AH2174 Traffic Simulation Modelling and Applications 7.5 credits

Trafiksimulering, modellering och applikationer

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  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 19 for Study Abroad Programme (SAP)

  • Periods

    Autumn 19 P2 (7.5 credits)

  • Application code

    10031

  • Start date

    28/10/2019

  • End date

    14/01/2020

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places *

    Min. 1

    *) The Course date may be cancelled if number of admitted are less than minimum of places.

  • Teacher

    Albania Nissan <bibbi.nissan@abe.kth.se>

    Athina Tympakianaki <athinat@kth.se>

    David Leffler <david.leffler@abe.kth.se>

    Erik Jenelius <erik.jenelius@abe.kth.se>

    Xiaoliang Ma <xiaoliang.ma@abe.kth.se>

  • Application

    Apply for this course at antagning.se through this application link.
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Autumn 18 for Study Abroad Programme (SAP)

  • Periods

    Autumn 18 P2 (7.5 credits)

  • Application code

    10052

  • Start date

    29/10/2018

  • End date

    14/01/2019

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places *

    Min. 1

    *) The Course date may be cancelled if number of admitted are less than minimum of places.

  • Teacher

    Albania Nissan <bibbi.nissan@abe.kth.se>

    Athina Tympakianaki <athinat@kth.se>

    David Leffler <david.leffler@abe.kth.se>

    Erik Jenelius <erik.jenelius@abe.kth.se>

    Xiaoliang Ma <xiaoliang.ma@abe.kth.se>

Autumn 18 for programme students

Autumn 18 Doktorand for single courses students

  • Periods

    Autumn 18 P2 (7.5 credits)

  • Application code

    10157

  • Start date

    29/10/2018

  • End date

    14/01/2019

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places *

    Max. 1

    *) If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

  • Course responsible

    Xiaoliang Ma <xiaoliang.ma@abe.kth.se>

  • Teacher

    Xiaoliang Ma <xiaoliang.ma@abe.kth.se>

  • Target group

    For doctoral students at KTH

Intended learning outcomes

In this course, students obtain fundamental knowledge on the principles and applications of transport simulations.

Transport simulators are complex computer programs that solve complex model systems. The models describe real transport phenomena, such as traffic flow dynamics in urban networks. They are typically solved through mathematical techniques, in particular stochastic simulation methods. Real transport problems are analyzed with free or commercial software implementations of these models and solvers.

After successful completition of the course, students should be able to

  •       understand and apply the basic principles of simulation;
  •       interpret and analyze stochastic simulation results;
  •       select application-specific models and simulation methods;
  •       collect and use real data to calibrate and validate transport simulators;
  •       deploy simulations for scenario analysis, prediction, and optimization.

Course main content

This is an advanced course on transport simulation. It consists of lectures and exercises. The lectures are structured in two blocks of roughly equal size.

The first half of the lectures teaches fundamental concepts of simulation and its application in transport. This comprises: taxonomy of simulation approaches, scientific principles and mathematical simulation framework, input data preparation, computer simulation techniques, analysis of simulation outputs. These lectures provide a solid foundation to understand and use transport simulations.

The second half of the lectures treats a selection of more specific topics. This comprises: calibration and validation of simulators, experimental design, on-line simulation, simulation-based optimization. Students will have the opportunity to influence what topics the course focuses on. These lectures provide the ability to solve complex, real transport problems with simulation.

The exercises investigate several case studies of increasing realism with an operational traffic simulator. The largest part of the exercises is hands-on work with the simulation software. Intermediate classroom-type exercises deepen the understanding of concepts taught in the lectures and clarify their relation to the case studies. The exercises give students practical experience with a real simulation software.

Eligibility

For admitted students to the Master of Science in Civil Engineering and Urban Management (CSAMH) or the Master of Science in Transport and Geoinformation Technology (TTGTM):

  • Traffic and Road Engineering or AH2171 Traffic Engineering and Management
  • AH2170 Transport Data collection and Analysis

For other students:

  • A completed bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, urban planning, geomatics, geography, engineering physics, computer science, statistics, economics,mathematics, including at least 6 university credits (hp) in each of the following or their equivalents: Programming, Linear Algebra, Calculus in One Variable, and Probability & Statistics;
  • English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B

  • AH2171 Traffic Engineering and Management or an equivalent course;
  • AH2170 Transport Data collection and Analysis

Literature

  •  S. M. Ross, Simulation, 4th edition, Elsevier, 2006
  •  A. M. Law and W. David Kelton, Simulation Modeling and Analysis, 4rth edition,McGraw Hill, 2006.
  •  R. Dowling, A. Skabardonis, and V. Alexiadis, Traffic Analysis Toolbox Volume III: Guidelines for Applying Traffic Microsimulation Modeling Software, FHWA-HRT-04-040.
  •  R. Roess, E. Prassas, and W. McShane, Traffic Engineering, 3rd edition, Prentice Hall, 2004.
  •  S. Washington, M. Karlaftis, and F. Mannering, Statistical and Econometric Methods for Transportation Data Analysis, Chapman & Hall/CRC, 2003.
  •  Selected papers and class notes
  •  Manuals of traffic simulation software to be used for projects and case studies

Examination

  • PRO2 - Project Assignments, 3.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN2 - Oral Examination, 4.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

        PRO1 - Assignments, 3.5 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

        TEN1 - Examination, 4.0 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

A mandatory oral examination equivalent to 4.0 ECTS credits on the A-F grading scale and a mandatory project assignment equivalent to 3.5 credits with grading scale A-F. The course will be determined by the grade of both

Offered by

ABE/Transport Planning

Contact

Xiaoliang Ma (liang@kth.se)

Examiner

Erik Jenelius <erik.jenelius@abe.kth.se>

Version

Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2019.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2013.