Elaborate Course: Traffic Engineering


I. Course Introduction (including teaching goals and requirements) within 300 words

Traffic engineering is a branch of civil engineering that uses engineering techniques to achieve safe and efficient movement of people and goods on road ways. This course focuses mainly on the technical aspects of traffic engineering, which cover the analytical procedures and computational methods employed in a wide variety of tasks related to traffic operations and management.

The aim of this course is to provide students with an overview of the fundamentals of traffic engineering, with emphasis on traffic components, traffic flow, traffic planning, traffic safety, traffic control and management, and intelligent transportation systems. A student who completes this course will be able to identify operational and safety problems in transportation, to carry out traffic engineering analysis, and to evaluate alternative solutions to traffic issues from for instance, the perspectives of intelligent transportation systems.

After completing this unit students will be able to:

Correctly understand the basic principles and methods of traffic engineering

Grasp the overall idea of traffic engineering problems such as congestion and safety issues

Understand how vehicle and traffic moves on roads and use basic methods for traffic flow analysis

Understand Basic Concepts of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS)

Be familiar with various ITS applications in transportation management and traffic operation

Be familiar with the process of road traffic planning

Gain ability to analyze traffic engineering issues, such as traffic safety, and able to make valuable decision suggestions

Be familiar with urban traffic management and traffic control techniques

Improve scientific thinking, scientific methods and innovative ability to lay the foundation for further research and application

Lecture notes are acting as important guidance for study:

Will be copied to you at least Three Days before the lecture

You are recommended to go through and preview the lecture notes

You are encouraged to inform me for any typos/errors of this lecture notes, for which you will be acknowledged in the future editions.

II. Teaching Syllabus (including the content of chapters and sections. A sheet can be attached)

  • Introduction:

Course introduction;

Background of the Traffic Engineering

  • Traffic Components:

Human-vehicle-road; Traffic factors

Traffic data collection

  • Traffic Flow Theory:

Fundamental diagram; Traffic flow analysis

Queuing theory

Car-following; Lane change

Hydrodynamic model

  • Traffic Planning:

Data collection; Demand prediction;

Network design; Evaluation

  • Traffic Safety:

Crash data analysis

Traffic safety evaluation

  • Traffic Management and Control:

Traffic management methods

Traffic control techniques

  • ITS: Introduction

ITS introduction;

System engineering;

  • ITS: Applications

ITS applications in transportation management;

ITS applications in traffic operations;

ITS applications and traveller experience;

  • ITS: Supporting Technologies and Future

ITS supporting technologies;

ITS Future;

III. Teaching Schedule




Dr. Zhibin Li


Course introduction


Traffic components


Traffic data collection


Macroscopic traffic flow


Microscopic traffic flow

Dr. Yongjun Shen


Traffic planning process


Crash data analysis


Traffic safety evaluation


Traffic management


Traffic control

Dr. Chen Wang


ITS introduction

System engineering



ITS applications in transportation management


ITS applications in traffic operations


ITS: miscellaneous



Project presentation