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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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Art Lee

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Traffic congestion has tremendous economic and environmental costs. One way to reduce this congestion is to implement more intelligent traffic light systems. There is significant existing research into different algorithms for controlling traffic lights, but they all use separate systems for performance testing. This paper presents the Rush Hour system, which models a network of roadways and traffic lights as a network of connected routers and endnodes. Several traffic switching algorithms are then tested on the Rush Hour system. As expected, we found that the more intelligent systems were effective at reducing congestion at low and medium levels of traffic. However, they were comparable to more naive algorithms at higher levels of traffic.


Best Senior Thesis in Physical Sciences

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