The QROWD project has had a busy few weeks presenting and publishing their research at various events, workshops and conferences across Europe. For each of these, the team has been showcasing the cutting edge of crowdsourcing and smart mobility innovation that we have been working on for our project. Let’s take a look at some of these events in more detail.
AW4CITY 2019 was the first event that QROWD were pleased to take part in. The fifth of its series, AW4CITY this year focused on the contribution of Web applications and apps to urban mobility, and has been influenced by the UN 2030 sustainability agenda. Hosted in San Francisco USA, the event discussed issues like smart parking, traffic congestion and sharing urban transportation.
Keynote speaker Sofia Schwayri, from EcoWorld and visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, reminded us of the importance of this kind of agenda. She emphasised that this is not only important to the conference but also on a worldwide scale. She went on to discuss her progress in Seoul, Korea, explaining that “large cities and urban centres are moving from a Vehicle-Centric vision towards a Human-Centric one, not only as a trend, but as a matter of survival”.
Contributing to this, QROWD produced research on hybrid human-machine workflows for mobility management with the ultimate goal of supporting sustainable mobility. The paper leverages internet of things (IoT) devices to collect and analyse big data. While doing this, the importance of the human factor is preserved to help make better sense of the data: thus representing “hybrid” workflows.
Luis-Daniel Ibáñez presenting our work on Hybrid Human-Machine Workflows
One of the key challenges of this is being able to ensure that citizens, who take part in the actual crowdsourcing, stay engaged along the data chain. This is vital produce end-to-end hybrid workflows that solve two of the main mobility issues. The first of these is modal split estimation, which is the percentage of travellers using a particular type of transportation or number of trips using said type. The second of these is mapping mobility infrastructure, which documents urban services and structures.
QROWD’s next event was that of ESWC2019 hosted in Slovenia on 2-6th June . ESWC is a major platform that focuses on technology innovation and the semantic Web. In recent years the conference has been expanding more into the latter research, which by definition seeks to create a Web of knowledge and services that allow novel applications to combine data and metadata.
Simon Bin presenting QROWD in the project networking session
Specifically, QROWD were pleased to take part in the “project networking” track which is intended to provide EU funded projects an opportunity to network with other similar collaborations. This is theorised to spark discussion and research development working towards common mobility goals, and even lay foundations for future project proposals and funding applications.
The summer has evidently gotten off to a great start for the team, and we look forward to attending more events, workshops and conferences in the coming few months. We similarly look forward to making more of our published research papers, services and tools increasingly available.