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101-0438-00L  Simulation of Transport Systems

SemesterSpring Semester 2018
LecturersM. Sojka, M. Balmer
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


AbstractBasics of transportation system simulation methods, including transport demand, service offer planning, modelling of transport facilities, facility dimensioning, facility performance and simulation quality control. Recognizes the applicability and limitations of current simulation tools.
ObjectiveStudents will develop a basic knowledge of transport simulation methods, including transport demand, service supply, modelling of transport facilities, facility dimensioning, facility performance and simulation quality control. Students will learn to recognize the appropriate type of simulation model to apply and the limitations of current simulation tools.
ContentTransport planning: (1) Basics of microsimulation: forms, idea of agent-based modelling, rule-based versus optimising behavioural models, steady state versus evolutionary paths, Nash equilibrium. (2) Random numbers and experimental design: Generation of quasi-random numbers and their algorithms; the idea of experimental design, sample design, ANOVA and response surfaces. (3) Agent-based travel demand models: examples, details and experiences (MATSIM, ORIENT, CEMDEP, Famos, Albatross etc.).
Transport systems: IT-tools for service planning, determination of vehicle and personnel requirements, operating simulation of rail lines and nodes, evaluation process from operational data to quality control.
Road Transport: Macro and micro traffic modelling, simulation techniques, simulation of the traffic flow at interchanges, highways and in networks, system optimization, evaluation of simulation results.
Lecture notesThe lecture notes and additional handouts will be provided at the lectures.
LiteratureAdditional literature recommendations will be provided at the lectures.
Prerequisites / NoticeStudents will use most of the simulation programs discussed in the class during the course of the semester.