Caltech Undergraduate Research Journal

CURJ is Caltech's award-winning undergraduate research journal, dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of the numerous undergraduates conducting research at Caltech during the SURF program and throughout the academic year.

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Optimizing Traffic Flow in Urban Settings

Bertrand Ottino-Löffler, Daniel Abrams, and Mark Panaggio

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Nearly everyone is unhappy with the rage-inducing congestion that plagues their city roads. Improving the traffic situation on a city-wide scale is a difficult task, due to public policy factors and many conflicting interests. Here, we address only one aspect of the problem: optimizing the timing of traffic lights. The challenge appears simple, but it turns out to be a rich problem that presents an opportunity for substantial theoretical analysis.