Identifier

etd-06142006-164510

Degree

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)

Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

Traffic surveillance systems are a key component for providing information on traffic conditions and supporting traffic management functions. A large amount of data is currently collected from inductive loop detector systems in the form of three macroscopic traffic parameters (speed, volume and occupancy). Such information is vital to the successful implementation of transportation data warehouses and decision support systems. The quality of data is, however, affected by erroneous observations that result from malfunctioning or mis-calibration of detectors. The open literature shows that little effort has been made to establish procedures for screening traffic observations in real-time. This study presents a probabilistic approach for modeling and real-time screening of freeway traffic data. The study proposes a simple methodology to capture the probabilistic and dynamic relationships between the three traffic parameters using historical data collected from the I-4 corridor in Orlando, Florida. The developed models are then used to identify the probability that each traffic observation is partially or fully invalid.

Date

2006

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Sherif Ishak

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