Collective Effect of Individual Decisions in Traffic Networks: Intelligent


Wednesdays@NICO Seminar, Noon, November 3 2010, Chambers Hall, Lower Level

Prof. Hani S. Mahmassani, Northwestern University


Traffic congestion results in considerable delay and unreliability of travel in urban networks. This talk discusses developments in intelligent transportation systems, and the role that real-time information and dynamic pricing can play in alleviating vehicular traffic congestion and reducing volatility by influencing user decisions. The main focus is on methodologies for real-time estimation and prediction that consider user responses in generating anticipatory information to travelers and setting prices dynamically in a network.


Hani S. Mahmassani holds the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation and serves as Director of the Transportation Center at Northwestern, which he joined in 2007 from the University of Maryland and previously the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on the role of information and communication in the operation of transportation systems, and the interaction between user decisions and system performance. He has developed simulation and optimization platforms for large-scale transportation networks that support operation and planning of these systems, including vehicular traffic, pedestrians and crowds, as well as intermodal freight and logistics systems.