Video: Solutions for complex problems
February 25, 2020
Every day, Virginia Tech faculty, researchers, and students delve into data, experiment, and study research findings to address real-world challenges. In the latest installment on complex problems, hear how data is used to boost safety, improve efficiency, and promote equity.
Using big data to optimize the Washington, D.C., transit system
Brian Mayer, a research associate in the Discovery Analytics Center, partners with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to use big data to help the Metro run more efficiently.
Analyzing census data to draw impartial voting districts
Grado Department of Industrial Systems Engineering Assistant Professor Robert Hildebrand is a member of a team that analyzes census data to ensure that voting districts in Virginia are fairly drawn, counteracting the practice of biased gerrymandering.
Explosive research is protecting people and infrastructure
Eric Jacques, assistant professor at the College of Engineering, is using a shock tube to research the effects of blasts on structures, be it a terrorist attack or an accidental explosion.
Rethinking consumption habits to reduce food waste
Susan Chen, a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, studies food waste in hopes of finding ways to eliminate the negative environmental and economic impacts.