Success in D.C.: C2SMART’s Impactful Presence at TRB 2023
C2SMART was extremely well-represented at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 102nd Annual Meeting is being held in person, January 8–12, 2023 in Washington, D.C. This years theme, Rejuvenation Out of Disruption: Envisioning a Transportation System for a Dynamic Future, asked participants to envision transportation in a post-COVID world.
To see all the sessions, presentations, photos, and updates from C2SMART, click here.
C2SMART PIs Win Awards from International Journal of Science & Technology
C2SMART researchers were awarded twice at the ITJST Awards Banquet at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
Ding Wang, Brian Yueshuai He, Jingqin Gao, Joseph Y.J. Chow, Kaan Ozbay, and Shri Iyer won the Most Cited Paper Award for their publication, “Impact of COVID-19 behavioral inertia on reopening strategies for New York City transit”. The article was initially published in the International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology in 2021.
Professor Joseph Chow was also honored with the Outstanding Associate Editor Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the quality of the journal in 2022.
Transportation, Mobility, & the Future of Infrastructure
In December 2022, C2SMART represented by Prof. Joseph Chow participated in the U.S. Department of Transportation workshop, “Transportation, Mobility, and the Future of Infrastructure,” in collaboration with the Federation of American Scientists. The goal for this event was to bring together innovative thinkers from various sectors of infrastructure and transportation to scope ideas where research, technology, and innovation could drive meaningful change for the DOT’s strategic priorities. Read the report here.
New York City Wants More EVs but Needs to Find Space for Chargers
Joseph Chow discussed the challenges of installing EV chargers in NYC to meet the city's demand for more electric vehicles by 2030 with the Wall Street Journal. Drivers in New York largely rely on street parking and lack homes with driveways or garages where they could install private chargers. As a result, it will need thousands of additional public charging locations to spur wider EV adoption. So far, fewer than 1% of vehicles registered in the city are electric, according to state data.
“New York City wants to add 10,000 streetside chargers for use overnight or while people are at work. That presents challenges because drivers never know exactly where they will luck into a parking spot,” he said.
Study on Buffalo blizzard response
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has commissioned NYU to conduct a study on the city’s preparation and response for the holiday blizzard, which killed forty-two people and left thousands of people without power. C2SMART Director Kaan Ozbay joins the NYU Rudin Center-led team on the study.
“We don’t have any political allegiances here,” said Rudin Center Interim Director Sarah Kaufman. “We don’t have any bias or any commitment to say one particular party did everything right when they didn’t. So we’re going to take a very independent look at this.” Read more.
Recent Publications & Presentations
NCHRP Research Report 997: Algorithms to Convert Basic Safety Messages into Traffic Measures, a result of joint work by Noblis and NYU’s C2SMART Center, has been published by The TRB National Cooperative Highway Research Program. The report is designed to help position state and local transportation agencies to take early advantage of BSM data, reduce costs, improve accuracy, and add new measures to their systems management capabilities.
How to Select Typical Objects, a chapter in Decision Making Under Uncertainty and Constraints, was published as part of the Studies in Systems, Decision and Control book series. Authored by Mariana Benitez, Jeffrey Weidner, and Vladik Kreinovich, the paper provides a reasonable formalization of the problem of a large number of objects, too many to be able to thoroughly analyze each of them, and provide a feasible algorithm for solving it.
Towards emotionally intelligent buildings: A Convolutional neural network based approach to classify human emotional experience in virtual built environments, authored by Zhengbo Zou and Semiha Ergan, was published in Advanced Engineering Informatics and proposes a convolutional neural network (CNN) based approach to classify human emotions.
A perspective on quantifying resilience: Combining community and infrastructure capitals, co-authored by Hani Nassif, addresses the problem of quantifying community resilience is a key step in order to describe the preparedness level of communities, and subsequently locating non-resilient areas to further enhance their capacity to endure disasters. It was published in Science of The Total Environment.
Exploring a COVID-19 Endemic Scenario: High-Resolution Agent-Based Modeling of Multiple Variants, co-authored by Zhong-Ping Jiang, establishes a high-resolution computational framework for modeling the simultaneous spread of two COVID-19 variants: a widely spread base variant and a new one. It was published in Advanced Theory and Simulations.
Microtransit deployment portfolio management using simulation-based scenario data upscaling, authored by Srushti Rath, Bingqing Liu, Gyugeun Yoon, and Joseph Chow, proposes a novel framework based on existing methods to “upscale” the limited data available for evaluating the deployment of emerging technologies in microtransit. It was published in Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice.
Transportation Techies Meetup: Bike Sensors & Infrastructure
February 6, 2023 | 5:45pm
Transportation Techies is a group of technologists, urban planners, commuters and more who are interested in how technology can enable the future of mobility in metropolitan areas. This showcase will feature 2 projects on improving commuting experience for bikers in NYC. First, Ariel Kadouri will give an update on mapping bike and pedestrian infrastructure. He will be giving his State of the Map talk, and opening it up for Q&A.
Following this, C2SMART’s Suzana Duran Bernardes give a live demo of her mountable sensors to improve cyclist safety. She will deliver a Q&A afterwards.
Roundtable on Traffic Safety Research
February 21, 2023 | 4pm | Hybrid
C2SMART Viz Lab - 6 MetroTech, Brooklyn
Virtual on Zoom
The increasing popularity of smart cities and recent developments in sensing, edge computing and vehicle technologies and the availability of “big data” combined with sophisticated AI techniques offer an opportunity to substantially advance and fundamentally transform the road safety profession—enabling continuous, real-time, proactive safety evaluation and optimization. The application of innovations that are both progressing and disrupting the status quo represents an opportunity for improved transportation safety. However, with the introduction of new modes of mobility and the complex interactions created by these different technologies within the transportation system, governments will need to rely on advanced research and analysis techniques to support policies towards the transition to these new forms of mobility and technologies.