Roadway traffic in Indian cities and many other countries may be characterized by lack of lane discipline and a high degree of heterogeneity in the types of vehicles, driving behaviours, roadway geometry, and infrastructure conditions. Most international literature (and practice) in this area, however, is based on rather stylized representations of traffic streams, including assumptions of lane discipline and homogeneity in vehicle types. These assumptions are difficult to justify and can potentially misguide traffic management practices such as traffic signal control and roadway capacity estimation. The challenges to be overcome in this context include, among others: (a) realistic representation of vehicular movements and (b) the consideration of various sources of heterogeneity mentioned above; albeit a small set of researchers in India are advancing the frontier and practice in this regard. An equally important challenge is the measurement of traffic streams at both microscopic and macroscopic levels. In this context, technological advances toward accurate and easy-to-use traffic measurement techniques can accelerate the progress in understanding, modelling, and management of vehicular traffic in Indian cities.
This workshop brings together researchers who will discuss recent advances in measurement, modelling and management of disordered and heterogeneous vehicular traffic streams. A set of presentations will focus on realistic representations and modelling of vehicular traffic. In addition, there will be a presentation on improving the practice of roadway capacity analysis for traffic management; specifically, the recently completed Indian Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) project. Another set of presentations will focus on emerging technologies such as computer vision-based machine learning for measurement of traffic streams. In addition, we’ll have panel discussions on the following topics: (a) challenges and opportunities toward modelling tools (e.g., traffic simulators) that can be utilized by traffic engineers and civic authorities for traffic control and management, (b) scope for fundamentally strong and mission mode research in measurement and modelling of traffic streams, (c) evaluation of the benefits of discipline in traffic streams, and (d) ways to improve the practice of traffic management in Indian cities.
Address: Chairman, CiSTUP, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore - 560012, INDIA