Given the state of traffic congestion in many cities, there is a clear need to encourage greater use of public transportation and sharing of private vehicles. We will describe work by researchers at Xerox Research Center India on these problems with Xerox Services (soon to be called Conduent), which is one of the largest providers of transportation services to governments across the world. We describe techniques, based on analysing data from electronic ticketing machines for buses in two Latin American cities, to improve the scheduling of public transportation, increasing bus utilization and decreasing average waiting times for passengers. We then describe our team's work on identifying opportunities for ride sharing in a multimodal transportation planner, and various open problems that arise in the context of ride-sharing, including fair pricing and human issues.
Dr. Manish Gupta is Vice President at Xerox Corporation and Director of Xerox Research Centre in India. Previously, Manish has served as Managing Director, Technology Division at Goldman Sachs India, and has held various leadership positions with IBM, including that of Director, IBM Research - India and Chief Technologist, IBM India/South Asia. From 2001 to 2006, he served as a Senior Manager at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, where he led the team developing system software for the Blue Gene/L supercomputer. IBM was awarded a National Medal of Technology and Innovation for Blue Gene by US President Barack Obama in 2009. Manish holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He has co-authored about 75 papers, with more than 6,000 citations in Google Scholar in the areas of high-performance computing, compilers, and virtual machine optimizations, and has been granted 19 US patents. While at IBM, Manish received an Outstanding Innovation Award, two Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards and the Lou Gerstner Team Award for Client Excellence. Manish serves as the chair of IKDD, the ACM India Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, and was General Co-Chair for IKDD Conference on Data Sciences 2015. He is an ACM Fellow, a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, and a recipient of a Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Delhi.