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Chaos in Transit Systems

Jorge Villalobos Durán
Ingeniería
Industrial

Chaos in Transit Systems is a work in progress inspired by the everyday experiences people face when driving through the city. Why is it that traveling times between the same locations can vary so much for different drivers that start their travel at nearly the same time? Or why is it that, during a traffic jam, the car in the line next to us suddenly gains a huge advantage, but it sometimes lags very far behind? Common wisdom tells us that the answer to these questions must be found in the behavior of drivers. But what if this chaotic behavior were a part of the system? In this thesis, three simple traffic models are presented, and it is argued that chaos ─ understood as high sensitivity to initial conditions ─ is a part of all transit systems.

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ISBN impreso 9789586956086
Año de publicación 2011
Mes de Publicación Abril
Edición Primera
Formato Rústica
Número de páginas 158
Tamaño 17 x 24
Precio 46400
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Chaos in Transit Systems is a work in progress inspired by the everyday experiences people face when driving through the city. Why is it that traveling times between the same locations can vary so much for different drivers that start their travel at nearly the same time? Or why is it that, during a traffic jam, the car in the line next to us suddenly gains a huge advantage, but it sometimes lags very far behind? Common wisdom tells us that the answer to these questions must be found in the behavior of drivers. But what if this chaotic behavior were a part of the system? In this thesis, three simple traffic models are presented, and it is argued that chaos ─ understood as high sensitivity to initial conditions ─ is a part of all transit systems.

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Jorge Villalobos has recently obtained his Doctor in Engineering degree from the Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá (Colombia). From the same institution he obtained his Master in Sciences-Physics degree, as well as his BA degree in Physics (2000). Throughout his research career at the Universidad de los Andes and the Ceiba Center for Excellence, he has been involved in projects concerning the fields of transit systems and the development of research centers in Colombia. He has designed courses related to complex systems and diverse programming paradigms. His current work is focused on the problems related to chaos in city transit systems, as well as on those related to conceiving of Bogotá as a megacity from a complexsystems’ standpoint.

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