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World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research
World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research


Special issue on: “Computer Simulations in Transportation Research”

Guest Editors:
James Tannock, Nottingham University, UK
Cheng-Lung Wu, University of New South Wales, Australia

Studies on transportation networks have been challenging both the transportation industry and academia for decades. This challenge is rooted in the unique characteristics of man-made transportation networks such as the large network scale, interactions between networks and users/vehicles, dynamic and stochastic flows in the network, limited (expensive to grow) network capacity and congestion management. In addition, it is often difficult or impossible to experiment with real transportation systems, to determine improved or optimal solutions. Analytical models of transportation problems can only partially explain and solve real-world problems and this is usually only achieved with significant simplifications to the models, which make them less representative of the real world.

However, with advances in computing, computer simulation has been widely used in recent years to model and solve large-scale transportation problems. Advanced simulation modelling techniques have been developed and widely employed in transportation simulations such as the Monte Carlo method and Markov-Chain Monte Carlo sampling techniques and the emerging agent modelling technique. Applications of simulation vary widely and present a fascinating range of scenarios and techniques.

Hence, this special issue of WRITR is intended to present the development and application of computer simulation in transportation studies. The papers may present the development of simulation techniques, simulation methodologies and case studies in the application of simulation, to solve all types of real-world transportation problems.

Subject Coverage
This special issue is intended to cover the application of computer simulations in a spectrum of transportation modes as well as inter-modal transportation. We encourage papers from various transportation fields, having a strong focus on simulation applications in transportation research, for example:
  • Ground transportation: road networks, traffic flow modelling and signal control…
  • Air transportation: airline network modelling, air traffic control, airport/airspace capacity management, airline operations control, yield/revenue management…
  • Railway networks: rail scheduling, railway capacity planning, delay studies…
  • Supply-chain/logistic planning: supply chain design and behaviour, delivery vehicle routing…
  • Maritime transportation: fleet management, ports, container handling…
  • Inter-modal transport studies: air-ground-maritime transport integration, inter-modal schedule synchronisation…
Papers are not exclusively limited to the above fields. For this special issue of WRITR, we also particularly encourage studies on inter-modal transportation issues and accounts of computer simulations in this emerging field.

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Submission of full paper before: 31 January 2007

Notification of acceptance before: 15 April 2007

Submission of final and revised manuscripts: 1 July 2007