Abstract: We consider the Railway Traveling Salesman Problem. We
show that this problem can be reduced to a variant of the generalized
traveling salesman problem, defined on an undirected graph G = (V,E)
with the nodes partitioned into clusters, which consists in finding a mini-
mum cost cycle spanning a subset of nodes with the property that exactly
two nodes are chosen from each cluster. We describe an exact exponen-
tial time algorithm for the problem, as well we present two mixed integer
programming models of the problem. Based on one of this models pro-
posed, we present an efficient solution procedure based on a cutting plane
algorithm. Extensive computational results for instances taken from the
railroad company of the Netherlands Nederlandse Spoorwegen and involv-
ing graphs with up to 2182 nodes and 38650 edges are reported.

Abstract: An ever growing emphasis is put nowadays in developing personalized journey planning and renewable mobility services in smart cities. These services combine means of scheduled-based public transport and electric vehicles or bikes, using crowdsourcing techniques for collecting real-time traffic information and for assessing the recommended routes. The goal is to develop an information system that will allow the fast, real-time computation of best routes.
The main challenges in developing such an information system are both technological and algorithmic. The technological challenge concerns the collection, storage, management, and updating of a huge volume of transport data that are usually time-dependent, and the provision (through these data) of personalized renewable mobility services in smartphones. This challenge is typically confronted by creating a cloud infrastructure that on the one hand will support the storage, management, and updating of data, while on the other hand it will handle the necessary data feed to the smartphone applications for providing the users with the requested best routes.
The algorithmic challenge concerns the development of innovative algorithms for the efficient provision of journey planning services in smartphones, based on data they will receive from the cloud infrastructure. These services guarantee the computation of realistic and useful best routes, as well as the updating of the precomputed (route and timetable) information, in case of delays of scheduled public transport vehicles, so that the users can online update their routes to destination. The goal is to develop an algorithmic basis for supporting modern renewable mobility services (information systems), such as "mobility on demand'' (where the next leg of a journey is decided in real-time) and "door-to-door'' personalized mobility, in urban scheduled-based public transport environments. Scheduled-based public transport information systems should not only compute in real-time end-user queries requesting best routes, but also to update the timetable information in case of delays.
The core algorithmic issues of mobility and journey planning (regarding the computation of optimal routes under certain criteria) in scheduled-based public transport systems concern the efficient solution of the fundamental earlier arrival (EA) problem (compute a journey from station S to station T minimizing the overall traveling time required to complete the journey), the minimum number of
transfers (MNT) problem (compute a journey from station S to station T minimizing the number of times a passenger is required to change vehicle), and the efficient updating of timetable information system in case of vehicle delays. The EA and MNT problems have been extensively studied in the literature under two main approaches: the array-based modeling (where the timetable is represented as an array) and the graph-based modeling (where the timetable is represented as a graph). Experimental results have shown so far that the array-based approaches are faster in terms of query time than graph-based ones, as they are able to better exploit data locality and do not rely on priority queues. On the other hand, the array-based approaches have not been theoretically or experimentally studied as far as the efficient updating of timetable information, in case of delays, is concerned.
In this thesis, new graph-based models are being developed that solve efficiently the aforementioned fundamental algorithmic mobility problems in urban scheduled-based public transport information systems, along with a mobile application (journey planner) running on Android-based smartphones that includes a service for the evaluation of the recommended routes by the users. In particular:
(a) An extensive comparative evaluation was conducted on graph-based dynamic models that represent big data volumes regarding their suitability for representing timetable information. The study confirmed that the realistic time-expanded model is the most suitable for representing timetable information.
(b) Two new graph-based models have been developed for representing timetable information (in a timetable information system), the reduced time-expanded model and the dynamic timetable model (DTM), both of which are more space-efficient with respect to the realistic time-expanded model. For both of the new models, new efficient algorithms were developed for fast answering of EA and MNT queries, as well as for updating the timetable information representation in case of delays.
(c)An experimental evaluation was conducted with the new graph-based models and their associated query and update algorithms on a set of 14 real-world scheduled-based transportation systems, including the metropolitan areas of Berlin, Athens, London, Rome, and Madrid. The experimental results showed that the query algorithms of the reduced time-expanded model are superior to those of the DTM model, while the reverse is true regarding the update algorithms. In addition, the experimental study showed that the query algorithms of the new graph-based models compete favorably with those of the best array-based models.
(d) A mobile, cloud-based, journey planner (information system) was developed whose core algorithmic engine builds upon the new graph-based models. The mobile application is accompanied by a service that allows the users to assess the recommended journeys. The journey planner demonstrates the practicality of the new graph-based models and their associated query and update algorithms.

Abstract: We survey here some recent computational models for networks of tiny artifacts. In particular, we focus on networks consisting of artifacts with sensing capabilities. We first imagine the artifacts moving passively, that is, being mobile but unable to control their own movement. This leads us to the population protocol model of Angluin et al. (2004) [16]. We survey this model and some of its recent enhancements. In particular, we also present the mediated population protocol model in which the interaction links are capable of storing states and the passively mobile machines model in which the finite state nature of the agents is relaxed and the agents become multitape Turing machines that use a restricted space. We next survey the sensor field model, a general model capturing some identifying characteristics of many sensor network¢s settings. A sensor field is composed of kinds of devices that can communicate one to the other and also to the environment through input/output data streams. We, finally, present simulation results between sensor fields and population protocols and analyze the capability of their variants to decide graph properties

Abstract: Here we survey various computational models for Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs). The population protocol model (PP) considers networks of tiny mobile finite-state artifacts that can sense the environment and communicate in pairs to perform a computation. The mediated population protocol model (MPP) enhances the previous model by allowing the communication links to have a constant size buffer, providing more computational power. The graph decision MPP model (GDM) is a special case of MPP that focuses on the MPP's ability to decide graph properties of the network. Another direction towards enhancing the PP is followed by the PALOMA model in which the artifacts are no longer finite-state automata but Turing Machines of logarithmic memory in the population size. A different approach to modeling WSNs is the static synchronous sensor field model (SSSF) which describes devices communicating through a fixed communication graph and interacting with their environment via input and output data streams. In this survey, we present the computational capabilities of each model and provide directions for further research.

Abstract: We study the partially eponymous model of distributed computation, which simultaneously
generalizes the anonymous and the eponymous models. In this model, processors have
identities, which are neither necessarily all identical (as in the anonymous model) nor
necessarily unique (as in the eponymous model). In a decision problem formalized as a
relation, processors receive inputs and seek to reach outputs respecting the relation. We
focus on the partially eponymous ring, and we shall consider the computation of circularly
symmetric relations on it. We consider sets of rings where all rings in the set have the same
multiset of identity multiplicities.
We distinguish between solvability and computability: in solvability, processors are
required to always reach outputs respecting the relation; in computability, they must
do so whenever this is possible, and must otherwise report impossibility.
We present a topological characterization of solvability for a relation on a set of rings,
which can be expressed as an efficiently checkable, number-theoretic predicate.
We present a universal distributed algorithm for computing a relation on a set of
rings; it runs any distributed algorithm for constructing views, followed by local steps.
We derive, as our main result, a universal upper bound on the message complexity to
compute a relation on a set of rings; this bound demonstrates a graceful degradation
with the Least Minimum Base, a parameter indicating the degree of least possible
eponymity for a set of rings. Thereafter, we identify two cases where a relation can be
computed on a set of rings, with rings of size n, with an efficient number of O .n lg n/
messages.

Abstract: Wireless sensor networks are about to be part of everyday life. Homes and workplaces capable of self-controlling and adapting air-conditioning for different temperature and humidity levels, sleepless forests ready to detect and react in case of a fire, vehicles able to avoid sudden obstacles or possibly able to self-organize routes to avoid congestion, and so on, will probably be commonplace in the very near future. Mobility plays a central role in such systems and so does passive mobility, that is, mobility of the network stemming from the environment itself. The population protocol model was an intellectual invention aiming to describe such systems in a minimalistic and analysis-friendly way. Having as a starting-point the inherent limitations but also the fundamental establishments of the population protocol model, we try in this monograph to present some realistic and practical enhancements that give birth to some new and surprisingly powerful (for this kind of systems) computational models.

Abstract: Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) constitute a recent and promising new
technology that is widely applicable. Due to the applicability of this
technology and its obvious importance for the modern distributed
computational world, the formal scientific foundation of its inherent laws
becomes essential. As a result, many new computational models for WSNs
have been proposed. Population Protocols (PPs) are a special category of
such systems. These are mainly identified by three distinctive
characteristics: the sensor nodes (agents) move passively, that is, they
cannot control the underlying mobility pattern, the available memory to
each agent is restricted, and the agents interact in pairs. It has been
proven that a predicate is computable by the PP model iff it is
semilinear. The class of semilinear predicates is a fairly small class. In
this work, our basic goal is to enhance the PP model in order to improve
the computational power. We first make the assumption that not only the
nodes but also the edges of the communication graph can store restricted
states. In a complete graph of n nodes it is like having added O(n2)
additional memory cells which are only read and written by the endpoints
of the corresponding edge. We prove that the new model, called Mediated
Population Protocol model, can operate as a distributed nondeterministic
Turing machine (TM) that uses all the available memory. The only
difference from a usual TM is that this one computes only symmetric
languages. More formally, we establish that a predicate is computable by
the new model iff it is symmetric and belongs to NSPACE(n2). Moreover, we
study the ability of the new model to decide graph languages (for general
graphs). The next step is to ignore the states of the edges and provide
another enhancement straight away from the PP model. The assumption now is
that the agents are multitape TMs equipped with infinite memory, that can
perform internal computation and interact with other agents, and we define
space-bounded computations. We call this the Passively mobile Machines
model. We prove that if each agent uses at most f(n) memory for f(n)={\`U}(log
n) then a predicate is computable iff it is symmetric and belongs to
NSPACE(nf(n)). We also show that this is not the case for f(n)=o(log n).
Based on these, we show that for f(n)={\`U}(log n) there exists a space
hierarchy like the one for classical symmetric TMs. We also show that the
latter is not the case for f(n)=o(loglog n), since here the corresponding
class collapses in the class of semilinear predicates and finally that for
f(n)={\`U}(loglog n) the class becomes a proper superset of semilinear
predicates. We leave open the problem of characterizing the classes for
f(n)={\`U}(loglog n) and f(n)=o(log n).

Abstract: We explore the capability of a network of extremely limited computational entities to decide properties about itself or any of its subnetworks. We consider that the underlying network of the interacting entities (devices, agents, processes etc.) is modeled by an interaction graph that reflects the network’s connectivity. We examine the following two cases: First, we consider the case where the input graph is the whole interaction graph and second where it is some subgraph of the interaction graph given by some preprocessing on the network. In each case, we devise simple graph protocols that can decide properties of the input graph. The computational entities, that are called agents, are modeled as finite-state automata and run the same global graph protocol. Each protocol is a fixed size grammar, that is, its description is independent of the size (number of agents) of the network. This size is not known by the agents. We present two simple models (one for each case), the Graph Decision Mediated Population Protocol (GDMPP) and the Mediated Graph Protocol (MGP) models, similar to the Population Protocol model of Angluin et al., where each network link (edge of the interaction graph) is characterized by a state taken from a finite set. This state can be used and updated during each interaction between the corresponding agents. We provide some example protocols and some interesting properties for the two models concerning the computability of graph languages in various settings (disconnected input graphs, stabilizing input graphs). We show that the computational power within the family of all (at least) weakly-connected input graphs is fairly restricted. Finally, we give an exact characterization of the class of graph languages decidable by the MGP model in the case of complete interaction graphs: it is equal to the class of graph languages decidable by a nondeterministic Turing Machine of linear space that receives its input graph by its adjacency matrix representation.

Abstract: In this work, we study the combinatorial structure and the
computational complexity of Nash equilibria for a certain game that
models selfish routing over a network consisting of m parallel links. We
assume a collection of n users, each employing a mixed strategy, which
is a probability distribution over links, to control the routing of its own
assigned traffic. In a Nash equilibrium, each user selfishly routes its traffic
on those links that minimize its expected latency cost, given the network
congestion caused by the other users. The social cost of a Nash equilibrium
is the expectation, over all random choices of the users, of the
maximum, over all links, latency through a link.
We embark on a systematic study of several algorithmic problems related
to the computation of Nash equilibria for the selfish routing game we consider.
In a nutshell, these problems relate to deciding the existence of a
Nash equilibrium, constructing a Nash equilibrium with given support
characteristics, constructing the worst Nash equilibrium (the one with
maximum social cost), constructing the best Nash equilibrium (the one
with minimum social cost), or computing the social cost of a (given) Nash
equilibrium. Our work provides a comprehensive collection of efficient algorithms,
hardness results (both as NP-hardness and #P-completeness
results), and structural results for these algorithmic problems. Our results
span and contrast a wide range of assumptions on the syntax of the
Nash equilibria and on the parameters of the system.

Abstract: The peer-to-peer computing paradigm is an intriguing alternative to Google-style search
engines for querying and ranking Web content. In a network with many thousands or
millions of peers the storage and access load requirements per peer are much lighter
than for a centralized Google-like server farm; thus more powerful techniques from information
retrieval, statistical learning, computational linguistics, and ontological reasoning
can be employed on each peer¢s local search engine for boosting the quality
of search results. In addition, peers can dynamically collaborate on advanced and particularly
difficult queries. Moroever, a peer-to-peer setting is ideally suited to capture
local user behavior, like query logs and click streams, and disseminate and aggregate
this information in the network, at the discretion of the corresponding user, in order to
incorporate richer cognitive models.
This paper gives an overview of ongoing work in the EU Integrated Project DELIS
that aims to develop foundations for a peer-to-peer search engine with Google-or-better
scale, functionality, and quality, which will operate in a completely decentralized and
self-organizing manner. The paper presents the architecture of such a system and the
Minerva prototype testbed, and it discusses various core pieces of the approach: efficient
execution of top-k ranking queries, strategies for query routing when a search request
needs to be forwarded to other peers, maintaining a self-organizing semantic overlay
network, and exploiting and coping with user and community behavior.