Spring 2022 Speaker Series: A New Traffic Paradigm in the CAV Era

Monday, May 9, 2022

Location: Zoom

Markos Papagergiou Presents: A New Traffic Paradigm in the CAV Era


Monday, May 9, 2022    


9:00 AM (Pacific)




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In this webinar, we share a novel paradigm for vehicular traffic in the era of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs), based on two combined principles.

The first principle is lane-free traffic, which renders the driving task for CAVs smoother and safer, as risky lane-changing maneuvers become obsolete; increases the capacity of the roadway due to increased road occupancy; and mitigates congestion-triggering vehicle maneuvers.

The second principle is vehicle nudging, whereby vehicles may be "pushing" other vehicles in front of them. This allows for traffic flow to be freed from the anisotropy restriction, which stems from the fact that human driving is influenced only by downstream vehicles.

We conclude with a presentation of a conventional lane-free case study referring to the Place Charles de Gaulle roundabout in Paris.



Markos Papageorgiou received the Diplom-Ingenieur and Doktor-Ingenieur degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He was a Free Associate with Dorsch Consult, Munich (1982-1988), and with Institute National de Recherche sur les Transports et leur Sécurité , Paris, France (1986-1997). From 1988 to 1994 he was a (tenured) Professor of Automation at the Technical University of Munich. Since 1994 he has been a Professor (Emeritus since 2021) at the Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece. Since 2021 he has been a Professor at Ningbo University, China. He was a Visiting Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, MIT, University of Rome La Sapienza, and Tsinghua University; Honorary Visiting Professor at University of Belgrade; and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley. His research interests include automatic control and optimization theory and applications to traffic and transportation systems, water systems, and further areas. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research – Part C (2005-2012). He is a Life Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of IFAC. He received several distinctions and awards, including the 2020 IEEE Transportation Technologies Award, and two ERC Advanced Investigator Grants.

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