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Connection Dispatching - an Algorithmic and Visual Support for the Dispatcher

Stelzer, Anselmo ; Oetting, Andreas ; Chu, Friederike (2015)
Connection Dispatching - an Algorithmic and Visual Support for the Dispatcher.
In: Selected Proceedings WCTR 2013, 2013
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Item Type: Book Section
Type of entry: Secondary publication
Title: Connection Dispatching - an Algorithmic and Visual Support for the Dispatcher
Language: English
Date: 17 February 2015
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Year of primary publication: 2013
Place of primary publication: Rio, Brazil
Publisher: World Conference on Transport Research
Book Title: Selected Proceedings WCTR 2013

Securing connections in public transport is a mean to raise travellers' satisfaction and make their trips more convenient. Nevertheless, securing connections affects the trips of other travellers and therefore is not always the best solution regarding the complex train network.Thus, dispatching connecting trains is a complex task that demands special knowledge about the railway network, travellers, local situations and conditions, the schedule, rolling stock circulations, employees' duty rosters and rules concerning the dispatching process. Furthermore, the topic becomes more relevant recently as the traffic on European railway networks grows more complex whilst the demand for a proper connection dispatching on the part of travellers as well as the authorities rises. To further improve this complex task, a decision support for the dispatcher is desirable. We focus on methods to (visually) support the dispatcher in his daily work. A mean to achieve a better connection dispatching is the detection and display of conflicts. Detected conflicts are evaluated and prioritized. With the results of these processes, the connection conflicts are displayed in a proper and easy-to-catch way. Furthermore, we are investigating ways to automate conflict resolution routine processes. Here, many side conditions regarding the German railway's system of rules have to be taken into account. Also, we consider the whole dispatching process including the rejection of a connection and referencing to alternative possibilities for a connection request. The developed solution is tested in the Railway Operations Centre Darmstadt. Possible improvements are verified in cooperation with the (connection) dispatcher to assure an acceptance of the developed tools by the future user. The results of our research are designed such that algorithms can be directly implemented in the productive system of the German railway dispatching environment.

Uncontrolled Keywords: connection, dispatch, disposition, visualization, display
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-42730
Classification DDC: 600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 620 Engineering and machine engineering
Divisions: 13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences > Institutes of Transportation > Institute for Railroad Systems and Technology
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2015 15:57
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2024 07:44
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/4273
PPN: 386800650
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