Modeling Mobility Networks

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Design of transportation systems has become an increasingly important topic as cities grow and the global demand for mobility increases.  Unlike traditional engineering projects, a transportation network is composed of multiple interacting layers, each complex enough to be a system in their own right.  The goal of this project is to create a model that helps manage this complexity, and describes the structural and functional relationships between elements of an urban mobility network.  The resulting framework will accurately calculate key network statistics, such as emissions output and system capacity.  In addition, the project aims to make the model as reusable as possible, in order to extend its potential scope.  SysML, a standardized systems modeling language, is being used to facilitate model construction and validation.   The Atlanta metropolitan area is serving as an initial case study.