Multimodal transport network customers need to be directed during their travels. A travel support tool can be offered by a Multimodal Information System (MIS), which allows them to input their needs and provides them with the appropriate responses to improve their travel conditions. The goal of this book is to design and develop methodologies in order to realize a MIS tool which can ensure permanent multimodal information availability before and during travel, considering passengers mobility. The authors propose methods and tools that help transport network customers to formulate their requests when they connect to their favorite information systems through PC, laptop, cell phone, Portable Digital Assistant (PDA), etc. The MIS must automatically identify the websites concerning the customer s services. These sites can, in fact, represent transport services, cultural services, tourist services, etc. The system should then be able to collect the necessary travel information from these sites in order to construct and propose the most convenient information according to the user s requests. Contents 1.
Agent-oriented Road Traffic Simulation, Rene Mandiau, Sylvain Piechowiak, Arnaud Doniec and Stephane Espie. 2. An Agent-based Information System for Searching and Creating Mobility-aiding Services, Slim Hammadi and Hayfa Zgaya. 3. Inter-vehicle Services and Communication, Sylvain Lecomte, Thierry Delot and Mikael Desertot. 4. Modeling and Control of Traffic Flow, Daniel Jolly, Boumediene Kamel and Amar Benasser. 5. Criteria and Methods for Interactive System Evaluation: Application to a Regulation Post in the Transport Domain, Houcine Ezzedine, Abdelwaheb Trabelsi, Chi Dung Tran and Christophe Kolski.
Preface xi Slim HAMMADI and Mekki KSOURI Introduction xiii Chapter 1. Agent-oriented Road Traffic Simulation 1 Rene MANDIAU, Sylvain PIECHOWIAK, Arnaud DONIEC and Stephane ESPIE 1.1. Introduction 1 1.2. The principle of multi-agent systems 2 1.3. General remarks on traffic simulation devices 8 1.4. ArchiSim simulator 12 1.5. The issue of traffic simulation in intersections 14 1.6. Assessment of different scenarios 21 1.7. Conclusion 25 1.8. Bibliography 26 Chapter 2. An Agent-based Information System for Searching and Creating Mobility-aiding Services 31 Slim HAMMADI and Hayfa ZGAYA 2.1. Introduction 31 2.2. Formulating the problem 33 2.3. The global architecture of the system 36 2.4. Proposal of a resolution system with several interactive entities: a dynamic multi-agent system 42 2.5. The behavior of a scheduling agent 44 2.6. Managing system robustness when dealing with disruptions: advancing a negotiation process between stationary and mobile entities 59 2.7. The usefulness of a dedicated dynamic ontology 61 2.8. Simulations and results 64 2.9. Conclusion and perspectives 76 2.10. List of abbreviations 76 2.11. Bibliography 77 Chapter 3. Inter-vehicle Services and Communication 81 Sylvain LECOMTE, Thierry DELOT and Mikael DESERTOT 3.1. Introduction 81 3.2. The specificity of inter-vehicle communication 84 3.3. Inter-vehicle communication 91 3.4. Deployment and maintenance 95 3.5. What kind of future can we envisage for inter-vehicle services and communication technologies? 107 3.6. Bibliography 107 Chapter 4. Modeling and Control of Traffic Flow 111 Daniel JOLLY, Boumediene KAMEL and Amar BENASSER 4.1. General introduction 111 4.2. Microscopic models 114 4.3. Macroscopic models 118 4.4. General remarks concerning macroscopic and microscopic models 127 4.5. Hybrid models 129 4.6. Different strategies for controlling road traffic flow systems 147 4.7. Conclusion 164 4.8. Bibliography 164 Chapter 5. Criteria and Methods for Interactive System Evaluation: Application to a Regulation Post in the Transport Domain 173 Houcine EZZEDINE, Abdelwaheb TRABELSI, Chi Dung TRAN and Christophe KOLSKI 5.1. Introduction 173 5.2. Principles and criteria of evaluation 174 5.3. Methods, techniques and tools for the evaluation of interactive systems 181 5.4. Toward automated or semi-automated evaluation assistance tools 201 5.5. Proposal of a generic and configurable environment to aid in the evaluation of agent-based interactive systems: EISEval 213 5.6. Context of operation of the proposed evaluation environment 217 5.7. Conclusion 228 5.8. Bibliography 230 List of Authors 241 Index 245
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