Aruna Sivakumar is a senior lecturer in travel behaviour and urban systems modelling at the Centre for Transport Studies, Imperial College London. She is director of the Urban Systems Laboratory, and leads several smart city and systems modelling initiatives focused on understanding and analysing resource consumption behaviour. As PI, she has attracted funding worth £1.8m over the last 5 years from national and international sources such as EPSRC, ESRC, Shell Inc in the UK, and SMRT Singapore.
Over a career spanning 15+ years Aruna has published more than 40 peer reviewed journal papers, made over a 100 conference presentations, and published several book chapters. Her review paper on urban energy systems and journal article on activity-based travel demand modelling have both been cited over 400 times. Her research on activity based microsimulation models of urban resource demands is internationally renowned and she has been invited to present at several seminar series, such as the UCL Energy series and the Choice Modelling Seminar series at Leeds University.
Aruna is a member of several scientific committees for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in the US and the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS). She is an editorial board member of Transportation Letters, and a founding stakeholder of the Zephry Foundation for Advancing Travel Analysis Methods.