Simulation models are well established in transportation-related operational research, with system dynamics in particular being increasingly utilised (Shepherd, 2014). Transportation systems and policies are complex, involving multiple agents or stakeholders, and there are many different feedbacks involved with different time lags between responses of users, developers, operators and policy makers (Struben and Sterman, 2008, Pasaoglu et al., 2016, Bivona and Montemaggiore, 2010, Shafiei et al., 2012). The alternate approaches of system dynamics, agent-based and discrete event models not only offer a different perspectives to transport planning but also demonstrate to policy makers the importance of these feedbacks and lagged responses. Further to this, these platforms also offer specialised tools and approaches for hybridisation with other simulation techniques, which aid in the understanding of the whole underlying system, calibration of models, optimisation of policies and ease of use through flight simulators.
This special issue has been arranged through the System Dynamics Society Special Interest Group in Transportation, so particular interest will be given to system dynamics, though agent-based, discrete event and similar or complementary simulation models will also be considered.
- Enable or offer potential of cross-fertilisation between simulation models (specifically system dynamics, agent-based, discrete-event) within transportation research;
- Demonstrate the success of simulation models in transport-related operational research, particularly over the past decade;
- Demonstrate the transportation policy implications of using simulation models.
Suggested topics (related to transportation)
- Innovative hybrid simulation models eg using system dynamics with agent-based modelling or discrete-event simulation;
- Techniques, tools, methods and technologies of the application and use of simulation in operational research;
- Model structure and calibration;
- Policy optimisation and implications;
- Flight simulator applications used for teaching/policy making purposes.
Authors interested in submitting to the special issue are strongly advised to send a two-page abstract to the special issue editors by mid-September to check whether the work is within the scope of the special issue. The editors will notify authors as soon as possible but definitely by early November 2018 if their work is suitable for inclusion. Papers that have not gone through this process will still be considered but the authors are taking a risk that their papers will be outside the special issue’s scope.
We aim to publish the special issue in 2020 with online publication of articles as soon as they have passed through the review process successfully.
Dates for your diary
- June 2018: Call for papers issued
- 14th September 2018: authors interested in submitting to the special issue are strongly advised to send a two-page abstract to the special issue editors to check whether the work is within the scope of the special issue
- November 2018: Invitations to submit full papers
- 31st March 2019: Full paper submission deadline
- Spring 2019: Peer review
- June 2019: Final deadline for revised paper submission.
- Summer 2019: Online Publication