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Center for Advanced Public Safety

The Center for Advanced Public Safety (CAPS) is an applied research center focused on the integration of technology into real-world problems that impact public safety and well-being. CAPS develops new technology for police officers, emergency medical units, and for government business units that support criminal justice, transportation, human services, vehicle tax registration, and collection and a host of related services.   With the provision of cutting edge technology that impacts lives in so many different ways, we engage in engineering and applied social/behavioral science research made possible by technology-produced substrate data.  To support this applied research, we also maintain a strong basic research stream in data analytics and the computing technology needed to support big data in society.

In The News: The ridesharing impact on drunk driving

Uber and Lyft driving have become popular side hustles for people around the world. But for one driver the ride sharing services are more than just a full-time gig. “Oh my goodness, it has been awesome, I have loved it. It’s made my life so much happier,” Leigh Ann Browne… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 on 10/31, Fox 6 on 11/3, NBC (Montgomery), Fox (Dothan)

In The News: UA Part of Tornado Research Project in Alabama

A group of University of Alabama students will soon visit and spend time with some homeowners to better understand how they find out when severe weather is happening and how those families react to it. Read more

Sources: Fox 6, ABC 33/40 on 10/7, NBC (Huntsville), NBC (Montgomery), WERC-FM, WVUA on 10/9, NBC 13, ABC 33/40 on 10/9, WVTM-13 on 10/10, WVUA on 10/12, WVTM 13 (Birmingham) on 10/12 , ABC/NBC (Mississippi and West Alabama), The News Courier, NBC (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Times Daily, The Eagle, ABC (Huntsville), ABC 33/40 on 10/14, NBC (Columbus, Miss.), Insurance Journal, Alabama Newscenter

In The News: University of Alabama researchers to design next-gen transportation system in west central Alabama

Researchers at the University of Alabama are embarking on a $16.8 million project to transform the roads and highways in the Tuscaloosa area into a smart transportation network that is safer, less congested and more environmentally friendly. By dotting the roadways in west central Alabama with sensors and cameras, utilizing… Read more

Sources: Alabama Newscenter, Wired Focus

In The News: Grant money allocated for targeted traffic enforcement

Just in time for the Labor Day weekend, the governor’s office announced 18 counties will get $1.2 million to help improve traffic safety in East-Central Alabama. Funds will be allocated to police and sheriff’s departments based on data provided by the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety which… Read more

Sources: The Gadsden Times, ABC 33/40, NBC (Montgomery)

In The News: UA and Auburn receive grant to help with safety on Alabama roads

New tonight, safety on Alabama’s highways at the center of a more than $3 million grant. Governor Ivey awarded the funding today to Auburn University, The University of Alabama and the state’s department of public health. We are told the money will be used by the schools to create media… Read more

Sources: NBC 13, NBC (Huntsville), NBC (Montgomery), NBC (Birmingham) , Alabama Political Reporter, Fox 6, CBS 42, ABC (Columbus, Ga.), ABC (Huntsville), NBC (Montgomery), ABC 33/40, WBRC (Birmingham), Business Alabama, WTVY (Dothan), The Tuscaloosa News

In The News: When a Tornado Hits Your Home: A New Look at Structures, Survival, and Resilience

Chasing a tornado is one thing. It’s a whole different matter if a tornado is heading toward your home. How do you deal with the threat? And exactly what happens if the tornado actually hits? A new NOAA-funded study will spend the next two years delving into those questions. The… Read more

Sources: Weather Underground

In The News: Fourth of July holiday brings higher risk of fatal wrecks

Alabama averages more fatal crashes during the days surrounding Independence Day than the rest of the year, according to an analysis of state traffic records by researchers at the University of Alabama. Read more

Sources: Tuscaloosa News, Fox 6 (Birmingham), WAFF 48 (Huntsville), The Tuscaloosa News, Yellowhammer, Alabama Daily News, Alabama News Center