Safe Mobility Spatial and Non-spatial Data Analysis

PennPraxis Research Associate Michael Fichman is the Data Scientist on the Center for Safe Mobility’s research team. The research group is deploying a wearable sensor technology called Tobii to understand how the built environment affects walkers, cyclists, and more. PennPraxis is building custom software to analyze the sensor data—which measures dozens of bio-metric indicators in 10 millisecond increments—and relate user stress in response to the features of the built environment. The current measure of bicycle safety is number of crashes—a rare and under-reported event. This new research will create new metrics for understanding and defining safety and change the way transportation designers understand their systems.