BIG DATA: The data shall not be standardized. Allowing the customer to deliver the data design insights.

BIG DATA: The data shall not be standardized. Allowing the customer to deliver the data design insights.

July 7th | Theme: Big Data

The data shall not be standardized. Allowing the customer to deliver the data design insights. 

Curator: Jonelle Hanson, Systematica

Moderator: Jonelle Hanson, Systematica

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For planners, big data can be characterized as a steady stream of information that has grown to encapsulate the profession’s foundational skill set. Data has enriched the decision-making process with near real-time information, which has led to questions on how to use data in a manner that ensures the decisions being made represent the best interest of communities. Are we making sense of the data or is data complexity leading to problems that could negatively impact planning decisions? As constituents of data, planners must present information that generates value. For this, we present the theme, the data shall not be standardized.


Shawn Turner, P.E, Senior Research Engineer
Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Shawn Turner is a Senior Research Engineer at TTI, where he has developed, conducted, and managed applied research for 30 years. Shawn is a nationally recognized expert with practical experience in multimodal travel data collection and analysis, performance measures and monitoring, and mobility analysis. He has pioneered using private-sector GPS probe traffic data for mobility and reliability performance monitoring. Shawn works with FHWA, state, and local agencies to advance the use of best available and high-quality data in planning, performance management, and traffic monitoring.

In the past decade, Shawn has led or been integrally involved with several national performance monitoring efforts, including FHWA’s National Performance Management Research Dataset (NPMRDS), analytic development, testing, and guidance for the MAP-21 System Performance Measures (PM-3), and FHWA’s Urban Congestion Report. He has also written chapters in several national guidance documents on traffic monitoring for motor vehicles (e.g., AASHTO’s Guidelines for Traffic Data Programs) and for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g., FHWA’s 2013 Traffic Monitoring Guide). Shawn also has extensive experience in pedestrian and bicyclist data—he leads the efforts to develop, launch, and currently maintain Texas DOT’s Bike and Pedestrian Count Program.

Andrea Galli, Director of Strategy & Development

With a strong background in design (Politecnico di Torino) and innovation management (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna), Andrea is the Director of Strategy and development at Accurat and teaches Computational design as Adjunct professor at Politecnico di Milano. Formerly project leader at Carlo Ratti Associati, over the last ten years he has been testing the impact of a data-driven approach to projects bridging between the urban environment and the digital one.

Lamia Abdelfattah, Consultant

Lamia Abdelfattah is an urban planner and researcher working with Systematica in the areas of mobility research and communication. She has a background in collaborative urban development and expertise in issues of spatial equity in cities with a particular focus on gender equality. Since joining the team in 2019, she has been involved in diverse projects and publications aimed at delivering sustainable, innovative and equitable tools in the field of urban mobility.