Project Title: Road Work Ahead? Yeah I Sure Hope It Does
BASIS Advisor: Mr. McCorkle
Internship Location: Columbia University
Onsite Mentor: Dr. Sharon Di
In the city of San Jose, traffic is a well-known issue, and I aim to come up with a solution that can help pinpoint the causes for traffic. My research at Columbia University will help me learn more about traffic patterns and what causes them. My advisor there will help me make a computer simulation for the traffic, which will be the final product. My hope is that my project will be useful in reducing traffic, or at least in working towards fixing the transportation system. In my research, I expect to find that most people choose routes they are familiar with or have been suggested by navigation applications as the most straightforward directions, even if they are not the fastest, and people tend to stick with what they know. In order to narrow the scope of the project so that I will be able to complete it on time, I will focus on 87 near the Capitol Expressway exit. The traffic there is exceptionally heavier than anywhere on the rest of the route, and I want to understand why that is happening. For the model itself, I will try to make it as specific as possible, which means I will have to limit the amount of outliers in the system. In doing so, I will be able to look at the aggregate data and properly extrapolate the reasons as to why traffic is heavier in this specific region.
Hey y’all! I spent this whole week making minor tweaks to the model and working on my presentation. I made one change on Thursday that caused the whole model to stop working, which was basically the worst thing that could happen, but I have managed to get the model back on track. It took the […]
Hey y’all! I am happy to say that I have finished up my model!! I am just working on cleaning it up a little bit, so I will be adding the images in the next post. But, all the cars are moving in the correct directions and the cars are merging onto different freeways. I’m […]
Hey y’all! I spent this week analyzing and inputting the traffic count data into the model. I’m still not fully done with it, but I should be able to complete it in the coming week. I’m really excited about this because, after weeks of small roadblocks (pun somewhat intended), everything is finally coming together. I’m […]
Hey y’all! I took a break this week from my project, but I have a lot of interesting stuff happening in the upcoming week since I got the traffic count data. I’m working on inputting it into the software, and hopefully, it’ll be running without a hitch very soon. Stay tuned!
Hi y’all! I finally got the traffic count data! I’m so excited I can finally move forward with this part of my project 🙂 As last week there’s still just a couple of bugs that I have left to fix, but they should be done very soon. I’m still working on collecting answers for my […]
Hey y’all! It’s been a super busy, but very productive week. I have been hard at work on making sure my model is working correctly (there are still some issues, but I’m very close to making everything work out). I’m going to be attaching some photos to give everyone a better idea of what it’s […]
Hi! I spent all my time working on making the simulation for my project using the AnyLogic program, an agent-based modeling simulation program. I’ve had a few issues making it work, but I found some sample data I can use for the time being. There are still some issues, but I am working on fixing […]
Hi! I spent this week continuing the research side of my project. I started reading Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do by Tom Vanderbilt. In this book, he talks about his own personal experiences as a driver and tries to find out whether or not the way he drives is right or wrong, morally […]
Hi! This week I spent most of my time doing research for my project. I read Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams by Mitchel Resnick. The book has examples of different projects, but I was focusing more on the traffic parts of it. Two brothers who are about to get their drivers’ licenses decided that they wanted […]
Hi y’all! This first week went by so quickly, but I got a lot of work done. I went to Columbia to meet with my advisor, Dr. Di, and I started setting up the software (AnyLogic 8 PLE) that I will be using to create the computer simulation part of my project. Once the simulation is […]