Deep Reinforcement Learning Algorithm for Dynamic Pricing of Express Lanes with Multiple Access Locations Artificial Intelligence

This article develops a deep reinforcement learning (Deep-RL) framework for dynamic pricing on managed lanes with multiple access locations and heterogeneity in travelers' value of time, origin, and destination. This framework relaxes assumptions in the literature by considering multiple origins and destinations, multiple access locations to the managed lane, en route diversion of travelers, partial observability of the sensor readings, and stochastic demand and observations. The problem is formulated as a partially observable Markov decision process (POMDP) and policy gradient methods are used to determine tolls as a function of real-time observations. Tolls are modeled as continuous and stochastic variables, and are determined using a feedforward neural network. The method is compared against a feedback control method used for dynamic pricing. We show that Deep-RL is effective in learning toll policies for maximizing revenue, minimizing total system travel time, and other joint weighted objectives, when tested on real-world transportation networks. The Deep-RL toll policies outperform the feedback control heuristic for the revenue maximization objective by generating revenues up to 9.5% higher than the heuristic and for the objective minimizing total system travel time (TSTT) by generating TSTT up to 10.4% lower than the heuristic. We also propose reward shaping methods for the POMDP to overcome the undesired behavior of toll policies, like the jam-and-harvest behavior of revenue-maximizing policies. Additionally, we test transferability of the algorithm trained on one set of inputs for new input distributions and offer recommendations on real-time implementations of Deep-RL algorithms. The source code for our experiments is available online at

When the A.I. Professor Leaves, Students Suffer, Study Says


The tech and automobile industries have aggressively pursued the idea of a driverless car, drawing another wave of academics out of the universities. In 2015, Uber hired 40 people from a Carnegie Mellon robotics lab, including research professors. Since then, industry interest in artificial intelligence of all kinds has increased, according to the study. Google and DeepMind, both owned by Alphabet, have hired 23 professors. Amazon has hired 17, Microsoft has hired 13, and Uber, Nvidia and Facebook have each hired seven.

Grey Models for Short-Term Queue Length Predictions for Adaptive Traffic Signal Control Artificial Intelligence

Adaptive signal control system (ASCS) is the most advanced t raffic signal technology that regulates the signal phasing and timings considering the traffic patterns in real-time in order to reduce traffic congestion. Real-time prediction of traffic queue length can be used to adj ust the signal phasing and timings for different traffic movements at a signalized intersection with A SCS. The accuracy of the queue length prediction model varies based on the many factors, such as th e stochastic nature of the vehicle arrival rates at an intersection, time of the day, weather and driver characteristics. In addition, accurate queue length prediction for multilane, undersaturated and satur ated traffic scenarios at signalized intersections is challenging. Thus, the objective of this study is to devel op short-term queue length prediction models for signalized intersections that can be leveraged by adapt ive traffic signal control systems using four variations of Grey systems: (i) the first order single variab le Grey model (GM(1,1)); (ii) GM(1,1) with Fourier error corrections (EGM); (iii) the Grey Verhulst mo del (GVM), and (iv) GVM with Fourier error corrections (EGVM). The efficacy of the Grey models is th at they facilitate fast processing; as these models do not require a large amount of data; as would be needed in artificial intelligence models; and they are able to adapt to stochastic changes, unlike stat istical models. We have conducted a case study using queue length data from five intersections with ad aptive traffic signal control on a calibrated roadway network in Lexington, South Carolina. Grey models w ere compared with linear, nonlinear time series models, and long short-term memory (LSTM) neura l network. Based on our analyses, we found that EGVM reduces the prediction error over closest co mpeting models (i.e., LSTM and Additive Autoregressive (AAR) time series models) in predicting ave rage and maximum queue lengths by 40% and 42%, respectively, in terms of Root Mean Squared Error (R MSE), and 51% and 50%, respectively, in terms of Mean Absolute Error (MAE).

Left-leaning users veer right on regulating Uber and Airbnb, study finds

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Liberals love Uber and Airbnb so much, they're embracing conservative values โ€“ at least when it comes to regulating the sharing economy, according to a new survey from Pew. The poll โ€“ the first major survey on shared, collaborative, and on-demand services โ€“ found that the vast majority of Americans are not using ride-hailing and home-sharing services. But those that do are more likely to be opposed to regulating them, even if they identify as Democrats or liberals. Just 15% of American adults have used a ride-hail app, such as Uber or Lyft, and just 11% have used a home-sharing service, such as Airbnb or VRBO. Other gig economy companies that offer on-demand delivery of groceries, home errands, or short-term rentals of products, are used by 2-6% of Americans.

There is Limited Correlation between Coverage and Robustness for Deep Neural Networks Machine Learning

Deep neural networks (DNN) are increasingly applied in safety-critical systems, e.g., for face recognition, autonomous car control and malware detection. It is also shown that DNNs are subject to attacks such as adversarial perturbation and thus must be properly tested. Many coverage criteria for DNN since have been proposed, inspired by the success of code coverage criteria for software programs. The expectation is that if a DNN is a well tested (and retrained) according to such coverage criteria, it is more likely to be robust. In this work, we conduct an empirical study to evaluate the relationship between coverage, robustness and attack/defense metrics for DNN. Our study is the largest to date and systematically done based on 100 DNN models and 25 metrics. One of our findings is that there is limited correlation between coverage and robustness, i.e., improving coverage does not help improve the robustness. Our dataset and implementation have been made available to serve as a benchmark for future studies on testing DNN.