Computer-Assisted Creativity for Traffic Problems

by John W. Dickey, Virginia Tech, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications in Transportation III


The main objectives of this paper are to describe a system for computer-assisted creativity, or innovation support, known as The Idea Machine (TIM), and to highlight two case study applications of TIM in which the aim was to reduce through traffic flow in a local neighborhood. The Idea Machine is a unique computer hardware/software system created to stimulate thinking and aid in problem solving. TIM uses the latest in computer, CD-ROM, audio and video technology. TIM software connects the hardware and provides the structure for computer-assisted creativity and problem-solving. TIM has been applied to two very similar cases involving reduction of through traffic - one in a medium-sized city and the other in a close-in suburb in a large metropolitan area. About 30 ideas were generated in the each case. Some of these are presented in the paper. Additional aspects of the subject are discussed.

Subject Headings: Computer aided operations | Traffic management | Case studies | Traffic flow | Traffic engineering | Computer software | Traffic analysis | Residential location

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