Report October-December 2015

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Ongoing Projects

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



Project Name

Institution(s) involved

Short DescriptionCurrent StateTime FrameContact
MINTE ( - TU BerlinOptimal combined pricing for emission and congestion

We have tested simultaneous pricing for emission and congestion external costs on (a) Sioux Falls and (b) Munich, scenarios and compared the results with individual pricing schemes.

until 2016Amit Agarwal

Optimization and network wide analysis of traffic signal control

VSP - TU Berlin,

BTU Cottbus

Analyzes the interaction between traffic signal control and users’

behavior from two perspectives: optimization of traffic assignment and signal control in a mathematical model (by BTU Cottbus) and evaluation of the impact of signal control optimization on travelers’ behavior using MATSim (by VSP).

Currently analyzing simulation parameter and signal influences in small scenarios like Braess's paradox and the inner city of Cottbus, especially regarding route choice and travel time.


Theresa Thunig


Optimal Pricing Strategies Optimal Pricing Strategies (Public Transport and Private Transport), i.e. Dynamic and Agent-based Marginal Congestion Cost Pricing.  Ihab Kaddoura

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

VSP - TU Berlin


The goal is to (a) investigate possible ways of introducing electric taxicabs in Berlin, (b) devise efficient strategies for dispatching and charging taxis, and (c) estimate the outcomes in terms of sustainability.Last publications are in the makingFebruary 2013 - January 2016Michal Maciejewski, Joschka Bischoff
IRP projectBUTO - Vrije Universiteit BrusselIntermodal Freight transport model to calculate external costs.  

Koen Mommens

Initial demand from mobile phone trajectoriesVSP - TU BerlinCreating 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
Catch-a-carIVT - ETH ZürichScientific 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.The second wave of the survey is almost complete.October 2014 - October 2016Francesco Ciari, Henrik Becker
Valuing Travel Time IVT - ETH ZürichAiming 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 MATSim. 2014-2016 Basil Schmid
Post Car WorldIVT - ETH ZürichAnalysis of the mobility patterns in a non-car oriented world. Induced/suppressed demand estimations using surveys and MATSim scenarios.Stated preferences surveys have been run. First analyses are ongoing.
2014-2017Milos Balac
A generalized approach to population synthesis IVT - ETH ZürichCreate a robust and fast population synthesis tool to improve the overall quality of MATSim results.The population is available, tests are being run.
20??-2015Kirill Müller
SCCER MobilityIVT - ETH Zürich In 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.


(could be extended 3 additional years).

Rashid Waraich
MATSim Book

VSP - TU Berlin

IVT - ETH Zürich

Senozon AG


Publisher evaluation.

Copyrights checking.

Finishing remaining issues in terms of content, in particular "Research Avenues"

2014-2015Andi Horni
Sioux FallsFCL SingaporeExtension of the Sioux Falls scenario with a finer OSM network including public transportation and improved accessibility. Addition of through and freight traffic in order to create congested traffic condition during peak hours.  Artem Chakirov
User preference heterogeneity (Economic Valuation)FCL SingaporeIn depth analysis of effects of value of time heterogeneity and different types of schedule delay heterogeneity among users. Comparison to the transport economics theory using a simple multi-modal corridor scenario.  Artem Chakirov
Secondary activity schedulingFCL SingaporeWith established mandatory activities in people’s daily plans (rest, work, study), time planning, scheduling is primarily based on organizing flexible activities and trips during the given remaining time windows. This work develops a method to extract and model flexible activity patterns from real data, and to use them to make a massive number of activity chain predictions.  Sergio Ordonez
Distributed simulationFCL SingaporeA master-slave configuration for MATSim, where repeated replanning and plan evaluation of very large scenarios takes place on cheap slave nodes, passing plans to a master node executing agents' selected plans in QSim, and receiving TravelTimes from the master to update the meta-model (PSim) used for plan evaluation and scoring. Works on ethernet and StarCluster (Amazon EC2)  Pieter Fourie, Sergio Ordonez
Transit smart-card-driven MATSimFCL SingaporeDemand derived from transit smart card data drives a simplified simulation of transit operations, where stop-to-stop speeds are sampled from the (inferred) speeds experienced by buses in the actual network, eliminating the need to simulate car traffic.  Artem Chakirov, Alex Erath, Pieter Fourie, Sergio Ordonez
Activity-based Modeling Using Smart Card DataDepartment of Transportation Engineering, University of Seoul

In this work, Transit demand is generated by exploiting the smart card revealed daily transaction records. In the first step, trip segments are converted into trip chains followed by the INFERENCE OF ACTIVITY TYPES. A set of rules are defined by using socio-demographic profile (Household Travel Survey Data, 2010) to assign activity purpose. Daily itineraries of agents' are then converted into MATSim demand and calibrated with HHTSD.

  Atizaz Ali
Waste collection in Cape TownISE - University of PretoriaTrying to model waste collection vehicles in MATSim based on actual GPS dataUsing map matching techniques in order to create MATSim routes for a subpopulation of waste collection vehicles Johan W. Joubert;
SMART-PT – Smart Adaptive Public Transport

VSP - TU Berlin

DTS - Poznan University of Technology

European long-term project. Systematically analyze the discrepancy between end-user travel demand and existing urban transit supply. Uses minibus contrib. July 2014 - June 2016

Andreas Neumann,Michal Maciejewski

Machbarkeitsstudie "Teilszenarien und Standardbusse"VSP - TU BerlinApplication of the minibus contrib to 10% scenarios, scenarios with full-size buses, and huge scenario areas.   Andreas Neumann
MAXess - Measuring accessibility in policy evaluation

ISE - University of Pretoria

VSP - TU Berlin

IVT - ETH Zürich

Calculate accessibilities (taking into account both land-use and transport system characteristics) at a disaggregate level based on freely available data and make results available through high resolution, open-source, adaptive maps to allow the assessment of planning schemes. Our geoserver is now set up and hosts initial results; see 

Johan W. Joubert Dominik Ziemke, Thibaut Dubernet

Sharing is saving - NFPIVT - ETH ZürichSolutions to limit the negative impacts of transportation, especially the reduction of energy consumption. It focuses on collaborative mobility systems. Scenarios assuming their further diffusion are set up and evaluated with MATSimScenarios are being created based on the literature review2014-2017Francesco Ciari, Henrik Becker
Autonomous Vehicles - SNFIVT - ETH ZürichQuantitatively 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 accepted by SNF. Will start in Autumn 2015Just started.2015 - 2018Patrick Boesch, Francesco Ciari
Integrated population synthesis and demand generation of large-scale scenariosFCL SingaporeA project for the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore, to rapidly generate future population scenarios, along with resulting MATSim activity chains and travel demand.  Alex Erath, Pieter Fourie
MATSim model for StockholmKTH StockholmWork funded by two different projects. One is SMART-PT, supported by the EC and focusing on a model of the public transport system, and the other one is IHOP2, funded by the Swedish Road Agency and aiming to integrate the different existing Swedish demand and supply models in a flexible manner, using MATSim as a middle layerKTH is currently building a MATSim model for Stockholm, Gunnar Floetteroed
Santiago scenarioVSP, Universidad de ChileBuilding up a MATSim scenario for Santiago to test different environmental policiesCurrently, we have the first runs based on OSM network information and a detailed travel diary survey from 2012 with approximately 40k individuals (~0.65% of the total population). In the next step, mode choice is planned to be introduced to the model.April 2015 - ???



Traffic behaviour in all-new city districts within metropolitan areasSI (Städtebau-Institut) - Universität StuttgartAlteration of the urban mobility system when newly-built residential or industrial areas are connected to the transport system using the example of Stuttgart. About the correlation of mobility and urban structure on different spatial scales.
Transit OptimizationVSP - TU BerlinAn agent-based evolutionary approach for the user-oriented optimization of complex public transit systems  Andreas Neumann
Estimating a Germany-wide OD-Matrix for private car travel - Update 2014
Deutsche BahnThe aim of this project was to estimate a Germany-wide OD-matrix on a zonal structure that is comparable to the German zip codes. The OD-matrix was generated as a aggregation of a microscopic matsim scenario based on the German travel survey (MiD 2008) and calibrated against 2500 count stations.We extract a fine-grained OD-matrix from a Germany wide synthetic population describing average daily travel patterns. The 2014 update includes more and update data sources as well as methodological improvements in the imputation and calibration process.2015Johannes Illenberger
 Autonomous taxi fleets for BerlinVSP - TU BerlinBased on our existing Berlin scenarios and MATSims DVRP package we are evaluating what a large-scale introduction of autonomous taxis could mean for a city like Berlin. Initially all inner city trips are replaced by autonomous taxicabs. Among the questions answered within the project are the amount of cars that could be replaced and how big such a fleet would have to be.

The simulation scenario was set up and the dispatching algorithms were adapted to ensure real-time responsiveness for fleets of

200+ thousand vehicles. As a result, a 24-hour simulation takes only a

few hours. Currently, we are evaluating the effects of introducing such huge AV fleets.

2015Joschka Bischoff, Michal Maciejewski,

New/Planned Projects

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


Project NameInstitution(s) involvedShort DescriptionContact

Shared taxibusses

VSP - TU BerlinUsing an extension for MATSim's DVRP algorithm, we are implementing a system of shared taxibusses for collective transport that could e.g. be organised by employers of large industrial sites or in rural areas. A scenario has been set up, the extension for DVRP has been implemented, though the optimizer is still in a very early stage.Joschka Bischoff

Closed Projects

Projects closed in these months.

Project Name

Institution(s) involved

Short DescriptionTime FrameContact
Topdad IVT - ETH ZürichEU 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.October 2012 - September 2015Francesco CiariPatrick Boesch
NetCapIVT - ETH ZürichProvided background/methodologies to use MFDs as a measurement for traffic in urban areas. Exemples of travel demand were provided with MATSim.2012-2015 Francesco CiariPatrick Boesch


Dropped Projects

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



Developers' Corner


Information about current work on contributions which are not directly related to a formal project


Events/Notes/Information that are Worth Mentioning