Blog from June, 2017

As announced, the playgrounds have moved to their own GitHub repository.

Tests are run by Travis and Jenkins – as before, Travis runs Tests, and Jenkins also runs Integration Tests.

A few integration tests are currently failing, probably because of file references to outside the repository. Please check.

Action required for those who have playgrounds:

We are moving them out of the matsim git repository into their own one. See e.g. MATSIM-676 - Getting issue details... STATUS  or MATSIM-685 - Getting issue details... STATUS  or MATSIM-680 - Getting issue details... STATUS for discussion.

This mostly means that you will have to check out this new repository separately, and put it next to the current repository into your (e.g.) Eclipse workspace. (Don't try to put it inside the current repository.) IDEs like Eclipse don't care much – they resolve dependencies within the same workspace on their own.

On the other hand, it means that if you are developing neither the core nor a contrib, you now probably need to check out only the playgrounds!

I plan to do this on 2017-06-29. I will briefly block pushes to matsim, create the new playgrounds repository, and re-open matsim. It will be easiest if you have everything committed by that time – though it should also be easy to transfer your changes to the newly checked-out playgrounds repository. After all, the directory structure is not going to change. 

In parallel to the still open position for MATSim modeling, the Swiss railway operator SBB is accepting applications for internship at university level. The offer can be found on the job portal of the SBB, under reference number 26261, or in this PDF (both in German).


                              IEEE MoD@ITSC 2017

                1st Workshop on Modelling, Analysis and Control of
                       Intelligent Mobility-on-Demand Systems            

                         co-located with IEEE ITSC 2017                       
                      October 16-19, 2017, Yokohama, Japan



After decades of little innovation, personal urban mobility is undergoing rapid transformations due to the introduction of disruptive technologies (e.g. connected and driverless cars), new IT applications (e.g. app-based services) but also due to changes in individual preferences and social behaviours, with a growing trend towards a shifting from car ownership to sharing. This gave new life to several mobility on demand (MoD) services which were ideated decades ago but never established themselves as viable mobility solutions and created new variations of them, such as ride-sharing, bike-sharing programs, car-pooling and car-sharing services, on-demand bus and delivery services, etc. The rapid growth and the forecasted (large) scale of these new mobility services is expected to radically change individual travel patterns, and conventional frameworks for the modelling, analysis, simulation and control of transportation systems are not appropriate any more. For instance, novel demand modelling tools are needed for measuring, modelling and predicting behavioural choice and individual preferences for the new mobility solutions, as well as forecasting the level of market uptake of the different mobility services. Similarly, new analytical models and simulation frameworks are required to accurately characterise the peculiar properties of MoD systems. Then, the insights obtained may serve as basic input to advanced optimization frameworks, which can provide decision tools for the planning and optimal operation of such systems. Key issues to address are infrastructure planning, fleet sizing and management, supply rebalancing, and efficient cooperation with other transportation modes (e.g. public transport).

The goal of this workshop session is to provide a forum to exchange ideas, discuss solutions, and share experiences from industry, researchers and the public sector. We solicit original papers covering different aspects of MoD systems, including modelling, optimisation, management systems, field applications and new paradigms.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Data mining, machine learning, and data analytics for MoD systems
- Large scale simulation of agent-based models for MoD systems
- Modelling, analysis, and control of MoD systems
- On-demand mobility in Public Transport
- Cooperative Systems and Connected Vehicles for MoD services
- Autonomous driving for MoD services
- ITS technologies for MoD services
- Social and emergent behaviours for MoD services
- Travel behaviour and travel demand for MoD systems
- Discrete choice modelling for MoD systems
- Field tests and implementation of MoD services
- Cooperation between different modes of MoD
- MoD and Smart Cities
- Complex network theory for MoD systems
- Robotic MoD systems
- Electric MoD systems
- Operations research in MoD systems
- Drones as the new frontier for MoD

Submitted papers must be no longer than 6 pages, and should adhere to the standard IEEE conference proceedings format. Reviews will be single-blinded. Papers should neither have been published elsewhere nor being currently under review by another conference or journal.

Paper should be submitted via EDAS using the following link:


- Submission Deadline:        30 June 2017
- Acceptance Notification:    25 July 2017
- Camera Ready Due:         10 August 2017


Chiara Boldrini (IIT, Italian National Research Council)
Raffaele Bruno (IIT, Italian National Research Council)
Francesco Ciari (Institute for Transport Planning and Systems, ETH Zürich)
Hironori Kato (Dept. of Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo)