Evaluating the Safety and Mobility Impacts of American Dream Complex: Phase I (Feasibility Study, and Data Acquisition)

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CAIT project no.: CAIT-UTC-REG31

Fiscal Year: 2018/2019

Status: Final

Principal investigator(s): Mohammad Jalayer, Ph.D., PI, Rowan University
Nidhal Bouaynaya, Ph.D., Co-PI, Rowan University
Ghulam Rasool, Ph.D., Co-PI, Rowan University

Performing organization(s): Rowan University

Managing organization: Rutgers CAIT

In cooperation with: North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA)
Partner project manager: Keith Hamas, Principal Planner, Safety Planning and Mobility Programs

Supported by: USDOT-OST-R

UTC, grant, or agreement no.: 69A3551847102


According to the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), New Jersey has the worst traffic bottleneck in the country. With the opening of the second largest retail and entertainment complex in the country, local officials and NJ Governor’s office estimate that the American Dream complex will make congestion and safety even worse. The primary goals of this proposal are 1) to coordinate with the stakeholders to identify the traffic and safety issues associated with this complex and 2) to collect relevant data to develop an analytics framework using modern machine learning algorithms, such as convolutional neural networks, to identify conflicts between the different road user groups (e.g., drivers and pedestrians) in the vicinity of this complex.

It is expected that the results obtained from this Phase I project will provide a solid framework for a larger data collection and analytics with the aim of developing effective and innovative solutions to alleviate traffic congestion and motor vehicle crashes/near crashes around this complex. The developed AI will be readily deployed on the stakeholders’ local machines.