The center has a computational facility for the modeling and simulation of ITS. It consists of number of powerful workstations, and data server along with various commercial and customized software tools developed in-house. UrbanITS has developed a number of very large network models that can be used to study challenging transportation problems including transportation network models, shared mobility data visualizations, and simulations.

This will allow the center to conduct research projects that will not be otherwise feasible with even the most powerful workstations.  In addition to a large number of software packages owned and made available by the University for research and teaching, UrbanITS owns or has access through the department to specialized transportation related software packages.  These are:

  • Paramics microsimulation software
  • AIMSUN microsimulation software
  • TRANSCAD modeling software
  • Synchro
  • NLogit
  • Matlab
  • ArcGIS and other GIS software

UrbanITS also makes an effort to use open source software packages and develop freely available applications. These are

  • MATSim multi-agent transportation simulation
  • SUMO microsimulation software
  • R statistical package
  • Python
  • GNU C/C++
  • Quantum GIS
  • Others

UrbanITS also possesses and works with various commercial and publicly available data sources such as HERE, Open Streets, Open NYC, among others. More importantly, UrbanITS researchers have developed a number of very complex, sophisticated and highly customized simulation models as shown below. The special algorithms incorporated into these models make them highly effective and reliable in terms of capturing complicated traffic dynamics.  These are extremely valuable resources for any project that involves simulation and modeling tasks.

UrbanITS is in the process of acquiring additional equipment for mobile sensors and communications technologies using parts of the PI’s startup funds (listed in current support). These include Google Nexus tablets that can operate as mobile interfaces, instrumented vehicles, GoPro cameras, VR devices, commercial drones, and wearable sensors.

UrbanITS researchers, in close cooperation with other University partners, have developed and deployed series of tools for the visualization and processing of large amounts of model and real-world data. These tools developed by UrbanITS researchers in close collaboration with several transportation agencies available for research are:

  • ASSITME-COST – visualization and processing of transportation demand and costs
  • ASSISTME-WIM – visualization and processing of Weigh-in-Motion data
  • Snow and Emergency Management Software (SEMS)
  • RILCA/POLCA – decision support for lane closure decision making
  • RITSIMS – asset management software tool for ITS

A video wall system enables us to visualize and analyze travel patterns in complex transportation networks.  UrbanITS and the Civil & Urban Engineering Department have a wealth of NYC traffic data and are in the process of setting up computational and communication infrastructure for obtaining real-time data feed from infrastructure sensors and traffic cameras.