Geosimulation, Automata, and Traffic Modeling

Recent developments in the research landscape have made possible a new paradigm for spatial simulation, what is coming to be known in the geographical sciences as the geosimulation approach. This novel approach to simulation development is characterized by detailed, dynamic, and interactive simulation environments, often operating in near real time and exhibiting very realistic characteristics. A new class of “microscopic” simulation has begun to emerge around this approach, and it is focused on automat-based tools for model building. This chapter discusses the potential of geosimulation for traffic modeling, and it describes how geosimulation-style tools - cellular automat (CA) and multi-agent systems (MAS) - have been used to build a variety of vehicle and pedestrian traffic simulations. The chapter also explores some of the current limitations of the field, particularly as an applied science, and discusses some future avenues of potential research inquiry.

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    • Published as Volume 5, Handbooks in Transport series, ISSN 1472-7889.
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    The Boulevard, Langford Lane
    Kidlington, Oxford  United Kingdom  OX5 1GB
  • Authors:
    • Torrens, Paul M
  • Publication Date: 2004


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: First
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 549-564
  • Monograph Title: Handbook of Transport Geography and Spatial Systems

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  • Accession Number: 01004025
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0080441084
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 15 2005 2:26PM