COVID-19’s Effect on Transportation: Developing a Public COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Overview

The COVID-19 outbreak has dramatically changed travel behavior in cities across the world. With changed travel demand, economic activity, and social-distancing/stay-at-home policies, transportation systems have experienced an unprecedented shift in demand and usage. Since the start of the pandemic, the C2SMART research team has been collecting data and investigating the impact of COVID-19 on mobility and sociability, including:

 

  • Passenger travel and freight traffic trends
  • Mode shift and usage based on various policies
  • Effect of social distancing policies on transit use and emissions
  • Sidewalk, crosswalk, and intersection crowd density
  • Effect of COVID-19 Policies on Transportation Systems
This project was made possible by collaboration from University of Washington (Jingxing Wang, Yanyan Chen, Sai Sarath Chandra Pavuluri Venkata, Xuegang (Jeff) Ban); Rutgers University (Chaekuk Na, Hani Nassif); Old Dominion University (Hong Yang, Qingyu Ma); Cornell University (H. Oliver Gao, Mohammad Tayarani); and Ulteig (Abdullah Kurkcu).

Research Objectives

Leveraging open data from multiple sources, this project developed a Sociability Data Dashboard which features both traditional and innovative techniques, such as data mining and visualization, agent-based traffic simulation model and real-time computer vision technique, to help researchers and transportation authorities understand and observe the impact of the pandemic on transportation. 

To investigate crowd density and the effectiveness of social distancing strategies, C2SMART researchers have introduced a low-cost, AI-driven big data acquisition framework leveraging hundreds of traffic cameras along with a deep learning-based video processing method.

Object detection and distance approximation between pedestrian pairs are applied to traffic camera videos at multiple NYC and Seattle locations to analyze local social distancing patterns. This sociability board shows some examples of the application.

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Personnel

Kaan Ozbay

Director, C2SMART
Professor, NYU

Kaan Ozbay is the Principal Investigator on this project.

Joseph Chow

Deputy Director, C2SMART

Joseph Chow is a Co-Principal Investigator on this project.

Jingqin Gao

Senior Research Associate, NYU

Jingqin Gao is a Co-Principal Investigator on this project.

Yubin Shen

Researcher, NYU

Yubin Shen is a Researcher on this project.

Zilin Bian

Researcher, NYU

Zilin Bian is a Researcher on this project.

Fan Zuo

Researcher, NYU

Fan Zuo is a Researcher on this project.

Suzana Duran Bernardes

Researcher, NYU

Suzana Duran Bernardes is a Researcher on this project.

Abhinav Bhattacharyya

Researcher, NYU

Abhinav Bhattacharyya is a Researcher on this project.

Ding Wang

Researcher, NYU

Ding Wang is a Researcher on this project.

Yueshuai He

Researcher, NYU

Yueshuai Brian He is a Researcher on this project.

Siva Sooryaa Muruga Thambiran

Researcher, NYU

Siva Sooryaa Muruga Thambiran is a Researcher on this project.

Nicholas Hudanich

Researcher, NYU

Yueshuai Brian He is a Researcher on this project.

Omar Hammami

Researcher, NYU

Omar Hammami is a Researcher on this project.

Murat Ledin Barlas

Researcher, NYU

Murat Ledin Barlas is a Researcher on this project.

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