The Traffic Management Research Center (TMRC) was founded in 1994 as part of the Transportation Research Institute. The center specializes in developing algorithms, methodologies and systems for promoting urban sustainable mobility.
TMRC implements a holistic approach to problem solving, which enables a broad view of the entire problem from which the research necessities are derived (as shown in the figure below). This approach involves the identification of a transportation-related problem to be investigated, decomposition of the problem into sub-problems and definition of the research topics derived from them. This approach promotes the applicability of the research outcomes.
TMRC conducts a multidisciplinary research based on know-how and expertise in Transportation engineering, Industrial and management engineering, Operations Research, Economics, Statistics, System Analysis and Software Engineering.
TMRC is working in close cooperation with all the major Transport Authorities in Israel as well as with High-Tech companies.
Alongside the local cooperation, TMRC is also involved in international research projects through various research frameworks such as the EU R&D Framework Program.
The TMRC includes two main laboratories:
· Traffic Management laboratory – the Traffic Management laboratory is based on AVIVIM, the traffic management system of the city of Tel Aviv. This lab provides an infrastructure for evaluating new methodologies by researchers as well as by students.
· Micro-simulation laboratory – this Micro-simulation laboratory includes a Micro-simulation tool (VISSIM) and self-developed auxiliary tools as a supporting infrastructure for evaluating research outcomes.
TMRC aims to cover the whole spectrum of mobility and focuses on research topics such as:
· Decision support methodologies of implementing priority regime between transportation modes
· Optimization techniques for actuated signal program design
· Incident detection in the urban freeways and signalized sub-networks
· Utilizing web social networks as a source of transportation-related information
· Personalization of transportation-related Location Based Services (LBS)
· Concept-development for quantifying improvements in traffic efficiency through ITS
· Incentives as a mean to promote sustainable modal choice.