Otto Anker Nielsen

Otto Anker Nielsen



Building: 116, 109A

2800 Kgs. Lyngby


Otto Anker Nielsen is professor in Traffic Modelling and head of the Division of Transport Modelling at DTU Management Engineering. He is also head of the Transport DTU center .


He has participated in numerous projects concerning transport modelling, road project planning, public transport, use of geographical information system, and development of methods and software within the field of transport.



1992 - 1994 Ph.D. in Transport Modelling, 1994 - Technical University of Denmark, Institute for Roads, Traffic and Urban Planning
1987 - 1991 M.Sc. in Civil Engineering, 1991 - Technical University of Denmark

Academic grades

Ph.D. in Transport Modelling, 1994

M.Sc. in Civil Engineering, 1991

Professional experience

1990 - Full Professor - Technical University of Denmark, Centre for Traffic and Transport
1997 - 1999 Manager of Research and Development - ScanRail Consult, Staff
1992 - 1997 PhD..student, Research Assistant, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor - Technical University of Denmark, Department of Planning (IFP)
1991 - 1992 M.Sc. - Carl Bro Ltd., Road and Transport


English, English


Visiting Professor at TUDelft, 2006-2007 Vice-chair of CTT ( with reference to the Director and Board, 2000-2006, and leader of the transport-modelling group, 1994-now. CTT has about 40 employees, and the transport modelling group 12 employees, incl. Ph.D.-students. The group has also the responsibility of the area of public transport Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Logistic and Freight Transport Research (, which involves several Danish, and foreign universities and firms. The Centre has a yearly budget of about 6 mio. DKK over a 6 year period, and involves 8 professors, about 15 senior researchers, 8 post.doc and 10 Ph.D. -Studies. 2000-2007 Director of the Danish National Transport Modelling Centre (, 2005-2006. Member of two-person board from then. The centre is a joint centre between CTT and the Danish Transport Research Institute (DTF). The centre has a steering committee with the major transport authorities and companies in Denmark. Project manager for a number of large research, development and applied projects in traffic planning and traffic engineering – mostly with emphasis on traffic models, impact analyses, public transport and GIS. The largest project – the develop¬ment of the Copenhagen Ringsted Model System - had 55 employees in the main consortia. Several projects have been solved by international consor¬tia, among these a number of projects for the European Commission. Has published many international papers in journals (8), books (7) and at confer¬ences (57). Member of international and Nordic research networks. Has also published a large number of Danish/Nordic papers (94). Member of scientific committees for international conferences and referee on international ISI journals. Chair of the research committee for the European Transport Conference (ETC). Member of the editorial boards of two international ISI journals. Member of Steering Committees or Scientific Committees for a number of Nordic traffic model projects, EU-research projects in traffic models, and various research projects in other transport related subjects. Many professional duties, among these, several abroad, including opponent on Ph.D.-theses, evaluation committees for professorships, evaluations of applications to research foundations, etc. Has planned a number of graduate, M.Sc., Ph.D. and supplementary training level courses, and is / has been supervisor for 14 Ph.D.-students, 3 visiting Ph.D.-students, 38 M.Sc. thesis, and 75 graduate students (bachelor thesis and other project reports). Has been involved in the organisation of several Danish and Nordic conferences, and three international conferences. Chair of the M.Sc. study transport and logistics at DTU involving several of DTU’s departments. The study encompass specialisations in 1) transportation and business logistics, 2) Traffic planning and traffic engineering, and 3) modelling of traffic and transport.

International experience

Has participated in a number of EU-projects as Danish team-manager, international leader of work-packages, as well as member of scientific committees for European projects. Has in addition co-operated with researchers from – among others - Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, UK, Germany, Netherlands, USA, Canada, Hong Kong and Indonesia. Participate in a number of international and Nordic research networks. Has been visiting professor at University of Montreal and TUDelft (the latter for a one-year period). Has given lectures in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Greenland, England, Scotland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Turkey, USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, Chile, Australia, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand and Indonesia. Has organised several Nordic and International conferences and is editor on two international books in progress.

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  • Ingenioeren

    ISSNs: 0105-6220

    Mediehuset Ingenioeren A/S, Denmark

    ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed no

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  • European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research

    ISSNs: 1567-7141, 1567-7133

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1567-7141

    Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands

    BFI (2018): BFI-level 2, Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.13 SJR 0.536 SNIP 0.662, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed no, Web of Science (2018): Indexed yes

    Indexed in DOAJ

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  • The Engineer

    ISSNs: 0013-7758

    Centaur Communications Ltd., United Kingdom

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0 SJR 0.1 SNIP 0, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed no

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