CTS Events
November 14, 2012

Dr. Nebiyou Tilahun, UPP, presents a seminar entitled "An agent based model of origin destination estimation (ADOBE)" Wednesday, November 14th at 4:00 pm in Rm 1127 SEO


November 7, 2012

Mr. Thomas Murtha, CMAP, will address the CTS-IGERT community at 4:00 p.m. in Room 1127 SEO.


October 24, 2012

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Bo Zou, CME, on Wednesday, October 24th, Room 1127 SEO, 4:00 p.m.


CTS Happenings
September 25, 2012

Award Received by Joshua Auld, CTS-IGERT alumnus.


April 20, 2012

Congratulations to James Biagioni, CTS Fellow and CS PhD candidate, winner of the Dean's Scholar award.


January 2, 2012

James Biagioni, CTS Fellow, receives "Best Presentation Award" at SenSys2011


July 30, 2010

Dr. Ouri Wolfson, Dr. Phillip Yu, and Leon Stenneth, CS student and CTS Associate, recently had a paper accepted to the 6th IEEE International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications (WiMob 2010).


July 9, 2009

CTS-IGERT is honored Dr. Kawamura Associate Professor in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs will present at the CTS-IGERT Weekly seminar, 2 to 3 pm, SEO 1325. PLEASE NOTE THE LOCATION CHANGE. Please join us!

Download: Economy of scale and the role of publicly available congestion information for local delivery industry: Agent-based simulation approach


"Economy of scale and the role of publicly available congestion information for local delivery industry: Agent-based simulation approach"


This exploratory study use the agent-based model to create a virtual environment in which small and large firms enter into a new market under several different conditions to examine the validity of the hypotheses that in the absence of publicly available traffic information, the competitive advantage of larger companies, resulting from having accurate information on the traffic condition (because they possess greater ability to gather congestion information using their own trucks as probes), can be large enough to prevent smaller companies to enter into a new market for which the pattern of recurring traffic congestion is not well known. Thus, the traffic information system may provide additional benefits that have not been recognized in the past. The output from the simulations runs show that while traffic information system reduces the entry cost, especially for the small firms, the average cost savings over the simulation cycle of 70 time periods is equivalent of 3% of the total cost. Also, the saving in the entry cost is affected by the level of congestion and also the variability in the link travel times. Although determining whether the entry cost is large enough to prevent the smaller companies to enter the new market in the real world will require further analyses using the empirical data. However, it is clear that the provision of the publicly available traffic information will improve the odds of entry and survival for the small firms.


Kazuya Kawamura is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. He is also affiliated with the Urban Transportation Center. His research interests include freight transportation planning, economic impacts evaluation of transportation projects, and empirical evaluation of accessibility measures. Kazuya received both M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the North Carolina State University, Raleigh. He has been at UIC since1999.