About this Research Topic
Our everyday life is, to a large extent, dependent on a number of critical infrastructure systems, including electric power, transport and information/communication ,with an increasing interdependency. The road system, in particular, is not only crucial for daily mobility and freight transport but also acts as a life-line system for rescuing people and economic merits and also for restoring other infrastructure systems in case of disruption. There is a rich literature on the vulnerability of the existing infrastructure (e.g. building, bridges and roads) but very few on transport systems. The vast majority of the existing traffic management schemes are only aimed at improving the efficiency and very few at enhancing the traffic robustness and reliability.
Despite the importance of the network reliability and efficiency of the transportation systems during disaster events (e.g. terrorist attack, pandemic outbreak, an accident or technology failure, or nature),
most of the existing works focus on operations during non-emergency/disaster scenarios. Natural and human-caused disruptions threaten the transportation network system (e.g. freight, public transport, car traffic) which might result in a significant economic loss. To avoid the remarkable loss from disaster events, the transportation system must be resilient, and ultimately capable of dealing with the disaster impact.
This call will try to attract papers which are dealing with multi-modal traffic dynamics and operations under normal and also extreme (i.e. disruptions with uncertainty) conditions. This will include the
following topics (but are not limited to):
- Novel traffic control strategies to enhance traffic reliability in the network
- Data analytics for traffic disruption predictions
- Optimizing network transport operations under disruption
- Critical links (connectivity) recognition in large-scale complex networks
- Machine learning for incident recognition
- Considering stochastic capacity for multi-modal traffic modelling
- Multi-modal Network disruption monitoring
- Cyber security in an era of connected and automated vehicles
- Multi-modal network resilience under terrorist attacks
- Transportation system resilience coping with a malicious act, an accident or technology failure, or nature
- Vehicle routing with uncertainty
- Travel behaviour under uncertainty
- Reliability of public transportation
- Socio-economic and psychological impacts of network disruptions under malicious acts
Keywords: Network Optimization, Robust Control, Network Resilience, Network Traffic Reliability, Disruption Prediction
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