Report October 2014

Closed Projects

Projects closed in this month.

ProjectCurrent StateContact

 Ongoing Projects

Projects, which are under progress or already confirmed (funded, assigned, etc.)

ProjectCurrent StateContact
Estimating a Germany-wide OD-Matrix for private car travelInvestigating in possible applications of MATSim within the planning processes of the DB. First assessment by the end of this yearJohannes Illenberger
Emission contrib The emission modeling tool is now ready for use by external researchers; Javadoc has been updated and now includes rules how to export HBEFA data into the required text files (see; we are currently working on a Jackcess integration for the HBEFA database. Benjamin
Detaillierte EvaluationWe tested an approach to iteratively calculate marginal emission exposure costs, and set internalizing prices accordingly. It has been applied to the Munich scenario, and results can be found here: Benjamin
MINTE ( have tested simultaneous pricing for emission and congestion external costs on Sioux Falls (South Dakota, US) scenario and compared the results with individual pricing schemes.Amit Agarwal
Optimal Pricing StrategiesOptimal Pricing Strategies (Public Transport and Private Transport), i.e. Dynamic and Agent-based Marginal Congestion Cost

eCab: Simulation-based system for the sustainable management of a fleet of electric taxicabs

A number of online taxi dispatching algorithms have been proposed, implemented and benchmarked (see: Currently, we are extending the algorithms to include smart scheduling of battery re-charging.

Michal Maciejewski,

DVRP contrib

Allows for simulation of dynamic routing processes for a wide range of transport services (taxis, shared taxis, courier services etc.; immediate and advance requests; online vehicle tracking and diversion; and many other features). Our current focus is on improving the efficiency of the implemented shortest paths search.

Michal Maciejewski 
IRP projectIntermodal Freight transport model to calculate external costs.

Initial demand from mobile phone trajectories

Take a calibrated MATSim run; Put a mobile phone network coverage on top; Give agents a calling behavior; Collect an artificial mobile phone dataset.

Set up a new scenario with only the artificial mobile phone dataset and link counts to use: Create an expanded population, have each agent draw from possible realizations of its individual mobile phone trajectory; calibrate with cadyts. Compare to ground truth.

Michael Zilske
EunoiaDevelopment of models of joint choice and joint use. "Joint Choice" extends the MATSim process to represent coordination between social contacts and household members, applied to joint trips and joint activities. "Joint use" focuses on using MATSim to study the reactions of bike sharing demand to changes in the supply. Case studies in Zurich, London and Barcelona are performed. Closes December 2014.Thibaut Dubernet
Topdad EU Project. Development of tools which will help businesses and regional governments find the best strategies to adapt to climate change. MATSim scenarios based on future weather scenarios given climate change to evaluate the impact on the transport system. Runs are ongoing. Closes October 2015.


Catch-a-carScientific supervision of a free-floating carsharing project in Basel. New mode choice models, with FF carsharing as alternative, will be estimated and implemented in MATSim. Survey phase just started, two years project.Francesco Ciari,
Valuing Travel Time Aiming at expanding existing models for the number, type and sequence of out-of-home activities, elaborating time use, daily scheduling, stated choice results and value of time components for the region of Vienna and evaluating the resulting policy implications using an updated version of
Post Car WorldAnalysis of the mobility patterns in a non-car oriented world. Induced/suppressed demand estimations using surveys and MATSim scenarios. Ends in 2017Milos Balac
A generalized approach to population synthesis Create a robust and fast population synthesis tool to improve the overall quality of MATSim results. Closing in few monthsKirill Müller
SCCER MobilityIn the first year we worked on Electric Vehicle Infrastructure pricing and are currently working on modelling trade-offs between Electric Vehicles and Conventional Vehicles using MATSim. Ends in 2017 (could be extended 3 additional years)
MATSim BookStructure clear. 1st drafts of Horni chapters ready. Copy  editor assigned. Preparing SNF publication proposalAndi Horni
NetCapProvide background/methodologies to use MFDs as a measurement for traffic in urban areas. Exemplary travel demands provided with MATSim. Development of algorithms to automatically produce OSM-derived multimodal networks for MATSim. Ends springtime 2015Francesco

New/Planned Projects

Project that one plans to do or which hoped to be funded.

ProjectCurrent StateContact
Minibus contribThere is a new contrib based on the PhD thesis of Andreas Neumann, see Neumann
SMART-PT – Smart Adaptive Public Transport Just Started. European long-term project. Systematically analyze the discrepancy between end-user travel demand and existing urban transit supply. Uses minibus contrib. Andreas Neumann
Machbarkeitsstudie "Teilszenarien und Standardbusse"Just Started. Application of the minibus contrib to 10% scenarios, scenarios with full-size buses, and huge scenario areas. Andreas Neumann
MAXess - Measuring accessibility in policy evaluationJust Started. Calculate accessibilities (taking into account both land-use and transport system characteristics) at a disaggregate individual and household level based on open and freely available data and make results available through high resolution, open-source, adaptive maps to will allow the assessment of various planning endeavors.Johan W. Joubert; Dominik Ziemke;
Shared Economy - SVIEvaluation of future “shared economy scenarios” with MATSim and their impact on the transportation system. Writing a proposalFrancesco Ciari,
Sharing is saving - NFPSolutions to limit the negative impacts of transportation, especially the reduction of energy. It focuses on collaborative mobility systems. Scenarios assuming their further diffusion are set up and evaluated with MATSim. Just startedFrancesco Ciari,
D4D Orange ChallengeUsing mobile phone data for spatial planning simulation and optimization technologies. MATSim plans are generated based on mobile phones data from Senegal. Just startedFrancesco Ciari
Autonomous Vehicles - SNFQuantitatively study with MATSim what the arrival of autonomous vehicles will mean for the transport system and demand. Provide libraries to simulate autonomous cars in MATSim. Proposal sent to SNF. Would start in Spring/Summer, Francesco Ciari

Dropped Projects

Project ideas which are dropped this month (because of rejected funding, lack of interesst, etc.) 


ProjectCurrent StateContact

Developers' Corner

At the beginning of September, the yearly MATSim Developer Meeting took place. A number of important decisions have been made and announced on the developers mailing list. The most important ones:

  • MATSim will now require Java 7 to run, and developers can start using Java 7 features in their code
  • A new configuration file format ("config.xml") offering more flexibility to deal with lists and enumerations has been introduced
  • Ids in MATSim will become typed, such that a link's id can be differentiated from a node's id, or from other type of Ids.

The change to typed Ids is already ongoing, with large parts of MATSim (the core) and the contributions already using the new type of Ids. Feel free to change the code in your playgrounds accordingly.

Events/Notes/Information that are Worth Mentioning

  • A new release of MATSim, "Fall 2014" (version 0.6.0) was released in September. This is the last release of MATSim that will run on Java 6.