Wide-Attention and Deep-Composite Model for Traffic Flow Prediction in Transportation Cyber-Physical Systems

Junhao ZHOU, Hong Ning DAI*, Hao WANG, Tian WANG

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)peer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)


Recently, traffic flow prediction has drawn significant attention because it is a prerequisite in intelligent transportation management in urban informatics. The massively available traffic data collected from various sensors in transportation cyber-physical systems brings the opportunities in accurately forecasting traffic trend. Recent advances in deep learning shows the effectiveness on traffic flow prediction though most of them only demonstrate the superior performance on traffic data from a single type of vehicular carriers (e.g., cars) and does not perform well in other types of vehicles. To fill this gap, in this article, we propose a wide-attention and deep-composite (WADC) model, consisting of a wide-attention module and a deep-composite module, in this article. In particular, the wide-attention module can extract global key features from traffic flows via a linear model with self-attention mechanism. The deep-composite module can generalize local key features via convolutional neural network component and long short-term memory network component. We also perform extensive experiments on different types of traffic flow datasets to investigate the performance of WADC model. Our experimental results exhibit that WADC model outperforms other existing approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9120076
Pages (from-to)3431-3440
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund under Macao Funding Scheme for Key R & D Projects 0025/2019/AKP.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2005-2012 IEEE.


  • Cyber-physical systems
  • intelligent systems
  • transportation
  • vehicles


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