On October 10, Dr. Xie presented the work on multimodal urban traffic control at the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Qingdao, China.
This work extends our decentralized, schedule-driven approach to traffic network control in the direction of a broader mobility objective to optimize all modes of traffic that are central to sustainable urban living. We focus specifically on accommodating pedestrians and optimizing the delay tradeoffs between vehicles and pedestrians. Three basic extensions are introduced and evaluated on a real-world road network. Simulation results are first presented which analyze the ability of the extended approach to achieve good delay tradeoffs under different pedestrian traffic conditions. Tests are then performed in the field at selected intersections of the target road network, to demonstrate the effectiveness of the approach in operation, which reduced the pedestrian delay significantly without interrupted the vehicle flow.