Workshop IV: Decision Support for Traffic

November 16 - 20, 2015


TRWWS4_ImageThe next decade will see numerous decision support tools emerge for traffic management. This is mainly due to the fact that all pieces necessary for the development of these tools are now at our disposal, and have emerged in the recent years. This includes sensing, communication, high performance and modeling capabilities. All over the world, several Departments of Transportation have started to investigate the steps required to build tools capable of advising humans in charge of optimization of mobility at the scale of a city. Specific breakthroughs are already visible in Australia, France and in the Netherlands. Such tools require significant amount of modeling (the interplay of various control schemes on a distributed parameter system, which can be modeled as a partial differential equation), which will be presented in the first subtopic of the workshop (for which we will invite experts who have already experience in building successfully such systems). Decision support tools also require the solution of the very difficult problem of dynamic traffic assignment, known to be NP hard in the discrete setting, and which has only be superficially studied at the continuous level (i.e. with traffic modeled by PDEs), in a dynamic setting. The dynamic traffic assignment is a fundamental problem in this field, which is at the heart of any allocation algorithm which attempts to optimize flow on a network. The second subtopic will focus specifically on dynamic traffic assignment. Finally, in the last subtopic, we will invite experts in the field of games and incentivization, which is one of the future backbones of control and ties with decision support. In this last topic, we will assemble a panel of experts who have worked on mechanisms which can be used to incentivize users of the transportation network to change their patterns based on options given to them by the system, or by a game in which they take part.

This workshop will include a poster session; a request for poster titles will be sent to registered participants in advance of the workshop.

Organizing Committee

Alexandre Bayen (University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley))
Robert Bertini (California Polytechnic State University)
Serge Hoogendoorn (Technische Universiteit te Delft)
Laura Wynter (IBM)