The metropolitan passenger transport landscape is shifting due to a combination of technological and social developments which enable both service providers and service users to become increasingly adaptive. Service providers can manage their resources to better cater for prevailing demand patterns, while service users can adjust their behaviour in response to real-time information. In this seminar, I will present our work on modelling system dynamics and the interaction between supply and demand under uncertainty in relation to tactical planning (e.g. fleet size and composition, frequency setting) and real-time management (e.g. trip dispatcher, disruption management) of fixed line-based as well as flexible on-demand services.
Oded Cats is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Transport & Planning at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). His work develops theories and models of multi-modal metropolitan passenger transport systems by combining advancements from behavioural sciences, operations research and complex network theory. His research focuses on system dynamics and uncertainty in route choice and assignment, service optimization, control, network design and robustness, travel information and reliability. He is a member of PTV Scientific Advisory Board on public transport modelling and member of several TRB committees. His research activities often support public transport agencies and operators decision making as part of the Smart Public Transport Lab.