RIDER news articles

Drones and Traffic Safety

Drones and Traffic Safety 

In this recent test, tethered drones were flown over busy intersections to observe traffic patterns. In real-time, the drones provided footage of the scene below, and a machine learning algorithm identified and labeled the vehicles as they passed by. At lower elevations, the drone was even capable of identifying a person. Although this work is still in development it has some very promising applications.  

 

 

ISL Faculty Affiliate leads new RIDER Center to help communities plan and prepare for disasters

ISL Faculty Affiliate leads new RIDER Center to help communities plan and prepare for disasters

In Florida, we have crazy weather. We’ve learned to hunker down or evacuate, but both can pose challenges for older adults. Now a Faculty Affiliate of the Institute for Successful Longevity is leading a new research center developing better ways for communities to plan, to prepare and to react to weather events and other threats in ways that accommodate the needs of older people and all populations.

FAMU-FSU researcher awarded NSF funding for COVID-19 impact on municipal solid waste management facilities

This article originally appeared on Florida State University News 

A FAMU-FSU College of Engineering researcher is studying the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on municipal solid waste management systems with the help of a  Rapid Response Research grant from the National Science Foundation. 

FSU engineering researchers harness wind data to help meet energy needs in Florida

This article originally appeared on EurekAlert!

Florida is one of several states in the Southeast where wind energy is virtually nonexistent, which is one reason wind farms have not been an economically viable energy source in the region. But a new study from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering shows how upcoming technological advances could make wind energy a hot commodity in the Sunshine State.

FSU research connecting rural libraries with emergency management for natural disasters

This article originally appeared on WTXL News

WAKULLA, Fla. (WTXL) — In rural communities, librarians do more than just help check out books.

When disasters happen they too are out on the front lines.

New research at Florida State University is looking at how public libraries like the Wakulla Public Library is helping with emergency management in rural counties during natural disasters.

Lessons can be learned in evacuating, sheltering older adults

This article originally appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat

We are all shocked by the tragic consequences of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, from older people sitting waist-deep in water in Houston to the air-conditioning failure that killed residents in a Florida nursing home.

Today the question is, how can we protect older adults from such adverse effects? 

Effective sheltering, saving lives: How to evacuate the elderly in hurricanes

This article originally appeared in the Orlando Sentinel

We know tropical storms and hurricanes are coming. While heading into the weeks of high risk and preparation for the worst, we need to take steps to include older adults in community and organizational plans. With pro-active planning, we can make sure no senior is left without assistance.

Bacteria transform landfill methane

This article originally appeared on Earth Times

Greenhouse gasses from landfill sites could be treated with biofilters to reduce their impact on global warming according to new American research.

As organic matter rots it releases methane. In older landfill sites this gas is released as a small trickle that it is not currently viable to trap and use for biofuel so goes up into the atmosphere, where methane is a major contributor to the greenhouse effect.