Traffic systems can be described by modelling every individual car (or cyclist, or pedestrian). These are microscopic simulation tools. Whereas they look convincing, in reality they are highly deceptive. Macroscopic simulation tools, describing traffic at a road level, are much more accurate if applied correctly. Moreover, they are much quicker in simulation. But how do these macroscopic models work?
This course aims to make the students aware of the various methods that exist to describe traffic operations macroscopically. Students learn techniques to describe where and when traffic jams occur and how traffic jams propagate.
The course discusses operational macroscopic traffic models. This means:
– operational: the scope is about traffic models describing how traffic patterns evolve over time and how congestion patterns grow. The demand pattern is taken exogenously;
– macroscopic: Traffic is considered as a traffic stream, so not as individual vehicles.
After following this course, the student is able to:
– describe traffic operations on a macroscopic scale;
– choose and program the macroscopic traffic model suiting his needs best.
For more detailed information and the program see the attached course description.
Lecturer: Dr. Victor Knoop (TU Delft)
Course dates & times:
8 May: 13.30 -16.30 h
19 May: 13.30 – 16.30 h
23 May: 13.30 – 16.30 h
30 May: 13.30 – 16.30 h
13 June: 10.00 – 16.00 h
ECTS: 1 (attendance) – 2 (attendance + assignment)
Location: TU Delft
8 May – CEG, HG 2.72
19 May – t.b.a.
23 May – CEG, HG 6.75
30 May – CEG, HG 2.72
13 June – CEG, HG 6.75
Participation: free for TRAIL/Beta/OML members and PhD students of participating faculties