Control of automated vehicles and their influence on traffic

Seminar on October 03, 2019, 2:00 PM at CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle des séminaires du L2S
Karl H. Johansson

Abstract: Automated and connected road vehicles enable large-scale control and optimisation of the transport system with the potential to radically improve fuel efficiency, decrease the environmental footprint, and enhance safety. In this talk we will focus on automated heavy-duty vehicle platooning, which is currently being implemented and evaluated by several truck manufacturers world-wide. We will discuss how to deploy feedback control of individual platoons utilising the cellular communication infrastructure and how such controlled platoons can be used improve overall traffic conditions. It will be argued that the average total variation of traffic density can be reduced and thereby creating incentives for platooning beyond fuel savings and driver support. Extensive experiments done on European highways will illustrate system performance and safety requirements. The presentation will be based on joint work with collaborators at KTH and at the truck manufacturers Scania and Volvo.

Biography: Karl H. Johansson is Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, KTH Royal Institute of Technology. He received MSc and PhD degrees from Lund University. He has held visiting positions at UC Berkeley, Caltech, NTU, HKUST Institute of Advanced Studies, and NTNU. His research interests are in networked control systems, cyber-physical systems, and applications in transportation, energy, and automation networks. He has received several best paper awards and other distinctions from IEEE, IFAC and ACM. He has been awarded Distinguished Professor with the Swedish Research Council and Wallenberg Scholar with the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. He has received the Future Research Leader Award from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research and the triennial Young Author Prize from IFAC. He is Fellow of the IEEE and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and he is IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.