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Reconsider Your Strategy – An Agent-Based Conceptualisation of Compensatory Driver Behaviour

The paper: "Reconsider Your Strategy – An Agent-Based Conceptualisation of Compensatory Driver Behaviour" was accepted for oral presentation at the 15th Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference. The paper presents a novel approach to conceptualise compensatory driver behaviour for traffic simulations. Compensatory driver behaviour can be considered as the ability of human drivers to adapt their strategic decision making processes to their internal state and to their current perception. Maybe the best example for compensatory behaviour is the ability of human drivers to avoid congested road sections by an alternative route selection. Yet, the approach which is presented in the paper is not limited to one particular instance of compensatory behaviour, but provides a generic model which holds for many characterisations of compensatory behaviour. The paper will be presented in a 30min oral presentation at the above mentioned conferences. Pictures from the presentation as well as slides will be available soon.

Authors: Marco Lützenberger, Sebastian Ahrndt, Benjamin Hirsch, Nils Masuch, Axel Heßler, Sahin Albayrak

Abstract: Currently, there are many models available which can be used to describe a driver’s behaviour for a traffic simulation. Despite the number of available formalisms it is our opinion that existing approaches neglect the interplay between the simulation topology and strategic decisions of simulated drivers. Existing models either disregard strategy updates or focus on short-term strategies only. In this paper we tackle this problem and propose a model which incorporates (long-term) strategic reactions of simulated drivers to influences of the surrounding infrastructure. In doing so, we formalise a certain type of human behaviour which is commonly known as strategic-level compensation.

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