Training on Integrated Macro-Meso-Micro Modeling, Tour-Based Model & Modeling Autonomous Vehicles


Date: 9:30-17:30 19-21 Feb 2019

Location: Conference Room 4, International Conference Center, Feng Chia University, Wenhua Road, Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 407

Local Co-host: Fengchia University Innovation Center for Intelligent Transport and Logistics, Regional Center for Transportation Development – Central Region, Taipei Traffic Engineers Association

FEE: USD$200 per person, USD$100 for public agency employees and university staff and students



Inquiry: Citilabs – Luke Cheng,   

Instructor: Vipul Modi - Based out of Singapore, Vipul is a key member of Citilabs support team for last 6 years and has developed travel demand and micro-simulation models for clients in the United States, Europe and Asia. He was an integral member of the Transportation Institute at University of Florida for 5 years with focus on traffic operations and research studies. Vipul obtained a master’s degree from University of Florida, Gainesville and a bachelor’s from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), Mumbai.

Thanks to the support of Dr. Liang-Tay Lin, Professor and Dean of College of Construction and Development and Director of Innovation Center for Intelligent Transportation and Logistics, Citilabs is pleased to offer this rare opportunity to learn how to do Integrated modeling using Cube Voyager for MACROSCOPIC modeling, Cube Avenue for MESOSCOPIC DYNAMIC TRAFFIC ASSIGNMENT and Cube Dynasim for traffic MICROSIMULATION. The important subject of modeling public transport with Cube will also be covered.

At the beginning of the training, professors and students of the Department of Transportation Technology and Management of Fengchia University will share how they have successfully incorporated Cube into their course curriculum.  They will present the design of their transportation planning course.  Students will also share their term project reports.

For the first time, this training will cover how to develop a simplified tour-based model using Cube.  For years, modelers have been wanting to move from traditional 4-step models to the more theoretically sound tour-based model.  But the move has been hindered by extensive demand in terms of data and cost.  Citilabs has developed and successfully implemented a process of building a simplified tour-based model that achieve much of the benefit of a tour-based model at a fraction of cost.

Another hot-topic that will be covered in the training (also for the first time) is how to model autonomous vehicles which is fast becoming a reality.  How to include the effects of AVs in a model is an important challenge for today’s modelers.  Citilabs Cube Voyager is very flexible and can be easily used to model any new situations that need to be considered.  This training will cover a simple process we developed to model AVs.

The focus then will be on how to apply Cube Avenue to do dynamic traffic assignment for a sub area or corridor.  Finally, it will cover traffic micro-simulation using Cube Dynasim emphasizing on simulating traffic within and around parking facilities.  The purpose of the course is to give a practical, hands-on overview of using Cube Voyager, Cube Avenue and Cube Dynasim to do Integrated modeling of MACRO, MESO and MICRO level of modeling and simulation.

Pre-Requisite: Some basic understanding of travel demand modeling or traffic micro-simulation is preferred. Attendees are required to bring their own laptop PC (not Mac).


  • Introduction to travel demand modeling
  • Introduction to the Cube software suite
  • Understanding a Cube model and basic exercises
  • Review a simplified tour-based model and basic exercises
  • How to model autonomous vehicles
  • Introduction to public transport modeling with Cube Voyager
  • Dynamic traffic assignment with Cube Avenue
  • Introduction to traffic simulation with Cube Dynasim
  • How to simulate parking with Cube Dynasim

About Taichung City

Taichung is the 2nd most populous city of Taiwan, located in the middle of Taiwan Island.  Taichung has beautiful scenery and the best weather in Taiwan.  It is only about 1-hour train ride away from Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) via Airport Transit then connecting to Taiwan High Speed Rail.  There is also a smaller airport in Taichung (RMQ) with limited flights from several Asia cities.

Fengchia University is located right next to the world famous Fengchia night market.  A great place to check out in the evening to get a taste of local culture and delicious and somewhat exotic food. Taichung World Flora Exposition is on-going and will run through April 24, 2019.  This will be a great place to visit after the training.

You may search for hotels near Fengchia University in any popular hotel booking websites.  There are quite a few to choose from.  You may consider In Sky Hotel, In One City Inn, Kun Hotel or any others according to your own preference.