Coordinated and Cooperative Network Traffic Operations and Management

How do we use the available traffic infrastructure in such a way that the traffic throughput and its robustness against disturbances can be increased, while at the same time safeguarding safety, pollution and noise levels? To achieve this, traffic management tools are needed.

The Department of Transport & Planning performs research to develop effective traffic management under a variety of circumstances, such as daily congestion, incidents and calamities. Coordination among traffic management tools is one approach; another is that of cooperative systems, in which drivers and vehicles take even more decisions themselves, based on information from other vehicles and roadside systems.

Researchers collect vehicular data using innovative experimental and empirical methods, develop models and theories to describe and predict network-wide traffic conditions, and assess the impact of traffic control and management.

The research outcomes form a strong theoretical basis for the dynamic management of traffic flows, leading to both scientific contributions and large-scale field applications.