Title page for ETD etd-12182008-200252

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Farahmand, Ashil Sayyed
Author's Email Address asfarahm@vt.edu
URN etd-12182008-200252
Title Cooperative Decentralized Intersection Collision Avoidance Using Extended Kalman Filtering
Degree Master of Science
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Mili, Lamine M. Committee Chair
Kikuchi, Shinya Committee Member
Stilwell, Daniel J. Committee Member
  • extended kalman filter (EKF)
  • advanced vehicle control systems (AVCS)
  • vehicular ad-hoc network (VANET)
  • intelligent transportation systems (ITS)
  • cooperative collision avoidance
Date of Defense 2008-12-05
Availability unrestricted
Automobile accidents are one of the leading causes of death and claim more than 40,000 lives annually in the US alone. A substantial portion of these accidents occur at road intersections. Stop signs and traffic signals are some of the intersection control devices used to increase safety and prevent collisions. However, these devices themselves can contribute to collisions, are costly, inefficient, and are prone to failure. This thesis proposes an adaptive, decentralized, cooperative collision avoidance (CCA) system that optimizes each vehicle's controls subject to the constraint that no collisions occur. Three major contributions to the field of collision avoidance have resulted from this research. First, a nonlinear 5-state variable vehicle model is expanded from an earlier model developed in [1]. The model accounts for internal engine characteristics and more realistically approximates vehicle behavior in comparison to idealized, linear models. Second, a set of constrained, coupled Extended Kalman Filters (EKF) are used to predict the trajectory of the vehicles approaching an intersection in real-time. The coupled filters support decentralized operation and ensure that the optimization algorithm bases its decisions on good, reliable estimates. Third, a vehicular network based on the new WAVE standard is presented that provides cooperative capabilities by enabling intervehicle communication. The system is simulated against today's common intersection control devices and is shown to be superior in minimizing average vehicle delay.
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