Key features of the app include a real-time bus tracker, navigation, service alert notifications, calendar-based personal transit schedule management / notification and a comparison view to evaluate different trip options. By making public transit more predictable, the app encourages customers to use public transit more often. The comparative route view compares public transit options against the cost of using a car. A summary view provides the cumulative time customers have spent using public transit, and that information can be shared with friends.
This system is powered by real-time vehicle locator data provided by the Nashville MTA and cloud-based smart analytic services developed by the SCOPE and MAGNUM labs at Vanderbilt’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems under a research project sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The hub supports real-time notifications and alerts to help riders track their routes and potential delays, as well as facilitate information flow (dynamic route demand) from potential riders to transit service providers. A critical aspect of this work is an integrated analytics and simulation engine, which allows riders to plan future trips, evaluating multiple trip options simultaneously. It enables city officials to assess and improve the efficacy of transit options based on models generated from ridership data. This work integrates several data streams generated from sensors including automated vehicle locators, personal smart phones and beacons.
Dr. Abhishek Dubey is a Research Scientist at the Institute for Software Integrated Systems in Vanderbilt University. He is the principal investigator for the transit hub project.
Dr. Jules White is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
Dr. Sandeep Neema is a Research Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
Dr. Aniruddha Gokhale is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
Fangzhou Sun is a Graduate Research Assistant at Institute for Software-Integrated Systems and a PhD. candidate at Vanderbilt Univeristy.
Shashank Shekhar is a Graduate Research Assistant at Institute for Software-Integrated Systems and a PhD. candidate at Vanderbilt Univeristy.
Himanshu Neema has a M.S. in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University. He is a Senior Staff Engineer at Institute for Software-Integrated Systems.
Dr. Janos Sztipanovits is the E. Bronson Ingram Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Vanderbilt University. He is founding director of the Institute for Software Integrated Systems.
Acknowledgement: Research on Transit-Hub is sponsored under a research grant from National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed on this page are that of the T-Hub team and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.