CONTRIBUTION TO SIMM FINAL DAY FROM MIKE SMITH

BLOG CONTRIBUTION TO SIMM FINAL DAY FROM MIKE SMITH
(UNIVERSITY OF YORK; 20-06-09)

A CENTRAL ISSUE IN “TRANSPORT IN THE Digital Economy”:

A central issue is the design of algorithms which connect people’s travel
desires and choices; and the transport system reactions to those desires and
choices.

Thus the largest and most immediate challenge it seems to me is how to
specify control or algorithm systems which mediate and lie between
travellers and the transport system. These will not all be “controllable” of
course. However those that are should be designed to maximise benefits for
travellers and non-travellers; subject to resource and other constraints.

This involves mathematics and we are a long way along the road of solving
this problem; the main challenge in DE will I think be to complete that
journey.

This issue also includes the notion of stability and robustness; an unstable
or non-robust system will be likely to be very frustrating and wasteful.
(Credit crunch writ large?) So stability and robustness (and also
predictability?) must be an essential element in the above central
[Transport in the DE] issue.

FOLLOW UP: RESEARCH PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT FOR THE HUB: OPTIMISING STRUCTURES
AND ALGORITHMS

I suggest that the development of suggested research consortia and
programmes arising from SIMM should carry on over the next few months; and not all be decided on the day. Research proposals need to mature with
interactions and thought and I suggest need months to develop.

I would be interested in developing a proposal along the lines described
briefly above over the next two months.

I would like to involve any interested SIMM members in that; and also other
interested contributors to the SIMM wind up day. SIMM should I think make
every to enable that sort of thing as far as it is able to.

Have a very good and successful day!!

Mike Smith

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