Traffic flow dynamics : data, models and simulation

Treiber M, Kesting A ...see all

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This textbook provides a comprehensive and instructive coverage of
vehicular traffic flow dynamics and modeling. It makes this fascinating
interdisciplinary topic, which to date was only documented in parts
by specialized monographs, accessible to a broad readership. Numerous
figures and problems with solutions help the reader to quickly understand
and practice the presented concepts. This book is targeted at students
of physics and traffic engineering and, more generally, also at students
and professionals in computer science, mathematics, and interdisciplinary
topics. It also offers material for project work in programming and
simulation at college and university level.

The main part, after presenting different categories of traffic data,
is devoted to a mathematical description of the dynamics of traffic
flow, covering macroscopic models which describe traffic in terms
of density, as well as microscopic many-particle models in which
each particle corresponds to a vehicle and its driver. Focus chapters
on traffic instabilities and model calibration/validation present
these topics in a novel and systematic way. Finally, the theoretical
framework is shown at work in selected applications such as traffic-state
and travel-time estimation, intelligent transportation systems, traffic
operations management, and a detailed physics-based model for fuel
consumption and emissions.

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  • Martin Treiber

  • Arne Kesting

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