Title: A Cyberinfrastructure for Big Data Transportation Engineering
Abstract: Big data-driven transportation engineering has the potential to improve the utilization of road infrastructure, decrease traffic fatalities, improve fuel consumption, and decrease construction worker injuries, among others. Despite these benefits, research on big data-driven transportation engineering is difficult today due to the computational expertise required to get started. This work proposes BoaT, a transportation-specific programming language, and its big data infrastructure that is aimed at decreasing this barrier to entry. Our evaluation, that uses over two dozen research questions from six categories, shows that research is easier to realize as a BoaT computer program, an order of magnitude faster when this program is run, and exhibits 12–14× decrease in storage requirements.
Committee: Hridesh Rajan (major professor), Gurpur M. Prabhu, and Anuj Sharma