The use of simulation in the design of a road transport incident detection algorithm

Waterson, B.J., Cherrett, T.J. and McDonald, M. (2005) The use of simulation in the design of a road transport incident detection algorithm. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 56, (11), 1250-1257. (doi:10.1057/palgrave.jors.2601973).


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Automatic incident detection is becoming one of the core tools of urban traffic management, enabling more rapid identification and response to traffic incidents and congestion. Existing traffic detection infrastructure within urban areas (often installed for traffic signal optimization) provides urban traffic control systems with a near continuous stream of data on the state of traffic within the network. The creation of a simulation to replicate such a data stream therefore provides a facility for the development of accurate congestion detection and warning algorithms. This paper describes firstly the augmentation of a commercial traffic model to provide an urban traffic control simulation platform and secondly the development of a new incident detection system (RAID-Remote Automatic Incident Detection), with the facility to use the simulation platform as an integral part of the design and calibration process. A brief description of a practical implementation of RAID is included along with summary evaluation results.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1057/palgrave.jors.2601973
Additional Information: This paper was originally presented at the 46th Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society, York, UK, 7-9 Sep 2004. See eprint 53778
ISSNs: 0160-5682 (print)
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Keywords: transport, traffic/accidents, congestion, urban traffic control
Subjects: T Technology > TE Highway engineering. Roads and pavements
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 39432
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Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:09

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