How to Beat the Traffic (at Strata)

This week I had the opportunity to attend and speak at one of the biggest Big Data conferences of the year.

The Strata conferences run by O’Reilly have been running for the last few years and in many ways have driven the awareness and adoption of data science and predictive analytics.

My colleagues Alexander Kagoshima and Noelle Sio, and I talked about recent work we’ve been doing on how to use machine learning techniques to understand traffic flows in major cities and predict when travel disruptions will end. The talk seemed to be well received and generated a lot of questions and comments both at the conference and on Twitter. This recent post on the Pivotal blog explains more about the projects and the overall goals.

As part of the disruption prediction work I built a simple web app which displays the predictions for currently active incidents.

Video of the talk will be available through O’Reilly, and our slides are available on Slideshare:

If you are interested in this or other projects the Pivotal Data Labs team have worked on, there is a lot more information on the official Pivotal site.


Beat the Traffic at Strata 2014

Strata Conference 2014The next few weeks are going to be busy and one of the reasons is that I am fortunate enough to be speaking at this year’s Santa Clara edition of Strata.

Alexander Kagoshima, Noelle Sio and I are talking in the Machine Data session on Thursday 13th February about “Driving the Future of Smart Cities – How to Beat the Traffic“. It’s the last parallel talk of the day, so perfect timing for figuring out how to navigate the Bay Area traffic on the way home.

We’ll be looking at how in car data sources like GPS locations can enable more intelligent routing which predicts future traffic conditions along your journey.

In addition we’ve taken a look at traffic disruption data in London and created a model which predicts how long a new incident will last, giving you confidence that the collision which blocked your route to work this morning will have been cleared by the time you want to head home. I’ve written a simple web based demo which I hope to show during the talk.

Strata talks are videoed (yikes!) and we hope to make our slides available after the talk. Stay tuned as well for a sneak peek at the transport disruption demo.