Full day AIMSUN Training Seminar on “How to use AIMSUN Next for ITS applications”

A full-day AIMSUN Next Training Seminar will be offered to a limited number of 50 researchers and practitioners. This training seminar is focused on the use of the AIMSUN Next traffic simulator and on evaluating the application of different traffic management strategies and policies. Also, the AIMSUN Next Training Seminar aims to provide further insight into the application and evaluation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) by using the AIMSUN Next traffic simulator.

AIMSUN Next allows you to carry out traffic operations assessments of any scale and complexity. The applications are endless but some of the most common are:

  • Assessment and optimization of Transit Signal Priority (TSP) and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) schemes
  • Feasibility studies for High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) and High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes
  • Impact analysis of infrastructure design such as highway corridor improvement/construction
  • Environmental impact analysis
  • Toll and road pricing
  • Evaluation of travel demand management (TDM) strategies
  • Signal control plan optimization and adaptive control evaluation
  • Safety analysis
  • Evaluation of Variable Speed policies and other ITS
  • Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) analysis
  • Workzone management
  • Evaluation of the impact of connected and automated vehicles

Course contents

  • Editing – hands-on exercises
  • Traffic management
  • Application programming interface

Participation in the course

In the IEEE ITSC 2020 registration platform, you will have the opportunity to choose whether you want to participate in the full day AIMSUN Next Training Seminar. The full-day AIMSUN Next Training Seminar will be offered to a limited number of 50 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. The course is free of charge and available only for IEEE ITSC 2020 participants.

Meet the instructor

Dimitris has 9 years of experience in transportation planning and multi-resolution traffic modeling. He is a senior product specialist for both Aimsun Next and Aimsun Live modeling solutions and has deep knowledge of all levels of modelling approaches in Aimsun Next traffic simulation software. Dimitris’s areas of expertise include the development of Python scripts and Aimsun Next APIs to assist calibration; emulation of signal controller logics and ITS systems; and post-process simulation outputs calculating performance indicators. Dimitris has been the technical lead on multi-disciplinary projects combining traffic modeling, engineering and economic components: large-scale projects with real-time traffic management and air quality components; post-incident traffic management strategies; emergency evacuation studies; Aimsun Next feature development e.g., SATURN importer and SCATS ITS Dataport; advanced calibration and validation of large-scale models.

Half day SUMO Training Seminar on “Basic applications of the SUMO microscopic traffic simulator”

A half day SUMO Training Seminar will be offered to a limited number of 30 researchers and practitioners. This is a basic tutorial for beginners and people who want to get an introduction to the work flow of SUMO and microscopic traffic simulation in general. Attendees should bring their own computer and if possible download the latest SUMO release from www.sumo.dlr.de For the interested attendee, more advanced usage of SUMO will be demonstrated in the final part of the training session in the form of the special demo “Traffic Management for Control Transitions”, encompassing the presentation of a tool that leverages SUMO and TraCI to simulate intelligent traffic scenarios requiring a transition of vehicle control between automation and human. The tool has been developed in the context of the Horizon 2020 Research Project “TransAID: Transition Areas for Infrastructure-Assisted Driving”.

 

“Simulation of Urban MObility” (SUMO) is an open source, highly portable, microscopic road traffic simulation package designed to handle large road networks. SUMO has been extensively applied in different projects related to network performance, traffic assignment, vehicle routing, traffic impact analysis, traffic emission, V2X, and other diverse traffic scenarios for more than 15 years. In addition to conventional vehicles, electric vehicles can also be considered and analyzed in SUMO. Different parking activities, such as searching for parking lots, driving to the pre-assigned parking space, can be simulated with SUMO. Moreover, SUMO can simulate pedestrians, bicycles, and their interaction with vehicles in order to present various traffic-related activities in cities.

 

Course contents

  • Introduction (30 minutes)
  • Microscopic traffic simulation
  • Car following models
  • SUMO simulation overview
  • SUMO Examples
  • Setting up a first simulation scenario (60 minutes)
  • Network preparation
  • Network editing with NETEDIT
  • Demand preparation Simulation execution
  • Improving simulation results (60 minutes)
  • Result visualization
  • Scenario setup based on OpenStreetMap
  • Simulating intelligent traffic (60 minutes)
  • Online interaction via TraCI
  • SUMO demos
  • Special Demo: Traffic Management for Control Transitions (30 minutes)

Participation in the course

IIn the IEEE ITSC 2020 registration platform, you will have the opportunity to choose whether you want to participate in the half day SUMO Training Seminar. The half day SUMO Training Seminar will be offered to a limited number of 30 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. The course is free of charge and available only for IEEE ITSC 2020 participants.

Meet the instructors

Dr. Matthias Schwamborn is a postdoctoral researcher with the Institute of Transportation Systems of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). He received his graduate diploma in computer science from the University of Bonn, Germany, in 2009 and continued as a PhD student and research assistant with the Communication Systems group of the University of Bonn. From 2012 to 2018, he was with the Distributed Systems group of the University of Osnabrück, where he received his doctoral degree in 2017. Since August 2018, he is with the Institute of Transportation Systems of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). His research interests include mobile networks and transportation systems, especially mobility modeling and simulative performance evaluation.

Dr. Robert Hilbrich works as Group Manager for traffic simulation and modeling at the German Aerospace Center in Berlin, Germany. He is a computer scientist and started his research career in the field of developing safety-critical real-time embedded systems at the Fraunhofer research institutes FIRST and FOKUS. Since he joined the German Aerospace Center in 2015, he was responsible for the development of the traffic simulation suite “SUMO”.

Evangelos Mintsis received a Dipl. Eng. degree in Civil Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2009 and an M.Sc. in Transportation Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville in 2012. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. From 2009 to 2012, he was a Research and Teaching Assistant with the University of Florida Transportation Institute in Gainesville. Since 2013, he has been a Research Associate with the Hellenic Institute of Transport, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Thessaloniki. His research interests include traffic flow theory, microscopic traffic simulation, traffic management, intelligent transportation systems, and cooperative, connected and automated mobility.

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