• Evolutive User-centric Networks for Intraurban Accessibility
  • Consortium: Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems IFISC, CSIC-UIB; Nommon Solutions and Technologies; Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis CASA, UCL; Institute de Physique Théorique IPhT, CEA; Institut für Verkeshrsplanung und Transportsysteme, ETH; Antonio Lucio Gil; Institut Municipal d’Informàtica, Ajuntament de Barcelona.
  • 2012 – 2014
  • eunoia-project.eu
EUNOIA - Research project

The project

EUNOIA (Evolutive User-centric Networks for Intraurban Accessibility) is a research project funded under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme ICT Programme. The goal of EUNOIA was to take advantage of the opportunities brought by smart city technologies and the most recent advances in complex systems science to develop new urban models and ICT tools empowering city governments and their citizens to design better mobility policies.

The EUNOIA consortium was formed by interdisciplinary partners that contributed to attain the project’s goals with their expertise in different fields. These were: Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems IFISC, CSIC-UIB; Nommon Solutions and Technologies; Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis CASA, UCL; Institute de Physique Théorique IPhT, CEA; Institut für Verkeshrsplanung und Transportsysteme, ETH; Antonio Lucio Gil; and Institut Municipal d’Informàtica, Ajuntament de Barcelona.

The EUNOIA project started in October 2012 and run for two years.

Read EUNOIA’s position paper.

Context

Urban transport is essential for citizens to perform their daily activities, but at the same time constitutes one of the major sources of urban pollution (GHG emissions, local air quality, noise), directly affecting citizens’ health and well-being. The quest for environmentally sustainable urban transport, while ensuring competitiveness and addressing social concerns such as health problems or the needs of persons with reduced mobility, is a common and urgent challenge for all major cities in Europe.

To tackle the challenge of sustainable urban mobility, urban planners need models, decision support tools, and input data allowing the assessment of policies and their resulting effects. Urban models serve various purposes: first, models help achieve an enhanced understanding of urban dynamics (in an explanatory role); second, they enable virtual experimentation allowing the prediction of the impact of new infrastructures, technologies, or policies (in a predictive role); finally, models are powerful tools to facilitate participatory processes for collaborative decision making (in policy and design roles).

Cities have been treated as systems for several decades, but only recently has the approach changed from aggregate equilibrium systems to complex, evolving systems of systems. Different types of urban models have been developed, from the static and aggregate land use-transportation interaction (LUTI) models first developed in the 1960s, to recent activity-based microsimulation models which seek to represent cities in more disaggregate and heterogeneous terms. To fully support the assessment of urban mobility policies in terms of a comprehensive set of economic, social, and environmental sustainability indicators, further research is needed along three main axes:

  1. Data collection. The development and validation of improved models critically relies on the availability of data. Data collection efforts have traditionally been focused on trip data (origin-destination, travel time, mode, etc.), but there is still a lack of appropriate data on factors determining mobility behaviour, such as attitudes and lifestyle, which are particularly important, e.g., for developing demand management concepts aiming to influence mobility decisions.  
  2. Theoretical research. On the demand side, many questions are still open, such as the activity patterns underlying human travel behaviour; the social acceptance of transport systems and mobility policies; or the relationship between land use and transport demand, and how to quantify the contribution of transport infrastructure to land value. As for the transport supply side, particularly interesting are questions such as the impact of ICT-based services; new services with the potential to improve urban mobility, e.g. how to make car and bike sharing schemes more appealing; intermodality; or the alternatives to private, fossil fuel-based car such as electric and hybrid.
  3. Link between modellers, decision makers, and societal actors. The use of system models in policy making and planning is very heterogeneous. Many cities do not use any quantitative models at all; among the cities using simulation models, traditional LUTI models are still the most applied. The use of more advanced, state-of-the-art models based on complex systems modelling techniques (particularly of agent-based models) is still scarce, and in many cases the potential users do not have the skills to use such models or are not convinced of the benefits. To bridge this gap, the development of the models needs to be user-driven and be accompanied by user-model interaction methodologies facilitating a smooth integration of the models into the decision-making processes.

EUNOIA’s objectives

The objectives of EUNOIA are the following:

  1. To investigate how new data available in the context of smart cities can be exploited to understand mobility and location patterns in cities.
  2. To characterise and compare mobility and location patterns in different European cities.
  3. To improve the understanding of the interdependencies between social networks and travel behaviour.
  4. To enhance urban land use and transportation models, by integrating the role of the social network and new models of joint trips and joint resource use into state-of-the-art agent-based models.
  5. To develop useful policy interfaces and appropriate methodological procedures for the use of simulation tools in multi-stakeholder, collaborative assessment of urban transport policies.
  6. To apply the new models and methodologies to several case studies of interest for policy makers.

Public deliverables

Scientific papers

Resources

Transport model for London using MATSim (private vehicles)

This animation shows the estimated vehicular movements during a typical working day in London. This has been obtained from an activity-based transport model developed at CASA in University College London, under the EUNOIA research project. The MATSim software has been used to run the traffic assignment. The authors involved in the building of the model are Joan Serras, Melanie Bosredon, Vassilis Zachariadis, Camilo Vargas-Ruiz, Thibaut Dubernet and Mike Batty. We acknowledge TfL for the provision of key data sources to the model and Senozon for the Via software to visualise the outputs.

Transport model for London using MATSim (private vehicles).

Transport model for London using MATSim (activities)

This animation conducted under the EUNOIA research project shows the distribution of activities performed by synthetic individuals throughout a typical working day in London. This is achieved by plotting each person in the model performing a certain activity in its corresponding colour (home: dark blue; work: light blue; shop: yellow; education: green; leisure: pink).

Transport model for London using MATSim (activities).

EUNOIA visualizer tool

The EUNOIA visualizer tool allows to study different geo-referenced information. In this web, it is applied to offer and demand in bike-sharing stations.

Órgano financiador
EUNOIA is a research project funded under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme ICT Programme.

MÁS
INFORMACIÓN

  • Final report of the EUNOIA workshop
    Global Systems Science and Urban Development
  • Overall presentation of the EUNOIA project
    CIVITAS Forum Spain-Portugal
  • "Mobility data storage and analysis"
    Presentation at IBERGRID 2013