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2009 News in Brief



MIT software to improve traffic management tested in Portugal

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As part of the MIT Portugal Program, researchers from MIT and Portugal have made progress in developing traffic simulation software that could make it easier for traffic managers to analyze road conditions and ease congestion in real time. DynaMIT, a dynamic simulator based on model-based data fusion software, enables traffic engineers to integrate and analyze data from the dizzying array of information sources that have become available as a result of the proliferation of information and communications technologies—including road sensors, electronic toll collection devices, automatic video processing, global positioning systems, mobile sensor networks and smart phones. The software, developed by CEE Professor Moshe Ben-Akiva and the MIT Intelligent Transportation Systems Lab (ITS), recently underwent a successful demonstration at Brisa, Portugal’s largest toll road management company and an industry partner on the project.  Read more.