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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Sustainable cities Climate Action

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The course of Transport Systems Design and Planning aims to provide students with the basic tools for simulation and functional design of transport systems, by modeling transport demand and supply and their interactions. Acquisition of specific knowledge is expected in order to address the typical problems of transport engineering with a systemic approach, in particular for estimating the effects produced by designed solutions.

Course contents

- Transport systems: definition of supply, demand and supply-demand interaction

- Elements of transport supply: graphs, networks, cost functions, Bayesian networks

- Demand elements: demand characteristics, approaches to demand estimation (from model, from surveys, from traffic flows)

- The state of the transport system: concept of assignment, relevant elements for the simulation of the state of a transport system, static and dynamic modeling, congestion phenomena

- New urban scenarios: UAM, UAM transport networks (demand forecasts: mode share)

- System Optimum and simulation models

- Simulation of transport scenarios by taking into account new technologies (es. Connected Automated Vehicles)


Apart from lesson notes autonomously written by students, the following books are suggested:

Cascetta E. (2001) “Transportation systems engineering: theory and methods”, Kluwer Academic Press, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

Di Gangi M., Postorino M.N. (2005) "Modelli e procedure per l'analisi dei sistemi di trasporto : esercizi ed applicazioni", FrancoAngeli, Italia.

Teaching methods

Expected: Lectures and Practical / Workshops (also blended, according to Covid situation)

Assessment methods

Written test made by theoretical and practical questions. Questions will concern the course contents, as described in the detailed program. The goal of the written test is to evaluate students’ knowledge and their ability to apply such knowledge in a working environment by using a system approach able to link the functional design of a single transport element to the transport network analysis and the produced effects.

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Office hours

See the website of Maria Nadia Postorino