Bloustein researchers receive Rutgers Research Council grant

July 21, 2022

Bloustein faculty members Wenwen Zhang, Robert Noland, and Clinton Andrews; research associate Leigh-Ann von Hagen and Jie Gong, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering are the recipients of a Rutgers Collaborative Multidisciplinary Award. This award allows faculty members across disciplines to work together on a new, shared problem that requires multiple perspectives and viewpoints.

The project, “Use Wearable Sensors, Lidar Technology, and Data Science to Explore Perception and Satisfaction of E-scooter Users in Urban Built Environments,” integrates multi-dimensional human perception data, collected using physiological sensors, with refined street-level built environment data, extracted using the latest computer vision techniques, to systematically understand how e-scooter riders and active travelers perceive the built environment and identify factors that influence travel satisfaction.

Micromobility is a low-emission, affordable mode of transportation that contributes to environmental and mobility equity goals if widely adopted. E-scooters are a ubiquitous example at Rutgers.

The award is part of the 79th cohort of Rutgers University Research Council Program Awardees. Established in 1943, the Research Council provides internal seed funding for faculty research that tackles challenging disciplinary problems in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts. The program is jointly administered by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Office for Research (OFR) led by the Senior Vice President for Research. A full list of recipients and their projects can be found here.

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