Models, Traffic Models, Simulation, and Traffic Simulation

  • Jaume BarcelóEmail author
Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 145)


This introductory chapter to a book on traffic simulation fundamentals is aimed at setting up a comprehensive framework for simulation as a well-established and grounded OR technique and its specificities when applied to traffic systems; the main approaches to traffic simulation and the principles of traffic simulation model building; the fundamentals of traffic flow theory and its application to traffic simulation from macroscopic, mesoscopic, or microscopic approaches. The chapter also provides a basic overview on the principles of dynamic traffic assignment and its application to traffic simulation and the calibration and validation of traffic simulation models, two key topics to establish the validity and credibility for traffic simulation models being used in the decision-making processes.


Traffic Flow Route Choice Traffic Simulation Simultaneous Perturbation Stochastic Approximation Dynamic Traffic Assignment 
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  1. 1.Department of Statistics and Operations Research and Center for Innovation in TransportUniversitat Politècnica de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain

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