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                   Call For Papers

       6th WORKSHOP ON ALGORITHMIC METHODS AND MODELS
                FOR OPTIMIZATION OF RAILWAYS

                       ATMOS 2006

    September 14, 2006, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland,
             http://algo06.inf.ethz.ch/atmos

SCOPE 
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.

TOPICS
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

THIS YEAR 

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
Zurich, Switzerland, together with ESA, WABI, WAOA, and IWPEC.


SUBMISSIONS
Authors are invited to submit a full paper (max 15 pages) 
at http://www.easychair.org/ATMOS06/.
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
Proceedings will be published electronically within DROPS 
("Dagstuhl Research Online Publication Server").

FOCUS ISSUE
Authors of selected contributions will be invited to submit a journal
version of their work to a focused issue of Transportation Science
(http://transci.pubs.informs.org/).

PROGRAM COMMITTEE
- 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 Mueller-Hannemann (TU Darmstadt, Germany, co-chair)
- Martin Skutella (Univ. Dortmund, Germany)
- Paolo Toth (Univ. Bologna, Italy)

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

INVITED SPEAKER
- Ralf Borndoerfer 
  (ZIB, MATHEON and Loebel, Borndoerfer & Weider GbR, Berlin, Germany)

If you have questions or comments, please send email to
rjacob@inf.ethz.ch or muellerh@algo.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de.
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