Responsible Instructor 

Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x 
0/0/6/0 + 0/0/4/0

Education Period 

Start Education 

Exam Period 

Course Language 

Course Contents 
The course discusses traffic flow and the relation between individual movmenents and collective patterns. How does congestion start and how does it propagate. The following topics are discussed:
Lecture 1: Variables, speed averaging, headway distributions Lecture 2: Cumulative flow curves, vertical queuing Lecture 3: Macroscopic characteristics, q=ku, fundamental diagram Lecture 4: Shockwave theory I Lecture 5: Shockwave theory II (moving bottleneck) Lecture 6: Phenomena: Traffic state recognition, capacity drop, stopandgo, stability Lecture 7: Macroscopic models: Cell Transmission Model, Lagrangian coordinates Lecture 8: Carfollowing I Lecture 9: Carfollowing II Lecture 10: Tree phases of traffic, the use of simulation models Lecture 11: Multilane traffic flow Lecture 12: Macroscopic Fundamental Diagram (or Network Fundamental Diagram) Lecture 13: Pedestrians

Study Goals 
After successful completion of the course, a student is able to:  apply the equation q=ku analyse and explain the differences between observation methods, in particular the effects of moving observers and averaging methods (time mean vs space mean) apply traffic simulation models, both microscopic and macroscopic, and explain their shortcomings describe traffic dynamics using shockwave theory describe the traffic situation in the three coordinates of traffic (N, X, T) and comment on the advantages of each construct and interpret x,t plots, and to apply Edies definitions of density, flow and average speed describe lane changing maneuvers and the effects thereof on the traffic stream recognize traffic states from traffic measurements, and derive the causes for the observed traffic states aanalyse a traffic problem, make reasonable behavioural assumptions thereof and make queuing calculations link the theory to observation techniques and vice versa evaluate the differences in methodology to calculate delays in a traffic network, and choose an appropriate one

Education Method 
Lectures, computer assignments

Computer Use 
during the assignment, the use of MATLAB is encouraged (and can be learned onthego, although it would require more time than if one already knows)

Course Relations 
Followup courses: CIE 4822, CIE 5804

Literature and Study Materials 
Lecture notes available via blackboard Old exams and answers

Assessment 
Written examen, open questions and practical (groups of 3 students) The assignment result is only valid in the (study) year the assingment is made. If the student fails the course, a new assignment has to be done.

Remarks 
Written exam >5 and practical >5

Expected prior Knowledge 
Calculus

Academic Skills 
Thinking (critical, analytical) Interpretation Writing reports, reviews, articles Cooperation Problem solving Judgemental skills Debating and discussion. Reasoning/arguing Logic

Literature & Study Materials 
Lecture notes available via blackboard. Optional background books (not used in lecturing or exam preparation, only for reference material): Kesting, Arne. Traffic Flow Dynamics: Data, Models and Simulation. Springer Science & Business Media, 2012. Elefteriadou, L. (2014). An introduction to traffic flow theory. Springer.

Judgement 
Calculation: 70% written exam and 30% assignment

Permitted Materials during Exam 
calculator 1 A4 hand written, two sides max 30 lines/side, and 50 characters/line (allowed: graphs, text, equations, ...)

Collegerama 
