Vacancy@TUD: PhD in Lane-Specific Traffic Control

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Travel times on motorways can vary depending on the lane a driver chooses to drive on when traffic is not well-balanced over the available lanes. This project will develop a first of its kind lane-specific motorway traffic state control system using both road side variable message signs and in-vehicle lane guidance to improve traffic flow efficiency. It will develop (1) a lane-specific traffic management strategy, (2) a driver interface to optimise the compliance of the driver with lane-specific advice and (3) a vehicle positioning system at the lane level. The PhD researcher in project (2) will develop the lane specific traffic state estimation, prediction and control measures (road-side and in-car). The candidate will model traffic operations for multi-lane, multi-class traffic. The effects of lane changes need to be modelled explicitly, as well as the effects of measures on the lane changes. To model this, experimental facilities, such as a driving simulator and a test vehicle are available. Using simulation tools, collective benefits of measures need to be determined. Besides conducting her/his own research, the PhD candidate is expected to devote not more than 25% of his/her work time to assisting with teaching and other scientific projects in the department.

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