A Training Program on Traffic Systems Modelling and Simulation

June 21-22, 2019

Venue: CCE, IISc

Background: Many cities in India and across the world have witnessed significant traffic growth and roadway congestion in the past few decades. This has not only resulted in inefficient mobility, high accident rates, and serious health and environmental problems, but also affected economic productivity and growth. It is no surprise that traffic congestion has become the primary concern for transportation engineers, planners, operators, and decision-makers. It is also now widely accepted that increasing roadway capacity alone is not a viable solution to the congestion problem, both from feasibility as well as economic standpoints. An alternate way to address the congestion problem is to improve the utilization of existing roadway networks through better traffic management and operations. Operational management is perhaps the second-most effective strategy for containing congestion, only next to public transportation and travel demand management strategies. To arrive at efficient operational and management solutions, the number of strategies that need to be tested may be large. Moreover, field testing of all such strategies would be prohibitively expensive and perhaps not feasible. Thus, traffic simulators which emulate the complex real-world traffic phenomena and provide a virtual testing platform have been widely used as tools for evaluation and design of traffic operational strategies. Several macroscopic and microscopic traffic simulators have been developed in the recent past among which, the microscopic simulator, VISSIM, is the most widely used one.

Course Objectives and Format: This two-day training program aims at providing fundamentals of traffic systems modelling and simulation along with hands-on training for VISSIM, a widely used traffic microsimulation tool. Equal emphasis will be given to both the concepts of traffic systems modelling and the tools used for traffic simulation. The first day's lectures will focus on the traffic flow fundamentals, components of modelling traffic flow, analytical vs. simulation models, macroscopic modelling approaches, and modelling aspects of driving behaviours. The second day is dedicated to VISSIM training and includes building simulation models of various traffic facilities (uninterrupted and interrupted) and, scripting using COM interface. These would be hands-on training sessions. At the end of the course, the participants will be able to independently build basic simulation models in VISSIM and perform common evaluations.

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Dr. Caleb Ronald Munigety is currently working as a lead researcher in the area of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) at the Corporate Research division of Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions (RBEI) Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, India. His research interests include driver behaviour modeling, traffic micro-simulation, traffic data extraction algorithms, and modeling connected, autonomous, and electrified vehicles. Dr. Caleb has a Ph.D. in Transportation Systems Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Prior to joining RBEI, Dr. Caleb worked as a Research Scientist for two years in the Centre for infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning (CiSTUP) at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore.

Dr. Ranju Mohan is currently working as a Researcher in the Center for infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning (CiSTUP) at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore. Her expertise lies in the study of heterogeneous traffic flow lacking lane discipline using the concepts of continuum modelling, development of tools for traffic data extraction, and analysis of traffic management measures. Her research interest also includes traffic impact studies, non-motorized transport and safe transportation. Dr. Ranju has her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Traffic Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras.


Registration is necessary. Please use the following link (and select this course) to register and pay fees online: Register here Last date for registration is 15th June 2019. Number of participants for the course is limited to 40. Registration fees are :

The fee includes lunch and two tea/ snack breaks on the training dates. The course fee does not include accommodation.

Accommodation for Outstation Participants : Please note that accommodation is not guaranteed, but efforts will be made to reserve a limited number of rooms for outstation partici pants. Participants need to request in advance ( no later than 31 st May 2019 ) for accommodation at the registration website . Room rent may be paid later , directly to the accommodation facility.

Venue & Contact


Centre for Continuing Education,
Indian Institute of Science Campus


Centre for Continuing Education
Indian Institute of Science
Bengaluru 560 012, INDIA.
Phone: 91 080 2293 2055/2491/2247
Tele-Fax: 91 080 23600911

CiSTUP, Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore - 560012, INDIA
Email: office.cistup@iisc.ac.in
Phone: +91-80-2293-2521/2043
Fax: +91-80-23468207