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!