Networking Transportation Networkers

Workshop at Coventry University
Wednesday, September 25th - Thursday, September 26th, 2013


The Applied Mathematics Research Centre (AMRC) at Coventry University, UK announces a Workshop "Networking Transportation Networkers".

The Workshop is set up as an informal workshop in order to facilitate the exchange of experience and ideas on transport networks and related issues. On a broader scale it encompasses spatially embedded networks and the dynamics on, or of, these systems.

The Workshop is different from other meetings on transport related problems in that it attempts to consider transportation networks as a medium for collective (emergent) phenomena.

Experts on optimization, evolution and urbanization of transport networks, street pattern formation, dynamic modeling of transport operations, as well as resilience of transport networks against random failures and targeted attacks will present their research at the Workshop.


Christian von Ferber
Taras Yavors'kii
Applied Mathematics Research Centre (AMRC)
Design Hub, Techno Park
Coventry University CV1 5FB
tel: +44 (0) 24 7688 8560


The conference will be held in the "Techno Centre" building of Coventry University, UK, room 1.4. The Techno Centre is located between Parkside and Puma Way, and can be found in the Coventry University Campus Map in its lower part. The Techno Centre is in a three minute walking distance from the hotel “Ibis”, where the Workshop participants will be accommodated. It also is next to the Design Hub, where Christian’s and Taras’ offices are.

How to get there

Hotel “Ibis” and the Techno Centre are in walking distance from both the Train Station and Pool Meadow Bus Station (see upper part of the Campus Map) in Coventry. The cab ride is about 5 pounds.

Day Note
Wednesday, September 25 Arrival. Before the Workshop starts, you are very welcome to see Christian and Taras on the second floor of the Design Hub in the Techno Park, in the "Applied Mathematics Research Centre". "Design Hub" is the building located between the hotel “Ibis” and the conference venue.
Breakfast is served at the hotel “Ibis”.
Lunch is served in the venue at 13.00.
The Conference Banquet is held at the Godiva’s Café Restaurant of St Mary’s Guildhall at 19.30.
Thursday, September 26 Breakfast is served at the hotel “Ibis”.
Lunch is served in the venue at 12.30.
Excursion to Coventry Transport Museum starts at 14.00

Scientific program and list of speakers

Time Wednesday, September 25  
14:00 - 14:45 Colloquium Talk
Chris Jones (Leeds)
Planetary magnetic fields, concentrating on Jupiter
14:50 - 15:00 Opening Networking Transportation Networkers
Chair Sybil Derrible  
15:00 - 15:30 Andrew Adamatzky (UK) Bioevolution of transport networks with slime mould
15:30 - 16:00 Jeff Jones (UK) The formation, evolution and computational behaviour of Physarum-inspired multi-agent transport networks
16:00 - 16:30 Stefan Lämmer (Germany) Self-Control of Traffic Lights
16:30 - 17:00 Coffee break  
Chair Andrew Adamatzky  
17:00 - 17:30 Vincenzo Nicosia (UK) Elementary processes governing the evolution on road networks
17:30 - 18:00 Emanuele Strano (Switzerland) Spatial networks and remote sensing. Understanding the growth and the form of large urban areas
18:00 - 18:15 Yuri Vershinin (UK) To be announced
Time Thursday, September 26  
Chair Oded Cats  
09:00 - 09:30 Carlos Pais Montes (Spain) Foreland analysis using complex networks: last results for general cargo and containerized transport
09:30 - 10:00 Peter Ferguson (UK) Networks, morphology and land use location: a case study of the London region
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break  
Chair Stefan Lämmer  
10:30 - 11:00 Sybil Derrible (USA) What metros have to teach us, from complexity to centrality
11:00 - 11:30 Oded Cats (Sweden) Modelling the dynamics of public transport networks – theory and applications
11:30 - 12:30 Coffee break Closing discussion


The presentation abstracts can be found here.

About Coventry

Coventry is a city in the county of West Midlands in England and is well known for its rich history of industry. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Coventry became one of the three main UK centres of watch and clock manufacture. In 1885 in Coventry, Rover produced the first bicycle to include modern features such as a chain-driven rear wheel with equal-sized wheels on the front and rear. By the 1890s the cycle trade was booming and Coventry had developed the largest bicycle industry in the world. To this day, the bicycle is called "Rover" in Poland and Western Ukraine. The first British motor car was made in Coventry in 1897 by The Daimler Motor Company Limited.

Coventry's darkest hour came during World War II when Coventry was singled out for heavy bombing raids. Today the city is a centre of post-war reconciliation.

Coventry is also known for the legendary 11th century Lady Godiva who, according to legend, rode through the city on horseback clothed only in her long hair, in protest of high taxes being levied on the cityfolk by her husband Leofric, Earl of Mercia.