The Geomatics lab identifies which environmental factors and road network design characteristics encourage alternative modes of transportation (walk, bike, transit) that mitigate congestion and come with health benefits. It further uses crowd-sourced data, such as social media data or records from sport tracking apps to model human mobility patterns in transportation networks, such as cyclist route choice behavior and to analyze the usability of routes suggested by online routing planners and their provided routing criteria. The lab also models bicycle access distances to transit stations and suggests bicycle infrastructure improvements around transit hubs.
On the application side, the Geomatics labs has been collaborating with Florida International University to build bicycle routing apps for Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties.
- Schirck-Matthews, A., Hochmair, H. H., and Paulus, G. (2023). Identification of Structural, Environmental, and Socio-demographic Correlates of Outdoor Activities in Florida State Parks from Three Fitness Tracker Apps. Journal of Leisure Research.
- Hochmair, H. H., Brossell, E., and Fu, Z. J. (2022). Identification of Transit Service Gaps through Accessibility and Social Vulnerability Mapping in Miami-Dade County. GI_Forum, 1, 17-32.
- Schirck-Matthews, A., Hochmair, H. H., Paulus, G., and Strelnikova, D. (2022). Comparison of Cycling Path Characteristics in South Florida and North Holland among Three GPS Fitness Tracker Apps. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 16(9), 804-819.
- Hochmair, H.H., Bardin, E., and Ahmouda, A. (2019). Estimating Bicycle Trip Volume for Miami-Dade County from Strava Tracking Data. Journal of Transport Geography, 75, 58-69.