Harnessing the power of big data to address transportation challenges.

Designing a transportation data-warehouse prototype for the Buffalo-Niagara region and demonstrating its usefulness through a specific application.
Exploring historical incident and traffic data to revolutionize response strategies.
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.
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.”
Creating a mobile computer application for documenting and sharing data regarding vehicular accidents.
Exploring the potential for using a number of machine learning and data mining methods to analyze accident data.
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.
Developing a predictive statistical framework to efficiently estimate the ability of a bike-sharing system to serve incoming bike requests.
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.
Integrating machine learning, big data, sensor networks, and agent-based transportation modeling to prototype an algorithm that combines the power of a model-driven approach with the power of big data.

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.

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