Information Technologies Curves: smart algorithms for managing ride sharing services

I.T. Curves

Business Description:

Gaithersburg, Md.-based I.T. Curves develops turnkey, end-to-end system solutions, including multiple applications of 3G and 4G smart devices, GPS and navigation software, location-based services, sophisticated, state-of-the-art control and optimization algorithms for assigning best-fit tasks to a mobile resource, and efficient ride-sharing algorithms for improving the management processes and efficiency of public transportation and related government programs.

Challenge:

I.T. Curves sought to develop a state-of-the-art optimization system for managing paratransit and other for-hire transportation business involving shared ride transportation operations, reducing costs and improving performance.

MIPS Role:

The objective of the MIPS project was to develop state-of-the-art intelligent optimization algorithms to embed in a commercially successful decision management tool and software system, called the Mobile Resources Management System (MRMS). MRMS is currently under development. The combined algorithm and software system will enable paratransit and other transportation operators to efficiently manage their resources while satisfying various service quality expectations and other practical considerations. The new algorithms will improve the efficiency of matching passengers to vehicles and other passengers, routing, and scheduling of trips by incorporating the latest ideas from the research literature on ride-sharing systems, including work recently accomplished by researchers at the University of Maryland. In particular, the new algorithms will efficiently deal with new requests that arrive at any time, as well as those made well in advance. Practical factors, such as desired “time windows,” trip urgencies, priority fares, and uncertain travel times will also be handled.

Results:

The new algorithms have been embedded into I.T. Curves’ products, which are used by a number of operators around the U.S. Based on these sales, the company has been able to retain a workforce of 8 full-time employees.

Project Manager:  David Mohebbi

Principal InvestigatorDr. Elise Miller-Hooks, UMD

Location:  Gaithersburg, Maryland – Montgomery County

Project Start Date:  8/1/2011

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