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PROJECT INTRODUCTION 

MODUM (Models for Optimising Dynamic Urban Mobility) addresses the environmental footprint in the transport sector by developing a new approach for pro-active demand-responsive management of traffic. This will enable energy-efficient multi-modal transport choices accommodating dynamic variations, minimising the environmental impact, and improving the quality of life in urban environments. Therefore MODUM proposes multi-modal route guidance to travellers to reduce journey times and CO2 emissions.
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PROJECT FACTS 

Funding programme: 7th EU Framework Programme, Objective ICT-2011.6.6 Low carbon multi-modal mobility and freight transport
Duration: 1.10.2011 – 31.12.2014
Total cost: € 3,068,365.00
EU funding: 75%
Project website: http://www.modum-project.eu
The first Year of MODUM a review

THE FIRST YEAR OF MODUM A REVIEW 

Hello, and welcome to our first MODUM newsletter!

As we are halfway through the project, and a lot of progress has already been made, both on the scientific and technological level. In this newsletter, we will update you on some of the latest activities and accomplishments in the MODUM project.

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ABOUT ANTS AND AGENTS – THE MODUM SYSTEM 

At the core of MODUM lie two primary traffic management systems: a multi-agent system and an ant-based system. These systems are used as the foundation for all the development efforts within MODUM, and form the backbone of the MODUM overall system. Each system offers a unique solution to find the most CO2-efficient travel routes between an origin and a destination within a transport network.

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requirements for Multi-modal route guidance systems

REQUIREMENTS FOR MULTI-MODAL ROUTE GUIDANCE SYSTEMS 

We conducted a series of studies with actual commuters to firstly understand the current travel behaviour and practices in Europe and secondly identify user requirements for the MODUM system. In total 208 people participated in our studies.

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SOFIA TRIALS TO START IN 2014 

The MODUM consortium has now determined the basic parameters of the validation trials of the MODUM results in Sofia. These trials are planned for the beginning of 2014, but users will be invited to subscribe and download the relevant software in Autumn 2013.

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Get Car drivers off disrupted routes in Nottingham

GET CAR DRIVERS OFF DISRUPTED ROUTES IN NOTTINGHAM 

The Nottingham trials are meant to show how well the MODUM project approach will work in a relatively well developed transportation environment. The trials are planned for the middle of 2014, but users will be invited to subscribe and download the relevant software in the beginning of 2014.

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PAST AND UPCOMING EVENTS 

Nikolay Mehandjiev and Abdallah Namoun presented the work undertaken in MODUM, in a poster session, to the dean of the humanities faculty and the various division groups of the Manchester Business School, within the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, 29, May, 2013.

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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MODUM IN THE NEXT 6 MONTHS? 

In our next newsletter you will read further details about the trial preparations in Sofia and Nottingham, as well as a first status report about the participating users.
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CONTACT 

Dr. Sven Maerivoet
Central Contact for MODUM
Tel. +32 16 31.77.33
sven.maerivoet@tmleuven.be
Griet De Ceuster
Coordinator of MODUM
Tel. +32 16 31.77.30
griet.deceuster@tmleuven.be
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