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Developing an Urban Simulation System for a Major West African City


Rapid growth of urban areas in the developing world are resulting in the need to develop quantitative models for describing land use and transportation dynamics. This fellowship proposes to improve upon an existing urban simulation system of Accra, Ghana, and introduce an  integrated transport model for the Ghanaian capital city. Unified operational models that favor a microscopic approach, such as the simulation platforms UrbanSim and MATSim, have gained significant interest in both the land use and transport communities. Still, in their current forms, these models require further development within the context of a major West-African city. The goal of this project is to address the modeling and computational issues of integrating modern mobility simulations with the latest micro-simulation land use models. On the modeling side, the main challenges are: to synthetically enerate household, person and jobs tables for the Greater Accra population; to develop residential mobility and job choice rates within the discrete choice modeling frameworks; and the development of a comprehensive transportation model.


http://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/funding/challenges/new-conceptual-approaches-to-modeling-and-simulation-of-complex-systems.html?L=1 [1]

Involved Scientist

  • Dr. Tyler James Frazier

Project Funding

Volkswagenstiftung [2]


Tyler James Frazier (2010). Powering Accra: Projecting electricity demand for Ghana's capital city [6]. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Tyler James Frazier (2011). Transforming Accra towards a Sustainable Future: Comprehensive Land Use Planning and the Greater Accra Urban Simulation System (GAUSS) [7]. UGEC Viewpoints, 12–14.

Lopez and Frazier (2011). The Impact of Demographic Change on Accessibility to Public Services for the Elderly and Children of Hannover, Germany [8]. Viewpoints

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