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Traffic Flow Theory as Applied to ITS

Length: Approximately eight hours.

Description

Traffic flow theories aim to describe in a precise way the interactions between the vehicles, their operators and the roadway system. As such, these theories are an indispensable component for all models and tools that are being used in the design and operation of streets and highways. This course examines a number of theoretical approaches to traffic flow using a mathematical approach.

Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the relationship among the basic traffic stream characteristics;
  • Select and design a traffic surveillance system for measuring traffic, and calculate from raw field data the traffic stream characteristics;
  • Select the appropriate traffic stream model to analyze different traffic conditions;
  • Explain in simple terms the mechanics of the driving task of car following;
  • Explain the interactions among traffic streams at unsignalized intersections and merge/diverge points;
  • Explain how traffic stream models can be used in the ITS environment (i.e. automated highways; advanced traffic management and control, etc.)

Outline

Author

Dr. Chronis Stamatiadis 
Dept. of Civil Engineering
University of Massachusetts Lowell

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