Lóránt (Lóri) Tavasszy


Transport & Planning (CEG)

Engineering Systems and Services (TPM)


Transport and Logistics 

Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
Building 31
Room: B3.180

Phone: +31 15 27 86343
E-mail: L.A.Tavasszy@remove-this.tudelft.nl 
Thursday & Friday at TPM, Transport & Logistics Section
Monday – Wednesday at Civil Engineering, Transport & Planning Section

Secretary: Ellen van der Linden & Dehlaila da Costa Ricardo

Secondary employment

Research interests

  • Freight transport systems
  • City logistics
  • Global logistic networks

Prof.dr.ir. L.A. (Lóránt) Tavasszy


Lóránt Tavasszy is Professor in Freight and Logistics, since September 2016 full-time at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). He studied Civil Engineering at the TU Delft, with specialisations in transport modelling and freight transport. He held a part time position at Radboud University as professor in Freight Transport and Spatial Development from 2004 and joined the TU Delft again part-time in 2009, combined with a position as Principal Scientist at TNO.


Prof. Tavasszy completed his PhD thesis in 1996 on a strategic model of freight transport flows within Europe. His research specialization lies in the modelling of linkages between logistics, freight transportation and spatial systems. While at TNO he developed the classical SMILE model, which was succeeded by a research roadmaps and several projects. He won international awards for research led by him from WCTRS in 1998 and from the US TRB in 2013. 

Educational activities

  • Analysis and Design of Freight and Logistic Systems
    Master Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis & Man.
    ECTS: 5
  • Innovatie in transport en logistiek
    Master Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis & Man.
    ECTS: 5

Key publications

  • Tavasszy, L.A., Smeenk, B., C.J. Ruijgrok, A DSS for modelling logistics chains in freight transport systems analysis, International Transactions in Operational Research Vol. 5, No. 6, pp. 447-459, 1998. Republished in K. Button, P.Nijkamp, A. McKinnon (eds), Classics in Transport Analysis: Transport Logistics, Edward Elgar publishers, 2003
  • Groothedde, B., C.J. Ruijgrok, L.A. Tavasszy (2005), Towards collaborative, intermodal hub networks. A case study in the fast moving consumer goods market, Transportation Research E, Vol. 41 Issue 6, pp. 567-583
  • Tavasszy, L.A.,  M. Minderhoud, JF. Perrin, T. Notteboom (2011), A strategic network choice model for global container flows: specification, estimation and application, Journal of Transport Geography, Volume 19, Issue 6, 1163-1172
  • Tavasszy, L.A., C.J. Ruijgrok, I. Davydenko (2012), Incorporating logistics in freight transport demand models: state of the art and research opportunities, Transport Reviews 32 (2) 203-219
  • Anand, N.R., M. Yang, J.H.R. van Duin, L.A. Tavasszy (2012), GenCLOn: An ontology for city logistics, Expert Systems with Applications 39 (15), 11944–11960
  • Davydenko, I. Y., & Tavasszy, L. A. (2013). Estimation of warehouse throughput in freight transport demand model for the Netherlands. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2379(1), 9-17.
  • Ankersmit, S., Rezaei, J., & Tavasszy, L. (2014). The potential of horizontal collaboration in airport ground freight services. Journal of Air Transport Management, 40, 169-181
  • Halim, R. A., Kwakkel, J. H., & Tavasszy, L. A. (2016), A strategic model of port-hinterland freight distribution networks, Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, doi:10.1016/j.tre.2016.05.014

More publications

Other activities

  • Editorial Board European Journal of Transport and Infrastructures Research (EJTIR), Case Studies in Transport Policy (CSTP), Journal of Supply Chain Management Science (JSCMS) and Tijdschrift Vervoerswetenschap (TVW).
  • International member of TRB (Transportation Research Board) Freight Transport Modelling Subcommittee and, TRB Intermodal Freight Committee
  • Scientific co-chair of Working Group 2 on Corridors, Hubs and Synchromodality of the Horizon 2020 European Technology Platform ALICE (Logistics)
  • Member of Strategic Advisory Board of the Finnish Transport Agency, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Finland
  • Mentor of the Strategic Platform Commercial Vehicles Program Board of EUCAR
  • Member of the Taskforce Logistics of EARPA (European Automotive Research Partners Association).
  • Chair of Scientific Committee of World Conference for Transport Research, Chair of Special Interest Group on Freight Modelling (SIG B5) 


  • Tavasszy, L.A., G. de Jong (eds.) (2014), Modelling Freight Transport, Elsevier
  • Tavasszy, L., & Ruijgrok, K. (2013). Freight transport demand: indicators, determinants and drivers of change. In: Wee, B. van, , J.A.Annema, D. Bannister (eds.), The Transport System and Transport Policy: An Introduction, 51
  • Tavasszy, L., & Bliemer, M. (2013). Transport Flow, Distribution and Allocation Models, Traffic Assignment and Forecasting. In J. Rodrigue, T. Notteboom, & J. Shaw (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of transport studies. (pp. 331-347), London: SAGE Publications, Ltd
  • Combes, F., K. Ruijgrok, L.A. Tavasszy (2013), Endogenous Shipment Size in Freight Mode Choice Models: Theory and Empirical Testing, in: Ben-Akiva, M., H. Meersman, E. van de Voorde (eds.), Freight Transport Modelling, Bingley: Emerald
  • Smokers, R., Tavasszy, L., Chen, M., & Guis, E. (2014). Options for Competitive and Sustainable Logistics. In Sustainable Logistics (pp. 1-30). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
  • Tavasszy, L. A., Ivanova, O., & Halim, R. A. (2015). Modelling Global Container Freight Transport Demand. In Handbook of Ocean Container Transport Logistics (pp. 451-475). Springer International Publishing.
  • Tavasszy, L. A., Behdani, B., & Konings, R. (2015). Intermodality and Synchromodality. Available at SSRN 2592888.
  • Halim, R. A., Tavasszy, L. A., Kwakkel, J. H.,  The impact of the emergence of direct shipping lines on port flows, In: Ducruet, C. (Ed.). (2015). Maritime Networks: Spatial structures and time dynamics. Routledge.
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