Web-based traffic simulation framework for ITS education and training

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Abstract

Many traffic simulation software packages are available to help traffic engineers and researchers study and evaluate the potential impact of proposed traffic management strategy and policy. However, existing tools require a significant investment in time for learning how to create models, perform calibrations and finally analyze the results. This substantial learning curve severely restricts their application and makes it difficult for engineering students, the general public and policy makers to take advantage of these tools. An Internet-based traffic simulation framework was developed to enhance the learning experience for transportation students and engineers. Pre-generated traffic scenarios were first implemented as part of a Civil Engineering undergraduate class. Based on feedback, an interactive simulation tool was developed to allow users to make changes to the model and examine the traffic impacts. This now allows students to for example, minimize the queue length by changing the cycle length or splits. This interactive traffic simulation tool was deployed and tested in an undergraduate class of 73 students and feedback was collected from instructors and students that will facilitate additional enhancements of the lab module.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntelligent Transportation Society of America - 12th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems 2005
Pages4260-4269
Number of pages10
Volume7
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event12th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems 2005 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 6 2005Nov 10 2005

Other

Other12th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems 2005
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period11/6/0511/10/05

Keywords

  • Distance learning
  • Traffic simulation
  • Transportation visualization

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