A Real-Time Transportation Dashboard for Cities

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We’re beginning to work on a prototype for an urban transportation dashboard using existing available sensor data and feeds as well as free platforms and tools. We can now communicate with parts of the urban ecosystem in entirely new ways. Urban objects like buildings and bridges tweet, massively scaled human sensors provide traffic and road information, cities offer real-time public transit data and citizens power all kinds of information necessary for emergency alert and notifications which can be integrated and offered at high efficiency and low cost compared to vast infrastructural solutions. Twitter, for example, as an emergent platform is useful for connecting urban objects such as bridges, bodies of water and buildings, people and aggregations of the city itself.

This talk explores questions associated with developing the dashboard and shares the prototype visualization and sonification. Real-Time Urban Migration - How do you move through a data driven city?

1. What information is already available? Transit, Urban Objects, Citizens, Traffic +crime, transit, alerts tied to feeds +seismic data +twitter based real-time trending +emergency alert systems and notifications +waze road and traffic data

2. How can we be guided by this dashboard + Navigate on time more than space +How can these integrated feeds drive decision making? +What is the city saying and what do I need to know? + What time should I leave for work? + What route shall I take? + What has changed? + Individual vs. Aggergated traces- urban migration patterns-Growth- births, checkins, city pule

3. Which platforms emerge to allow this information to be collected and shared?

4. What patterns emerge using LA data as a sample? +How urban data visualization can change the aesthetic or patterns of a city?

5. How can this dashboard be used in enabling multimodal transportation?

6. Living map- How can cartography changed and informed? +How smarter cities are changing how we migrate and the face and purpose of maps +Basic features, roads and tiles change based on weather and density of drivers, trending etc +How do we visualize this data to use as a living map?

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Di-Ann Eisnor


Di-Ann lives in Palo Alto, by way of Portland, OR, Boston, NYC and Amsterdam. Di-Ann is a neogeography pioneer and serial entrepreneur employing all means to increase the world’s citizen mappers. Di-Ann functions as both Chairman of Platial <http: />, The People’s Atlas, and as VP Community Geographer at Waze <http: />. Waze is free crowd-sourced navigation and real-time traffic. Started in Israel and well past critical mass, Waze now has top quality map, navigation and traffic data in the country. Di-Ann is setting up US operations and crafting the cartography of “live mapping”.

Alexandre Bayen

Alexandre Bayen received the Engineering Degree in applied mathematics from the Ecole Polytechnique, France, in July 1998, the M.S. degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University in June 1999, and the Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University in December 2003. He was a Visiting Researcher at NASA Ames Research Center from 2000 to 2003. Between January 2004 and December 2004, he worked as the Research Director of the Autonomous Navigation Laboratory at the Laboratoire de Recherches Balistiques et Aerodynamiques, (Ministere de la Defense, Vernon, France), where he holds the rank of Major. He has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley since January 2005, and an Associate Professor since 2010. He is the recipient of the Ballhaus Award from Stanford University, 2004, of the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, 2009 and he is a NASA Top 10 Innovators on Water Sustainability, 2010. He is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the White House, 2010. His projects Mobile Century and Mobile Millennium received the 2008 Best of ITS Award for ‘Best Innovative Practice’, at the ITS World Congress and a TRANNY Award from the California Transportation Foundation, 2009.

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