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Greedy algorithm for railway traffic re-scheduling during disturbances: a Swedish case
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2010 (English)In: IET Intelligent Transport Systems, ISSN 1751-956X, E-ISSN 1751-9578, Vol. 4, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedAlternative title
En girighetsalgoritm för omplanering av tågtrafik vid trafikstörningar (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The positive trend of increased use of railway transportation in Europe has resulted in an increased sensitivity to and occurrence of traffic disturbances. In addition to the need for extensions of the infrastructure, the need to effectively limit and predict the effects of disturbances becomes apparent. The kernel of the disturbance management problem is to revise the original timetable in line with the new conditions and decide where, when and how trains should overtake or meet to minimise the negative effect of the disturbance. In previous research, the author has designed optimisation-based approach for rescheduling, which seems promising, but for some scenarios it is difficult to find good solutions within seconds. Also, more detailed constraints will have to be included, which makes the problem even more complex and difficult to solve. Therefore the author developed a greedy algorithm that effectively delivers good solutions within the permitted time. To quickly retrieve a feasible solution, the algorithm performs a depth-first search using an evaluation function to prioritise when conflicts arise and then branches according to a set of criteria. A performance analysis of the algorithm was carried out using simulated experiments showing its strengths and weaknesses.

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology , 2010. Vol. 4, no 4
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Railway traffic, Scheduling, Timetabling, Slot allocation, Disturbance management, Optimisation
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Mathematical Analysis Computer Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-7647DOI: 10.1049/iet-its.2009.0122ISI: 000284307500017Local ID: diva2:835291
Available from: 2012-09-18 Created: 2011-01-03 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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