Urban Crossroads Optimization

This research project ended in December 2001.

This project is conclude with MACQ Electronique.

Its consist of a collaboration between TRG and Service de Mathématique de la Gestion (SMG), ULB.

The project starts the 1st of September 2000 for two years.

It contains three parts : a method of localisation of count supplies, a method of signal phases optimization and interactions between the TRG simulator PACSIM and a dynamic signal phases manager.

Researcher: Ludovic Platbrood

Traffic study of the city of Namur

This research project ended in February 2000.

This study financed by the Walloon Ministry of Equipment and Transportation (General Direction of Roads, Direction of Roads of Namur) represented an assessed traffic study regarding various scenario of road developments as defined in the circulation plan proposed by the Transitec company.

The studies had to define, beside the effects of modal transfer, dissuasion car parks and access controls, the impact of development on the volume of traffic with private vehicles and consequently on the developments capacities to receive the estimated traffic. The important modifications to the railway station site had to be taken into account namely the setting up of the MET offices and the possible creation of cinema on the station paving stone.

Adequation between a traffic simulation model and an emission simulation model

This project was financed by the Belgian Prime Minister Services, the Federal Office for Scientific, Technical and Cultural Affairs (OSTC). It was realized in collaboration with the Walloon Institute (Namur).

The aim was to study the feasibility for coupling a traffic simulation model with a pollutant emission simulation model, to realize such a coupling and to apply it to a test area.

For more details please consult the french site...

Researcher : Benoît Masquilier

Access to British Travel Survey Data over the Internet.

This project was funded by the Department for Transport, Local government and the Regions (DTLR), London, UK. This project finished at May 1rst 2000. Web uk

The proposed work aimed at extending the functionalities of the Web-site server of travel survey data developed in the framework of the TEST project (funded by DGVII of the EU) to suit the needs of the DTLR in terms of data processing and distribution.

HIPERTRANS (High Performance Transport Network Modelling and Simulation)

LOGO Hipertrans

This research project is sponsored by the European Commission. It is part of the 4th Framework Programme (DG VII - Transport).

HIPERTRANS is a project bringing several european research groups together :

HIPERTRANS aims at designing a model allowing simulation and urban traffic forecasting faster than in real time. This simulator will be equipped with graphical interface and will be implemented in a high performance computer environment (e.g. a workstations cluster).

The TRG has a double mission: on the one hand, we have to study which model(s) could be appropriate for this simulation, and, on the other hand, we investigate a model allowing dynamic estimation of the demand.

Support to the development of the Walloon Region traffic model.

The aim of this project was to bring a support to the Administration in the creation of a traffic model for the Walloon Region. This support included methodological developments, the development of a graphic interface, developments or adaptations of simulation softwares, as well as the application of these softwares to the regional road network in order to define the route time matrix and the calculation of vehicles flows on the different arcs.

Researchers: Martine De Vleeschouwer and Olivier Lothaire

Park and Ride Integrated System (SIPR)

This project was realised in collaboration with the Service de Mathématiques de la Gestion (University of Bruxelles) and S.A. Stratec (Bruxelles).

The idea is to combine the Park & Ride with a demand-responsive urban shuttles system. The potential user of such a system is the motorist who wishes to go to a town-center for which the private transport accessibility is - spontaneously or intentionally - restricted.

The system to be created should offer the user the following services :

The system is intended to be implemented in the so-called cities of middle importance, which population is comprised between 50.000 and 500.000 inhabitants.

Researchers:Benoît Colson, Thierry Martens and Olivier Lothaire


(models and methodologies for the Assessment of Innovative Urban Transport systems and policies Options)
This project has been funded by the fourth framework of the European commission (DGVII - Transportation).

The goal of these studies was to develop a models and methodologies system for the simulation, planning and evaluation of policies for the urban demand management.

Several measures with an innovative aspect, allowing a better management of the demand, have been tested on several european sites. Their efficiency have been evaluated with the help of some appropriate traffic models and methodologies.

TEST Project - Technologies for European Surveys of Travel Behaviour

This research project is sponsored by the European Commission. It is part of the 4th Framework Programme (DG VII - Transport) (1997-1999).

Parsing travel diary results
Correcting data coming from Travel Surveys is a crucial phase of their process, but it is often long and expensive when done in a "case by case" way. The goal of this project was to implement automatic data correction methods to speed up the process and make it more reliable.

A WWW-Interface to travel diary results
Creation of a web site for the consultation of data from transportation surveys, and for the formulation of requests such as counts, cross-tables with or without filters, basic statistics, etc. The results are delivered on-line by CGI.
Site's URL : http://sturm.math.fundp.ac.be/~test


HieLoW (Hierarchical Logit for Windows) is a nested logit models estimation software. It has been developed at the TRG by Michel Bierlaire.
The TRG continues to develop this software. (A demo version is available on our FTP server).

National household survey on mobility

You can learn more about it on the MOBEL Web Site.

ITEM (Integration of Traffic and Economic Models)

The objective of the ITEM (Integration of Traffic and Economic Models) consortium is to merge economic pricing models and traffic models (network models) in order to improve the assessment of urban transport and environment policy reforms.

Economic models of urban transport markets concentrate on total travel demand per mode, and evaluate policies in terms of welfare (including the costs of congestion, environmental pollution, accidents and noise). Traffic models emphasise the influence of characteristics of the road network on traffic flows. The combination of economic models and traffic models in a unified methodology will allow detailed analysis of a wide range of new urban transport policies.

The ITEM model is constructed on the basis of two existing models: the TRENEN II URBAN model (available at CES) which is an economic pricing model, and the ATES model (available at GRT) which is a typical network model. The two models are merged by adapting the network structure of ATES to a level of aggregation suitable for the integration, and by making the equilibrium and cost definitions of both models congruent. The merger will be either complete, or will take place via automated model interaction. This requires intensive interdisciplinary research work between economists and mathematicians.

Some dimensions of the models are extended : a better representation of the economics of public transportation, of the implementation costs of road pricing, the presence of different income groups, and the translation of external accident, environment and congestion costs to the level of each link.

The new model is used to test the introduction of new urban transport policies (road pricing) in two case studies : Namur and probably Antwerp. For each of these two cases, a network model is merged with an economic pricing model to test the effects of alternative road pricing schemes and other urban transport policies (pedestrian areas, etc.).

And a lot of others...

Pierre Yves Bernard - April 18th 2002 - FUNDP - Sciences - Math