ITRA

Information Technology Research Academy

De-congesting India’s transportation networks using mobile devices

Our proposal envisages the use of mobile phones to estimate congestion and traffic patterns on urban roads. Based on the congestion metrics obtained, the proposal aims to develop algorithms and tools for traffic planning and management, using the mobile phone as a service platform.

The proposed solution strategy consists of two distinct focus areas. The first area deals with the problem of estimating mobile phone densities to measure prevailing congestion and traffic patterns. The second, and larger area involves developing algorithms for traffic routing, control and prediction, based on congestion.

The proposed 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, traffic prediction and capacity planning. In addition, this work is also expected to shed new conceptual insights into the general problem of control of complex networks with strategic agents, by bringing together ideas from several technical disciplines. Thus there is a strong interdisciplinary flavour that runs through the proposal.

  • Develop optimal routing strategies, and optimal tolling for various Indian cities. Our strategies will exploit the specific topologies of Indian cities and propose targeted solutions
  • Develop a framework to estimate the avoidable economic costs of road congestion in Indian cities. These findings can feed into future infrastructure planning and policy development
  • Propose improved congestion estimation algorithms and travel time prediction using mobile phone localization and statistical learning techniques.
  • Publish findings in reputed, peer reviewed international conferences and journals, belonging to disciplines such as operations research, transportation, and large-scale systems
  • The proposed models and solutions will be tested/prototyped in a simulation testbed. This will provide confidence and can also serve as a benchmark for any future solutions
  • Information dissemination, via lectures series and a unique interdisciplinary winter school, will serve as a platform for discussion and debate on state-of-the-art analytical techniques, new technologies, and policy initiatives

Year 1

  • Literature review, model formulations, initiate engagement with cluster teams
  • IITM Seminar Series, visit by advisory board member

Year 2

  • Model development and comparisons to state-of-the-art, develop analytical frameworks
  • IITM Seminar Series, initial curricular development activities, visit by advisory member
  • Publishing initial frameworks and findings in interdisciplinary conferences
  • Initial simulations and data acquisition

Year 3

  • Refining models and analytical frameworks, porting promising solutions on to simulators
  • IITM seminar series, refining curricular development
  • Publishing final solutions and recommendations in peer reviewed journals/conferences
  • Interdisciplinary school for the dissemination of research and solutions, material for curriculum development, increasing awareness among different disciplines and stakeholders
Principal Investigators
Dr. Krishna Jagannathan, IITM krishnaj@ee.iitm.ac.in Link to homepage
Dr. Gaurav Raina, IITM gaurav@ee.iitm.ac.in Link to homepage
Dr. Sitabhra Sinha, IMSc sitabhra@imsc.res.in Link to homepage
Dr. Kanchan Mukherjee, IIMB kanchan.mukherjee@iimb.ernet.in Link to homepage

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Institutions

IIT MadrasIMSc ChennaiIIM Bangalore

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For more details, check the project website.

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PhD Student(s) 2
Publications   2
Number of Workshop/Training(s)  0
Labs Created 0

 

Publications

Performance of Spectrum Sharing Protocol for Uplink Transmissions in Cellular Communications with Relays

Presented at IEEE VTC Authors: Dileep Kumar Verma, Shankar Prakriya Abstract—In this paper, we consider a cellular communication system with half-duplex regenerative relays, and propose a dynamic spectrum access (DSA)-based protocol for simultaneous uplink transmission in the same frequency band as the downlink transmission. The proposed protocol facilitates better frequency utilization. In this protocol, relay selection is employed for the… Read More


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Outage Performance of Dynamic Spectrum Access Systems with Energy Harvesting Transmitters

Presented at IEEE PIMRC Authors: Komal Janghel, Shankar Prakriya Abstract—We consider a two-hop primary network with a multi-antenna primary base-station (PBS) communicating to its distant primary receiver (PR) through a relay, and a secondary network with one of several energy harvesting secondary trans- mitters (STs) communicating to the secondary base-station (SBS). In this paper we propose a novel framework where the… Read More


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Energy efficient random access with delay constraints

Presented at Conference: IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), June 29 – July 4, Honolulu, HI, USA Authors: S. Sreekumar, S R B Pillai, B K Dey Abstract—We consider a multiple access system (MAC) with bursty arrivals. The transmissions are grouped into slots and the users are frame-synchronized. At the start of each time slot, variable sized packets independently arrive… Read More


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The Oblivious Transfer Capacity of the Wiretapped Binary Erasure Channel

Presented at Conference: IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), June 29 – July 4, Honolulu, HI, USA Authors: M. Mishra, B. K. Dey, V. Prabhakaran, S. Diggavi Abstract—We consider oblivious transfer between Alice and Bob in the presence of an eavesdropper Eve when there is a broadcast channel from Alice to Bob and Eve. In addition to the secrecy constraints… Read More


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Writing on a Dirty Paper in the presence of Jamming

Presented at Conference: IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), June 29 – July 4, Honolulu, HI, USA Authors: A. Budkuley, B. K. Dey, V. Prabhakaran Abstract—In this paper, the problem of writing on a dirty paper in the presence of jamming is examined. We consider an AWGN channel with an additive white Gaussian state and an additive adversarial jammer. The… Read More


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Correlated Jamming in a Joint Source Channel Communication System

Presented at Conference: IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), June 29 – July 4, Honolulu, HI, USA Authors: A. Budkuley, B. K. Dey, V. Prabhakaran Abstract—We study correlated jamming in joint source- channel communication systems. An i.i.d. source is to be communicated over a memoryless channel in the presence of a correlated jammer with non-causal knowledge of user transmission. This… Read More


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EnergyLens: Combining Smartphones with Electricity Meter for Accurate Activity Detection and User Annotation

Presented at Conference: ACM eEnergy, June 11 – 13, Cambridge, UK Authors: Manaswi Saha (Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology – Delhi (IIITD)); Shailja Thakur (Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology – Delhi (IIITD)); Amarjeet Singh (Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology – Delhi (IIITD)); Yuvraj Agarwal (Carnegie Mellon University (CMU))


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NILMTK: An Open Source Toolkit for Non-intrusive Load Monitoring

Presented at Conference: ACM eEnergy, June 11 – 13, Cambridge, UK Authors: Nipun Batra (IIIT Delhi); Jack Kelly (Imperial College, London); Oliver Parson (University of Southampton); Haimonti Dutta (Columbia University); William Knottenbelt (Imperial College, London); Alex Rogers (University of Southampton); Amarjeet Singh (IIIT Delhi); Mani Srivastava (UCLA)


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