Applications of Big Data in Public Transportation Systems

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Transportation and Future Mobility".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 82

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ryan Cheuk Pong Wong
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Interests: public transport demand modeling/management; traffic survey; travel demand analysis; transport modeling; traffic impact assessment
Dr. Jintao Ke
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Interests: urban computing and smart cities; machine learning and data mining for intelligent transportation systems; spatio-temporal traffic pattern analysis/prediction; smart mobility services (ride sharing, ride sourcing, last-mile delivery); land use and transportation problems
Dr. Fangni Zhang
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Guest Editor
Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Interests: shared transportation and logistics systems; autonomous vehicle/UAV systems; transportation network modeling and optimization; transportation data analytics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Big data has played an unprecedented role in shaping the morphology of cities and urban planning processes in recent decades. With advances in technology and infrastructure, collecting big data has become more feasible than traditional data collection methods. Its availability, combined with advanced statistical techniques, has captured the attention of researchers, particularly in the field of transportation systems.

As urbanization accelerates and population density increases, public transportation will become an increasingly vital component of urban mobility. Public transportation systems offer a reliable and accessible alternative to private vehicles which not only alleviates traffic congestion but also contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality.

Big data analytics can significantly enhance public transportation systems by facilitating informed decision making and optimizing operational efficiency. The efficient collection and analysis of big data sources are essential for empowering the development of urban public transportation systems. Its potential to revolutionize transportation problem solving surpasses the capabilities of traditional data collection methods. However, it is important to address the ethical, practical, and rational concerns associated with the use of big data in public transportation systems. Despite the expansion of big data collection in the transportation domain, there is still a lack of comprehensive information on how it can be effectively utilized for analytical purposes in both research and practice.

In light of the above, it is essential to explore the application of big data in public transportation systems. This Special Issue aims to gather the latest and emerging research on the use of big data in public transportation.

Dr. Ryan Cheuk Pong Wong
Dr. Jintao Ke
Dr. Fangni Zhang
Guest Editors

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  • smart and sustainable mobility
  • intelligent transportation systems
  • information and communication technologies in public transportation systems
  • enhancing operations and safety in public transportation systems
  • data sources and management in public transportation systems
  • smart cities and big data in transportation
  • emerging technologies in public transportation systems
  • advanced traveler information systems
  • mixed survey data in transportation research
  • risk modeling and safety in public transportation
  • data-driven approaches for managing public transportation systems
  • human factors in public transportation systems
  • public transportation network modeling and planning

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