Heba Omholt, a student in the MS in Transportation Planning & Engineering program and a recent C2SMART-funded research assistant in the BUILT lab, has been awarded a Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship. The award is the amount of $5000 and an additional $1500 travel expenditure to attend TRB Annual Meeting in 2018. Heba joined NYU in Fall 2017, after just completing her B.S. in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from University of California, Davis.
Congratulations to Heba, NYU’s newest Eisenhower Fellow!
Presentation from 2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting of recently published research is now available here.
We have four presentations at INFORMS Annual Meeting being presented at the Convention Center in Houston. They will all be in rm 361C at the Convention Center except for the presentation from Mehdi Nourinejad (which will be in Rm 332B):
The NYU Tandon School of Engineering conducts the Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) program since summer 2013. We had two ARISE participants this summer, Harpreet Kaur and Alexander Leon, who have spent the past five weeks to make practical contributions to our lab’s research objectives. Congratulations to Harpreet and Alex. They both gave brilliant presentations at the program’s concluding colloquium.
One of the biggest challenges in operating on-demand mobility services is the need to dynamically reposition idle vehicles, whether they are taxis, shared vehicles/bikes, or empty shuttles. This latest research with Dr. Hamid R. Sayarshad at Cornell University proposes new models and algorithms to anticipate future demand for the problem by approximating future opportunity costs with queue delay. In addition, we formulated a lower bound of the queueing-based location model from Marianov & Serra that can be solved much more computationally efficiently. Simulation tests in a controlled study area with NYC taxi data suggests the feasibility of nearly 30% improvement over myopic positioning techniques that do not use data to look ahead.
This work was initially undertaken when Hamid was a PhD student with funding support from the Canada Research Chairs program. Resources from C2SMART are also acknowledged.
Gisselle, one of undergraduate summer researchers at BUILT, is the recipient of the Susan Kupferman Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship from WTS. She will receive the award at the WTS Gala at the Battery Park Garden on October 4th. Congrats!
In the latest MIT Technology Review article, “The Startup Behind NYC’s Plan to Replace Phone Booths with 7,500 Connected Kiosks“, Elizabeth Woyke interviews Prof. Chow about the role that public kiosks can play to relay information.