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Instrumented city database analysts using multi-agents

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Margaret Carol Bell CBE


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The Instrumented City (iC) database is a multi-purpose, transport-related database facility for use by the entire academic transport research community. Data from the UK Leicester City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council Traffic Management Computers is logged and archived on a continuous basis, by the Leeds University’s Institute for Transport Studies. Since its inception in 1992, the iC database has been used for various real-time applications such as air quality and noise monitoring, modelling and forecasting. This paper describes the framework that demonstrates the feasibility of using multi-agents as information analysts to process and manage the iC database. The agents are adaptive, interactive and personal. They can be trained via the interactions with the users to be personalised for individual preferences. These agents are designed to be responsible for (1) data clean-up to remove outliers; (2) missing data substitutions; (3) statistical data analysis; (4) data mining to enhance the understanding of the relationships between traffic and air quality, noise and health; and (5) knowledge discovery by identifying unknown but potentially important patterns.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Chen H, Bell MC

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies

Year: 2002

Volume: 10

Issue: 5-6

Pages: 419-432

ISSN (print): 0968-090X

ISSN (electronic): 1879-2359


DOI: 10.1016/S0968-090X(02)00028-1


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