Project Group: A Platform for Regional Mobility Analyses (ReMA)

Tutors: Dr. Marcus Handte, Alexander Golkowski

Personalized motorized transport is an important source of carbon dioxide emissions. With initiatives such as the 49€ ticket, the federal government is actively incentivizing citizens to switch to public transportation to reduce the carbon dioxide footprint of their everyday mobility. However, despite this cost reduction for public transportation realized by the 49€ ticket, many citizens are reluctant to change their habits. Besides from reduced convenience, many persons state that the mobility offers available in their region do not match their mobility needs or do not exhibit the necessary reliability as short delays encountered during a trip can stack up quickly, e.g., due to missed connections, etc.

The goal of this project group is to develop a prototype platform to analyze the structure of the public transportation offers available in a region to systematically identify gaps and potentials for improvement. For the project group, the focus of the analysis lies on the statistical characteristics of the mobility offers that are available in the Ruhr area during a certain time frame. Towards this end, the platform will collect real-time data for different mobility offers and derive statistical models for their availability. Using these models, the platform will compute a reachability matrix that reflects the expected trip durations during different time periods which can then be combined with other data to identify optimizations.

From a technical perspective, the project group will encompass the development of statistical models for the reliability and availability of mobility offers, the collection and processing of large volumes of data, the development and customization transit routing algorithms and the visualization of spatial data. As basis for the implementation, we are planning on reusing existing software libraries that are written in Java.

From a theoretical perspective, the project group will cover concepts related to the processing of spatial data, such as routing, visualization, etc. In addition, the participants will prepare individual seminar talks and papers on selected research topics related to mobility.

The kickoff meeting for this course will take place on Tuesday, October 10th, 2023 from 8.00h to 12.00h in SA-126.

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