Data-Driven Optimal Control of Traffic Signals for Urban Road Networks

Tong Liu, Hong Wang, Zhong Ping Jiang

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This paper studies the issue of data-driven optimal control design for traffic signals of oversaturated urban road networks. The signal control system based on the store and forward model is generally uncontrollable for which the controllable decomposition is needed. Instead of identifying the unknown parameters like saturation rates and turning ratios, a finite number of measured trajectories can be used to parametrize the system and help directly construct a transformation matrix for Kalman controllable decomposition through the fundamental lemma of J. C. Willems. On top of that, an infinite-horizon linear quadratic regulator (LQR) problem is formulated considering the constraints of green times for traffic signals. The problem can be solved through a two-phase data-driven learning process, where one solves an infinite-horizon unconstrained LQR problem and the other solves a finite-horizon constrained LQR problem. The simulation result shows the theoretical analysis is effective and the proposed data-driven controller can yield desired performance for reducing traffic congestion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2022 IEEE 61st Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2022
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665467612
StatePublished - 2022
Event61st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2022 - Cancun, Mexico
Duration: Dec 6 2022Dec 9 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
ISSN (Print)0743-1546
ISSN (Electronic)2576-2370


Conference61st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Control and Optimization


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