Network traffic flow optimization under performance constraints
Journal article, 2017

In this paper, a model-based perimeter control policy for large-scale urban vehicular networks is proposed. Assuming a homogeneously loaded vehicle network and the existence of a well-posed Network Fundamental Diagram (NFD), we describe a protected network throughout its aggregated dynamics including nonlinear exit flow characteristics. Within this framework of constrained optimal boundary flow gating, two main performance metrics are considered: (a) first, connected to the NFD, the concept of average network travel time and delay as a performance metric is defined; (b) second, at boundaries, we take into account additional external network queue dynamics governed by uncontrolled inflow demands. External queue capacities in terms of finite-link lengths are used as the second performance metric. Hence, the corresponding performance requirement is an upper bound of external queues. While external queues represent vehicles waiting to enter the protected network, internal queue describes the protected network’s aggregated behavior. By controlling the number of vehicles joining the internal queue from the external ones, herewith a network traffic flow maximization solution subject to the internal and external dynamics and their performance constraints is developed. The originally non-convex optimization problem is transformed to a numerically efficiently convex one by relaxing the performance constraints into time-dependent state boundaries. The control solution can be interpreted as a mechanism which transforms the unknown arrival process governing the number of vehicles entering the network to a regulated process, such that prescribed performance requirements on travel time in the network and upper bound on the external queue are satisfied. Comparative numerical simulation studies on a microscopic traffic simulator are carried out to show the benefits of the proposed method.

Author

A Csikos

Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Themistoklis Charalambous

Aalto University

Chalmers, Signals and Systems, Communication and Antenna Systems, Communication Systems

Hamed Farhadi

Harvard University

Chalmers, Signals and Systems, Systems and control, Automatic Control

Balázs Adam Kulcsár

Chalmers, Signals and Systems, Systems and control, Automatic Control

Henk Wymeersch

Chalmers, Signals and Systems, Communication and Antenna Systems, Communication Systems

Tramsportation Research, Part C: Emerging Technologies

0968-090X (ISSN)

Vol. 83 120-133

Areas of Advance

Transport

Subject Categories

Transport Systems and Logistics

Control Engineering

DOI

10.1016/j.trc.2017.08.002

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