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The Seminar on an Instrumented Traffic Information Platform for Human Security Engineering

Date: January 21, 2011
Venue: Room 314, C Cluster, Katsura Campus, Kyoto University, Japan

Organized by:
Kyoto University Global COE Program "Global Center for Education and Research on Human Security Engineering for Asian Megacities"

Number of attendants: 16

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The Seminar on an Instrumented Traffic Information Platform for Human Security Engineering was held on 21st January 2011 at Katsura Campus, Kyoto University. The main purpose of the seminar is to disseminate among researchers the ideas on development and application of an instrumented traffic information platform that is capable of integrating a range of data under dynamic real traffic environment. The ultimate goal is to achieve efficient traffic movement and to improve traveler's health and safety through analyses utilizing such accurate real traffic data.


Starting with highlights on the major traffic and Human Security Engineering challenges, Dr. R. G. Thompson during the seminar discussed on the application of the systems that can appropriately represent the actual traffic system. Dr. M. Sarvi on the other hand began with slight introduction of Institute of Transport Studies, Monash University and discussed superiority of instrumented vehicle over virtual reality simulators for gaining information on driver behavior as well as traffic characteristics. Application of an instrumented traffic information platform to increase understanding of the interactions between the road, vehicles and humans were presented. Suitability of the platform for implementation over a number of common vehicle types (such as cars, bicycles and motorcycles) as well as pedestrians, for trips over a wide range of transport systems such as traffic and public transport were also discussed.
Further the seminar described the possible application areas of the platform such as modelling, safety, eco driving and driver's behaviour prediction. At the same time, the platform's potential to integrate a number of new types of sensors including, Near Infra Red Spectrometer (NIRS), Heart Rate Monitor (HRM), Mobile Weather Station and an Engine Monitoring System (EMS) to the existing vehicle and driver monitoring system to allowthe interactions between the major elements of the traffic system to be more fully understood was also presented.
Participants from various research fields were present during the seminar. Participants' discussion on the topic added further dimensions for applicability of the platform in various research areas.