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Travel Behavior Data Analytics

Primary Investigators:
Mark Abkowitz
Brief Description of Project:
MoveVU, Vanderbilt’s transportation and mobility strategic plan, has set a goal to shift our community’s commute mode share from an over 76% drive alone rate to a 55% rate by 2025. Reducing the drive alone rate and providing more sustainable commute options will benefit the university in many ways, including contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from single occupancy vehicles, helping the university achieve its carbon neutrality goal, providing individuals with more options to commute to campus, as well as better utilizing valuable campus land for the university’s mission. This summer internship involves performing data analytics to assess travel behavior using information collected through camera imaging, Bluetooth wireless technology and environmental sensors that have been strategically positioned around the Vanderbilt campus.

Desired Qualifications:
Knowledge and experience in database management, spatial analysis and machine learning.
Nature of Supervision:
Principal investigator will meet regularly with student.  Student will be assigned to a research team that includes graduate students who will serve as mentors.
A Brief Research Plan (period is for 10 weeks):
Data collection and synthesis (3 weeks)
Methodological development (4 weeks)
Perform analysis and document findings (3 weeks) 

Number of Open Slots: 1
Contact Information:
Name: Mark Abkowitz
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering