Spatio-temporal Network Databases and Routing Algorithms: A Summary of Results

  • Betsy George
  • Sangho Kim
  • Shashi Shekhar
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4605)


Spatio-temporal networks are spatial networks whose topology and parameters change with time. These networks are important due to many critical applications such as emergency traffic planning and route finding services and there is an immediate need for models that support the design of efficient algorithms for computing the frequent queries on such networks. This problem is challenging due to potentially conflicting requirements of model simplicity and support for efficient algorithms. Time expanded networks which have been used to model dynamic networks employ replication of the network across time instants, resulting in high storage overhead and algorithms that are computationally expensive. In contrast, proposed time-aggregated graphs do not replicate nodes and edges across time; rather they allow the properties of edges and nodes to be modeled as a time series. Since the model does not replicate the entire graph for every instant of time, it uses less memory and the algorithms for common operations (e.g. connectivity, shortest path) are computationally more efficient than those for time expanded networks. One important query on spatio-temporal networks is the computation of shortest paths. Shortest paths can be computed either for a given start time or to find the start time and the path that leads to least travel time journeys (best start time journeys). Developing efficient algorithms for computing shortest paths in a time varying spatial network is challenging because these journeys do not always display greedy property or optimal substructure, making techniques like dynamic programming inapplicable. In this paper, we propose algorithms for shortest path computations in both contexts. We present the analytical cost models for the algorithms and provide an experimental comparison of performance with existing algorithms.


time-aggregated graphs shortest paths spatio-temporal data bases 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Betsy George
    • 1
  • Sangho Kim
    • 1
  • Shashi Shekhar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota, 200 Union St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455USA

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