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Date(s)
Aug 03 - 07, 2020
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Location
On Campus
Course Length
5 Days
Course Fee
$3,600
CEUs
3.0
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Cities worldwide are undergoing radical changes in their transportation systems with the advent of advances in technology. Recent trends include the proliferation of on-demand and shared services and automation in public and private transportation systems. These trends have heightened interest in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Smart Mobility, and real-time network management as potential solutions to mitigate congestion issues and improve network efficiency. ITS techniques traditionally include real-time traffic control measures and real-time traveler information and guidance systems whose purpose is to assist travelers in making travel decisions including departure time, mode, and route choice decisions. Transportation researchers have developed models and simulation tools for use in the planning, design, and operations of such systems. However, with the advent of new technologies and services, these techniques need to be modified and better leveraged to improve system performance.

This course presents theory of transportation modelling and simulation techniques, with a focus on Smart Mobility solutions and real-world applications. It provides an in-depth study of the most sophisticated traffic simulation models, demand modeling methods, and related analytical techniques. Some of the topics include: modeling and simulation approaches for future mobility; discrete choice models and their application to travel choices and driving behavior; predicting traffic congestion; traffic flow models and simulation methods (microscopic, mesoscopic, and macroscopic); automated and connective vehicles in mixed traffic; alternative dynamic traffic assignment methods; and calibration of large scale simulation systems. In addition, the course covers recent developments in modelling, simulation, operations of smart mobility services, and machine learning applications in transportation. The course also includes case studies to elucidate the concepts and showcase the potential applications.

This course draws heavily on the results of recent research and is sponsored by the ITS Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was previously titled "Modeling and Simulation of Transportation Networks."

Participant Takeaways

  • Understand transportation network demand and supply models.
  • Distinguish among alternative approaches to dynamic traffic assignment and traffic simulation.
  • Assess the advantages and disadvantages of alternative network modeling and simulation methods.

Who Should Attend

This program is intended for individuals interested in theory, research, and practice, including:

1. Professionals in the mobility industry: including car companies, all mobility business in the private sector, manufacturers, infrastructure, and Transportation Network Companies (TCNs) such as Uber, Lyft, and other car-rental and car-sharing companies

2. Individuals with experience in transportation consulting, planning, and related government agencies

3. PhD students in transportation systems, civil engineering, economics, planning, and/or urban mobility

Participants with backgrounds in diverse areas such as traffic engineering, systems engineering, transportation planning, operations management, operations research, and control systems are also welcome.

Scholarships

One full-tuition scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding doctoral student. Half-tuition scholarships are also available for doctoral students. To apply for the scholarship, please email a CV and a letter stating the relevance of the course to your research to transportationdoctoralscholarship@mit.edu. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is June 1. Doctoral student scholarship applicants should not register for the course until the scholarship decisions have been released by the end of June. 

Please contact Katie Rosa at transportationdoctoralscholarship@mit.edu with any questions. 

Discounts for Faculty

In addition, a limited number of partial-tuition scholarships are available for teaching faculty, rank of instructor or higher at other educational institutions. Decisions are made on a rolling basis after submitting a course registration form and a Scholarship Request Form. Please note that these scholarships are only for tuition and do not cover travel, lodging, or other expenses associated with the course.

If you have any questions please contact the Short Programs office.

Program Outline

Class runs 9:30 am - 5:00 pm every day.

Special events include a reception for course participants and faculty on Monday night and a dinner on Thursday evening. All evening activities are included in tuition.

The course consists of a series of lectures, including software demonstrations and case studies that develop the concepts and techniques.

The following lecture topics may be addressed as part of the course:

Traffic Performance

  • Modeling and Simulation Approaches for Future Mobility
  • Microscopic and Mesoscopic Traffic Simulation
  • Static and Dynamic Network Supply Models

Smart Mobility

  • Analyzing Smart Mobility
  • Automated and Connected Vehicles in Mixed Traffic
  • Bi-level Optimization Algorithms for Smart Mobility
  • Mobility of the Future Outlook

Demand and User Behavior

  • Overview of Discrete Choice Analysis
  • Machine Learning Concepts
  • Route and Time-of-Travel Choice

Traffic Assignment

  • Equilibrium and Day-to-Day Dynamics
  • DTA Algorithms and Applications
  • Pricing and Travel Time Reliability
  • Real-Time Systems

Public Transportation Models

  • Framework and Low Frequency Services
  • High Frequency Services

Freight Models

  • Freight Data and Economic Activity Models
  • Simulating Freight Flows and Logistics Choices

Real-Time Systems

  • Evaluation of Traffic Predictions

Calibration and Validation

  • Calibrating Simulation Systems

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Testimonials

“The MIT short course far exceeded the experience at other classes. The environment and instructor's skills were excellent.”
SENIOR SPECIALIST, TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY
“In general, the quality level of the instructors made the course. To have five days of lectures from the academics who are advancing the state-of-the-art instead of talking about the state-of-the-practice was extremely beneficial.”
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
“Great overview with specificity of model design, confirmation, calibration, and application.”
ASSISTANT STAFF SCIENTIST, E2MANAGETECH
“The instructors were experts in this field, and they obviously had practical experience, which enhanced the lectures, and made for interesting conversation.”
OWNER, LUCIDATA, INC.
“Very high quality of lectures. Comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art in transportation modeling and simulation with a good balance of theory and practical applications.”
URBAN TRANSPORT ECONOMIST, EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK
Content

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Fundamentals: Core concepts, understandings, and tools - 30%|Latest Developments: Recent advances and future trends - 50%|Industry Applications: Linking theory and real-world - 20%
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Delivery Methods

How the course is taught, from traditional classroom lectures and riveting discussions to group projects to engaging and interactive simulations and exercises with your peers.

Lecture: Delivery of material in a lecture format - 100%
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Levels

What level of expertise and familiarity the material in this course assumes you have. The greater the amount of introductory material taught in the course, the less you will need to be familiar with when you attend.

Introductory: Appropriate for a general audience - 25%|Specialized: Assumes experience in practice area or field - 50%|Advanced: In-depth explorations at the graduate level - 25%
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