Optimisation through control in static and dynamic traffic networks

Richard Mounce*

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There is clearly a need for optimising traffic systems in order to reduce congestion and improve network reliability. A system optimal assignment is a traffic flow pattern that minimises total network costs. In reality, travellers are not under any centralised control, but instead choose routes in order to minimise their own individual travel costs, which in general does not lead to a system optimal assignment. Travellers may be induced to choose routes that are closer to yielding a system optimal assignment through the use of tolls and signal control. The paper considers both approaches within a static traffic model (where flows and costs stay constant over time) and within a dynamic traffic model (where flows and costs vary over time).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgress in Industrial Mathematics at ECMI 2008
EditorsA D Fitt, J Norbury, H Ockendon, R E Wilson
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer Berlin / Heidelberg
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-12110-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-12109-8
Publication statusPublished - May 2010
Event15th European Conference on Mathematics for Industry - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 Jun 20084 Jul 2008

Publication series

NameMathematics in Industry
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg


Conference15th European Conference on Mathematics for Industry
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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