What do energy usage in buildings and traffic congestion have in common? Crowdsourcing.
Sometimes an outside perspective is all it takes to tackle a problem in an innovative
way. And inferring electricity usage in a building without using a meter could be
as simple as correlating average occupancy at a given time.
Measuring electricity consumption can be time-consuming or require installing expensive
equipment that requires regular updating. In comparison, transportation engineers
only occasionally use sensors to measure exact numbers of vehicles on a given stretch
of road, preferring to infer route usage instead.
About the Researcher
Chee-Wooi Ten, associate professor