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Adaptive Collective Routing Using Gaussian Process Dynamic Congestion Models (2013)

By: Siyuan Liu, Yisong Yue, and Ramayya Krishnan

Abstract: We consider the problem of adaptively routing a fleet of cooperative vehicles within a road network in the presence of uncertain and dynamic congestion conditions. To tackle this problem, we first propose a Gaussian Process Dynamic Congestion Model that can effectively characterize both the dynamics and the uncertainty of congestion conditions. Our model is efficient and thus facilitates real-time adaptive routing in the face of uncertainty. Using this congestion model, we develop an efficient algorithm for non-myopic adaptive routing to minimize the collective travel time of all vehicles in the system. A key property of our approach is the ability to efficiently reason about the long-term value of exploration, which enables collectively balancing the exploration/exploitation trade-off for entire fleets of vehicles. We validate our approach based on traffic data from two large Asian cities. We show that our congestion model is effective in modeling dynamic congestion conditions. We also show that our routing algorithm generates significantly faster routes compared to standard baselines, and achieves near-optimal performance compared to an omniscient routing algorithm. We also present the results from a preliminary field study, which showcases the efficacy of our approach.



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Siyuan Liu, Yisong Yue, and Ramayya Krishnan (2013). "Adaptive Collective Routing Using Gaussian Process Dynamic Congestion Models." ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD). pdf            
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@inproceedings{Liu+al:kdd2013,
title = {Adaptive Collective Routing Using Gaussian Process Dynamic Congestion Models},
author = {Siyuan Liu and Yisong Yue and Ramayya Krishnan},
booktitle = {ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD)},
year = 2013,
wwwfilebase = {kdd2013-liu-yue-krishnan},
}



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