PLSTM: Long Short-Term Memory Neural Networks for Propagatable Traffic Congested States Prediction

  • Yuxin Zheng
  • Lyuchao LiaoEmail author
  • Fumin Zou
  • Ming Xu
  • Zhihui Chen
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1107)


The accurate prediction of traffic congested states in major cities is indispensable for urban traffic management and public traveling routes planning. However, the understanding of traffic congestion propagation has not raised much concern. Traffic congestion propagation reflects how the current congested roads will affect their connected roads, which is vital to improve prediction accuracy of traffic conditions. In this paper, we propose a novel method named PLSTM to further explore the characteristics of traffic congestion propagation and predict short-term traffic congested states, which is a long short-term memory (LSTM) neural network for modeling traffic propagation. Firstly, we consider local spatial-temporal correlation of congestion and integrate the data into input series. Secondly, the PLSTM component that comprises multi-LSTM layers is trained with the input series. Finally, we conduct various contrast experiments with state-of-the-art predictors to evaluate the performance of PLSTM. The experimental results have validated the rationality of input series on improving prediction accuracy and the effectiveness of PLSTM.


Traffic states prediction Congestion propagation LSTM neural network Confusion matrix 



This work was supported in part by projects of the National Science Foundation of China (41971340, 41471333, 61304199), project 2017A13025 of Science and Technology Development Center, Ministry of Education, project 2018Y3001 of Fujian Provincial Department of Science and Technology, projects of Fujian Provincial Department of Education (JA14209, JA15325, FBJG20180049).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuxin Zheng
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lyuchao Liao
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Fumin Zou
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ming Xu
    • 3
  • Zhihui Chen
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Fujian Key Lab for Automotive Electronics and Electric DriveFujian University of TechnologyFuzhouChina
  2. 2.Fujian Provincial Big Data Institute for Intelligent TransportationFujian University of TechnologyFuzhouChina
  3. 3.College of Artificial IntelligenceTianjin University of Science and TechnologyTianjinChina

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