Research Projects

Embracing Emerging Internet-Based Traffic Big Data In Smart City Applications To Improve Transportation Systems Efficiency, Safety, And Equity

December 3, 2020
Project ID: CTEDD 021-07
Author(s): Joowon Im, University of Texas at Arlington
Co-Author(s): Qisheng Pan, University of Texas at Arlington
CTEDD Grant Cycle: 2021 General RFP
Minority and lower-income populations have historically been disproportionately underrepresented in STEAM education and jobs. The educational attainment gap for underrepresented minorities graduating high school and earning a college degree, especially in the STEM field, continues to remain wide. Teaching theories of environmental justice and transportation planning in a school curriculum helps to empower the youth of communities by addressing local issues concerning transportation plans and environmental justice and ultimately, helps students to develop skills to make important life and career decisions.

Creating A Situation-Aware Sensing Environment For Cyclists: An Innovative And Cost-Effective Smartphone-Based Approach

December 3, 2020
Project ID: CTEDD 021-08
Author(s): Shuchisnigdha Deb, University of Texas at Arlington
Co-Author(s): Ming Li, University of Texas at Arlington
CTEDD Grant Cycle: 2021 General RFP
This research will assess the feasibility and effectiveness of a Biker Assistance System (BAS) in different roadway contexts using a prototype mobile application. The application would make use of smartphones’ onboard speakers and microphones to monitor potential hazards and help bicyclists avoid crashes.

Equitable Transportation Planning Curriculum For Urban Planning And Transportation Programs

December 3, 2020
Project ID: CTEDD 021-03
Author(s): Kristine Williams, University of South Florida
Co-Author(s): Tia Boyd, University of South Florida
CTEDD Grant Cycle: 2021 General RFP
Transportation is needed to access jobs, food, health care, recreational and open spaces, and other important destinations. Equity in transportation planning processes ensures equal access to affordable and reliable transportation while ensuring that vulnerable groups don’t receive disproportionate benefits or burdens. Without inclusive processes, transportation planning can negatively impact low-income communities, minorities, persons with disabilities, the elderly, children, and other traditionally underserved populations. 

Modeling Transportation Outcomes Using Accessibility Analysis

December 3, 2020
Project ID: CTEDD 021-01
Author(s): Chris McCahill, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Co-Author(s): Madhav Chitturi, University of Wisconsin – Madison
CTEDD Grant Cycle: 2021 General RFP
This project is an interdisciplinary study among two research centers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with research guidance and support from four state departments of transportation (DOTs). Additional agencies will be recruited for the study through further outreach efforts. This study will advance the use of accessibility metrics, which describe the ability of people to reach jobs and opportunities by different modes of travel, in practical decision-making and, specifically, for predicting transportation outcomes like travel demand and transit use.

Food & Flora Waste To Fleet Fuel (F4) Framework: Reaching The Next Technology Readiness Levels

December 3, 2020
Project ID: CTEDD 021-02
Author(s): Melanie Sattler, University of Texas at Arlington
Co-Author(s): Kate Hyun, University of Texas at Arlington; Arpita Bhatt, University of Texas at Arlington; Ardeshir Anjomani, University of Texas at Arlington; Victoria Chen, University of Texas at Arlington
CTEDD Grant Cycle: 2021 General RFP
The Food & Flora Waste to Fleet Fuel (F4) Framework helps evaluate the economic feasibility of creating renewable fleet fuel using existing wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) digester infrastructure. At WWTPs, food and flora (yard) waste, as well as wastewater sludge, can be used to produce biogas, which can be cleaned for use in natural gas vehicles, or burned to generate electricity for electric vehicles.