Risks of Traffic Injuries as Barriers to Walking Among Children: An Agent-based Modeling Approach (ABM)

Associate Name: Qingfeng Li

Funding Source/Period of the Grant: HPC Pilot 10/01/17-06/01/17


Li proposes developing an ABM to examine the decision making of road users on travel mode and to simulate the complex interaction between road users, traffic infrastructure, and motorized and non-motorized vehicles. The model will draw upon a rich collection of theories, methods, and tools from health science, behavioral and social science, engineering, mathematics, and data science.
While traffic injures and resulting reduction of physical activity affect the whole population, this study focus on children because of their vulnerability on the roads and life course consequences of reduced physical activity at childhood.
The results of the pilot project would form the basis for a grant proposal to National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Li also plans to submit a paper from the pilot project research to a journal for publication.


Photo: "Traffic" by Dave Bleasdale is licensed under CC BY 2.0