Cal-(IT)² researcher says his team is making great strides toward
the goal of creating a high-tech solution to the problem of traffic
congestion caused by accidents and other problems on the road. In
late July, UCSD engineering professor Mohan Trivedi traveled to
Santa Barbara to present the annual research review for a project
called ATON: Autonomous Agents for On-scene Networked Incident
Management. "Our research is sponsored by Caltrans and the UC Office
of the President's Digital Media Innovation (DiMI) program," says
Trivedi. "Government, industry and the University are working
together to develop technology that has the potential to relieve
traffic congestion--and even save lives."
review panel including a Caltrans team headed by John Allison,
Director of New Technology and Research; and Dr. JoAnn
Kuchera-Morin, Director of DiMI. Trivedi--the UCSD division leader
for Cal-(IT)²'s Intelligent Transportation and Telematics research
group--reports positive reaction to his team's latest advances
· Video networks-based traffic incident monitoring and
· Omni-vision based televiewing; and
interactive avatars (MIAs) for on-site mitigation.
are wireless robotic devices that can both send and receive
broadband audio and video from the scene of any traffic incident.
Trivedi confirmed that his team intends to make HDR wireless
connectivity an integral component of new MIAs now under
presentation included real-time demonstrations from the UCSD campus
viewed live over the Internet via wireless high-data rate (HDR)
equipment supplied by Qualcomm. "Thanks to Qualcomm and our
colleagues there including Jon Detra and Bob Kimball, a couple of
our graduate students carried an HDR module with a webcam on a golf
cart on the UCSD campus," says Trivedi. "While they were driving
around in San Diego, we could watch the live feed from their webcam
as it streamed through to our Internet-based video servers. The
quality was good, and it generated lots of enthusiasm for the
potential of various telematics applications."
more on the ATON project, go to http://cvrr.ucsd.edu/aton.