Archived Versions

1.221J / 11.527J / ESD.201J Transportation Systems

As taught in: Fall 2004

A photograph of the nose of a high speed train.

An East Japan Railway Company Shinkansen high speed train. (Photograph by Prof. Joseph Sussman.)




Prof. Joseph Sussman

Course Features

Course Description

Approaching transportation as a complex, large-scale, integrated, open system (CLIOS), this course strives to be an interdisciplinary systems subject in the "open" sense. It introduces qualitative modeling ideas and various techniques and philosophies of modeling complex transportation enterprises. It also introduces conceptual frameworks for qualitative analysis, such as frameworks for regional strategic planning, institutional change analysis, and new technology development and deployment. And it covers transportation as a large-scale, integrated system that interacts directly with the social, political, and economic aspects of contemporary society. Fundamental elements and issues shaping traveler and freight transportation systems are covered, along with underlying principles governing transportation planning, investment, operations, and maintenance.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .xls.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.