Qualifications
Qualification Institution Class of Degree Title of Dissertation Date Conferred
BSc(Mgmt) Trinity College Dublin     2001
MEcon.Sc National University of Ireland, Galway     2002
PhD Trinity College Dublin   A Stated Preference Analysis of Real Time Public Transport Information 2008
MA Trinity College Dublin     2014
Details Date
Member of the Executive Committee of the Universities' Transport Study Group (UTSG) 2015-
Chair of the Irish Transport Research Network 2013
Member of the Transport Statistics Liaison Group (Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and the Central Statistics office) 2010
Member of the TRB Committee on Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Technologies (AP020) 2010 -
Irish member of the management committee of COST Action TU0804 'Survey Harmonisation with New Technologies Improvement' (SHANTI) 2009 -2011
Administrative Functions
Details Level Date From Date To
Senior Sophister Coordinator 2009 to date
College Tutor 2010 to date
Awards and Honours
Award Date
The Michael Beesley Award, honourable mention August, 2007
ITRN Best paper - Determining the welfare effects of introducing a cap‐and‐share scheme on rural commuters September 2011
ITRN Best paper- Impact of emissions information on mode choices in Dublin: Stated Preference experiments September 2013
Research Institutes / Centres / Groups
Research Institutes / Centres / Groups Description of Role Date From Date To
Centre for Transportation Research and Innovation for People (TRIP) Academic Staff
Research Interests
Cost Benefit Analysis Cost Benefit Analysis Discrete Choice Modelling Discrete Choice Modelling
Driving simulation Energy Ecomomics Environmental Impacts of Transport Environmental aspects of transportation
Environmental impacts of transport Impacts of new public transport Intelligent Transport Systems Intelligent Vehicles
Intermodal Transport New Means of Transport Public Transport Public Transport Infrastructure
Road Safety Simulation and modelling transportation networks Stated Preference Analysis Stated preference analysis
Telecommunications and transport Traffic Congestion Transport Transport Demand Management
Transport Economics Transport Modelling Transport Modelling Transport economics
Transport policy
Research Projects
Project title Greening Transport
Summary The main vision of the Greening Transport project is to merge the technical evaluation of the emissions from transport, and the improvements in their calculation, with the behavioural changes needed to realise these reductions in emissions. Past attempts to measure the “low hanging fruit” in terms of emissions reductions from transport have failed to fully merge these two disciplines. The project team believe that in order for the EPA to have a holistic picture of the potential emission reductions that are possible in Ireland by 2030 (and beyond), it is vital not to ignore the behavioural constraints in which transport analysis is framed. While it is possible to predict targets for take up using assumptions, to ignore human behaviour is to not fully grasp the problem at hand. With this in mind the work packages for this project have been designed to tackle the technical emissions and transportation modelling, as well as the application of behavioural constraints to these models to provide the EPA with details of what emission reductions are possible based upon the current research.
Funding Agency EPA
Type of Project
Date from 2014
Date to 2018
Person Months

Project title RAIN - Risk Analysis of Infrastructure Networks in response to extreme weather
Summary In recent years, a variety of extreme weather events, including droughts, rain induced landslides, river floods, winter storms, wildfire, and hurricanes, have threatened and damaged many different regions across Europe and worldwide. These events can have a devastating impact on critical infrastructure systems. The RAIN vision is to develop a systematic risk management framework that explicitly considers the impacts of extreme weather events on critical infrastructure and develops a series of mitigation tools to enhance the security of the pan-European infrastructure network. This project will quantify the complex interactions between weather events and land based infrastructure systems. The output of RAIN will aid decision making in the long term, securing new robust infrastructure development and protection of existing infrastructure against changing climates and increasingly more unpredictable weather patterns. Transport, energy and telecommunications infrastructure will all be considered and risk mitigation strategies will be developed. This will be achieved through developing an operational analysis framework that considers the impact of individual hazards on specific infrastructure systems and the coupled interdependencies of critical infrastructure through robust risk and uncertainty modelling. The framework will consider cascading hazards, cascading effects and time dependent vulnerability with the ultimate objective to develop practical software tools and guidelines that provide support to European infrastructure managers in the event of an extreme weather event occurring and to minimise the impact of extreme events by developing mitigation and response strategies. RAIN will facilitate a cross-European collaborative platform, supported by the necessary tools and methodologies, where relevant stakeholders can share data, results of model simulations, and operational strategies in a seamless, efficient, and effective way. Technical and Logistic solutions will be developed to minimise the impact of these extreme events, which will include novel early warning systems, decision support tools and engineering solutions to ensure rapid reinstatement of the infrastructure network. These tools will be implemented within a novel Europe-wide operational and response strategy that will emerge from this research. The ability of this response plan to cut across borders will be guaranteed by the pan - European multi-disciplinary consortium. This project is being led by Trinity College Dublin. The project partners include: European Sever Storms Laboratory, Zilinska Univerzita V Ziline, Technische Universiteit Delft, Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions Ltd., Dragados SA, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Roughan & O' Donovan Ltd., Hellenberg International OY, Istituto di Sociologia Internazionale di Gorizia I.S.I.G, PSJ, Ilmatieteen Laitos,, Union Fenosa Distribucion SA and Aplicaciones En Informatica Avanzada SL.
Funding Agency EU
Programme FP7
Type of Project
Date from May 2014
Date to April 2017
Person Months 36

Project title Base lining Road Works Safety on European Roads (BRoWSER)
Summary The central concept for the BRoWSER project is that provision of accurate, timely and consistent road worker accident data will enable national road authorities to drive down road worker risks and monitor the associated improvements in safety achieved. These hypotheses will provide evidence to either support or refute the need for a European Road Worker Casualty (EuRoWCAS) data source and for change towards a position of consistency for road works signing across the EU. This will deliver a structure for delivery of consistent information (and a road worker data collection toolkit) for use by national road authorities that can be used within the trans-national community to identify common and country-specific risks. This will enable better management of road worker risk across Europe, allowing for co-ordinated and structured action to be taken by national road authorities to solve common problems associated with road worker risk. It will also ensure that road users experience a common approach, reducing their risk during journeys within the EU.
Funding Agency CEDR Transnational Road Research Programme
Type of Project
Date from 2013
Date to 2015
Person Months

Project title Measuring the acceptance of wind farms in Ireland
Summary It is envisioned that wind energy will play a key role in realising our national government targets of 40 % renewable electricity by 2020. In order to achieve this it is important that we better understand individuals perceptions, concerns and reservations on the construction of wind farms. Like the construction of any new infrastructure such as; roads, new housing/ industrial developments, or waste disposal facilities, it is important to have positive public participation from the beginning of the project. This project will seek to determine the most appropriate methodologies to measure social acceptance of wind energy projects updating the previous studies undertaken in 2003. In previous studies mainly positive attitudes were found towards the development of wind farms both among the general Irish population and particularly among those who live in a community where a wind farm is already situated. This gave a very positive background against which future development grew. Now however it is important to reassess the level of current social acceptance, following nine years in which wind farm developments in Ireland have increased substantially and will do so more rapidly in future in order to fulfill our national 2020 targets.
Funding Agency Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
Type of Project
Date from 2012
Date to
Person Months

Project title Peacox – persuasive advisor for CO2-redcing cross-modal trip planning
Summary Ecological issues in urban traffic become more and more pressing as personal transportation is one of the greatest contributors of CO2 emissions. Means to help people reducing their ecological impact are needed urgently. To answer this need Ecological Aware Navigation provides urban travellers with personalized navigation tools that allow, help and persuade them to travel and drive more eco-friendly. To convince users in making more sustainable travel choices Ecological Aware Navigation will enrich navigation systems with innovative approaches and features. The system will be developed in two iterations following user-centred and agile design approaches, and extensive field trials in Vienna and Dublin will ensure high quality and impact of the developed system. The consortium unites expertise from navigation systems, transportation sciences, environmental modelling, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction to software development. Project partners include: CURE – Center for Usability Research and Engineering, Fluidtime Design Software Service, Telematix Software, a.s., ETH Zurich Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Institute for Transport Planning and Systems, National Technical University of Athens - Institute of Information and Computer and Communication Systems, Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region VORG mbH/ ITS, Vienna Region and TomTom International BV.
Funding Agency EU
Programme FP7
Type of Project
Date from 2011
Date to 2014
Person Months 36

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Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Doorley, R., Pakrashi, V., Caulfield, B., Ghosh, B., Short-Term Forecasting of Bicycle Traffic Using Structural Time Series Models, 17th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Qingdao, China, 2014, 2014
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Caulfield., B., Re-cycling a city - examining the growth of cycling in Dublin, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 61, 2014, p216 - 226
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Cafferkey, G, Caulfield, B, Examining the Barriers to Sustainable Inter-City Transport in Ireland, 91st Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., 2012, ppCD-ROM
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Cafferkey, G., Caulfield, B, Determining the Barriers to Sustainable Intercity Transport in Ireland, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2271, 2012, p31 - 36
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Caulfield, B., Brick, E., McCarthy, T. O., Determining bicycle infrastructure preferences - A case study of Dublin, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 17, 2012, p413 - 417
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