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Two Applications of Intelligent Transportation
System

by

Hao Zhou

A dissertation submitted in partial ful�llment
of the requirements for the degree of

Doctor of Philosophy
(Industrial and Operations Engineering)

in The University of Michigan
2013

Doctoral Committee:

Professor Romesh Saigal, Chair
Professor Mingyan Liu
Assistant Professor G�abor Orosz
Assistant Professor Siqian Shen

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where |p| is the number of links contained in p, and ap
(i)

is the ith link in path p. And

we define the travel time of a path p as T p 1:

T p =

|p|∑
k=1

Tap
(k)

3.2.4.2 Vehicles

There are N vehicles, denoted by set N = {1, 2, . . . , N}, using the traffic network.

Vehicle i ∈ N will enter the network at time Ai.

The traffic controller’s job is to assign a path to each vehicle. The path assignment

for vehicle i is a vector xi = (x
1
i , x

2
i , . . . , x

P
i ), where x

j
i = 1 means vehicle i is assigned

to path j, and 0 otherwise. Obviously, a valid assignment xi requires that
∑P

j=1 x
j
i =

1.

Each vehicle has a utility function Ui(xi) that maps a valid assignment xi to a

real number:

Ui(xi) : {0, 1}P → R

It can be interpreted as the benefit vehicle i gets when travelling under assignment

xi.

Although this utility function can be of any form, for the purpose of demonstrating

our model, we use a linear utility function:

Ui(xi) =

j∈P

v
j
ix

j
i

where v
j
i is the value of travelling in path j, by vehicle i. Note that the actual bid,


j
i , made by vehicle i for path j, may be different from the true value v

j
i .

1T p does not change as no congestion is allowed

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3.2.4.3 Time

The entire planning period is discretized into a set of intervals of equal length δ,

denoted as T = {1, 2, . . . , T}. δ is set small enough so that the travel time of any

link in the network is an integer multiple of δ, but not too small so as to make the

problem computationally difficult (issues of computation will be discussed in section

3.3 ).

The typical planning period δT can be set to 24 hours, or to the duration of the

peak hours when congestion is likely to happen.

3.2.5 Optimization Problem

Given a path assignment matrix for all drivers, x = (x1, x2, . . . , xN), and the bids


j
i for vehicle i and path j, we evaluate the system performance using the sum of the

utility of all vehicles (also called social utility function) U:

U(x) =

i∈N

Ui(xi)

=

i∈N


j∈P


j
ix

j
i

Assuming that all links are congestion free, we define the following delay operator

τ
j
l for each l ∈ L, j ∈ P:

τ
j
l =

k:a
j
(k)

=l∑
k=1

T
a
j
(k)

in other words, τ
j
l is the time to travel to the entrance of link l, given that the

vehicle is on path j.

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