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Road congestion in India is a massive problem that is steadily getting worse. This calls for an urgent need to estimate congestion and traffic patterns on urban roads. Although much work has already been done by developed nations, but solutions for Indian cities need specific attention as the nature of traffic in India is fundamentally different from that of developed nations. This project envisages the use of mobile phones to estimate congestion and traffic patterns on urban roads. Based on the congestion metrics thus obtained, the project is developing algorithms and tools for traffic planning and management, using mobile phone as a service platform. The proposed solution strategy consists of two distinct focus areas. The first focus area deals with the problem of estimating mobile phone densities to measure prevailing congestion and traffic patterns. The second focus area involves developing algorithms for traffic routing, control and prediction, based on the estimated congestion. This work has enormous potential for applications such as dynamic route planning, peak hour rush control, routing of emergency vehicles to and from disaster affected areas, evacuation planning and traffic prediction. In addition, this work shall shed new conceptual insights into the general problem of controlling complex networks by bringing together ideas from several technical disciplines. The project also plans do a techno-economic evaluation of the system so as to understand and appreciate the extent of avoidable social costs caused by congestion.


  • Prof. P. R. Kumar, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Prof. D Manjunath, IIT Bombay


  • Aditya Gopalan, IISc, Bangalore
  • OLA Cabs, Hyderabad

(3 )
Title: Nonlinear Dynamics

Title: Introduction to Modern Application Development

Title: Probability Foundations for Electrical Engineers

(1 )
Title: Probability Foundations for Electrical Engineers

Remarks: Introduced measure-theoretic version of the course


(1 )
Title: iWiz Education
(5 )
Title: ITS Workshop 2015
Title: ITS Workshop 2016
Title: ITS Workshop 2017
Title: MobiHoc 2017
Title: ITS Workshop 2018
(2 )
Title: Towards real-time simulation-based transportation optimization,

Remarks: Prof. Carolina Osorio (MIT), 2016

Title: Ambulance services in India: Novel models for network design and operations

Remarks: Prof. Lavanya Marla (UIUC), 2016

(2 )
Title: Traffline
Title: Ola
(1 )
Title: Dr. Gauarav Raina; Mobile Payment Forum of India
Institutes: IIT-MADRAS

Remarks: 2017 - 2019


A Fair Decentralized Traffic Signal Control with Good Throughput Characteristics
S Konnur, G Ramadurai, K Jagannathan, G Raina; Transportation Research Board 97th Annual Meeting;2018


String and robust stability of connected vehicle systems with delayed feedback
Kamath G.K., Jagannathan K., Raina G.; IFAC-PapersOnLine;2018


Taxi Demand-Supply Forecasting: Impact of Spatial Partitioning on the Performance of Neural Networks
N. Davis, G. Raina and K. Jagannathan; NIPS Workshop for Machine Learning for Intelligent Transportation Systems 2018;2018


Forecasting Supply in Voronoi Regions for App-Based Taxi Hailing Services
R Gelda, K Jagannathan, G Raina; 6th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Logistics and Transport (IEEE ICALT 2017);2017


Taxi dispatches using supply forecasting: A time-series based approach
Gelda R., Jagannathan K., Raina G.; Proceedings - 18th IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing and Communications, 14th IEEE International Conference on Smart City and 2nd IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Systems, HPCC/SmartCity/DSS 2016;2017


The modified optimal velocity model: stability analyses and design guidelines
GK Kamath, K Jagannathan, G Raina; IFAC Journal of Systems and Control;2017


Collaborative learning of stochastic bandits over a social network
Kolla R.K., Jagannathan K., Gopalan A.; 54th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Allerton 2016;2017