Data-Driven Optimization for Dynamic Shortest Path Problem Considering Traffic Safety

Shan Jiang, Yilun Zhang, Ran Liu, Mohsen Jafari, Mohamed Kharbeche

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Traffic congestion is an inescapable problem that frustrates drivers in megacities. Although there is hardly a way to eliminate the congestion, it is possible to mitigate the impact through predictive methods. This paper develops a data-driven optimization approach for the dynamic shortest path problems (DSPP), considering traffic safety for urban navigations. The dynamic risk scores and travel times at different times and locations are estimated by the Safe Route Mapping (SRM) methodology and Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) with Autoencoder, respectively, where possible variations in the future are considered. The DSPP is formulated as a mixed-integer linear programming problem under risk constraints to minimize the total travel cost, defined as the weighted sum of distance and travel time. To improve the efficiency of the DSPP, we design an improved tabu search with alternative initial-solution algorithms to accommodate various problem scales. Moreover, subgraph and self-adaptive insertion techniques are adopted as acceleration strategies to enhance computational efficiency further. Numerical experiments investigate the computational performance and the solution quality of our algorithm. The result shows satisfactory solution quality and computational efficiency with the proposed acceleration strategies compared to the CPLEX solver, a label-setting algorithm, and a state-of-the-art algorithm. Our algorithm can also compete with Google Maps regarding the travel cost in a real network in Manhattan, NY, USA, which is promising for Urban Navigations.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)18237-18252
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


  • Data-driven optimization
  • dynamic shortest path problem
  • risk prediction
  • tabu search
  • travel time prediction
  • urban navigation


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