Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
This project addresses the use of advanced sensing, communications, and computing technologies in studying value of information in transportation systems made up of heterogeneous traffic (cars, autonomous and connected vehicles, buses, bicycles, etc.) The wealth of data available on these systems enables new approaches to information provisioning that have the potential to improve transportation system efficiency, reliability, and resilience. The project develops a unified modeling framework for information provision considering heterogeneous non-cooperative stakeholders and addresses three critical questions: (1) How do we model adaptive behavior of different traffic components in response to evolving information updates? (2) What are the limits of positive and negative information on systems efficiency, reliability, and resilience? (3) Given limited resources, what, when, and where should the information be communicated with which groups of stakeholders to optimize system performance?
The project develops the theoretical foundation to study information provisioning over heterogeneous multi-agent transportation networks and provides critical insights on information sensing, sharing, and protection for smart mobility. The approach integrates stochastic multi-agent optimization, traffic network equilibrium modeling, and variational analysis to study value of information and information design for modern multi-modal transportation systems. The project will leverage recent theoretical advancements on convexification, decomposition, and approximation theories to cope with the computational challenges brought by multi-agent interaction, multi-stage decision making, and multi-dimensional scenarios. The project leverages collaborations with the University of Central Florida (UCF) transportation system, City of Orlando, and Argonne National Laboratory. The project will also develop educational materials for a broad audience and support the development of a new generation of transportation engineers.