Anisotropic mesoscopic traffic simulation approach to support large-scale traffic and logistic modeling and analysis

Ye Tian, Yi Chang Chiu

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations


Large-scale traffic and transportation logistics analysis requires a realistic depiction of network traffic condition in a dynamic manner. In the past decades, vehicular traffic simulation approaches have been increasingly developed and applied to describe time-varying traffic dynamics. Most of the existing approaches are so-called microscopic simulation in which complex driving behaviors such as car following and lane-changing are explicitly modeling in second or sub-second time resolution. These approaches are generally challenging to calibrate and validate and they demand a vast amount of computing resources. This paper discusses a new Anisotropic Mesoscopic Simulation (AMS) approach that carefully omits micro-scale details but nicely preserves critical traffic dynamics characteristics. The AMS model allows computational speed-ups in the order of magnitudes compared to the microscopic models, making it well-suited for large-scale applications. The underlying simulation rules and macroscopic dynamical characteristics are presented and discussed in this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2011 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2011
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event2011 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2011 - Phoenix, AZ, United States
Duration: Dec 11 2011Dec 14 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings - Winter Simulation Conference
ISSN (Print)0891-7736


Other2011 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhoenix, AZ

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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