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A Digital Twin for Traffic Monitoring and Proactive Incident Management
(May 11, 2021)

Presenter: Alex Hainen, PhD
Presenter’s Org: College of Engineering, University of Alabama

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[The slides in this presentation contain the University of Alabama’s logo.]

Slide 1: Presentation Team

  • Co‐hosts:
    • Jun Liu, PhD
    • Alex Hainen, PhD
  • Students:
    • Xing Fu
    • Qifan Nie, PhD
    • Zihe Zhang
    • Md Abu Sufian Talukder

[This slide contains six images: (1) a headshot of Jun Liu, (2) a headshot of Alex Hainen, (3) a headshot of Xing Fu, (4) a headshot of Qifan Nie, (5) a headshot of Md Abu Sufian Talukder, and (6) a headshot of Zihe Zhang.]

Slide 2: Today’s Webinar

A Digital Twin for Traffic Monitoring & Proactive Incident Management

Data + Simulation + Machine Learning for Transportation Systems Management and Operations

2 Projects & 4 Student Presentations

  • Project #1 ‐ West Central Alabama ACTION Initiative (USDOT ATCMTD Grant)
    • A Digital Twin (network‐wide traffic simulation) for traffic monitoring ‐ Presentation 1
    • Traffic signal optimization for connected vehicles ‐ Presentation 2
  • Project #2 ‐ Proactive Traffic Incident Management (ALDOT RAC Award)
    • Predicting traffic incidents based on probe data ‐ Presentation 3
    • Estimating the impacts of traffic incidents on traffic ‐ Presentation 4

Slide 3: Project #1 ‐ West Central Alabama ACTION Initiative

Advanced Connected Transportation Infrastructure and Operations Network

ACTION Initiative with ATCMTD Funding will deploy:

  • Network Pan‐Tilt‐Zoom Cameras (90)
  • Deep‐Learning Algorithms for Camera Crash Detection
  • Dedicated Short‐Range Communication Radios (175)
  • Advanced Traffic Signal Controllers (135)
  • Mobile Application Platform (>50,000 Users)
  • Transit In‐Vehicle and User Applications
  • V2I, V2V, and V2P based Traffic Communications
  • Cable Median Crash Sensors (51 Miles)

[This slide contains four images: (1) a photograph of two people working on a signal control box with the caption “UA researchers and partners deploying advanced signal control technology,” (2) a truck with a bucket extended to the top of a utility pole with the caption First “DSRC Radio Install,” (3) a map of the University of Alabama region and the major traffic flows in the area with the caption “Regional map with major traffic flows and other highlights,” and (4) a photograph of a group of people at computers in Alabama DOTs Regional Traffic Management Center on the University of Alabama’s campus.]

Slide 4: Action: Existing & Proposed Deployment Locations

[This slide contains a map of the Vance, AL area and the existing and proposed locations of Advanced Connected Transportation Infrastructure and Operations Network (ACTION) deployment locations. Photographs of the automated truck parking location and the Mercedes‐Benz U.S. International facility are overlaid on the map and point to their locations on the map.]

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