Movement of People and Goods

  • Linda Ramstedt
  • Johanna Törnquist Krasemann
  • Paul Davidsson
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)

Why Read This Chapter?

To gain an overview of approaches to the simulation of traffic and transportation by way of representative examples. Also, to reflect the characteristics and benefits of using social simulation as opposed to other methods within the domain. The chapter will inform both researchers and practitioners in the traffic and transportation domain of some of the applications and benefits of social simulation and relevant issues.


Due to the continuous growth of traffic and transportation and a thus increased urgency to analyze resource usage and system behavior, the use of computer simulation within this area has become more frequent and acceptable. This chapter presents an overview of modeling and simulation of traffic and transport systems, and focuses in particular on the imitation of social behavior and individual decision making in these systems. We distinguish between transport and traffic. Transport is an activity where goods or people are moved between points A and B while traffic is referred to as the collection of several transports in a common network such as a road network. We investigate to what extent and how the social characteristics of the users of these different traffic and transport systems are reflected in the simulation models and software. Moreover, we highlight some trends and current issues within this field and provide further reading advice.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda Ramstedt
    • 1
  • Johanna Törnquist Krasemann
    • 2
  • Paul Davidsson
    • 3
  1. 1.Transport and SocietyVectura ConsultingSolnaSweden
  2. 2.School of ComputingBlekinge Institute of TechnologyKarlshamnSweden
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceMalmö UniversityMalmöSweden

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