Data Driven Validation Framework for Multi-agent Activity-Based Models

  • Jan Drchal
  • Michal Čertický
  • Michal Jakob
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9568)


Activity-based models, as a specific instance of agent-based models, deal with agents that structure their activity in terms of (daily) activity schedules. An activity schedule consists of a sequence of activity instances, each with its assigned start time, duration and location, together with transport modes used for travel between subsequent activity locations. A critical step in the development of simulation models is validation. Despite the growing importance of activity-based models in modelling transport and mobility, there has been so far no work focusing specifically on statistical validation of such models. In this paper, we propose a six-step Validation Framework for Activity-based Models (VALFRAM) that allows exploiting historical real-world data to assess the validity of activity-based models. The framework compares temporal and spatial properties and the structure of activity schedules against real-world travel diaries and origin-destination matrices. We confirm the usefulness of the framework on three activity-based transport models.



This publication was supported by the European social fund within the framework of realizing the project “Support of inter-sectoral mobility and quality enhancement of research teams at Czech Technical University in Prague”, CZ.1.07/ 2.3.00/30.0034, period of the project’s realization 1.12.2012 – 30.6.2015. This publication was further supported by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (grant no. TE01020155).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Electrical EngineeringCzech Technical University in PraguePragueCzech Republic

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