Sixth International Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques

Research Article

Visual Analytics Tool For Urban Traffic Simulation

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.simutools.2013.251740,
        author={Alberto Debiasi and Federico Prandi and Giuseppe Conti and Raffaele De Amicis and Radovan Stojanovic},
        title={Visual Analytics Tool For Urban Traffic Simulation},
        proceedings={Sixth International Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques},
        keywords={urban simulation urban scenarios geovisualization},
  • Alberto Debiasi
    Federico Prandi
    Giuseppe Conti
    Raffaele De Amicis
    Radovan Stojanovic
    Year: 2013
    Visual Analytics Tool For Urban Traffic Simulation
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.simutools.2013.251740
Alberto Debiasi1,*, Federico Prandi1, Giuseppe Conti1, Raffaele De Amicis1, Radovan Stojanovic2
  • 1: Fondazione Graphitech
  • 2: University of Montenegro
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Nowadays is extremely important to monitor and analyze the urban environment and in particular the urban viability. In recent years, microscopic traffic simulations have become an increasingly active field of research in transport engineering. However the main challenge of these systems is related to the high 'learning curve' and to the complex interface of the analysis tools. Often these models are used by final users that have specific competences to evaluate the phenomena and take appropriate decision. However, often these tools lack in usability and visualization makes it difficult to extract useful information. To face this problem it is important to develop a visual-analytic tool with easily readable results for users with different backgrounds, in order to catch the important information in short time.

In this paper we present a highly interactive visual analytics system that helps urban planners, decision makers and traffic analysts simulate and analyze the urban scenario related to the urban viability. The interaction is ensured through direct actions with the 3d context in order to make the operations intuitive and easy to perform. The user can interact with the 3d environment through graphical metaphors that reduce considerably the time needed to set the parameters for the simulation as well as the time needed to analyze the results. In this paper we focus on the design of the interface and on the visual analysis of the simulation model.