Seminar on Evolution of Complex Transportation Systems

  • Porta, Sergio (Principal Investigator)
  • Estrada, Ernesto (Co-investigator)
  • Oppo, Gian-Luca (Co-investigator)
  • Strano, Emanuele (Post Grad Student)

Project: Internally funded project

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Transportation networks play a fundamental role for the organization of natural, technological and cultural systems. The form and the properties of a number of systems are intrinsically linked with their underlying transportation networks: the growth of cities is shaped by their streets pretty much in the same way as the growth of organisms depends on the existence of a well developed circulatory or transportation system.

Therefore transportation networks are more than just a set of channels where all kinds of goods flow between different places: they constitute the actual skeleton on top of which the systems develop and organize.

Focusing on transportation, it is possible to address multi-disciplinary questions with a language and a level of description common to different scientific domains. In fact, network-like systems are found in many different urban, geographical, biological and physical systems and all these systems rise similar questions related to their local and global topological organization, the distribution of centralities, the spreading of information and their evolution across time.

The seminar addressed problems associated with the evolution of complex transportation systems. While the main focus of the workshop was on urban systems, contributions from other fields, such as physics and biology were also welcomed, because of the intrinsically interdisciplinary nature of the questions to be addressed! It is now clear that describing and understanding the growth of transportation systems is one of big scientific challenges for the next years and this workshop will contribute to define the common advances and future challenges across a multidisciplinary area of knowledge.

ECTN was an event supported by UDSU, Urban Design Studies Unit , and ICSS Institute of Complex System at Strathclyde, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Effective start/end date29/08/1130/08/11


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