How Bluetooth Beacon Technology Might Reduce Distracted Pedestrian Behavior

Monday, Sept. 26, 2022

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET

AAAM is proud to host a 60-minute webinar, “How Bluetooth Beacon Technology Might Reduce Distracted Pedestrian Behavior”. This webinar will be presented by Dr. Ragib Hasan, Associate Professor of Computer Science at University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Dr. David C. Schwebel, University Professor of Psychology and Associate Vice President for Research Facilities and infrastructure at University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Computer scientist Ragib Hasan and psychologist David Schwebel will present their NIH- and NSF-funded collaborative research using advances in Bluetooth beacon technology to intervene and present distracted pedestrian behavior, an increasingly common and difficult-to-prevent transportation safety challenge. Packaged in a mobile app called StreetBit, their innovation showed initial efficacy to alert pedestrians and prevent them from crossing streets while distracted on their smartphones.

This webinar is free for AAAM members and $50 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required.

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Meet Our Speakers

Ragib Hasan, Ph.D., is a tenured Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior to joining UAB in 2011, He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in October, 2009, and December, 2005, respectively, and was an NSF/CRA Computing Innovation Fellow postdoc at the Department of Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University.

Hasan explores research on cloud security, the Internet of Things, digital forensics, smart city, autonomous vehicles, and big data. His primary focus is to research and develop sustainable and efficient solutions real-life problems. He is the founder of the Secure and Trustworthy Computing Lab (SECRETLab) at UAB. He is also a Sparkman Scholar at the UAB Sparkman Center for Public Health and a Scientist at Minority Health & Research Center, General Clinical Research Center. Hasan is a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a member of the IEEE.

Hasan is the author of more than 125 peer reviewed articles. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes for Health (NIH), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He is a 2014 awardee of the prestigious NSF CAREER Award for his work on cloud security. He is also the recipient of multiple awards, including a Google RISE Award, for his education projects in Asia.

At UAB, Hasan graduated five PhD students, five MS students, and multiple undergraduate students, including two minority students under the NSF Research Experience for undergraduate students (REU) program.

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David C. Schwebel is University Professor of Psychology and Associate Vice President for Research Facilities and Infrastructure at University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he heads the UAB Youth Safety Lab.  He earned his B.A. in psychology from Yale University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from University of Iowa. He completed a clinical psychology internship at University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Schwebel has published over 350 peer-reviewed manuscripts, most focusing on understanding and preventing unintentional injury in children. He has developed and implemented injury prevention techniques for pedestrian safety training in virtual reality environments, preschool playground safety via behavioral strategies targeting teachers, drowning prevention through lifeguard training at public swimming pools, dog bite prevention in rural China and the US, safer car seat installation through interactive merged reality, and kerosene safety in low-income South African neighborhoods.

Dr. Schwebel is a Woodrow Wilson Scholar, a Fulbright Award winner, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He won the 2019 Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research from the American Psychological Association; served from 2017-2021 on the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control; and authored the popular book, Raising Kids Who Choose Safety: The TAMS Method for Child Accident Prevention.  He has been Principal Investigator on grants worth over $12 million and his research has been funded by NIH, CDC, DOT, several other federal, non-profit and industry groups.

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