Big Data for Social Transportation

Xinhu Zheng, Wei Chen, Pu Wang, Dayong Shen, Songhang Chen, Xiao Wang, Qingpeng Zhang, Liuqing Yang

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Big data for social transportation brings us unprecedented opportunities for resolving transportation problems for which traditional approaches are not competent and for building the next-generation intelligent transportation systems. Although social data have been applied for transportation analysis, there are still many challenges. First, social data evolve with time and contain abundant information, posing a crucial need for data collection and cleaning. Meanwhile, each type of data has specific advantages and limitations for social transportation, and one data type alone is not capable of describing the overall state of a transportation system. Systematic data fusing approaches or frameworks for combining social signal data with different features, structures, resolutions, and precision are needed. Second, data processing and mining techniques, such as natural language processing and analysis of streaming data, require further revolutions in effective utilization of real-time traffic information. Third, social data are connected to cyber and physical spaces. To address practical problems in social transportation, a suite of schemes are demanded for realizing big data in social transportation systems, such as crowdsourcing, visual analysis, and task-based services. In this paper, we overview data sources, analytical approaches, and application systems for social transportation, and we also suggest a few future research directions for this new social transportation field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7359138
Pages (from-to)620-630
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2016

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  • Big data
  • crowdsourcing
  • data analytics
  • intelligent transportation system
  • social transportation


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