2nd Training School

Traffic and transportation applications are rapidly expanding in scope given their potential impacts on community and environmental decision making. These applications range from planning and assessment of road infrastructures to evaluation of advanced traffic management and information systems (e.g. dynamic hard-shoulder running) and to testing technologies and systems that aim to increase safety, capacity and environmental efficiency of vehicles and roads (e.g. cooperative systems and Intelligent Speed Adaption). The complexity and scale of these problems dictate that accurate and dynamic traffic simulation models, rather than analytic methods, are increasingly being used for these purposes.

However, the fidelity of results and conclusions drawn from a simulation study, as well as the range of possible applications the tools can reliably be used for considered by care. Thus, the trustworthiness’ of the results largely depends on the competences of the model users. The increasing complexity of models makes appropriate and correct use a difficult task even for experts, requiring very specific calibration and validation methodologies.

The main objective of this summer school is therefore to get the participants acquainted to the principles, the calibration and traffic models and to get hands–on experience with different types of traffic models, especially in relation to cooperative systems and ITS.

2nd Training School Participants: