Integrated simulation of activity-based demand and multi-modal dynamic supply for energy assessment

Nicholas Fournier, Siyu Chen, Isabel Hemerly Viegas De Lima, Zach Needell, Aikaterini Deliali, Andrea Araldo, A. Arun Prakash, Carlos Lima Azevedo, Eleni Christofa, Jessica Trancik, Moshe Ben-Akiva

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The development of a large scale agent-based simulation model for the Greater Boston Area is presented, closing the gap between state-of-the art integrated demand-supply modeling techniques (SimMobility) with advanced energy estimation models (TripEnergy) and shedding light on its practical application to large urban areas. This paper describes the technical details of its three key components (activity-based demand, multi-modal dynamic supply, and trajectory-based energy models), the used data, the model estimation, integration and calibration processes. The proposed model can simulate any day with and without congestion in order to capture changes in energy use across all dimensions of a mobility system, namely temporal, spatial, modal or functional. For an average 24h in the Greater Boston Area the simulated travel of 4.5-million people resulted in 15-million trips and a total vehicle energy consumption of 548 thousand equivalent gallons of gasoline. Our proposed platform allows for the comprehensive and consistent assessment of energy related policies, technologies and services affecting traveler behavior, the transportation system's and vehicle energy performances.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference, ITSC 2018
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728103235
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems 2018 - Maui, United States of America
Duration: 4 Nov 20187 Nov 2018
Conference number: 21st (Proceedings)


ConferenceIEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems 2018
Abbreviated titleITSC 2018
CountryUnited States of America
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  • activity-based
  • energy
  • microscopic
  • Mobility
  • multi-modal
  • simulation

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