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Modeling and Simulation of Urban Transportation Systems for Return to Operations


Zach Needell is a Energy and Environmental Policy Project Scientist in the Sustainable Energy Systems Group at Berkeley Lab.

Investigator: Zachary Needell
Affiliation: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Using Berkeley Lab's  agent-based transportation demand model, BEAM (Behavior, Energy, Autonomy, Mobility), this project is analyzing a set of scenarios of future travel demand and transit service. They jointly simulate the mode, route, time, and destination choice of millions of travelers and the performance of the transportation system, including road speeds and transit crowding. This permits studying the full spectrum of possible measures to ease re-opening, including changes to transit service, installation of bike lanes, subsidized taxi service, and attempts to re-schedule commutes to off hours.

About NERSC and Berkeley Lab
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility that serves as the primary high performance computing center for scientific research sponsored by the Office of Science. Located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, NERSC serves almost 10,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities researching a wide range of problems in climate, fusion energy, materials science, physics, chemistry, computational biology, and other disciplines. Berkeley Lab is a DOE national laboratory located in Berkeley, California. It conducts unclassified scientific research and is managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy. »Learn more about computing sciences at Berkeley Lab.