Traffic flow optimization with QoS constrained network admission control

Alfréd Csikós, Hamed Farhadi, Balázs Kulcsár, Themistoklis Charalambous, Henk Wymeersch

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The paper proposes a control design method in order to gate input flow to a protected urban vehicular network such that travel time Quality of Service (QoS) constraints are preserved within the network. In view of the network to be protected (also called the region), two types of queues are distinguished: external and internal. While external queues represent vehicles waiting to enter the protected network, an internal queue can be used to describe the network's aggregated behaviour. By controlling the number of vehicles entering the internal queue, the travel time within the network subject to the vehicular conservation law and the Network Fundamental Diagram (NFD) can be subsequently controlled. The admission controller can thus be interpreted as a mechanism which transforms the unknown arrival process governing the number of vehicles entering the network to a regulated process, such that prescribed QoS requirements on travel time in the network and upper bound on the external queue are satisfied. The admission control problem is formulated as a constrained convex optimization problem and a Model Predictive Control (MPC) problem. A case study demonstrates the benefits of the admission control mechanisms proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th IFAC World Congress, IFAC'2017
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIFAC World Congress - Toulouse, France
Duration: 9 Jul 201714 Jul 2017
Conference number: 20

Publication series

ISSN (Electronic)2405-8963


ConferenceIFAC World Congress
Abbreviated titleIFAC


  • admission
  • network fundamental diagram
  • perimeter control
  • Quality of Service
  • Traffic control
  • traffic flow
  • travel time

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    Csikós, A., Farhadi, H., Kulcsár, B., Charalambous, T., & Wymeersch, H. (2017). Traffic flow optimization with QoS constrained network admission control. In Proceedings of the 20th IFAC World Congress, IFAC'2017 (Vol. 50, pp. 5275-5280). (IFAC-PapersOnLine). Elsevier.