About the research
The objective of this project is to develop a Highway Incident Management System (HIMS), through collaboration with the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Traffic Management Center (TMC) in Wichita, Kansas. The anticipated functions of the HIMS are to 1) convenient extraction of specific incident-relevant record data from high-dimensional, high-volume time-series datasets, (2) autonomous analysis of online traffic-related data (e.g., volume and speed) for incident diagnosis/identification, and (3) autonomous optimization that facilitates traffic control decision making, to reduce average incident clearance and traffic recovery time. In this investigation, a total of 182 actively logged incidents, together with the traffic information from multiple online monitoring facility units during the month of April 2015 in Wichita will be used to facilitate the model and technology development.
The outcomes of this research will be the following:
(1) Analysis results of the online traffic data, for the development of related computational models for modeling the highway incident clearance and recovery times
(2) A technical tool to analyze the online traffic related data for highway incident diagnosis/identification
(3) A model with technical tools to facilitate traffic control decision making that can help reduce the average incident clearance and traffic recovery time