This summer, the Behavioral Urban Informatics, Logistics, and Transport (BUILT) lab welcomed two local high school students from the NYU ARISE program, Sage Robinson and Alexander Sanchez. The Urban Mobility & Intelligent Transportation Systems (UrbanMITS) lab welcomed two more students, Sheyla Almanzar-Abreu and Steven Yan. ARISE, a 7-week fellowship, opens NYU’s Engineering, Life Sciences, and Computer and Data science labs to outstanding applicants. The program comprises a high level, 5-week authentic research experience in participating NYU faculty labs, mentoring in that placement by a graduate or postdoctoral student, a stipend for completing the program, and two weeks of workshops, college advisement and other activities geared to college application prep.
At the BUILT Lab, Sage and Alexander participated in cutting-edge research on transportation systems and urban mobility. With guidance from their mentors, they were exposed to computational models which calculated the heavy vehicle emissions on the road network for the purpose of finding cleaner routes and to statistical models which analyzed the effectiveness of transportation policy as cities recover from COVID-19. They contributed to ongoing state of the art projects and laid the groundwork for future efforts all while evaluating networks of transportation infrastructure, routing and pricing algorithms of transportation agencies and private service operators (e.g. Uber, Lyft), and simulations of traffic and transit operations under large-scale incident scenarios. They helped test and integrate newly acquired state of the art equipment for the C2SMART Center, making important strides toward the Lab’s goals of increasing sustainability and equity in urban mobility.
At UrbanMITS, Sheyla and Steven researched bike safety in urban areas, exploring how the sharp rise in bike ridership has come alongside a spike in bicycle injuries and fatalities. For their research, Sheyla and Steven focused on various factors in bike safety, including distance from moving and parked vehicles, altitude, speed, and acceleration in order to develop an interactive data dashboard using UI/UX tools. They learned how to use Python, Plotly, Dash, and Pandas to program dashboard applications which would consolidate data collected during the C2SMART bike safety project deployment of the BSafe-360, a portable multi-sensor device which collects naturalistic cycling data.
The C2SMART Center as a whole, and the BUILT Lab in particular, thank all our ARISE students for their hard work this summer.