Piccoli Lab

A Mathematical Biology Lab

At Rutgers University–Camden

Welcome

Our research group uses computational biology and mathematical modeling in order to tackle questions in a host of different fields. Ongoing projects range from the study of metabolic pathways in order to better understand tuberculosis treatment to compartmental SIR model optimization in order to better understand the COVID–19 pandemic, to using control algorithms to further the capabilities of autonomous vehicles.

Time Lapse of the MegaVanderTest, the largest live autonomous vehicle traffic experiment ever conducted!

In November 2022 we conducted the largest open track live traffic autonomous vehicle experiment to date.

The CIRCLES Consortium, consisting of Vanderbilt University, UC Berkeley, Temple University and Rutgers University-Camden, in coordination with Nissan North America and the Tennessee Department of Transportation, performed this five-day experiment from Nov. 14 through Nov. 18 2022.

Researchers collected data on a sensor filled portion of I-24 consisting of hundreds of highway cameras installed to collect traffic data. 100 Nissan Rouges were equipped with their own dash and rear view cameras as well as data collection devices in order to monitor the experiment. In each car, novel adaptations to the assisted cruise control systems were made in order to run a controller with the hope of smoothing traffic waves and minimizing feul consumption.

Time Lapse of the MegaVanderTest, the largest live autonomous vehicle traffic experiment ever conducted!

Nearly 200 drivers were hired to drive the vehicles and implement the adaptive cruise control during test days.

Press associatd with the event:

  • Driving Innovation - Rutgers
  • AI-powered cruise control system may pave the way to fuel efficiency and traffic relief
  • Driving Innovation - Jonathan Sprinkle on TikTok
  • You’re a worse driver than a robot: Research shows gaper blocks and looky-loos aren’t an issue with AI
  • PRNewswire
  • UC Berkeley researchers behind the world’s largest open-track traffic experiment
  • WKRN Article
  • Driving Innovation - Rutgers
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