Transportation researchers are asking the public for help this weekend in studying post-Sandy traffic patterns in New York City. Anyone with a smart phone can collect traffic data on Saturday, anywhere in Manhattan, using a smart phone app developed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The researchers will analyze the data to learn about how traffic is affected by major disasters.
The team, led by Dan Work, an assistant professor and his team in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Illinois, that allows average people to collect traffic data using a new smart phone app, called “TrafficTurk”(http://trafficturk.com). The app–which contains training instructions inside it–can provide valuable, real-time information to police, emergency personnel, and the public, with the goal of helping traffic flow more smoothly during major events–planned or natural.
Last weekend, students from the University of Illinois took advantage of Homecoming to test the innovative new system (see Homecoming article).
This weekend, the University of Illinois team and transportation researchers from Columbia University will collect data in Times Square on Friday afternoon. On Saturday, they will compile the data provided by volunteer members of the public.
Contact: Dan Work, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 510/499-8169 (cell, primary), 217/333-3487.
Writer: Celeste Arbogast Bragorgos, director of communications, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 217/333-6955.