Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence research cluster

The Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence research cluster is focused on data-based research, consultancy and training, including big data analytics, statistical modelling, natural language processing, and major aspects of artificial intelligence. The cluster’s activities fill the gap between cutting-edge research and businesses across industries and sectors.

Members of the cluster have an expertise in:

  • Multivariate analysis and statistical modelling
  • Time series forecasting
  • Advanced neural networks and their applications
  • Text and image mining
  • Decision making methodology

Applied areas of the cluster include (but not limited to) air transport industry, urban traffic flows, public transport, social media, spatial planning, inventory control and logistics.

Cluster members


Dr. sc. ing.
Dmitry Pavlyuk
Engineering Faculty
Dmitry Pavlyuk

Academic degree: doctoral degree in Economics (2005) and Engineering (2015).

Current position at TSI: professor (since 2019), pro-dean of the Engineering Faculty (since 2021), researcher and head of Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence research cluster at Transport and Telecommunication Institute, TSI (since 2020).

Experience: academic career from an assistant position at Saratov State University, Russia, in 2002 to an associate professor at TSI. Chair of TSI Mathematical Methods and Modelling Department (2014-2020).

Academic experience: Nineteen years of teaching experience in higher education, development and presenting study courses: Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics; Econometrics; Operation Research; Optimisation Theory; Discrete Mathematics; Introduction to Stochastic Processes; Data Analysis and Business Forecasting. Member of TSI final attestation commissions on MSc in Computer Science and Management of Information Systems. Dr Dmitry Pavlyuk has supervised 15 successfully promoted MSc and 10 BSc theses. Teaching mobility to Higher School of Transport, Bulgaria (2013), Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania (2017).

Research experience: Author of more than 50 publications, including 22 journal articles in Sensors (ISSN: 1424-8220), European Transport Research Review (ISSN: 1867-0717), Algorithms (ISSN: 1999-4893), Transport and Telecommunication (ISSN: 1407-6179), Research in Transportation Economics (ISSN: 0739-8859), Transport (ISSN: 1648-4142) and 12 book chapters in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Networks and Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series. Postdoctoral researcher at TSI (2017-2020) for spatiotemporal urban traffic modelling; presenter at more than 30 international conferences in Latvia, Austria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Germany, Poland, Russia, Spain. The reviewer at many top scientific journals, including Transportation Research, Parts A, C, E, Transport Reviews, IEEE Access, Transportmetrica B. Guest editor at Information (ISSN: 2078-2489); member of programme committees of Reliability and Statistics in Transportation and Communication (RelStat-2017-2020), Latvia, and Computer Modelling in Decision Making (CMDM 2017-2020), Russia. Member of PhD promotion committee, expert of the Latvian Council of Science (since 2017) in Civil Engineering.

Participation in research projects: Dr Pavlyuk has successfully completed the postdoc research project “Spatiotemporal urban traffic modelling using big data” (2017-2020); researcher in “Enhancing excellence and innovation capacity in sustainable transport interchanges” (Horizon 2020 Nr. 692426, 2016-2018), “Learning with ICT use” (Erasmus+, 2014-2017) and several commercial research projects.

Research Interests: Research interests include: spatial and spatiotemporal statistical modelling, multivariate time series analysis, econometric models and statistical estimators, stochastic frontier models and machine learning in applied domains of banking, airport industry, urban road traffic, public transport, venture markets, and environmental management.


Dr. sc. ing.
Irina Yatskiv
Engineering Faculty
Irina Yatskiv
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Academic degree and current position in TSI: professor, leading researcher of the Engineering Faculty, Director of MSc Program “Transport and Logistics”

Previous experience: more than 10 years was Vice-rector for Research and Development, Transport and Telecommunication Institute (TSI), founder of the Laboratory of Applied Systems and chair of Mathematical Methods and Modelling Department in TSI

Membership: From 01.2017 member of ECTRI Board and from 2019 – vice-president of ECTRI; an external scientific expert in Association of Paneuropa Coach Terminals from 2009; has been chair or member of the organizing and the programme committees of the International Conference on Applied Statistics (6 events), Transportation Research (15 events), Complex Systems (4 events), etc. and reviewer in transportation journals and conference proceedings. Member of Editorial Board of Journals: Transport (WoS, SCOPUS); Maintenance and Reliability (SCOPUS), Transport and Telecommunication (WoS, SCOPUS), etc. Guest redactor of Volumes of Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems and Lecture Notes in Intelligent Transportation and Infrastructure in Springer; Procedia Engineering published by Elsevier etc.

Academic experience: Author more than 170 publications, incl. 9 books and textbooks, chapters in the books “From Transit Systems to Models: Purpose of Modelling” in book: “Modelling Public Transport Passenger Flows in the Era of Intelligent Transport Systems” (Springer Verlag, 2016), “3D City Models and urban information: Current issues and perspectives” (edpsciences, 2014), papers in International Journal of Transport, Transport and Telecommunication, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, etc. Guest redactor of Volumes of Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems and Lecture Notes in Intelligent Transportation and Infrastructure in Springer; Procedia Engineering published by Elsevier etc. An Expert in Transport and Logistics (2008-2021) and Civil Engineering (from 2021) at the Latvian Council for Science; member of the PhD promotion committee

Teaching at post- and graduate levels: Data Analysis (PhD in Business Management, RSEBAA-BA); Multivariate Statistical Analysis, Transport Modelling, Scientific Seminar (Dr. Ing. in Telematics and Logistics, TSI); Data Mining (MSc in Computers Science, MIS, TSI); Research Seminar; Methods of Data Analysis and Business Forecasting (MSc in Transport and Logistics, TSI); etc.

Participation in projects: as leading researcher has participated in more than 20 European and Latvian research projects and more than 14 national transportation studies, and was scientific coordinator in 8 of them. Is/was national representative and management committee member of COST Actions CA16222 (WISE-ACT), TU1306 (CYBERPARKS), TU1004, TU0903, TU0804 and TU0801. Has great experience in coordinating different kind of projects in frame of Horizon 2020, FP, INTERREG, BSR programmes, she was coordinator of Horizon 2020 project “Enhancing excellence and innovation capacity in sustainable transport interchanges” (ALLIANCE)

Research interest: Data analysis, data mining, statistical analysis, mathematical modelling and simulation with application in different fields (transportation sphere, business, economics, networks, logistics and others)

Supervised Doctoral, Master and Bachelor Theses: Promoted 6 Doctoral, more than 90 Master theses and 70 Bachelor theses an official reviewer of 7 PhD theses

Awards: (2019) by Ministry of Education and Science; (2017, 2010, 2008) Latvian Education Funds; (2011, 2010, 2008) Riga Municipality

Guest professor 

Neil Rubens
Stanford University (USA)
Neil Rubens

Dr Neil Rubens is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, visiting professor and leading project manager at Stanford University (USA) on projects, related to applications of artificial intelligence for industry analysis, was working as assistant professor at University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo (Japan), has excellent work experience in business sector as software engineer, as well as founder of own startup in Japan.

Assistant professor 

Dr. sc. ing.
Ilya Jackson
Engineering Faculty
Ilya Jackson

Academic degree and current position in TSI: assistant professor, researcher at the research cluster “Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

Previous experience: 4 years of lecturing and research at the Transport and Telecommunication Institute (TSI)

Membership: Reviewer of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) and Transport Journal. Member of the scientific committee of the International Scientific Conference “Transbaltica 2021”. Member of a working group European Transport Research Review (ECTRI), thematic group “freight & logistics”.

Academic experience: More than 13 publications indexed by SCOPUS and WoS. Author of such courses as “Risk management in supply chains”, “Modeling Logistic and transport processes”, “Logistic systems and chains”.

Teaching at post- and graduate level: Risk management in supply chains (MSc in Transport and Logistics), Modeling Logistic and transport processes (MSc in Transport and Logistics), Logistic systems and chains (MSc in Transport and Logistics).

Participation in projects: participated as a researcher in several European projects including ALLIANCE (ID: 692426) and ePIcenter (ID: 861584).

Research Interests: Supply chain management, applied machine learning, simulation modelling, operations research and metaheuristics.

Supervised Doctoral, Master and Bachelor Theses (number): 1 master student completed master’s degree under my supervision.

Awards: Young Researcher Award was received at the 20th International Multi-Conference Reliability and Statistics in Transportation and Communication, 2020, Riga, Latvia. Awarded paper: “Neuroevolutionary approach to metamodel-based optimization in production and logistics”

Assoc. prof 

Dr. sc. ing.
Nadezda Spiridovska
Engineering Faculty
Nadezda Spiridovska

Academic degree and current position in TSI: associate professor, researcher at the Engineering Faculty.

Previous experience: worked at the Mathematical Methods and Modelling Department in TSI for more than 10 years (assistant, lecturer, assistant professor), postdoc researcher.

Membership: A member of the Latvian Simulation Society since 2004, a member of the Latvian Operations Research Society (LatORS) since 2019.

Teaching activity: Discrete Mathematics (undergraduate level); Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics (undergraduate level); System Modelling (undergraduate level); Introduction to machine learning (undergraduate level); Statistics (undergraduate level).

Publication activity: Author of on average two to three academic articles a year.

Projects: as a researcher has participated in more than 5 European and Latvian research projects.

Supervised Doctoral, Master and Bachelor Theses (number): 1 Master thesis and more than 10 Bachelor theses.

Research fields/domains: Data analysis, statistical analysis, mathematical modelling and simulation (in transportation), machine learning.

Motto: “Any problem can be turned into opportunity”.

Anastasia Hismutova

Project Portfolio

Data-driven evaluation of Quality-of-Service of Transport Interchanges

Multidimensional data visualization

Modelling effects of external environment using Markov-modulated regressions

Human activity recognition using ML and AI methods

Stock keeping unit segmentation based on unsupervised learning

Neuroevolutionary approach to metamodeling and optimization of inventory control systems

Social Media Data analysis / Text Mining

Survey Data Analytics

Efficiency/Performance Evaluation

Modelling Public Transport Passenger Flows

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