Simulation of urban traffic in presence of high-priority vehicles

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This student project is motivated by the needs of a larger industrial research project that the AA4CC group is running since January 2018 jointly with a small hi-tech Brno-located company focused on automation in public transportation. The focus of the proposed project is on numerical simulations of urban traffic using existing opensource simulation packages.

In particular, after getting familiar with the existing traffic simulation packages (SUMO, Veins, VSimRTI, ...) and selecting the most suitable one, the goals of the project are to analyze the possibilities to simulate higher-priority vehicles  (fire brigade vehicles, ambulances, police) and analyze the observable impact of presence of these vehicles on the other traffic in the city.

Later we will build on top of this competence when modeling the trafic after the introduction of the wireless V2I (=vehice-to-infrastructure) or V2X (=vehicle-to-everything) communication schemes. Will these relieve the traffic jams significantly? Will the communication-based control schemes be robust enought? Does mistuing of these present a threat to the traffic? These will be the questions for which we will want to find answers using the simulations.

A related desirable competence is to be able predict the time of arrival of the selected high-priority vehicle to a particular intersection. This is certainly dependent on the current traffic density and thus is highly random. Still, some prediction could be attemted using some popular (or perhaps even some less well-known) estimation and prediction schemes.

The student applying for this position should be interested in the topic of intelligent transportation.  He or she should be good at high-level programming and eager to learn the mathematics behing traffic modeling.

Contact person: 
Zdeněk Hurák
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