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Traffic Management for the 21st Century
General information
Category:Europe European Research Council
From 2013-03-01 to 2018-02-28 In Progress
TRAMAN21 project website
Professor Markos Papageorgiou
Dynamic Systems and Simulation Laboratory,

Technical University of Crete

Explores the impact of emerging vehicle automation and communication systems (VACS) for traffic flow behavior and new modeling approaches. Tasks are: traffic flow modeling in the presence of VACS, motorway traffic control, and a local field test.


The main objective of TRAMAN21 to develop the foundations and first steps that will pave the way towards a new era of motorway traffic management research and practice, which is indispensable for exploiting the evolving VACS deployment. TRAMAN21 assesses the relevance of VACS for improved traffic flow and develops specific options for a sensible upgrade of the traffic conditions, particularly at the network’s weak points, i.e. at bottlenecks and incident locations. The proposed work comprises the development of new traffic flow modelling and control approaches on the basis of appropriate methods from many-particle Physics, Automatic Control and Optimisation. A field trial is included, aiming at a preliminary testing and demonstration of the developed concepts and exploring the implications of emerging vehicle automation and communication systems (VACS) for traffic flow behavior and new traffic flow modeling approaches

  • Tasks include
    • Traffic flow modeling in the presence of VACS
    • Motorway traffic control
    • Local field test


TRAMAN21 risk stems from the uncertainty in the VACS evolution, which is a challenge for the required modelling and control developments. But, if successful, TRAMAN21 will contribute to a substantial reduction of the estimated annual European traffic congestion cost of 120 billion € and related environmental pollution and will trigger further innovative developments and a new era of traffic flow modelling and control research.

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The Research Committee of the Technical University of Crete

Budget / Funding

Total cost: € 1.496.880 / EU Contribution: € 1.496.880

Funded under the call: ERC-2012-ADG_20120216

Topic: ERC-AG-PE8 - ERC Advanced Grant-Products and Process Engineering