Netherlands: PhD Design and decision support systems – recreation and space

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This goal of this project is to better
understand the dynamics of recreation in time and space, under the
current general contextual conditions. It will examine the process of
activity-generation and adjustment, from a lifetime perspective and how
this dynamic agenda is executed across years, seasons, weeks and
scheduled with other activities in time and space. Conceptually,
commonly used utility-maximizing principles will be supplemented by
concepts such as variety-seeking and lifetime utility.

Research approach
addition to the existing data such as TBO, additional data will be
collected for a retrospective sample of individuals and households of
different composition about factors influencing their
leisure/recreational activities and their actual behavior. The survey
will use different formats:

1. Qualitative research and
retrospective questions will be used to collect data about the history
of recreational leisure activities and the evolution of their agenda.
Next, a series of questions will be asked about the scheduling of these
activities. In particular, a diary approach will be adopted. In
addition, scheduling experiments with different constraints will be
used to examine the underlying scheduling principles. These data
concern type of activity, destination, timing and duration and travel
3. Assuming that transport mode depends on the kind of trip
(short trip, vacation etc) and the supply side is now rapidly
increasing (different airports, many with better accessibility than
Schiphol), TGV, low costs bus providers, we will apply a stated choice
experiment on the subproblem how the choice of transport mode for these
various types of activities depends on airport/kind of airline,
accessibility, costs, ease of parking, timing etc.

Data on
all covariates will be collected as part of these surveys. By asking
respondents about their post code, data fusion can be used to link
these data to available data on spatial characteristics and

State of the art discrete choice analysis and artificial intelligence algorithms will be applied to analyze the data.



University Graduate

The candidate should possess a master degree and a good background in research methods and statistical analyses.

Further requirements:

  • Demonstrated interest in scientific research
  • Proficiency in English writing and speaking
  • Highly motivated to conduct academic research
  • Team spirit


Technische Universiteit Eindhoven Department of Architecture, Building and Planning

The Department offers a BSc in Building
Science (Bouwkunde) and MSc programmes in Architecture, Building and
Planning, Building Services and Construction Management and
Engineering. Research is design and application oriented, based on
fundamental scientific insights and methods.

Conditions of employment

Estimated maximum salary per month: eur 2500 – 3000
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: 4 jaar
Maximum hours per week: 40

Additional Information

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:

Prof.dr. Harry Timmermans
Telephone number: +31(0)402472274
Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.

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You can apply for this job before 01-11-2008 by sending your application to:

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
VRT 2.09
F. van der Heijden
Postbus 513
5600 MB Eindhoven
E-mail address:

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number V38.541.


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