Atlanta’s Awesome Foundation announced today that the group has chosen Simon Berrebi, a Ph.D student at Georgia Institute of Technology, for their October $1,000 grant to support his transportation improvement efforts. As part of his research, he has developed a method to control buses using real-time information that could replace schedules. The idea is to send buses at high frequency and at regular headway to minimize passenger-waiting time. The method consists in holding buses at time-points to space out the headways and avoiding bus bunching. Operationally, tablets in the buses tell the operators when to drive and when to stop.
“My work as a Ph.D. student and as a researcher is to find solutions to revolutionize bus transit with real-time information. I have tested the method in a computer simulation that replicated a typical high-frequency bus route and found that my method could cut passenger-waiting time by half. I feel truly privileged to receive the Awesome Foundation’s award. This award will help me build a bus control system to replace schedules, and to make buses run more efficiently,” said Simon.
Simon’s plan to change the quality of transit service will efficiently reduce Atlantans waiting time thus aiding in the reliability of local transportation. I think we can all agree that this service is needed in our community.
Simon concluded, “My goal is to test the control method within two years on a high frequency bus route in Atlanta to provide a show-case, at the national level. The grant will allow me to purchase equipment to test the system. I am grateful to Awesome Atlanta for supporting my vision for an intelligent bus transit.”
The Awesome Foundation will host their monthly Awesome Hour on Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 pm at Fork and Juniper located inside of the Hyatt Atlanta Midtown. Simon will be recognized and given the $1,000 grant to continue his cause. The monthly event is open to the public and is a great way for social entrepreneurs and doers of good in the metro area to network. Individuals and groups interested in applying for an Awesome Grant in the future are encouraged to come out and meet the group’s trustees.
To date, The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences has granted over one million dollars in grants worldwide through their network of chapters. Awesome Atlanta is overjoyed to be assisting local causes for the greater good of our community.
About the Awesome Foundation:
The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is an ever-growing, worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe. Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees” and given upfront in cash, check, or gold doubloons. The chapters are organized by a founder and trustees around geographic areas or topics of interest. For more information please visit www.awesomefoundation.org