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HYCON2 Show day - Traffic Modeling, Estimation and Control

HYCON 2 (Highly-complex and networked control systems) is a EU FP7 Network of Excellence. It aims at stimulating and establishing the long-term integration of the European research community, leading institutions and industry in the strategic field of control of complex, large-scale, and networked dynamical systems. HYCON2 has identified several applications, among which a show-case on “Traffic Modeling, Estimation and Control”.

  • Date : 13/05/2014
  • Place : Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes

This show-day will present methods and results for the traffic show-case application, which corresponds to the operation of the freeway network around the Grenoble area; the selected road is Grenoble South Ring (Rocade sud). This research activity has been performed thanks to the use of the Grenoble Traffic Lab (GTL) initiative: a traffic data center (platform) that collects traffic road-infrastructure information in real time. Sensed information comes from a dense wireless sensor network deployed on Grenoble South Ring, providing macroscopic traffic signals such as flows, velocities, etc.


Some specific tasks realized during this project are:

  • Building the traffic data center with magnetic data (data collection, web interface);
  • Building the show room (display screens, simulators );
  • Calibrating a microscopic simulator from macroscopic data;
  • Identifying and classifying a set of specific control and estimation problems;
  • Devising innovative methods for: modeling, estimation, and control  for the show case;
  • Evaluating the proposed solutions with real data when possible, and with synthetic data from the microscopic simulator otherwise.

The partners of HYCON2 actively involved in this activity have been: NeCS Grenoble (INRIA/CNRS), Univ. Pavia, Univ. L’Aquila, TU Delft, Univ. Sevilla, Lund Univ. Moreover, a strong collaboration has been developed with Univ. Genova.



Plenary talks

Room:  A103

All talks are related to the “Traffic Modeling, Estimation and Control” show-case and to the demos which will be performed in the afternoon.

  • Presentation of the show-case and of GTL (Grenoble Traffic Lab), Carlos Canudas-de-Wit
  • Methods and results for traffic prediction (model-free methods), Luis Leon
  • Methods and results for traffic prediction (model-based methods), Fabio Morbidi

coffee break (room A103)

  • Innovative MPC schemes for freeway traffic control, Antonella Ferrara, Simona Sacone, and Silvia Siri
  • Optimal density-balancing control for freeway traffic, Dominik Pisarski



Room: A103


Demonstrations and poster session

Demonstration: GTL Show-room
Poster session: room A103 

Demos will be shown in a small room with limited capacity. Participants will be divided in three groups and each group will attend a 45-minutes demo session. In parallel with this activity, there will be a poster session, with technical results from the HYCON2 traffic-related research, including works not presented in the morning session.


Round-table discussion and conclusion

Room: A 103

Hycon2 get-together dinner: on Monday 12/5, Hycon2 members can gather for a dinner in Grenoble downtown.

Keywords: Traffic Team NECS Inria research centre Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes Modeling Control Control and optimization