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Seminar Series - Nicholas Polson
Friday, April 28, 2017, 01:00pm - 02:00pm
Contact Rachel Poole

Title: "Deep Learning Predictors for Traffic Flows"

Abstract: We develop deep learning predictors for modeling traffic flows. The challenge to modeling traffic flows arises from sharp nonlinearities due to transitions from free flow to breakdown and to congestion. Our methodology constructs a deep learning architecture to capture nonlinear spatio-temporal flow effects. We show how traffic flow data from road sensors can be predicted using deep learning. We illustrated our methodology on traffic data from Chicago's Interstate I-55 and we forecast traffic flows during two special events, a Chicago Bears football game and a snowstorm. Both examples lead to a sharp traffic flow regime which can occur very suddenly and we show how deep learning tackles short term traffic forecasting in an efficient manner. Finally, we discuss directions for future research.

Location: UTC 1.116