Vanderbilt University developing AI software system to improve transit services for individuals with special needs

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have developed an software system incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) that aims to improve the efficiency of public transportation for individuals with special needs.

The research, led by Abhishek Dubey, associate professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering at Vanderbilt University, will be presented in a paper at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) in August.

The university says that in the paper, Dubey and his team discuss their work with the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) that started in 2020 to improve the operation of its paratransit service, a critical component of traditional transit services that offers door-to-door assistance for people who face challenges using standard transit routes. Pick-up and drop-off times for those individuals must also be adhered to under federal regulations.

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