Making our Traffic Jams Disappear
My talk presents results from the FP7 Project MODUM that are developed in Erlang.
The European project develops a new approach for the pro-active demand-responsive management of traffic (cf.modum-project.eu). The developments focus on solutions assuming a high degree of participation by intelligent users. These users have an e-butler (i-butler when bought from Apple) that proactively manages their commuting and other displacements. Initial deployment of the developments will enable full utilization of the access-controlled parts of the infrastructure (e.g. bus lanes, parking spaces). The MODUM design predicts and prevents congestion in these access-controlled parts without sacrificing infrastructure utilization.
- To present and communicate an innovative system architecture. This architecture defines the system components, their responsibilities (within the application domain) and their interactions. It is a single-source-of-truth design that utilizes delegate multi-agent systems to collect, distribute and propagate information (not co-located with the source).
- To reveal how OTP/Erlang is a unique technology that renders this possible, and more precisely, that renders an actual initial deployment feasible.
- To present an example of how ICT may contribute beyond the borders of its computer network. In other words, an Internet of Things that treats its things as first-class citizens.
- Persons that hate traffic jams.
- People eager to learn how OTP/Erlang applications can have direct impact on the real world.
- People interested to learn how to tackle developments that manage and coordinate real-world activities that utilize (and content for) valuable real-world resources.
Paul Valckenaers Let's Build an Operating System for the Real World
Paul Valckenaers has a PhD in mechanical engineering on production control. He has two master degrees respectively in numerical mathematics and computer science. Paul Valckenaers is a full-time researcher at KU Leuven since 1986. He is a lecturer at KHLim where he uses Erlang in his course for last-year master students.
Paul Valckenaers has participated in twelve EU projects, of which he coordinated three. Since 2010, Paul Valckenaers is using Erlang/OTP to develop research prototypes in the following application areas:
- Manufacturing Plant Control / Holonic Manufacturing Execution Systems
- Logistic Execution Systems
- Intelligent Transport and Traffic Systems
- Robot Fleet Coordination
- Smart Grids