MATSim Tutorial @Tongji University, Shanghai, China

The MATSim Tutorial is an excellent opportunity for everyone to get started with MATSim or expand one's knowledge: you will learn about the core principles of agent-based transport modeling, explore the software architecture of MATSim and engage in the modeling of transport demand and supply through practical examples. In addition, you will learn how to use state-of-the are visualization tools for interactive analysis of MATSim output.


When and where

The MATSim Tutorial will be held on July 14 and 15 in Shanghai as a two day intensive course. It is organized by ETH Zürich and takes place at Tongji University.


The tutorial will take place in Zonghe Building, Room 404, Tongji University.


Thursday, July 14

08:30 - 10:30: Agent-based models in transportation: some background (Theory)

10:30 - 11:00: Tea/Coffee break

13:00 - 14:00:  Lunch

14:00 - 16:00:  Hands on: First MATSim run, Visualization with VIA (Practice)

16:00 - 16:30:  Tea/Coffee break

16:30 - 18:30:  Demand relaxation and configuration with MATSim (Practice)


19:00 - onwards: Dinner @ TBD

Friday, July 15

08:00 - 08:30: Setup

08:30 - 10:30: Cost/Utility/Scoring Function (Theory)

10:30 - 11:00: Tea/Coffee break

11:00 - 13:00: Supply

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00 - 16:00: Demand modeling (Practice)

16:00 - 16:30: Tea/Coffee break

16:30 - 18:30: Policy study (Practice)



Courseware, Requirements, Equipment

All presentation material and files of the practical examples will be made available in digital format to the participants in advance of the course.

Participants are ideally already familiar with core ideas of transport modeling and computer literate, but no prior experience in programming is required.

Please bring along your personal laptop and take care that the software is installed and tested (



The registration fee includes lunch and dinner on Thursday and lunch on Friday. Morning and afternoon tea/coffee breaks are also included.

Please register under the following link: Register. If the link does not work please try this one Get login. In case of any problems please contact Dr. Francesco Ciari:

Tongji students interested in the course can contact Prof. Lun Zhang, Tongji University:,  Phone: +86-21-69589487, Cellphone: +86-187 2192 1768.


Registration TypePrice*
MSc or BSc Students180$
Academic (persons with an University affiliation)500$
Others (Professionals, civil servants, consultants)1'300$

*Rates as shown here are an approximation. Price at the registration page are in Swiss Francs (CHF) but the amount actually paid is only slightly different (since the current rate is almost 1:1)


Participants are kindly requested to organize their accommodation themselves. You can refer to WCTR conference hotels for accommodation options with a convenient location (  


For any questions about the tutorial please contact Dr. Francesco Ciari: or Milos Balac:

For questions regarding the organization in Shanghai you may also contact Prof. Lun Zhang, Tongji University,,  Phone: +86-21-69589487, Cellphone: +86-187 2192 1768.