4th International Symposium on Dynamic Traffic Assignment:
4-6 June 2012 on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA

Overview: Scholarly Content

This Symposium will bring together international scholars from diverse disciplines to discuss and challenge emerging notions of dynamic traffic assignment and its role in the related problems of network design, network traffic control, urban logistics, sustainability, and the co-evolution of social networks.

The theme of DTA2012 is: complexity and sustainability. All attendees making presentations are required to include in their remarks one slide about how DTA research might be aided by the exploitation of complexity science, as well as one slide about how DTA modeling might be used to address the growing issue of sustainability, where sustainability is broadly defined to include environmental, financial, economic, community, and social network considerations. Within his/her slides, each presenter should include conjectures or accomplished research regarding how his/her DTA research does or could incorporate complexity science and sustainability.  NOTE: you paper does not have to include a discussion of complexity and sustainability; rather you need only to provide 2 slides about complexity and sustainability among your slides. The DTA2012 website includes a reading list on complexity science and sustainability.

Contributed papers should address theoretical issues, algorithms, and applications. Manuscripts will be evaluated on a competitive basis by a panel of DTA scholars. On the basis of that evaluation, approximately sixty (60) to seventy five (75) invitations to present will be made. Poster sessions will also be invited.

Authors are required, with each paper submitted, to include the aforementioned slides about complexity and sustainability.

Overview: Symposium Organization

The Symposium will involve three full days of inter-attendee contact, four nights in hotel, and 2 travel days. Specifically June 3 will be an inbound travel day ending with arrival and overnight accommodations at the chosen venue. June 4, 5 and 6 will be full days, involving presentations, meals and nights in the venue hotel. June 7 will be an outbound travel day.

Publication of Invited Papers.

A subset of all papers approved for presentation will be invited to form a special issue of Networks and Spatial Economics. That special issue will be a double issue of about 30 to 40 papers. The remaining papers will form a book to be published by Springer as part of its new book series Complex Networks and Spatial Systems. Both the special issue of Networks and Spatial Economics and the Complex Networks and Spatial Systems book will be moved to the front of their respective publication queues to assure the timely dissemination of DTA2012 findings.

Note: Before any paper is accepted for presentation at DTA2012, it is necessary that at least one author be registered for the Symposium. In no case may an individual be the designated registrant of more than one paper.


Important Dates

  • Revised abstract submission deadline:
  • November 20, 2011

  • Acceptance/rejection of abstracts:
  • December 1, 2011

  • Revised paper submission deadline:
  • February 19, 2012

  • Paper acceptance/ rejection/revision decisions:
  • March 1, 2012

  • Final acceptance/ rejection decisions pending registration:
  • April 1, 2012

  • Author registration deadline:
  • April 1, 2012

  • Deadline for hotel discount:
  • April 1, 2012

  • Complexity Workshop:
  • June 3-4, 2012