Dr Sarah Wise:
Modelling the Last Mile: An Agent-based Approach to Understanding Freight and Delivery

16th July 2019 – CUSP Centre, King’s College London

Room BH(S)5.01 – 2pm-3pm Plus Question time.


The last two decades have seen a flourishing of light goods vehicles (LGV) on UK road networks, with a 48% increase in the number of vehicles between 2000 and 2015. The “last mile” of the delivery of both goods and services remains a major challenge to operators. LGVs are an important part of London traffic. With changes to delivery demand and traffic patterns more broadly, they often have a disproportionate impact on the functioning of cities. This talk will present work developed in conjunction with industrial partners who specialise in last-mile parcel delivery. An agent-based model of the last-mile delivery process has been developed and used to explore both the current state of affairs and potential futures in delivery.


Dr Sarah Wise is a lecturer for the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis of University College London. Her work deals with exploring and forecasting the development of systems involving people, infrastructure, and information, in particular by using agent based modelling. She completed a PhD in the Computational Social Science department of George Mason University in 2014. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2009 with a major in Computer Science. She has worked for Argonne National Laboratory, the United States Department of State, and various government contractors. Her research interests lie in exploring and forecasting the development of systems involving people, infrastructure, and information using methodologies including agent based modelling (ABM), social network analysis (SNA), data mining, statistical analysis, and geographic information systems (GIS).

All CUSP London members, King’s College London and University of Warwick students and academics welcome!

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