SMART mobility via prediction, optimization and personalization

Bilge Atasoy, Carlos Lima Azevedo, Arun Prakash Akkinepally, Ravi Seshadri, Fang Zhao, Maya Abou-Zeid, Moshe E. Ben-Akiva

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In this chapter, we present a methodological approach for Smart Mobility that integrates three key features: prediction, optimization, and personalization. They are integrated in such a way that when a travel menu is offered, predicted conditions are considered in the attributes of alternatives and optimized system-level policies are maintained. Similarly, user-level estimations and updates are used by prediction and optimization methods at the system-level in order to represent the population with most up-to-date behavioral estimates. Furthermore, a simulation-based evaluation methodology enables to validate the performance of prediction, optimization, and personalization before Smart Mobility is implemented in real-life. Two case studies are presented based on the proposed methodologies together with platforms that facilitate their application. Potential benefits of the proposed methodologies are evaluated which can be classified into user-level and system-level benefits. User-level benefits include consumer surplus, waiting times, etc., and system-level is concerned with congestion, throughput, system-wide travel time, etc. As there is normally a tradeoff between the individual decision-making and system-wide decision-making, Smart Mobility bridges them together with appropriate methodologies on each end. For example, for our Flexible Mobility on Demand case study, we observe 10%–20% reduction in volume-to-capacity ratio as a system-level benefit. Moreover, we see that the tradeoff between consumer surplus and operator profit can be managed with an appropriate objective function.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDemand for Emerging Transportation Systems
Subtitle of host publicationModeling Adoption, Satisfaction, and Mobility Patterns
EditorsConstantinos Antoniou, Emmanouil Chaniotakis, Dimitrios Efthymiou
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-12-815018-4
ISBN (Print)978-0-12-815019-1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Agent-based simulation
  • Dynamic traffic assignment
  • Inter- and intraconsumer heterogeneity
  • Online calibration
  • Optimization
  • Personalization
  • Prediction
  • Smart mobility


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