ENTR615-18A (C) Any Time Start 2018

Advanced traffic flow theory and simulation

15 points

Start/End Date: The start and end dates are specific to each student. For further information please contact one of the following (as appropriate):
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  • For Doctoral degrees (PhD) please contact the Postgraduate Office.
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Withdrawal Dates
The withdrawal dates for this course (both with and without fee refund) will be confirmed once a) the course start date and b) course length is confirmed. Students are advised to consult the department for further information.


This course introduces advanced concepts and principles of traffic flow modelling. Participants will also obtain skills in the practical application of traffic simulation software.

This postgraduate course will:

- Provide participants with advanced principles of modelling traffic flow dynamics.
- Provide some basic concepts of model based real-time traffic flow estimation using loop detector
data (i.e. Kalman filter)
- Introduce principles of traffic signal design at an isolated intersection and in a network.

No prior practical experience in transport modelling is assumed, although some previous  exposure to the theoretical elements of traffic engineering or transport planning is useful. The engineering undergraduate course ENCN412 (Traffic Engineering) or equivalent (e.g. ENTR401) is considered a useful pre-requisite.

Learning Outcomes

- Provide participants with a solid grounding in the advanced concepts of macro-, meso- and
micro-scopic traffic flow models and best practice in their use.
- Provide concepts of model based real-time traffic flow estimation using loop detector data
(i.e. Kalman filter).
- Students will learn some advanced skills in using a macroscopic and microscopic simulation
package (i.e. Cell Transmission Model-CTM and AIMSUN: https://www.aimsun.com )
- Case studies in real-work transport networks will be examined to illustrate the application of
traffic flow models and data, methods for calibrating, analysing and using them, and to
investigate their scope and limitations.


ENCN412: traffic engineering or

Timetable Note

The course will comprise ~24 hours of lectures and other sessions, presented in two 2-day blocks:

- 5-6 March 2018
- 7-8 May 2018

Away from these blocks, you will be expected to study the material provided and other references, and work on your assignments.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Dong Ngoduy


Mehdi Ekbatani

Textbooks / Resources

Detailed handouts/notes will generally be provided covering the topics discussed. Students are also
expected to annotate this material or make their own notes. There is no prescribed text, but some useful relevant documents are available in the Engineering Library and will be referenced where appropriate.  Similarly, many useful websites and online documents will also be referred to in the course material.

Some course material and web-links will be provided on Learn, the university’s online teaching system
(see separate handout), and students will be expected to use this to supplement any handouts and notes taken in class. Students will also be expected to monitor the Learn discussion & news forums for notices about the course and its assessment, and to use it to send back any queries.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,059.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.

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