Sensor placement with time-to-detection guarantees

Saif Eddin Jabari, Laura Wynter

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We present a novel and effective method for determining the placement of sensors so as to be able to satisfy probabilistic constraints on the time-to-detection of an incident. Indeed, with the wealth of real-time traffic data available today, an important new goal of intelligent traffic management systems is incident detection with time-to-detection guarantees, in particular on expressways with large distances between sensors. This goal drives investment decisions in new sensor deployment, hence making the topic a pressing need for traffic management. The method we provide makes use of a probabilistic formulation of traffic behavior and incident localization to determine the minimum spacing of sensors needed to achieve the time-to-detection goal with a specified probability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-433
Number of pages19
JournalEURO Journal on Transportation and Logistics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • Incident detection
  • Macroscopic flow model
  • Sensor placement
  • Traffic flow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Transportation
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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