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Hichem Omrani, Ph.D. is a senior researcher at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) hosted at the Urban Development and Mobility department). Dr. Omrani received his Masters in Science (2004) and Ph.D. in Computer Science (2007) from the Technology University of Compiegne (UTC-France). He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Concordia, Canada and has supervised several Masters and Ph.D. students. He serves as a reviewer for several international journals, and is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Emerging Sciences.

Dr. Omrani conducts research in the framework of several competitive projects supported mainly by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). His research focuses on data science, complex systems modeling based on cellular automata, multi-agent systems models, multi-criteria decision making in complex, dynamic and uncertain environments, human mobility and transportation, policy evaluation, and urban studies and planning. He has published more than 80 scientific publications among them more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the journal of GIScience and Remote Sensing, Environmental Modelling & Software, Ecological modeling, Environmental Informatics, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Expert Systems and Applications, Computers & Industrial Engineering, and Applied Geography.

During his LISER funded scientific leave (2016-2017), he served as Senior Visiting Researcher at Purdue University (USA), working jointly with Dr. Bryan Pijanowski, an internationally recognized specialist in the field of land change science. 

Ongoing projects



  • OMRANI Hichem. Aide à l’évaluation des impacts liés à la mobilité urbaine. Editions Universitaires Européennes, 2010, 264 p.

Books Chapters

Conference Proceedings

  • BASSE Reine-Maria, OMRANI Hichem, CHARIF Omar, GERBER Philippe. Modélisation dynamique de l’occupation de sol par intelligence artificielle de la Grande Région. In: Actes des Onzièmes Rencontres de Théo Quant, Besançon, 20-22 Février 2013, pp. 1-2.
  • OMRANI Hichem, CHARIF Omar, XINHUA Zhu, AWASTHI Anjali, GERBER Philippe. Travel mode choice prediction: An empirical comparaison of four classification models. In: Proceedings of the BIVEC-GIBET Transport Research Day 2013. Walferdange, Luxembourg-City: Université du Luxembourg, CEPS/INSTEAD, 2013, pp. 204-217.

Contributions to Conference Proceedings

  • OMRANI Hichem, CHARIF Omar, GERBER Philippe, AWASTHI Anjali. Prediction of individual travel mode using evidential neural network model. Transportation Research Board, Washington, January 13-17, 2013.
  • CHARIF Omar, OMRANI Hichem, BASSE Reine-Maria. Cellular automata based on artificial neural network for simulating land use changes. In: Proceedings of the 45th Annual Simulation Symposium: Society for Computer Simulation International, Orlando, FL, USA, 1-9, March 26-29 2012.
  • BASSE Reine-Maria, OMRANI Hichem, CHARIF Omar, GERBER Philippe. Cellular automata based neural networks for modelling dual complex spatial systems, Land-use and transport systems: The case of the Greater Luxembourg. CAMUSS: International Symposium on Cellular Automata Modeling for Urban and Spatial Systems, Oporto, Portugal, November 8-10, 2012.
  • CHARIF Omar, OMRANI Hichem, BASSE Reine-Maria, TRIGANO Philipe. Cellular automata model based on machine learning methods for simulating land use change. ACM-WSC: Winter Simulation Conference, Berlin, December 9-12, 2012.
  • OMRANI Hichem, GERBER Philippe, CARPENTIER Samuel, CHARIF Omar. Comparaison méthodologique de modèles neuronaux et multinomiaux: Application au partage modal des actifs du Luxembourg. In: Nouvelles approches en Géographie Théoriques et Quantitative. Besançon: Théoquant, 2011, pp. 124-125.
  • CHARIF Omar, SCHNEIDER Marc, OMRANI Hichem. How to Geolocalize an administrative file basing on its addresses data? A proposal to achieve a better geocoding. In: International Cartographic association - Association Francaise de Cartographie. Proceedings of the 25th International Cartographic Conference. Paris, 2011.
  • OMAR Charif, OMRANI Hichem, TRIGANO Philippe. OMBP: Optic Modified BackPropagation training algorithm for fast convergence of Feedforward Neural Network. International Conference on Telecommunication Technology and Applications. Singapore: IACSIT Press, 2011, Proceedings of CSIT vol.5, pp. 132-137.
  • AWASTHI Anjali, OMRANI Hichem, CHARIF Omar, TRIGANO Philippe. Evidence theory-based mode choice modeling, INFORMS Simulation Society Research Workshop, Simulation in Complex Service Systems, HEC Montréal, July 18 - 20, 2011.
  • CHARIF Omar, OMRANI Hichem, KLEIN Olivier, SCHNEIDER Marc, TRIGANO Philippe. A method and a tool for geocoding and record linkage. In: IEEE-ITA-GRS. IEEE Conference on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (IEEE-IITA-GRS2010). Qingdao, China, 2010, pp. 356-359.
  • OMRANI Hichem, CHARIF Omar, KLEIN Olivier, GERBER Philippe, TRIGANO Philippe. An Approach for spatial and temporal data analysis: application for mobility modeling of workers in Luxembourg and its bordering areas. In: IEEE-SMC. IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. ISTANBUL, 2010, pp.1437-1442.
  • CUCU T., ION L., DUCQ Y., OMRANI H. Aid to the extension and to the exploitation of a public transportation service. International Conference on Computers & Industrial Engineering, CIE, 1022-1027, 2009.
  • OMRANI Hichem, GERBER Philippe, AWASTHIA A. A decision support tool for evaluating mobility projects. In: Computer Science and Engineering. International Conference on Computer Science and Engineering. Dubai, UAE: ICCSE, January 28-30, 2009.
  • OMRANI Hichem, GERBER Philippe. Small Area Estimation. In: International Conference on Small Area Estimation (SAE'09), June 29-July 01, 2009. Elche- Spain: International Association of Survey Statisticians (IASS), 2009.
  • OMRANI Hichem, ION-BOUSSIER Luminita, TRIGANO Philippe. An Approach for Environmental Impacts Assessment using Belief Theory, IEEE-IS'06, Proceedings of 3rd IEEE Conference On Intelligent Systems, 4-6 September, London, UK, 2006.


  • OMRANI Hichem, GERBER Philippe. Report concerning the estimation of indicators at various spatial scales for Luxembourg, produced in the framework of the Urban Audit project and presented to EUROSTAT. Luxembourg: CEPS/INSTEAD, January 2010.
  • OMRANI Hichem, GERBER Philippe. Small area estimation : Methods and application, final report of Urban Audit project, EUROSTAT, CEPS/INSTEAD, December 2009.


  • OMRANI Hichem, AWASTHI Anjali, ION-BOUSSIER Luminita, TRIGANO Philippe. HA2 : Hybrid Approach for impacts Assessment of urban mobility, 22nd European Conference on Operational Research EURO XXII, July 8-11, Prague, 2007.

Publications dans les collections de l'Institut