Reimagining Mobility: Urban Accessibility – from Crowdsourcing to AI

Thursday, December 9 at 11 a.m. PST – on Zoom

A conversation on urban mobility

Friday, December 10 at 11 a.m. PST – on Zoom

Hands-on tutorial of Project Sidewalk

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Two events on two days with two CREATE faculty, Anat Caspi and Jon Froehlich. Join us on Thursday for a conversation reimagining urban accessibility with both Dr. Caspi and Dr. Froehlich, and then join us on Friday to get a hands-on tutorial with Project Sidewalk to contribute to the crowdsourcing effort!

In Thursday’s talk, Caspi and Froehlich will discuss the innovative ways they are using AI, crowdsourcing, and translational research to reimagine urban accessibility.

You’ll hear about the latest innovations from the UW Makeability Lab and the UW Taskar Center for Accessible Technology. Their teams have worked to develop and deploy tools like AccessMaps, OpenSidewalks, and Project Sidewalk that are transforming how we share, evaluate, and understand our urban environments.

On Friday you’ll get the chance to do a deep dive into one of these initiatives – Project Sidewalk – where you can learn how you can contribute to the crowd-sourcing efforts. Despite the important role of sidewalks in supporting mobility, accessibility, and public health, there is a lack of high-quality datasets and corresponding analyses on sidewalk existence and condition.

Project Sidewalk Logo | accessibility icon with green, yellow, red under the wheel

Project Sidewalk explores a twofold vision: first, to develop scalable mechanisms to locate and assess sidewalks in cities across the world using Crowd+AI approaches, and second, to use this data to support new urban analyses and mobility tools.

Project Sidewalk is currently deployed in seven cities, including two in Mexico.

Join us for one or both events! All events are virtual on Zoom.

Join the Reimagining Mobility conversation

Join us for a series of conversations imagining the future of mobility. Hosted by CREATE Associate Directors Kat Steele and Heather Feldner, we connect and learn from guests who are engaged in critical mobility work – ranging from researchers to small business owners to self-advocates. We will dive deeply into conversations about mobility as a multifaceted concept, and explore how it intersects with other dimensions of access across contexts of research, education, and public policy. 

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