Theses and Dissertations


Fang Zhou

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Li, Xiaopeng

Committee Member

Medal, Hugh

Committee Member

Zhang, Li

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Advanced connected and automated vehicle technologies offer new opportunities for highway traffic smoothing by optimizing automated vehicle trajectories. As one of the pioneering attempts, this study proposes an efficient trajectory optimization algorithm that can simultaneously improve a range of performance measures for a platoon of vehicles on a signalized highway section. This optimization is centered at a novel shooting heuristic (SH) for trajectory construction that considers realistic constraints including vehicle kinematic limits, traffic arrival patterns, carollowing safety, and signal operations. SH has a very parsimonious structure (e.g., only four acceleration parameters) and a very small computational complexity. Therefore, it is suitable for real-time applications when relevant technologies are in place in the near future. This study lays a solid foundation for devising holistic cooperative control strategies on a general transportation network with emerging technologies.