Complexity and the Future of Transportation Systems

Venue: Vienna

Location: Vienna, Austria

Event Date/Time: Sep 15, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: May 15, 2011
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Complexity and the Future of Transportation Systems

Satellite Meeting at the European Conference on Complex Systems 2011

Vienna, September 15, 2011.

Transportation systems are composed of a large number of heterogeneous elements, interacting, perceiving different information from the environment, and pursuing heterogeneous/different aims. Examples range from very well known systems, like road traffic dynamics, up to new fields, such as the Air Transport Network. Plenty of examples can be found in the literature about how different Complex Systems tools, as complex networks, percolation theory, self-organized criticality and agent base modeling, can be used to understand the internal dynamics of these systems and improve their performance.

The aim of this one day Meeting is to create a space for exchanging state-of-the-art results and ideas on this interesting topic. Special attention will be devoted to applications, i.e., how those tools and techniques can be used to improve the performance of real systems. Contributions centered on societal and environmental aspects and citizens’ perception will be especially welcome. What follows is a non exhaustive list of topics:

* Topological properties of transportation systems, and the relations between topology and efficiency / resilience / propagation of disturbances.
* Dynamics of transportation systems: from persons and vehicles, up to aircraft.
* Dynamics on transportation systems: diseases and information spreading mechanisms.
* Emerging behaviours and critical phase transitions in transportation systems.
* Citizens' mobility as the result of complex interactions between different transportation systems.

Both contributed talks and posters are welcomed.

Please hold the following date:
15-05-2011: Deadline for abstract submission, both for oral contributions and posters.

Submission is done by sending an extended abstract (max. 3 pages) to the following email address: Standard LaTeX or Microsoft Words formats are encouraged. Please be sure of specifying the type of contribution (oral or poster) you prefer.

If you need more information, please visit the following website:

or directly contact with the organizers of the Meeting:

Massimiliano Zanin (The INNAXIS Research Institute, mzanin at
Fabrizio Lillo (University of Palermo, Santa Fe Institute, and Scuola Normale Superiore, lillo at