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ATMOS 2006       



September 14, 2006

ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

ATMOS is partially supported by the ARRIVAL project.


Solving railway optimization problems requires a coordinated interdisciplinary effort from various areas in mathematical optimization and theoretical computer science, including graph and network algorithms, theory of computation, approximation algorithms, combinatorial optimization, and algorithm engineering.
The goal of the workshop is to provide a forum for the exchange and dissemination of new ideas, techniques, and research in the field of railway optimization. In particular, the workshop is meant to bring together researchers from the above areas interested in ALL aspects of algorithmic methods and models for railway optimization, including the development of algorithms, experimental studies, and useful prototype implementations.


Papers are solicited in all aspects of algorithmic methods and models for railway optimization problems including (but not limited to):

  • Infrastructure Planning
  • Line Planning
  • Timetable Generation
  • Timetable Information
  • Delay Management
  • Design of Tariff Systems
  • Rolling Stock Planning
  • Rolling Stock Rescheduling
  • Maintenance and Shunting of Rolling Stock
  • Railway Crew Scheduling and Rostering
  • Simulation Tools


In this year's ATMOS, we want to bring a focus to new directions for railway optimization.  To this end, we encourage contributions that connect to nearby fields, for example the use of an optimization technique that was developed for airlines or public bus transport.  In a similar spirit we welcome overview contributions of topics that have potential in railway optimization, but are not yet established there.
The workshop will take place as part of the ALGO 2006 conferences in
Zürich, Switzerland, together with ESA, WABI, WAOA, and IWPEC. See the homepage of ATMOS for information on previous workshops.


Authors are invited to submit a full paper (max 15 pages) at
The paper must be received by June 15, 2006
Authors will be sent a notification of acceptance or rejection by email around July 20, 2006.


Proceedings will be published electronically within DROPS
("Dagstuhl Research Online Publication Server",


Authors of selected contributions will be invited to submit a journal version of their work to a focused issue of Transportation Science (


  • Ravindra K. Ahuja (Univ. of Florida and Innovative Scheduling Inc., USA)
  • Elias Dahlhaus (DB Systems, Frankfurt a.M., Germany)
  • Camil Demetrescu (Univ. of Rome La Sapienza, Italy)
  • Riko Jacob (ETH Zurich, Switzerland, co-chair)
  • Dick Middelkoop (ProRail, Utrecht, The Netherlands)
  • Matthias Müller-Hannemann (TU Darmstadt, Germany, co-chair)
  • Martin Skutella (Univ. Dortmund, Germany)
  • Paolo Toth (Univ. Bologna, Italy)


Ravindra K. Ahuja (Univ. of Florida and Innovative Scheduling Inc., USA):
"Next Generation Decision Support Systems in Railroad Scheduling"


Ralf Borndörfer  (ZIB, MATHEON, and Löbel, Borndörfer & Weider GbR, Berlin, Germany)

Steering Committee

  • Alberto Marchetti-Spaccamela (Univ. of Rome La Sapienza, Italy)
  • Rolf H. Möhring (TU Berlin, Germany)
  • Dorothea Wagner (Univ. Karlsruhe (TH), Germany)
  • Christos Zaroliagis (University of Patras, Greece)

If you have questions, feel free to send e-mail to one of the PC co-chairs,
Matthias Müller-Hannemann (muellerh AT and Riko Jacob (rjacob AT

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