International Joint Workshop on
12th  International Conference on Cellular Automata for Research and Industry (ACRI 2016)
Fez (Morocco), September 8, 2016


Cellular Automata (CA) are powerful tools for modeling complex systems used in various research fields. Growing topics for the last few decades are crowd, pedestrians and traffic modeling as discrete dynamical complex systems.

Cellular Automata have been thoroughly applied as an efficient research tool in the scientific area of crowds and pedestrian dynamics. The latter constitutes an intrinsic multidisciplinary research area, thus the current literature involving CA-based models is disseminated in a vast range of conferences proceedings, journals and books; from physics and urban planning, to fire engineering and psychology.

The investigation of Cellular Automata to model traffic is becoming very important for both practical and scientific reasons.  Reducing traffic congestion contributes to economic efficiency and modeling of traffic flow allows for new insights into non-equilibrium systems of self-driven particles. Moreover, this kind of modeling framework comprises traffic on highway networks, city traffic with signal control and public conveyance. 

The CA-based modeling and simulation approaches for crowds and traffic dynamic behavior share common ideas, multidisciplinary issues and discussions, as testified in both of the research areas literature. Moreover, the need of the explicit representation and modeling of the traffic-pedestrian interaction for the design of complex urban dynamics is becoming a hot topic for researchers involved in both the fields, sharing the CA approach as a common platform for the creation of new research scenarios.

Because of these premises, we launch a Joint Workshop of the previous editions of the separated Workshops (Crowd & Cellular Automata and Traffic & Cellular Automata) in order to create the opportunity to discuss and share common ideas and research results.

The Joint Workshop Crowd, Traffic and Cellular Automata (CT&CA) further encourages submissions regarding all CA comparable, computer simulation based methods of crowd and traffic research. Applications, demonstrations and domain analyses are welcome, as well as overviews and states of the arts about social and psychological aspects, data collection and analysis methods to fit and validate CA-based models.


Topics of either theoretical or applied interest include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Crowd, pedestrian and traffic modeling and simulation
  • Pedestrians traffic/vehicles interaction
  • Collective dynamic behavior (artificial and natural)
  • Empirical results, experiments, data collection and analysis
  • Calibration, validation and engineering
  • Traffic networks
  • Related systems (biological, transport, social networks, granular flow etc.)


Stefania BandiniComplex Systems and Artificial Intelligence Research Center - University of Milano-Bicocca (ITALY)
Katsuhiro Nishinari,  RCAST - Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology - The University of Tokyo (JAPAN)
Andrea SchadschneiderInstitute for Theoretical Physics - University of Cologne (GERMANY)

Program Committee (tbc),  

Andrew Adamatzky (University of the West of England – UK)
Cecile Appert-Rolland (Orsay - France),                                  
Dietmar Bauer (Arsenal Research Vienna – AUSTRIA)
Henryk Fuks (Brock University - CA, USA) 
Rui Jiang (University of Science and Technology of China - CHINA)
Makoto Kikuchi (Osaka University - JAPAN)
Franziska Klügl (Örebro University – SWEDEN)
Gerta Köster (Munich University of Applied Sciences – GERMANY)
Tobias Kretz (PTV AG – GERMANY)
Sven Maerivoet (Transport and Mobility Leuven - BELGIUM)
Shin Morishita (Yokohama National University  – JAPAN)
Michael Schreckenberg (Duisburg University - GERMANY)    
Armin Seyfried (Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Jülich - GERMANY)
Georgios Sirakoulis (Democritus University of Thrace – GREECE)
WeiGuo Song (University of Science and Technology of China - CHINA)
Shin-ichi Tadaki (Saga University - JAPAN)
Tetsuji Tokihiro (The University of Tokyo - JAPAN)
Giuseppe Vizzari (University of Milano Bicocca – ITALY)
Daichi Yanagisawa (The University of Tokyo – JAPAN)
Peter Wagner (DLR Berlin - GERMANY)                      
Jarosław Wąs (AGH University of Science and Technology – POLAND)         

Submission and publication

Authors are invited to submit papers according to two contribution categories full and short papers depending on their length, depth and/or maturity. Papers must comply with the Springer Verlag format and the maximum length of 5 and 10 pages for short and full contributions, respectively.

The electronic submission will be handled through the online web  submission system by clicking on the link.  

Accepted papers will be published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.

Selected papers will be considered for publication in a Special issue of an international journal. They will contain refereed extended/improved versions of selected papers presented at the Joint Workshop.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: April 10th, 2016
Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: May 10th, 2016
Final version of the paper for the proceedings: June 6h, 2016


Workshop contact person

Stefania Bandini