• Position: Associate Professor
  • Areas of expertise: Strategic transport modelling; Traffic assignment; Network resilience; Transport Engineering
  • Email: N.C.Balijepalli@leeds.ac.uk
  • Phone: +44(0)113 343 5345
  • Location: Room 2.01, Institute for Transport Studies (34-40 University Road)


PhD Thesis

  • Stochastic Process Models for Dynamic Traffic Assignment

           (Supervisors: Prof David Watling and Dr Ronghui Liu)

Employment History

  • Jul 2020 – present Associate Professor, ITS, Leeds
  • Jul 2015 – Jun 2020 Lecturer, ITS, Leeds
  • Jan 2007 – Jun 2015 Research Fellow, ITS,Leeds
  • Nov 2005 – Dec 2006 Research Officer, ITS,Leeds
  • May 1989 – Sep 2002, Consultant in Transport Planning and Modelling, Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai, India


  • 2006 PhD in Transport Modelling, University of Leeds,Leeds,UK
  • 2000 Masters in Transport Planning and Engineering with Distinction, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  • 1989 Masters in Transportation Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India
  • 1987 Bachelors in Civil Engineering with Distinction, Nagarjuna University, Guntur, India

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation, UK

Professional Engagements

  • Academic Advisor, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UK (2022 – present)
  • Member, EPSRC’s Engineering Prioritisation Panel, UK
  • Member, British Council’s Newton Fund Evaluation Panel 
  • Member, Transportation Network Modelling Committee ADB30, Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C., USA
  • Life Member, Indian Roads Congress, New Delhi, India
  • Member, Advisory Group for Research Evaluation, Pontifical University of Peru, Lima, Peru (2015 – present)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Transportation Research Record, TRB, Washington D.C. (2009 – present)
  • Reviewer of journals: Transport Policy, Tra Res – A, B, Networks & Spatial Economics, Institution of Civil Engineers:Transport, Transportation 

PI: Uptake of e-motorcycles in Indonesia funded by Royal Academy of Engineering (2018-2020)

Research Experience and Special Expertise

  • Strategic transport modelling: dynamic land use transport interactions, gaming simulation, optimisation 
  • Traffic assignment modelling including day-to-day and within day dynamics
  • Traffic flow modelling for Dynamic Network Loading
  • Stochastic process models and driver learning models
  • Resilient networks: analysing vulnerable road links
  • Modelling road pricing and parking
  • Software: LINSIG, SATURN, MATLAB and OmniTRANS

Project Experience

  • MARS: Strategic land use transport model for Jakarta Region
  • Resilient transport networks and interdependencies, EPSRC 
  • Competition between cities, EPSRC
  • Lane change modelling in dynamic traffic flow models, EPSRC
  • Modelling day-to-day travel time variability on strategic road network in England, Highways Agency
  • Parking location choice modelling and area-based road pricing as part of DISTILLATE F – UK EPSRC
  • Doubly dynamic traffic assignment modelling, Centenary Chair Research Project,University of Leeds
  • Involved with the research project ‘Advancing Methods for Evaluating Network Reliability’ funded by the Department for Transport, UK
  • Project Leader: Comprehensive Transportation Plan for Jalgaon City, Maharashtra State,India
  • Worked on several consultancy studies funded by organisations such as World Bank, UNCHS, GTZ.

Programme Leader

MSc(Eng) Transport Planning & Engineering (2015-20)

Module Leader

  • Principles of Transport Engineering TRAN5072
  • Road Geometry & Infrastructure TRAN5241
  • Deterioration and Maintenance of Pavements TRAN5946
  • Principles of Transport Modelling TRAN5020


  • Transport Planning and Engineering CIVE2080
  • Principles of Transport Modelling TRAN5020
  • Traffic Network Modelling TRAN5290
  • Transport modelling software e.g., OmniTRANS, SATURN


  • Masters student dissertations (~50 students thus far)
  • PhD students (Three completed and six ongoing)

Visiting Lecturer 

  • University of Gadjah Mada, Indonesia


  • Director of International Activities: 2021 – present
  • Masters Admissions Tutor: 2013 – present 


  • Director of International Activities
  • Masters Admissions Tutor

Research projects

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Research groups and institutes

  • Spatial Modelling and Dynamics