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e- Enabled Micromobilility: What are Privacy and Informed Consent Issues?

Primary Investigators:
Craig Philip
Brief Description of Project:
Many elements of smart cities are being enabled by smartphones that can enable micromobility devices like scooters, ebikes, etc. These systems allow operators to collect granular and detailed data about travel behavior of individuals and groups which is allowed because users are required to provide consent for the use of this information. This availability of granular, detailed and personal information raises serious privacy concerns and issues which could impact the success of these systems and acceptance by users and the broader community.  This project will seek to inform these  concerns.

Desired Qualifications: 
interest in transportation, public policy, law
some understanding of micromobility and urbanism
excellent written and verbal skills 

Nature of Supervision:
Collaboration with grad students and faculty involved with projects on campus and in Nashville, weekly checkins with Prof Philip
A Brief Research Plan (period is for 10 weeks):
Student will evaluate the state of the practice in smart cities emobility deployments in Nashville and around the country and will conduct a literature review of public policy, legal and technical literature that can inform privacy and informed consent issues.  The ongoing research efforts in the academic community will be evaluated in these contexts in order to develop recommendations for the future of research in smart cities, mobility and urban sensing. 

Number of Open Slots: 1
Contact Information:
Name: Craig Philip
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering