ICRAT-ComplexWorld tutorial: Stationarity


The 6th International Conference on Research in Air Transportation (ICRAT) was held the week of May 26-30, 2014 at the Istanbul Technical University. The ICRAT has now been established as a mainstream biennial event in Air Transport Research, alternating with the USA/Europe Air Traffic Management (ATM) Research and Development (R&D) Seminar. In this 2014 edition almost two hundred researchers and air transportation stakeholders attended ICRAT, which included several ComplexWorld activities: tutorials, key note speeches, and paper sessions on complexity & ATM. Amoung them, we would like to highlight the remarkable interest that piqued in the tutorial session brilliantly provided by Massimiliano Zanin (Innaxis) and Samuel Cristóbal (Innaxis), on different areas within Data Science in air transportation. In fact, it was the parallel session with the highest number of attendees, congrats!

The aviation sector gathers and stores a large amount of unstructured, heterogeneous data from different sources and of diverse natures: safety data and reports, flight plans, navigation data, weather, airport data, radar tracks, etc. From airlines to ANSPs or airports, the ability to collect information from different data sensors is growing exponentially. Nevertheless, how the different stakeholders take advantage of this data has not evolved as rapidly and there is still much room for improvement. In this talk, Massimiliano reviewed the topic of utmost importance for the correct application of data analysis to air transport: stationarity.

Stationarity is the property of a system having coherent characteristics in time and space, the latter being both the physical space (i.e. the position of airports throughout the world) and the virtual space created by the parameters of the system. When stationarity cannot be guaranteed, the results obtained can be plagued with errors and inconsistencies. For instance, when analysing the time series representing some observables, causal relations may appear: yet they may just be the result of some constant trend, and not of a real cause-effect mechanism. This is especially relevant when trying to forecast the future behaviour of the system by means of historical data: relationships between the past and the future are essential, such that the future cannot be forecast from the past if the system changes its structural characteristics (i.e. if there is a non-stationarity in the parameters’ space).

In the talk, the concept of stationarity was reviewed through different simple examples drawn from actual air transport problems. Lastly, a set of possible solutions was discussed, including the use of detrending techniques.

Written by Innaxis Researchers Massimiliano Zanin and Hector Ureta

ComplexWorld within ICRAT2014: Registration Open!


Following the success of its previous editions, International Conference on Research in Air Transportation (ICRAT) has now been established as a mainstream biennial event in Air Transport Research, alternating with the USA/Europe Air Traffic Management (ATM) Research and Development (R&D) Seminar.

The next ICRAT will be held the week of May 26th-30th, 2014 at the Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. In this 2014 edition, ICRAT will host ComplexWorld activities and will be organised in conjunction with the 4th International ATACCS Conference (HALA!); two SESAR WP-E Research Networks.

In particular, two Tutorials will be organised by ComplexWorld which focuses on its research threads:

Massimiliano Zanin and Samuel Cristobal (Innaxis) on how to apply Data Science in Aviation: stationarity and metrics

Thomas Hauf (University of Hannover) on Adverse Weather and ATM performance

To register for the event, please visit the ICRAT Conference Registration page.

Be sure to follow ComplexWorld (www.ComplexWorld.eu) and ICRAT (www.icrat.org) to get the latest updates on the event information and the other informative tutorials. ICRAT 2014 will be an excellent forum for young researchers within air transportation to share their work, expand their professional network and gain new knowledge and inspiration.

See you in Istanbul!

3rd SESAR Innovation Days

Stockholm, 26th to 28th of November, 2013.

SESAR Long-term and Innovative Research, Work Package E, supports research activities that are not currently part of the ‘mainstream’ SESAR development work packages. The SESAR Innovation Days are the main forums for dissemination of WP-E results and for interaction with the wider ATM research community and industry representatives.
The Third SESAR Innovation Days will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, from 26th to 28th November 2013. The event will be hosted by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Unlike any other scientific event in ATM research, the SESAR Innovation Days focus explicitly on long-term and innovative research. As well as presenting results of WP-E Networks, Projects and PhDs, the event also seeks contributions from the ATM research community through an open call which can be downloaded here.
Further information on the event will be progressively available at: www.sesarinnovationdays.eu
For all enquiries please contact sesarinnovationdays@eurocontrol.int

ComplexWorld Workshop 4. Complex Metrics in ATM


4th ComplexWorld Workshop. Stockholm, Thursday 28th of November 2013

Classical (key performance indicators) and non-classical metrics.
This year, as part of its Knowledge Development activities, the WP_E ComplexWorld Network is organizing a number of workshops on topics related to “Complexity and ATM”. The main objective is to advance the contents of the ComplexWorld Position Paper (which you can find in the ComplexWorld Wiki).

We now announce the fifth workshop (WS5), called “Complex Metrics in ATM”, which will take place in Stockholm, on Thursday 28 November 2013, from 14:00 to 17:30 h. The workshop is run alongside the SESAR Innovation Days  Conference, taking place during the last day of the conference, in order to minimize additional travel and allow those of you already participating in SID to attend.

The objective of these Workshops is twofold:

  1. To advance the knowledge development carried out by the ComplexWorld Network, and;
  2. To involve WP-E Projects and PhDs in the maintenance of the state-of-the-art on “Complex Metrics in ATM”.

We use the term ‘classical’ metrics to denote those that are pre-defined (such as average aircraft delay), are univariate (derived from one variable in the data), and do not draw on complexity science techniques. Some of these types of metric are already commonly in use (such as, indeed, average aircraft delay), whilst others are not (such as average passenger delay) – and, arguably, thus conspicuous by their absence.

‘Non-classical’ metrics are defined to include both (non-complexity) ‘derived’ metrics, which are in contrast to the classical metrics in that they are not (fully) pre-defined, but are derived from the data iteratively and are typically multivariate, and those drawn from complexity science. An example of a derived metric is a factor obtained as the result of factor analysis An example of a (simple) complexity metric is the degree of a node (e.g. number of connections from and to an airport). With regard to the metrics, the workshop will focus on the non-classical metrics set and its subset, complexity metrics. Data mining techniques may be applied not only to generate non-classical metrics, but also in topology characterization, such as identifying complex network communities (groups of densely connected nodes, sharing only few connections with nodes outside their group). These techniques are not needed to calculate classical metrics.

We consider that this topic will be of special interest for the projects and PhD students listed below, but if you think that the topic is interesting for your field of research or linked to your expertise, we welcome your participation in our workshop. The WP-E Projects which might be targeted by WS5 are: e.g. CASSIOPEIA, ComplexityCosts, ELSA, NEWO, POEM, TREE, and the PhDs are those relating to complex metrics

If you are interested in attending or would like to know more, please contact
Prof. Hartmut Helmke, DLR (Hartmut.Helmke@dlr.de).

Send us your inputs for the workshop. What should be discussed? Which items should be fixed in the state-of-the-art on “Complex Metrics in ATM”?.

We will update this website with your inputs which will serve to collaboratively schedule the agenda.

Innaxis looks forward to sharing their work in ATM at SIDS 2013 in Stockholm


As in every year, many of us are getting ready to participate in the SESAR Innovation Days, organised by Eurocontrol and the SJU, this year in Stockholm.

In 2013, Innaxis has been particularly busy in this research field and, just as in previous editions, we will be especially active during the SID. In any case, with the goal of stimulating discussions with you in different research areas, this email aims to give you a small briefing on how we are participating in Stockholm in this important event:

The ComplexWorld network has gone a long way in the last three years. Paula López (plc@innaxis.org) will give a presentation on the first day providing details of the different activities and how the network is setting itself up for 2014. On Day 3 the network will hold the satellite event “Complex Metrics in ATM” and a PhD session. Please, do not hesitate to talk to Paula (plc@innaxis.org) if you are interesting in more information on the network activities.

At Innaxis we have been working on passenger-oriented metrics for a few years now, crafting a detailed tool to compute those metrics focusing on the 4 hour door-to-door challenge of FlightPath2050 and now Horizon2020. On the second day of SID (27th Nov), our colleagues from the University of Westminster will present this tool and the initial results . As part of our efforts to improve the way performance is assessed in air transport, this year we also worked on other case studies, including scenarios in which there is no tool set available to correctly design ATM operational concepts. To tackle the challenges of changing ATM while still remaining in control of the performance assessment, it is critical to look into new ways of estimating KPIs. This is what the tool set developed by CASSIOPEIA has accomplished. A poster about this project and the tool set developed will be available at SID.

If you would like more information on the four hour door-to-door challenge in which Innaxis is currently engaged, the latest passenger metrics developed in POEM, or the most recent agent-based CASSIOPEIA modelling framework, please do not hesitate to contact the architect of these design tools for ATM, Samuel Cristóbal (scristobal@innaxis.org) who will be at the conference over the whole week.

Data Science has been an area of major interest at Innaxis over the last few years and in October we organised the first Data Science Workshop for Air Transport, which was held in Madrid. We are working on different elements of an infrastructure to allow major data mining work for Air Transport on different fronts; from evaluating current delay propagation, resilience of airports and airlines against disturbances, to evaluating new paradigms on safety monitoring, all of which is based on powerful data analytics. We are very proud of our advancements in the area. On Tuesday the 26th, our colleague Massimiliano Zanin will present  a paper comparing traffic density as measured today (i.e., number of aircraft crossing a sector), with other measures based on data analytics. If you need any information about this interesting research topic, please contact Mass directly (mz@innaxis.org).

Information Management has also been an area of interest for us. In particular, we think the Data Science paradigms will only be fully enabled if data is shared across stakeholders and this can be achieved only if the right secure and encrypted mechanisms are put in place. We present as a poster a number of SecureDataCloud ideas for ATM. This will be of use on different fronts; safety and fuel consumption, among others. You should also talk to Mass if Information Management is your area of interest.

Last, but not least, we will also serve as rapporteurs and we will help Eurocontrol to extract some conclusions as well as provide our own views on future research avenues. Carlos Álvarez will take care of this during the closing session. Please, contact Carlos (calvarez@innaxis.org) if you feel inspired by his words!

We hope we have many opportunities to interact next week and hope you find our activities interesting and motivating for future initiatives.

See you in Stockholm!

Innaxis brings together leading experts for Data Science in Aviation workshop


Nearly 60 industry experts, academics and professionals from the fields of data science and aviation gathered in Madrid on October the 15th to attend the first ComplexWorld Network’s workshop, ‘Data Science in Aviation‘.  The workshop provided the opportunity for experts in the field to  discuss ways knowledge from aviation data could be extracted in order to enhance our understanding of the air transport system’s behaviour and the complex relation among its elements.

The workshop was motivated by the challenge of extracting ground breaking insights from the large quantities of data collected in the air transport network. The aviation sector gathers and stores a large amount of unstructured, heterogeneous data – safety data and reports, flight plans, navigation data, airport data, radar tracks – from multiple sources – airlines, ANSPs and airports. While the collection of information through different data sensors is growing exponentially, the application of data science to the data has not.  The workshop looked at how to capture the new opportunities offered by the data and close the large opportunity gap between the potential offered and the current outcomes of its analysis.

Innaxis as coordinator of the ComplexWorld Network, through which the workshop was supported, led the data science in aviation workshop initiative. Innaxis brought extensive IT expertise and experience in data-science analysis techniques to the workshop. Innaxis’s expertise in these areas has been developed through the various research programmes in which it works and through its exposure to different data science applications in a variety of fields.

The outcomes of the workshop will be made available shortly. It is our hope that these outcomes, which include new research ideas and discussions from this dynamic meeting of experts, will result in greater discussion and debate around the topic from the community as a whole. So please keep in touch and check back if you’d like to be involved in the ongoing development in this area.

ECCS’13 Satellite Event


Update: The Call for Papers deadline has been extended to June 23, 2013.

ECCS 2013

ECCS’13 will be a major international conference and event in the area of complex systems and interdisciplinary science in general. It will offer unique opportunities to study novel scientific approaches in a multitude of application areas. Two days of the conference, 18 and 19 of September, are reserved for satellite meetings, which will cover a broad range of subjects on all aspects of Complex Systems, as reflected by the conference tracks.

The ComplexWorld Network ECCS Satellite Meeting: Complexity Science and Transport Systems

In continuation of the ComplexWorld Network’s previous and highly successful ECCS satellite meetings: Complexity and the Future of Transportation Systems, ECCS 2011; and Complexity Paradigms for Smart, Green and Integrated Transport, ECCS ’12, the ComplexWorld Network will this year again host a satellite meeting focused on the topic of transport systems and Complexity Science.

Titled, accordingly, Complexity Science and Transport Systems, the ECCS 2013 satellite event will assess the problems of transportation systems through Complex Systems theory and methodologies, paying particular attention to generating new ideas and solutions that can be applied to current, real-life transport systems to improve their performance.

Transportation systems are composed of a large number of heterogeneous elements, interacting, perceiving different information from the environment, and pursuing heterogeneous/different aims. Examples range from very well known systems, like road traffic dynamics, up to new fields, such as Air Transport Networks. Plenty of examples can be found in the literature about how different Complex Systems tools can be used to understand the internal dynamics of transport systems: from Complex Networks, up to percolation and self-organization.

The objective of this satellite meeting is to create a space for exchanging state-of-the-art results between Complex Science and Transport System researchers, fostering an interdisciplinary forum of discussion, and the generation of new ideas and approaches.

Following is a non-exhaustive list of topics:

  • Topological properties of transportation systems, and the relations between topology and efficiency / resilience / propagation of disturbances.
  • Dynamics of and on transportation systems: from movements of persons and goods, up to diseases and information spreading mechanisms.
  • Emerging behaviors and critical phase transitions in transportation systems.
  • Applications of multi-layer and time-varying network representations.
  • Statistically validated networks and community detection algorithms.
  • Smart, Green and Integrated Transport.

The Call for Papers

The Call for Papers deadline has been extended to June 23rd, 2013. Download the call here.

The Programme

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday September 18 with the following agenda:

 Time  Speaker  Title  Affiliation
08:30-08:45  Organizers



08:45-09:30 A. De Montis  Commuter networks and community detection:

a method for planning sub regional areas

Dipartimento di Ingegneria del Territorio,

Università degli Studi di Sassari, Sassari, Italy

09:30-09:50 E. Koyuncu  Data Analytic Synthesis and Stochastic Modeling

of the European ATM Network Flow Model

Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics,

Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

09:50-10:10 G. Gurtner/C. Bongiorno  An Agent Based Model of the

Air Traffic Management

Dipartimento di Fisica e Chimica,

Universita degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo,

Italy and Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy

10:10-10:30 B. Monechi  Phase Transition in an Air Traffic Control Model Phys. Dept., Sapienza

University of Rome, Rome, Italy

10:30-10:50 M. Bujorianu  Modelling for Resilience in Transportation Systems Complexity Science Centre,

University of Warwick, Warwick, UK




11:30-12:15 J. G. Gardenes  Transport in Multiplex Networks:

Empirical and Theoretical approaches

Instituto de Biocomputación y Física de Sistemas Complejos,

Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain

12:15-12:35 J. Wang  Resilience analysis of London and

Beijing Street Networks

Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis,

University College London, London, UK

12:35-12:55 R. Gallotti  Entropic Analysis of Individual Mobility Patterns Department of Physics and Astronomy,

University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

12:55-13:15 M. L. Mouronte  Identifying communities in the urban bus

network of Madrid. Algorithm analysis

Departamento de Ingenieŕıa y Arquitecturas Telemáticas,

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

13:15-13:35 S. Caschili  An Interdependent Multi-layer Model for Trade UCL QASER Lab, Faculty of Engineering,

University College London, , London, UK

13:35-13:45  Organizers  Final Remarks

If you are interested on a more detailed description of the content of each presentation, you can download the Book of abstracts.

For more information on the ECCS ’13 Conference, please check their website.

The Organisers

This Satellite Meeting is organized by the following researchers, who also serve as contact points for anyone interested in knowing more about the meeting:

Fabrizio Lillo
Scuola Normale Superiore
Piazza dei Cavalieri 7
56126 Pisa 
Phone: +39 050509159

Salvatore Miccichè
Dipartimento di Fisica e Chimica
Universita degli Studi di Palermo

Viale delle Scienze, Ed. 18
I-90128 Palermo Italia
Phone: +39 091 23899145

Massimiliano Zanin
The INNAXIS Foundation & Research Institute
José Ortega y Gasset 20, planta 6.
28006 Madrid (Spain)
Phone: +34 902 955 527

The Programme Committee

The Program Committee is composed of 4 persons well known and respected in either or both Complex Systems research and transport industry, as follows

  • Marc Barthelemy, CEA, France
  • Rosario Mantegna, Università di Palermo, Italy
  • David Pérez, The INNAXIS Foundation & Research Institute, Spain.
  • Aura Reggiani, Universita’ di Bologna, Italy.

ComplexWorld Workshop 3. Air Transport Network: an integrated view


3rd ComplexWorld Workshop. Barcelona, Friday 20th of September 2013.

Finding air transport solutions through complex network theory and intermodal transport concepts

This year, as part of its Knowledge Development activities, the WP_E ComplexWorld Network is organizing  a number of workshops on topics related to “Complexity and ATM”. The main objective is to advance the contents of the ComplexWorld Position Paper (which you can find in the ComplexWorld Wiki).

We now announce the third workshop (WS3), called “Air Transport Network: an Integrated View”, which will take place in Barcelona, on Friday 20 September 2013, from 09:00 to 14:00 h. The workshop is run alongside the ECCS 2013 Conference, taking place the day that the conference ends, in order to minimise additional travel as some of you may be participating in ECCS.

To analyse the air transport network (be it at a regional, national, trans-national or at a global level), it is best to abstract and integrate the various complex and heterogeneous ATM elements in a way that allows the assessment of properties of interest without needing to include too much detail (which would be impractical or even impossible if dealing with the whole ATM system). A good framework that can help to develop these models is complex network theory. Complex networks have proven themselves to be very useful in diverse applications, as very diverse systems often share similar characteristics when viewed at a network level. This suggests the possible existence of universal mechanisms of organization. In this workshop, we will discuss applications of Complex Network Theory to the Air Transport Network.

Another subject that will be covered in this workshop is the capacity to combine different modes of transport (intermodality). Doing this in a flexible way is one of the cornerstones of the “sustainable mobility” concept, which underlies European transport policy. The intermodality of transport, which enables national transport networks to be integrated, is being promoted and implemented through European programmes such as ‘Marco Polo’. Trans-European networks, in the form of infrastructure projects of common interest, also aim to improve the intermodality of transport. Specifically, they aim to stimulate investment in order to foster the emergence of an integrated transport network covering the entire community and encompassing all the different modes of transport.

If you are interested in attending or would like to know more, please contact Prof. Damian Rivas, University of Seville (drivas@us.es).

Resilience as a Resilient Concept


Two years ago the ComplexWorld Network started a thread on Resilience in Air Transport as part of its Position Paper which aimed at identifying long term innovative research fields. As a continuation of that initial work Innaxis is currently developing the Resilience2050 project, in partnership with a consortium of experts in the relevant lines of research, among them the King´s College of London. As experts in the environmental field, King´s College has brought to the project their broad and in-depth expertise on the study of resilience from very diverse social systems.

Our Innaxis colleague Hector reminded us in his first post the engineering perspective of the resilience concept. It is also interesting opening the mind to learn about its application to social systems, to where it has expanded from its original ecological domain. For a scientific concept, the way that the characteristic of resilience can be studied in such vastly different arenas is quite unique. It was first applied to materials engineering in the mid 20th century. Twenty-five years later it was first applied to systems, when it was introduced to the ecological field. Since then, a broad range of disciplines have included this concept as a line of research, and even the term psychological resilience has been rapidly adopted and spread since it was introduced more than 30 years ago, referring to the capacity of a person to manage stress and adversity. Since Hurricane Sandy and the US government’s policy response to make cities more resilient to climate related disasters, resilience has dominated conversations and studies relating to city planning and infrastructure.

Going through the different fields of relevance, one can start to achieve a broad understanding of the meaning of resilience, although proving a common agreed definition is not an easy task. What is indeed common to all applications of the resilience concept is the existence of two key parameters, on the one hand, an external agent that causes stress over the object or system of study and, on the other hand, a response to that stress that tends to recover its stable state. This trend of returning to normalcy is what provides more harmony to the different meanings of resilience and what makes it especially interesting to Innaxis and the ComplexWorld projects for it to be applied to the air transport system. The increasing mobility needs of the citizens across ever larger distances make society highly dependent on this transport medium. Enhancing its stability is a key factor that needs to be fostered to fulfill societal expectations. This is the general objective over which Resilience2050 was built: investigating the resilience of the Air Transport has a high potential of improving system behaviour understanding and, subsequently, its governance in a cost-effective manner.

But… What converts a “fashionable” word in an atemporal multidisciplinary concept? Why has this term been so well accepted in the different domains? Has this recently opened research line come to stay in the ATM field?

2nd ComplexWorld Tutorials Session


Toulouse, 11th of July, 2013:

The ComplexWorld Network is pleased to present the agenda of its 2nd Tutorials Session. As in last year’s session, the Network has made an effort to involve key experts from the fields of research relevant to ComplexWorld. The selected topics of the event include areas such as: Uncertainty related to weather; Delay propagation; Machine learning and intermodality.

If you are a researcher with interests in these fields or someone who works in a related arena, please feel free to join us in this promising session, which will take place this coming 11th of July at the ENAC premises (Amphitheatre Helene Boucher), Toulouse from 9:00 to 13:30.


Thursday 11th July, 2013


Uncertainty and non-determinism in weather forecasting – and how we handle it

Ken Mylne, UK MetOffice


State-of-the-art delay minimization from an aircraft turnaround perspective – a holistic process planning and steering approach across ATC, airport and aircraft operators

Gero Hoppe, Inform Software


Coffee break


Machine learning in aviation

Pedro Larrañaga, Technical University of Madrid


Understanding and estimating traveller’s choices toward international multimodal journey planning

Yusen Chen, TNO


Closure & lunch

Speakers. Short biographies:

Ken Mylne

Ken Mylne is Head of Numerical Modeling for the Weather Science Division of the UK Met Office. He joined the Met Office in 1984 doing research on pollution dispersion. He then worked for 6 years as a weather forecaster before returning to research on ensemble forecasting, a technique used to understand the uncertainty in a weather forecast. He led the development and application of the Met Office’s MOGREPS short-range ensemble system over 15 years, leading to the introduction of the convection-permitting MOGREPS-UK in 2012. In 2012 he created a new team to research the prediction of weather impacts, and was appointed Head of Numerical Modeling in spring 2013.

Gero Hoppe (Dipl. Päd.)

• Solutions Manager for A-CDM and Groundhandling Turnaround Company INFORM (Institute for Operations Research and Management GmbH)
• Army Aviation Officer in Ground and Technical Helicopter Handling 12 years
• Ground Handling Manager for NWA in Seattle/Tacoma 5 years
• Project Manager Resource Management Systems for 15 years…SAS, KLM, AC, EK, Globe Geround, Gate Gourmet, AF, SVO, AY, TK, TAP, SVO
• Functional Product Manager Process Management System (Turnaround Manager TMAN) – Implementations at KLM, IB, DUS, AY, TAP – 8 years
• Solutions Manager A-CDM and TMAN – 4 years -> INFORM Project Manager for German Landmark Project Total Airport Management Suite (TAMS) – 3 years

Presentation: “State of the art delay minimization from an aircraft turnaround perspective – a holistic process planning and steering approach across ATC, airport and aircraft operators”. This presentation will cover the challenges, costs and solutions in coordination of the ground handling processes; the quality of target off-block predictions and their use for pre-departure-, balanced arrival- and departure-sequencing; the possibilities for a joint what-if analysis and system supported process flow steering at a hub; and an outlook on improved airline network steering capabilities within a developing larger network of A-CDM qualified airports.

Pedro Larrañaga

Pedro Larrañaga is Full Professor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) where he leads the Computational Intelligence Group. His research interests are in the fields of Bayesian networks, estimation of distribution algorithms, multi-label classification, regularization, data streams, with applications in  bioinformatics, biomedicine and neuroscience. He has supervised more than 20 PhD students, published  more than 100 papers in international journals and participated in more than 30 projects in collaboration with the industry. He has also participated in more than 50 projects granted by public institutions, the most recent one the Human Brain Project, selected as one the two European Flaghships for the period 2013-2023. Professor Larrañaga was Expert Manager of the Computer Technology area, Deputy Directorate of research projects, of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation from 2007-2010. He is Fellow of the European Artificial Intelligence Society (ECCAI)

Yusen Chen

Dr. Chen graduated from Southeast University in Nanjing, China in 1983, and received a master and a doctors degree from ENPC (Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées/French National Grand School of Civil Engineering), Paris, France in 1989 and 1993 respectively. He started as a research engineer at the Research Institute of Highway at the Chinese Ministry of Transports, from 1983 to 1987. He worked for The Hague Consulting Group from 1993 to 1996. Then he became a senior specialist with DHV Group, till 2006. He is a Senior Research Scientist at TNO (Dutch National Scientific Research) and an associate professor with Delft University of Technology.

He has many years experience in transportation studies, and has participated in and led various projects in different countries as well as for the European Commission. These projects include the development of Dutch National and Regional Model Systems and their application, Dutch National Base OD matrix estimation, multimodal model for Grand Paris Region (Discrete Choice and Logit Modelling), and Lisbon 3rd Tagus Bridge and regional multimodal model (Revealed Preferences & Stated Preferences techniques).

He has developed a model package (Questor) for multi-modal study and a package (REMODE) for static/dynamic O-D estimation. In recent years, he has been responsible for various dynamic traffic management research projects, in particular the development of a large Traffic Decision Support System for Beijing (providing scenarios to traffic problems and applying them online); the building of a traffic information and guidance system, using multiple data sources (counts and floating car) for Chengdu, and leading the spearheading Dutch R&D project (Transumo) on new transport systems. He is responsible for a green dynamic traffic-management project with DSS in The Hague and a similar one in Changsha, responsible for a real-time simulation model with prediction and multi-objective (traffic and emission) for a EU FP7 project/EcoMOVE, and responsible for an international multimodal journey planner, Enhanced-Wisetrip, for FP7 (WP Trip Strategy and Routing Choice). Dr Cheng has published more than 60 articles in major journals and conferences.

Arrival information:

The session will take place at ENAC premises (click here to view a street map):

7 Avenue Édouard Belin

31055 Toulouse Cedex 04, France

ENAC offers a free shuttle service, to/from the airport that you can take if the timetable fits your requirements.

Once in the campus, the tutorials will be given at the Amphitheatre Helene Boucher (see map below)


Click the following link to download a pdf copy of the ComplexWorld 2nd Tutorials Session 2013 Agenda.

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