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The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester


The University of Manchester brings together the strengths of the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) into a leading UK university with close links to industry. The Centre for Service Research has participated in a number of large EC- and EPSRC-funded research projects using organisational and business models for rapid systems evolution (e.g. MaBE, EUD_Net, CrossWork, SUDDEN, Commius, SOA4All). These have helped to build UNIMAN’s expertise in core mechanisms for emergent planning composition under distributed knowledge, and in models of flexible software systems for rapid adaptation and evolution.

University of Manchester contributes its expertise in software agent technology. This contributes to the core theoretical aspects of the project through the development of an agent based model for the control and balancing of the overall traffic flow within a city. This model builds on ideas developed during the Crosswork and SUDDEN projects. In addition they will contribute expertise in the area of user evaluation, allowing the potential social acceptability of the proposed social transport models to be considered during their development.


MODUM addresses the environmental footprint in the transport sector by developing a new approach for pro-active demand-responsive management of traffic. This approach enables energy-efficient multi-modal transport choices accommodating dynamic variations, minimising the environmental impact and improving the quality of life in urban environments.


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