Harnessing the power of big data to address transportation challenges.

Examining in-vehicle and infrastructure-based technologies to assess how they might impact emergency responders, particularly EMS.
The recent network disruptions in the Washington Metro system showed the new reality associated with aging transit infrastructure and highlighted the potential severity of such disruptions. However, relevant studies in the literature are limited and agencies need more empirical evidence to help them better planning and implementing maintenance work.
The project investigates how real-time conditions interact to affect driver safety performance changes. From that understanding, practitioners and drivers can make more informed decisions to reduce the likelihood of a crash.
Recently, there has been an unprecedented interest in Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) or self-driving vehicles. CAVs have the potential to revolutionize transportation, resulting in a major paradigm shift in the way we move and move our goods. The current project is conducted in synergy with another project at UB, funded by New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). That project is evaluating the technical feasibility, safety and reliability of using CAV technology, and in particular the self-driving shuttle, Olli, manufactured by Local Motors. 
The project proposes a deep learning model to predict the best recharging recommendation including best recharging time and location for eTaxi drivers.
Conventional travel demand and other planning data sources provided very limited coverage on non-motorized modes such as biking and pedestrian. Crowd-sourcing approach has the potential to collect more up-to-date data for these modes with minimal costs and at a continuous basis. However, such data is mostly self-reported and lacks a unified format and standard, which compromises the data quality. More advanced data processing, cleansing, and integration methods are needed to make such data sources useful and valuable. This study investigated a set of biking incidents data collected in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area to explore such potentials.
Developing a novel green navigation system, called Green Nav, that gives a driver the most fuel efficient route for his vehicle as opposed to the shortest or fastest route.
Analyzing traffic violations and traffic crash records to develop a probabilistic model that will help detect high risk drivers with the main goal of preventing future crashes.
Mining social media data to deduce useful information about present or future travelers’ behavior, with a special emphasis under events, including both planned and unplanned.
Extending the work that was completed for year one funding related to “Developing Highway Safety Performance Metrics in an Advanced Connected Vehicle Environment Utilizing Near-Crash Events from the SHRP 2 Naturalistic Driving Study.”

We mine a wealth of data by employing a wide variety of methods, tools and models, including those from artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, statistics, and database systems.  

When these methods are applied to large datasets that have been appropriately compiled and fused together, the result is invaluable and actionable information that can help improve the efficiency, safety, sustainability and resiliency of transportation systems. Our results inform and guide transportation planning, investment decisions, and transportation policies.

Changing The Way The World Works

SSISTL's Benefactor and Professor of Practice, Stephen Still, is featured in UB's We Are Boldy Buffalo Campaign. Stephen gave $4 million to support the Stephen Still Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics. His gift–and many other gifts–are being immediately invested in opportunities for faculty and students to address society’s biggest transportation challenges.

Transportation News

3/31/20

Civil engineering alumnus Stephen Still has donated $10,000 to UB’s student emergency funds, to help students with limited access to food, housing, technology and other critical resources.

9/23/19

The customized Lincoln MKZ will help boost the university’s research enterprise in connected and autonomous vehicles.

12/15/15

Chunming Qiao received the 2015 Distinguished Technical Achievement Award from IEEE’s Communications Society Communications Switching and Routing Technical Committee.