Traffic Flow Theory and Driver Behavioral Modeling
The National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research conducted at CISR focuses on quantifying the safety impact of roadway infrastructure on driver behavior. This research involved collaborations with two other universities: Louisiana State University and California Polytechnic State University. It included experimental research and theoretical development, modeling, and simulation. This research has been extended recently with the objective of providing solutions yielding a collision-free traffic network. Funded also by NSF and the Simon Lee grant, an instrumented vehicle capable of collecting longitudinal and lateral driver behavioral data in real-life traffic situations is being tested. Different collision data libraries are being investigated. Moreover, an educational applet is being built to educate students on the impact of individual drivers’ decisions on the aggregate traffic conditions given different surrounding environments.