Harnessing the power of big data to address transportation challenges.

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. 

This project develops novel data mining methodologies that integrate heterogeneous urban data for the estimation of city-wide transportation information.

Exploring the potential for using a number of machine learning and data mining methods to analyze accident data.

Creating a quality-aware crowdsourced road sensing system that integrates sensory data from multiple vehicles while placing more weight on the vehicles that provide high quality data to significantly improve integration accuracy.

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.

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.

Designing a transportation data-warehouse prototype for the Buffalo-Niagara region and demonstrating its usefulness through a specific application.

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

Developing the tools needed to process immense amounts of data, develop new performance metrics based on the data collected, and propose methods to enhance performance.

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.