Seminar Series 2015-2016

Seminars take place at the venues and times detailed below.


A map showing the location of the Taylor Building can be found here.

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Upcoming Seminars 


Wednesday 14th October 2015, 1530-1630   Maja Piecyk, Associate Professor in Logistics, Dept. of Business Management, Heriot Watt University      Taylor Building Room A36

"Innovation in Logistics: Current and Future Developments"

 Road is the dominant freight transport mode in the UK, and it is the second, after cars, largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transport sector. If significant GHG emission reductions are to be achieved, breakthrough innovations and significant improvements in the efficiency of logistics systems will be needed. This seminar reviews current research on sustainable road freight transport, and presents the concept of the Physical Internet as a model for radically transforming logistics systems in the twenty-first century.



Wednesday 11th November 2015, 1600-1700:  Dr Nir Oren, Senior Lecturer in Natural and Computing Sciences at the University of Aberdeen.     Taylor Building Room A36

"Demand Responsive Pricing of Taxi Services"

Traditional taxi services commonly charge a fixed price for their services based on a combination of travel distance and time. However, services such as Uber and Lyft seek to use market mechanisms (i.e., by considering changes in supply and demand) to compute trip pricing. Such pricing has several potential benefits, from increased profits for taxi drivers, to more satisfaction for passengers. In this talk I will discuss several pricing models which we have developed, and present the results of experiments run using these models.



Past seminars


Thursday 9th September 2015, 16.00-17.00 (Aberdeen University, Taylor Building Room A36)


  • Dr Richard Mounce (Research Fellow, Centre for Transport Research, University of Aberdeen)
  • Traffic Signal Control and Route Choice




The flow of traffic at intersections can be controlled through the use of signals (traffic lights) and there are many ways in which this can be done: in the design of stages and timings as well as the way that the signals respond to traffic flow (if indeed they do at all). Traffic assignment models assume that travellers will reroute across the network in order to minimise their journey costs (travel time) until an equilibrium is reached (where travellers cannot change to less costly routes). Recognising that traffic signal control and travellers’ route choice are inextricably linked is vital in designing signal control mechanisms that contribute to effective traffic management. Hence the importance of joint equilibria in which both the responsive signal control policy (which depends on the traffic flows) and the travellers’ rerouting are at equilibrium. Within the above context, the presentation will cover such aspects as maximising network capacity, stability and predictability in signal controlled networks.