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Advanced Energy Technologies

Transportation System Simulation

Quantifying the mobility and energy impact of new transportation technologies and policies at the regional level

Today’s transportation systems are becoming more and more complex, with integration of communication technologies, vehicle automation and innovative mobility solutions. The advent of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will see no shortage of new technologies aimed at transforming transportation. While some will likely succeed and others fail, to truly understand their potential and their impacts on the larger transportation system, researchers need to understand how people respond and react to them.

By understanding the driving public’s relationship with innovation, researchers can help policymakers plan for the future — planning that is essential to the success of CAVs and their integration. We analyze how people react to various technologies and situations, and how those reactions, in turn, affect the larger transportation system as a whole. Our expertise in high-performance computing (HPC) and agent-based modeling gives us the ability to model phenomena at unparalleled resolutions and spatial scales. Using our POLARIS agent-based simulation software we can simulate transportation systems up to the regional-scale, and analyze the performance in terms of mobility and energy use, for a variety of applications.

Areas of Expertise

  • Modeling mobility patterns and traffic congestion in large metropolitan areas
  • Computational social sciences
  • Modeling of traveler’s behavior and decision-making
  • Agent-based simulation
  • Transportation data collection and analytics
  • Energy impact of connected and automated vehicles at the regional level
  • Energy and mobility impacts of new mobility solutions, such as transportation as a service