101-0492-00L  Microscopic Modelling and Simulation of Traffic Operations

SemesterAutumn Semester 2017
LecturersK. Yang
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentFormer title until HS16: Simulation of Traffic Operations.


101-0492-00 GMicroscopic Modelling and Simulation of Traffic Operations2 hrs
Thu09:45-11:30HIL C 29 »
K. Yang

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AbstractThe course introduces basics of microscopic modelling and simulation of traffic operation, including model development, calibration, validation, data analysis, identification of strategies for improving traffic performance, and evaluation of such strategies. The modelling software used is VISSIM.
ObjectiveThe objective of this course is to introduce basic concepts in microscopic traffic modelling and simulation, and conduct a realistic traffic engineering project from beginning to end. The students will first familiarize themselves with microscopic traffic models. They will then use a simulation for modeling and analyzing the traffic operations. The emphasis is not only on building the simulation model, but also understanding of the traffic models behind and logically evaluating results. The final goal is to make valid and concrete engineering proposals based on the simulation model.
ContentIn this course the students will first learn some microscopic modelling and simulation concepts, and then complete a traffic engineering project with microscopic traffic simulator VISSIM.

Microscopic modelling and simulation concepts will include:
1) Car following models
2) Lane change models
3) Calibration and validation methodology

Specific tasks for the project will include:
1) Building a model with the simulator VISSIM in order to replicate and analyze the traffic conditions measured/observed.
2) Calibrating and validating the simulation model.
3) Redesigning/extending the model to improve the traffic performance.
Lecture notesThe lecture notes and additional handouts will be provided before the lectures.
LiteratureAdditional literature recommendations will be provided at the lectures.
Prerequisites / NoticeStudents need to know some basic road transport concepts. The course Road Transport Systems (Verkehr III), or simultaneously taking the course Traffic Engineering is encouraged. The course Transport Simulation (101-0438-00 G) and previous experience with VISSIM is helpful but not mandatory.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersK. Yang
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationGrades for this course will be assigned as follows:
- Participation in class 10%
- In class quiz (90mins) on microscopic traffic modelling and simulation concepts 30%
- In class interim oral presentation (simulation model and problem definition) 25%
- In class final oral presentation (results and analysis) 35%

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