March 21 – 26 , 2010, Dagstuhl Seminar 10121

Computational Transportation Science


Glenn Geers (Data61 / NICTA – Sydney, AU)
Monika Sester (Leibniz Universität Hannover, DE)
Stephan Winter (The University of Melbourne, AU)
Ouri E. Wolfson (University of Illinois – Chicago, US)

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Computational Transportation Science has made its first steps of consolidation. A PhD program on the subject, funded by the National Science Foundation, was established at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2006. Two international workshops on CTS were held (2008 in conjunction with the 5th Annual International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems, and 2009 in conjunction with the 17th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems). A third one will be held with the 18th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference in 2010. With the first workshop appeared a preliminary publication exploring a research agenda in this area (Geers 2008). Then a Dagstuhl Seminar on Computational Transportation Science was held in 21-26 March 2010 to characterize the discipline and identify its research agenda. The seminar was attended by 25 invited researchers from USA, Australia, Germany, Belgium, and Switzerland, with nationalities also from China, India, Greece and former Yugoslavia. This report presents the highlights of this Dagstuhl Seminar. Major steps at the seminar have been:

  • Collaborative definition of CTS, vision of CTS, and core research agenda for CTS
  • Set up of a Wikipedia entry for the definition and vision
  • Set up of a webpage as a bulletin board for the growing community
  • Plans for the third international workshop on CTS later in 2010
  • Engagement with funding bodies promoting CTS as a discipline (outreach)
  • Establishing collaboration by developing some larger joint research project proposals
  • Publishing the (first) core research agenda via this report

A discipline is only as good as its academic community. If this paper finds your support or meets your interests you are cordially invited to participate and engage. The infrastructure set up so far is a beginning but requires your collaboration, be it the Wikipedia entry, the CTS webpage, or the CTS workshop series. These are all small seeds that—if they grow—can lead to conferences and journals on CTS, not only in the content but also in name.

Finally, the community should shape its own academic programs or introduce core subjects on computational transportation science into the programs on transport engineering, electrical engineering, software engineering, and geographic information engineering. The spread demonstrates the inter-disciplinarity of computational transportation science, illustrates that engineering problems do not present themselves any longer wholly contained in one traditional discipline, and supports the fundamental concern that engineering disciplines have grown to be too narrow (National Academy of Engineering 2004)

Dagstuhl Seminar Series


  • Artificial Intelligence / Robotics
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Vision
  • Data Bases / Information Retrieval
  • Data Structures / Algorithms / Complexity
  • Mobile Computing
  • Networks
  • Modelling / Simulation
  • Optimization
  • Scheduling


  • Computational Transportation Science


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