The PIMPS project was one of the two summer internship projects I undertook in 2021. The project required myself to develop a server to communicate with MATSim to allow transport researchers to conduct experiments using their browser. MATSim is a transport simulation software package that allows researchers to create simulations of environments, such as cities, for the purpose of experimentation. For example, a researcher may wish to change a road from a single-carriageway to a dual-carriageway and to measure the impact on the simulation. The problem with MATSim is two-fold:
- It is difficult to use without knowing how to write code
- The simulations often require powerful machines
The MATSim server was developed to allow researchers to upload experiments in an easier way which would allow them to create experiments with ease. The server also alleviated the requirement for them to possess powerful hardware because the simulations were instead ran on the server.
The server is not currently publicly available outside of Edinburgh Napier University's internal network. If this changes, a link will be posted here for viewing purposes.
Christopher Wales is a software engineer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He enjoys learning about and practicing multiple software development discplines such as application development, web development, DevOps, and Artificial Intelligence. He works as a Software Engineer at Rohallion where he develops custom web solutions and holds a first-class degree with honours in Computer Science from Edinburgh Napier University.