Investigating Wearable Sensors in Transportation Research

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U.S. Department of Transportation Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

August 30, 2016


Investigating Wearable Sensors in Transportation Research


Small, efficient, and accurate wearable sensors have opened up new levels of data granularity for transportation researchers. However, there are hurdles to adopting their widespread use in transportation.

The authors of a recent investigatory paper researched the state of the practice for wearable sensors, and challenges in using them for transportation research. Read on for the findings of their study.

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Thursday, September 8
12:00 - 12:45 p.m.

Jeff Risompartner and managing director at Gehl Studio in the U.S., will speak as part of Volpe’s series The Future of Transportation: Safety, Opportunity, and Innovation.

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Webinar: Ridesharing, Technology, and TDM in Campus Transportation: Lessons for Statewide and Metropolitan Planning

Thursday, September 8
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

FHWA, Volpe, and MIT will present research findings and highlights from a case study on incorporating ridesharing technology and innovative transportation demand management practices to reduce auto traffic and parking demands on and around the MIT campus. The study was featured in a recently released FHWA report on innovative practices at six university campuses.

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Tuesday, September 13
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This annual event features guest speakers from government agencies and private industry to discuss current cyber threats and best practices to combat them. It is open to staff from federal, tribal, and state agencies.

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Volpe Staff at U.S. and International Events

Volpe staff were featured at the following events in August:

  • Hannah Rakoff presented the U.S. perspective on data anonymization at the Workshop on Data Anonymization and Feature Extraction in Gothenburg, Sweden, on August 31. Data anonymization is an issue of increasing importance as naturalistic driving studies collect troves of sensitive data, and concerns grow that analysis of multiple data sources could allow re-identification of seemingly anonymized data.

  • Emily Nodine presented Volpe study results at the Naturalistic Driving Symposium in Blacksburg, Virginia, on August 30. The one-year study was recently conducted on drivers’ adaptabilities to a forward collision warning system with automatic breaking.

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  • William Baron presented the current status of a trespasser detection system deployed by Volpe in Brunswick, Maine, to the Institute of Transportation Engineers 2016 Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California, on August 14-17. The presentation described the unique system as it feeds live video of trespassers on the railroad right-of-way directly to local police.

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