Nov. 25, 2020
Maged Shoman, a doctoral student in Civil and Environmental Engineering, won the research poster competition at the 2020 TEAMStL Transportation Virtual Fair.
Shoman’s poster topic was “Visualizing Transit System Performance Impacted By COVID-19 Virus: A Case Study of Saint Louis, Missouri.” The research focused on how COVID-19 impacted the St. Louis bus network using Google Transit Feed Specification and Automatic Vehicle Location data. He worked on this project with his advisor, Assistant Professor Yaw Adu-Gyamfi.
This research area interests Shoman because COVID-19 is drastically changing commuter behavior. This can affect transportation systems in terms of usage and funding.
“Transportation agencies consider visual data analysis highly important to expose how transportation systems perform and to make more data-driven decisions,” Shoman said. “Understanding the impact of COVID-19 using visual analytics can help in exposing data from different views and potentially make unpredictable discoveries.”