he goal of this project, which started in July, 2010, with support from the Singapore National Research Foundation,
is to develop, in and
beyond Singapore, a new paradigm for the planning, design and operation
of future urban mobility systems. Such systems, aimed at both
passengers and freight, will materially enhance sustainability and
societal well-being on a global scale. This is a particularly opportune
time to address this topic due to a confluence of relevant
developments: advances in computing, communications, and sensing
the great progress that has been made in recent years in our ability to
model, evaluate and optimize urban mobility systems; the growing
importance of environmental sustainability issues; the aging of physical
infrastructure in developed countries and the need for massive
new infrastructure in less developed ones; and the vast economic
stimulus that can be provided by the modernization and renewal of
urban mobility systems worldwide.
Singapore offers an ideal environment for the proposed research. In
addition to being, in general, one of the most technologically advanced
nations in the world, Singapore already has in place a very advanced
urban transportation system as well as one of the most complete suites
of sustainable mobility policies, regulations and practices. Moreover,
many outstanding collaborators for this project work in Singapore's
universities and public agencies and are a most valuable resource.
At the heart of the research effort is SimMobility, a simulation
platform with an integrated model of human and commercial activities,
land use, transportation, environmental impacts, and energy use. This
modeling engine will be linked with a range of networked computing and
control (NCC) technology-enabled mobility innovations, and with
operations research-based decision models, to analyze the impacts of
various novel concepts, including real-time information and management
systems, and innovative mobility services such as "mobility-on-demand,"
and "green logistics." Various innovative urban mobility concepts will
be evaluated with simulation-based experiments using SimMobility and
through physical experiments.
Organizationally, the project will be structured around three pillars,
designed to advance the state-of-the-art in critical areas:
- Pillar 1: "Technology for Future Urban Mobility" will seek
to develop a framework of common, re-usable services, algorithms, and
devices, packaged as software libraries, run-time software
infrastructure, and embedded systems for urban mobility
systems---ranging from sensor networks and cloud computing, to autonomy
and driver assistance.
- Pillar 2: "Integrated modeling and optimization of mobility, land-use, environmental, and energy-use impacts"
will develop a suite of powerful demand estimation, performance
prediction and operation optimization tools, drawing on the availability
of technology-enabled information.
Pillar 3: "Performance assessment and urban planning" will enable
more meaningful evaluation of alternative sustainability mobility
systems and the development of institutional, regulatory, and pricing
mechanisms to support them.
More details about the ongoing research can be found in the Projects page.