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472840-00013-1 Report Abstract

Development and Demonstration of Sustainable Transportation Control Concepts: Actuated Control Optimizer Design

Carroll J. Messer and Mohammad Anwar, Texas A&M University, February 1998, 68 pp. (472840-00013-1)

This research developed a design concept for the first “smart” fully traffic actuated signal controller based on principles of hierarchically distributed, feedback control systems. Some examination of the performance sensitivity and feasibility of the overall design concept was conducted using the microscopic simulation program, TRAF-NETSIM sponsored by Federal Highway Administration. The design concept was reviewed by a local signal manufacturer and was highly recommended for further development and testing.

A working prototype controller, having the features described in the research report, was therefore recommended by the researchers for development in future research working closely with industry and using the best available laboratory simulation tools.

This research was conducted by Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University System, with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program to the Southwest Region University Transportation Center.

Keywords: Signal Control, Feedback Control, Smart Control, Traffic Actuated

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