Wednesday, February 18, 2015

#hackTheCommute: Webinar from USDOT U of S FL research and notes

RantWoman is leaving the intro email in this post because it contains some search terms RantWoman thinks others besides herself might care about finding and because between posting the coordinates for the USDOT webinar and recording her notes, RantWoman is not going to edit very much. Sigh.

RantWoman is shameless about some editorializing and questions in parentheses. Ask RantWoman to elaborate or assume RantWoman will get to it.

From Intro email:
One of my CUTR (Center for Urban Transportation Research) colleagues (and member of my TDM Team at CUTR), Sean Barbeau, will be the featured speaker at tomorrow's USDOT's Transportation Innovation Series (Wed, Feb 18, 2015 @ 1:00PM EST).  He will discuss several of our mobile device related research projects (and challenges overcome) over the past several years that members of TRANSP-TDM may find of interest.
He will discuss our Travel Assistance Device which was designed to help the cognitively disabled to ride transit and could be used by others unfamiliar with the bus system.  TRACIT where we collect multimodal travel behavior via mobile phone to provide targeted feedback to individuals.  OneBusAway  where we (with researchers from Georgia Tech) made it easier to deploy real-time to more cities and assessed the provision of real-time info on rider satisfaction and transit use.
We hope you tune in!

The OST Office of Research and Technology (OST-R) presents...
Dr. Sean J. Barbeau
University of South Florida
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
1:00pm - 2:00pm EST West Building Conference Center Rooms 8-9-10
YouTube Live Streaming Link:
(You must log in to your Google account to ask questions during the live event)
"Enabling better mobility through innovations for mobile devices"
[barbeau_cutout_large-cropped]Mobile phones are quickly reshaping our world.  As of November 2014, 97 percent of US households have mobile phones, with the average household owning 5.2 connected mobile devices.  Mobile app use on these devices is skyrocketing, with app usage up 76 percent in 2014.  These apps can help us make better transportation choices by delivering the right information at the right time & location - from decreasing your wait time for public transportation, to letting you know about traffic incidents before you even leave for your destination, to helping transit riders with special needs get to and from jobs.  However, developing new mobile technology that is smart, both in terms of delivering the information at the right moment and conserving limited resources such as battery life and data plans, is not always simple.  Research conducted at universities has the potential to break through some of these challenges, which can result in improvements in mobility to everyone.
This presentation discusses the multi-disciplinary innovation process at the University of South Florida, including research funded by the National Center for Transit Research UTC and the Florida Department of Transportation that has resulted in 14 U.S. patents on location-aware mobile technology and resulted in the deployment of real-world systems.  Lessons learned during the research itself as well as the technology transfer process to real-world deployments will be presented.
Sponsored by: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R), University Transportation Centers Program
DISCLAIMER: The views, opinions, findings and conclusions reflected in this presentation are the responsibility of the authors only and do not represent the official policy or position of the USDOT/OST-R, or any State or other entity.
For more information, contact Denise E. Dunn at>
Sign language interpreters will be available for deaf participants who wish to attend this event. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please email> or phone at 202-366-9433 / TTY: 202-366-6242 at least 3 business days prior to the event.

RantWoman Notes: Webinar from U of S FL
TAD app that cues a person about preprogrammed bus route. This helps people who need travel training, some kinds of PWD’s probably people who do not speak Enlgish, vets…
Adapt OneBusAwy for cities without lots of software folks used to tech. Now apps in suite check centralized server and then use local server, Tampa or Seattle Each region manages their own server Puget Sound: Sound Transit; Tampa: Hillsboror Ara Rapdi Transit.
Tampa: no other real time service but small group of early adopters so case / control possible. Access to OneBusAway self-reported perception shorter wait, greater satisfaction.
Info to riders lso lots of feedback back
TracIT how move from Point a to B
App on mobile as much GPS as possible, every 4 seconds passive travel diary, travel survey : what was purpose of trip.
Problems: battery life GPS and data transmission; increase collection interval but cuts out some of what can calculate.
What if only sample while user is moving.  How detect that user is moving?
State machine: 4 second while moving. When tell not moving only every 5 minutes but adjust rate in steps build certainty rather than noise. About double battery life. Awarded patent on this design.
Then figure out how to filter redundant data line simplification.
Reduce data volume by 77%
USDOT value pricing. Spatial pricing of car sharing users. TrackIT mobile phone. 30 days of data  but indefinite deployment. Daily emails in google earth. Got back surprising amount of data.
Car sharing users have smaller activity space than noncarsharing. Assume that non users have cars(????) but space shrinks while using car sharing. Pay for trips so focussed.
Problem solving.
Multidisciplinary: comuter science, civil engineering (Rehab? Education / Linguists?)
Target something new.
CUTR: contracted and grant-funded: Practical problems someone is willing to find solution for.
Focuse always what is next project.
Exisitng or soon to exist mobile devices.
14 patents to date
Tech Transfer:
Patents and Licensing  Revenue to U and vehicle for investment but have to find, also slow.
3-6 years to get patent issues and then time to license.
Open Source Software: One Bus Away or Open Trip planner.
No licensing revenue but generate funding opportunities, slower to invest due to lack of exclusivity
License options for Open Source: Apache V 2 presenter’s favorite. Private sector friendly because no hidden patents.
Git hub social code sharing and collaboration.
OneBus Away. Tampe pilo 2013; also 4 cities, 3 vendors support and deply.
MTA in NYC leveraged OneBusAway for their Trip Planner.
Open Trip Planner: funding via google summer of code. Now deployed in 5 countries, 10 cities 3 languesa.
Multidisciplinary collaboration
Consider goals when choose path to distribute
What happens to existing product if open source…
Surviaval of fittest or adapt.
Android example: Google overcame stall.
Weables, smart watches and glasses
Leveraging location, only deliver what is relevant.
Dr Sean Barbeau.

Participant experience notes:
Problem at the beginning about audio
RantWoman saw Powerpoint displayed at one point but RantWoman mostly lost patience with the visual and just listened to the audio. But RantWOman thinks it is cool sometimes to be able to refer to Powerpoints after a presentation.
RantWoman did not notice one way or another about sign language interpreting. In RantWoman's rich fantasy life, when there is ASL in the room it can be COOL to put iit in a box in the feed.

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