Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization -- Department for Nonlinear Dynamics and Network Dynamics Group
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Physics of Flexible Mobility

As our cities grow, so does the necessity to transport increasing amount of people and resources. In the same time, it is now apparent that this expansion of infrastructure comes at heavy cost to our environment. Demand-driven, flexible transport systems have the potential to be more performant, resilient and sustainable than classical systems under rigid  central control.


We have developed a framework for simulating such transport systems called "Demand-Driven Directed Transport (D3T)". Using this framework, as well as tools from network science and statistical physics,  we study how the vehicular dynamics  is influenced by factors both temporal (i.e. load arrival rate) and  topological (street network, spatial density of requests). We focus on scaling behaviour of macroscopic parameters (e.g. average travel time) with tunable parameters (e.g. load arrival rate, number of transporters).

Contact:  Debsankha Manik 

Members working within this Project:

 Debsankha Manik 
 Marc Timme 
 Levke Johanna Deutsch 

Former Members:

 Andreas Sorge 

Selected Publications:

A. Sorge, D. Manik, S. Herminghaus, and M. Timme (2015).
Towards a Unifying Framework for Demand-driven Directed Transport (D3T)
In: Proc. Winter Sim. Conf. 2015. IEEE Press, Piscataway, pages 2800--2811. download file