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Yang Lu

Name: Yang Lu
Organisation: Vivacity Labs
Technology: Intelligent cameras for better transport planning
Mentor: TBC

The future market in intelligent transport systems is estimated to be worth £900 billion by 2020. A large part of improving the effectiveness of transport involves harnessing real-time data on commuter behaviour to design responsive, adaptable transport networks that can predict and prevent congestion and accidents before they arise.

Yang Lu, who received a Masters in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, has developed an intelligent camera that gives real-time insight into traffic and commuter behaviour. By combining machine learning with the latest advances in high performance computing, the system produces a unique method of classifying and identifying images in real time.

It is the first camera that can accurately identify cyclists among other traffic, enabling transport operators to observe how cyclists use a city in real time. This means cities can more effectively target investment in cycling, and create cyclist-responsive smart traffic lights and smart signage. It also has potential applications in everything from real-time traffic counting to crowd management and security.

His company, Vivacity Labs, is now working with several major transport operators and already has over 100 cameras in use across Britain.

Yang is one of the 2016 awardees of the inaugural RAEng 1851 Royal Commission Enterprise Fellowships.

21 August 2017

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