Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg


Prof. Dr. Matthias Müller-Hannemann

phone: +49-345-5524729
fax: ++49-345-5527039

room 4.19
Institut für Informatik
Von-Seckendorffplatz 1
06120 Halle (Saale)


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Train Disposition

Project: TARR - Partial automation of train disposition with realistic passenger flows
(funded by Deutsche Bahn, 2014-2015)

Small and larger disruptions due to bad weather, technical problems or accidents occur everyday in public train transport. In case of delays, the fundamental question is wether a train should wait for a delayed feeder train or not. This is the core problem of train disposition. Disponents who have to make these decisions are typically faced with a trade-off: If they ensure the connection, they make those passengers happy who get their train. But simultaneously other passengers in the waiting train will be delayed, too. And these passengers might miss their connection later on. The central goal of this project is therefore the development of new tools which are able to support disponents to make decisioins upon dispostions in an optimal way from a passenger's point of view.



  • Annabell Berger, Christian Blaar, Andreas Gebhardt, Matthias Müller-Hannemann and Mathias Schnee
    Passenger Flow-Oriented Train Disposition, Proceedings of ESA 2011, Saarbrücken, LNCS 6942, pp. 227-238, Springer, Heidelberg. Full version: Technical Report 2011/2, Institut für Informatik, MLU Halle-Wittenberg
  • Annabell Berger, Andreas Gebhardt, Matthias Müller- Hannemann and Martin Ostrowski
    Stochastic Delay Prediction in Large Train Networks,
    Proceedings of ATMOS 2011, OpenAccess Series in Informatics (OASIcs), vol. 20, pp. 100-111, Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik
  • Martin Lemnian, Ralf Rückert, Steffen Rechner, Christoph Blendinger, and Matthias Müller-Hannemann
    Timing of Train Disposition: Towards Early Passenger Rerouting in Case of Delays
    in Proceedings of ATMOS 2014, Wroclaw, Poland, September 11, 2014, pages 122-137.
  • Ralf Rückert, Martin Lemnian, Steffen Rechner, Christoph Blendinger, and Matthias Müller-Hannemann
    PANDA: A Software Tool for Improved Train Dispatching with Focus on Passenger Flows,
    to appear in Proceedings of CASPT 2015, Rotterdam.