Mario Cools (Lier, 1982) holds a master degree in applied economics, major quantitative business economics, minor operations research (University of Antwerp, 2004) and a master degree in applied statistics (Hasselt University, 2005). After obtaining his statistics degree, he started working as a PhD candidate at the Transportation Research Institute of Hasselt University, were he obtained his PhD in transportation sciences in 2009. After having continued his research as a post-doctoral researcher, Mario Cools was granted a post-doctoral fellowship from the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) in 2010. Consequently, he worked at the Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUB) as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Economics and Management, and 10% as assistant professor the Faculty of Business Economics of Hasselt University.
Currently, Mario Cools is appointed as full-time associate professor at the Faculty of Applied Sciences of the University of Liège, where he is charge of research domain 'diagnosis and analysis of transport and its externalities' of the research unit LEMA. LEMA is a research group attached to the Urban & Environmental Engineering (UEE) research unit at the University of Liège, and develops its researches in the domains of (i) architectural and urban modelling with the goal to improve the sustainability of the built environment, (ii) urban planning and urban forms and (iii) diagnosis and analysis of transport and its externalities.
Mario Cools is author and co-author of different scientific publications in research domains such as travel behaviour, transport policy and activity-based travel demand models. In the past, he was involved with several research projects in this domain. Topics of these include: travel behaviour surveys, activity-diary data collection, survey methodology, profile and accident analysis of motor- and moped cyclists, bicycle trips and related indicators, multimodal transportation choices, household mobility and energy consumption, traffic models, activity-based models, uncertainty analysis, transport policy, congestion-averse transport planning.
Mario Cools has been active as a visiting professor and guest lecture at a variety of international research institutions including ENPC (ParisTech), University of Toronto, University of Danang, University of Brasilia (UnB), Central University of Ecuador (UCE). At a national level, he currently is a visiting research fellow at the Center for Information Management, Modeling and Simulation of the KUL Campus Brussels, and in the Business Informatics Research Group of Hasselt University.