Student working on a research project.

Using TRANSIMS For On-line Transportation System Management During Emergencies

In the last few years, the topic of transportation systems management during emergencies has received national attention in light of unfortunate events such as the destruction caused by hurricane Katrina and recent terrorist attacks. At the same time, the progress made in deploying Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technologies all across the country is making a real-time, adaptive approach to transportation systems management and control feasible. However, effective decision support systems for the on-line transportation system management during emergencies are still lacking to some extent. This study has two primary objectives. First, the study assesses the level to which the TRANSIMS model, originally developed by Los Alamos National Lab (LANL), can be used for the online management of transportation systems during emergencies. Second, based on the assessment results, the research will develop additional functionality needed to take full advantage of TRANSIMS in emergency transportation system management. As a case study, the research is using the Buffalo-Niagara Metropolitan area which is well known for its winter weather and numerous (and sometimes severe) 'lake-effect' snow storms.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Computer Science And Engineering, Civil Engineering
Student Skill-Set Needed: Strong computational and analytical skills

Experience with programming
Compensation: Academic Credit, Salary / Stipend, Volunteer, Work Study
Available: Spring, Summer


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Adel Sadek
Department: Civil, Structural And Environmental Engineering
Office: 233 Ketter Hall
Phone: (716)645-4367