An Indian student in the US has
created a space-detecting algorithm that can help tackle the
problem of finding a parking spot by using big data analytics
and save a person's time and money.
Sai Nikhil Reddy Mettupally, who is studying at The
University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), has also won second
prize at the 2018 Science and Technology Open House
competition for his creation.
According to a university press release, Sai's
creation relies on big data analytics and deep-learning
techniques to lead drivers directly to an empty parking spot.
Big data analytics is a complex process of examining
large and varied data sets to uncover information including
hidden patterns, unknown correlations, market trends and
Sai conceived the idea shortly after the university
transitioned to zone parking last fall.
"The data show that, on a typical day, there is a high
chance that students or faculty members will have difficulty
getting a parking spot between 11 am and 1 pm, leading to the
wastage of time and fuel, and adding to the pollution" He
"Hence, finding a parking spot as soon as a person
enters the parking lot is essential."
What he needed was to find a way to identify empty
spaces and then direct the driver to the location. But unlike
other parking apps in the market, he wanted to develop one
that didn't rely on the purchase, installation, and
maintenance of expensive in-ground sensors.
To help put his plan in action, Sai turned to Vineetha
As the director of UAH's Big Data Analytics Lab, Menon
also had access to the high-performance computing power that
Sai needed to create and train his machine-learning model,
which relies on a robust parking-lot data set provided by the
Federal University of Parana in Brazil.
"The goal of the Big Data Analytics Lab is to
establish Big Data Analytics and Data Science as mainstream
research areas of the university, so it can accommodate the
high computational and memory demands of Big Data generation
and processing," Menon says.
Sai, who graduated in electronics and communications
engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science
in Pilani, hopes to develop a parking-support mobile
appdubbed InstaParkthat can display the real-time grid
layout of empty and occupied parking spots using the phone's
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