Topic outline

  • Dear student of the traffic management course

    Note!  Take a look of the schedule and locations. There are minor updates.

    This year we will finally go back to classroom teaching.
    Events on Mondays (12-15), Tuesdays (9-12) and Wednesdays (12-14)  
    Lectures and ITS-project at classroom R3-255 in R-building, Rakentajanaukio 4 A
    Simulation sessions 1 & 2 at computer room 301d in K1-building, Otakaari 4

    The group project on intelligent transport systems will be organized and supervised by Jouni Ojala.
    A group exercises consists of three simulation sessions. Further instructions will be provided later.
    Both exercises are mandatory in order to pass the course.
    Participation to classroom teaching is strongly encouraged. Extra credit points are given (1 per lecture).

    Status of the Course 

    Master's programme in Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, advanced studies (optional)

    Level of the Course 

    Master's level, doctoral level

    Teaching Period 

    V (spring term)


    Lectures 30 h
    Exercises 20 h
    Other work 6 h
    Independent work 77 h
    All together 133 h = 5 cr

    Learning Outcomes 

    After the course, the student should be able to:
    - Understand of the multi-level/multi-objective nature of the traffic and mobility management
    - Understand the need of intelligent systems in order to achieve the objectives related to
       sustainality, safety, fluency, energy and economy
    - Promote the sustainable transport modes and energy solutions
    - Manage the operation of multi-modal intersections
    - Take in account the special needs of pedestrians, cyclists and public transport
    - Choose the appropriate junction types
    - Plan the basic operation of traffic signals
    - Be aware of the technological disruption and its potential in traffic management
    - Choose the best technologies and services against the given requirements and to evaluate the benefits
    - Construct a vision of what is required from the future transport system to solve the major challenges


    Systems approach (elements of control, introduction to ITS)
    Traffic safety (human aspects, junction design, speed control)
    Technolobgy (sensors, data management, basic services)
    Sustainable energy solutions, electric mobility
    The basic operation and planning of traffic signal control (timing, phasing, priorities)
    Advanced management of urban traffic (coordination, optimization, C-ITS)
    Major arterials (ramp metering, route guidance, variable speed limits)
    Vehicle automation (driver support systems, levels of automation)
    Mobility Management (mobility planning, parking, MaaS)
    Rail traffic management (railway operation, priorities, automation)
    Intelligent logistics (supply chains, tracking, RFID, automation)

    Assessment Methods and Criteria 

    Lectures, exercise works, final exam

    Study Material 

    Slides of the lectures, Textbook, additional material

    Grading Scale 


    Language of Instruction 


  • Updated schedule (25.5.)                                        

    Events on Mondays (12-15), Tuesdays (9-12) and Wednesdays (12-14)  
    Lectures and ITS-project in classroom at room R3-255, R-building, Rakentajanaukio 4 A
    Simulation sessions in 1 & 2 at room 301d in K1-building, Otakaari 4.
    Online  examination in MyCourses (max 3 hours) on Wed June 1st.

     No         Day        Date      Time      Topic   

    1.            Tue        19.4.2022             09-12     Introduction to traffic management 

    2.            Wed      20.4.2022             12-14     Traffic safety and infrastructure

    3.            Mon      25.4.2022             12-15     Sensors, data and information services

    4.            Tue        26.4.2022             09-12     Traffic signal control

    5.            Wed      27.4.2022             12-14     Continuation of topics from lectures 2-4

    6.            Mon      2.5.2022               12-15     Launch of the group project on ITS

    7.            Tue        3.5.2022               09-12     Rail traffic management  (visiting lecturer Antero Alku)

    8.            Wed      4.5.2022               12-14     Guidance to group project on ITS

    9.            Mon      9.5.2022               12-15     Intelligent logistics (visiting lecturer Karri Rantasila)

    10.          Tue        10.5.2022             09-12     Simulation session 1

    11.          Wed      11.5.2022             12-14     Traffic Management on major arterials (prof. Claudio Roncoli)

    12.          Mon      16.5.2022             12-15     Advanced urban traffic control, Electric Mobility

    13.          Tue        17.5.2022             09-12     Simulation session 2

    14.          Wed      18.5.2022             12-14     Vehicle Automation (prof. Claudio Roncoli)

    15.          Mon      23.5.2022             12-15     Mobility management and the new mobility services (visiting lecturer Ian Sacs)  

    16.          Tue        24.5.2022             09-12     Simulation session 3

    17.          Wed      25.5.2022             12-14     Presentation of group project on ITS

    18.          Tue        31.05.2022          09-12    Spare slot (no activity)

    19.          Wed       1.6.2022              09-21    Online  examination in MyCourses (max 3 hours)

  • Group project



    Simulation sessions


    Update 18.5.2022
    Download the file TM2022_Simulation_Session_2.pdf
    - Updated instructions for making the simulation runs
    - Guidelines for preparing the presentation of results
    - Prepare your presentation for the simulation session 3
      on 24.5. at 9:15 in R3-255

    Session 2 17.5.2022 9:15 301d
    - Making the simulation runs, analyzing results
    - See the instruction of VISSIM installation in the simulation exercises folder
       - Aalto licence, for academic use only, need Aalto VPN connection
    - Further instruction later, please follow these pages

    Session 1 10.5.2022 9:15 301d
    Developing the simulation models and signal control
    - See the instructions of the first session in the simulation exercises folder
    - Send your files of the first session in a ZIP-file to
    - Pre-task before the first session
      - Look at the Simulation exercise folder below
      - See the YouTube videos unless you are already fully familiar with the topics- The new grous were formed