Spatiotemporal Reconstruction of the Traffic State

  • Martin Treiber
  • Arne Kesting


A detailed representation of the traffic state in space and time allows us to analyze various aspects of traffic dynamics. However, since traffic data are only available for a small subset of locations and times, the full traffic state can only be reconstructed by spatiotemporal interpolation, which can be formulated in terms of a convolution integral. Since naive “isotropic” interpolation is inadequate for traffic data, we introduce a more refined interpolation method. This adaptive smoothing method yields a detailed and plausible reconstruction of the traffic state. Finally, we discuss the combination and weighting of multiple, heterogeneous data sources for estimating the traffic state (data fusion).


Traffic Flow Propagation Velocity Data Fusion Traffic State Traffic Situation 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Wirtschaft und VerkehrTU DresdenDresdenGermany
  2. 2.TomTom Development Germany GmbHBerlinGermany

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