In the use of big data and artificial intelligence to build sustainable communities

17:57 | 06/10/2021 Society

Following the successful launch of our newest big data program, AIP Foundation is hosting a stakeholder meeting to provide the latest updates of AI&Me in Vietnam, a program which empowers young people to identify and report unsafe road conditions to the government for road modifications. The meeting will welcome Government representatives and provide insight into the program’s progress.

AIP Foundation’s three year AI&Me program, is supported by Fondation Botnar – a foundation which champions the use of AI and digital technologies to improve the wellbeing of young people in urban environments – as well as the FIA Foundation, Anditi, and iRAP. Together we are developing a ‘youth engagement app’, to offer young people an efficient way to identify and report high-risk road conditions, providing them with a platform for their voices to be heard. Through the app, government officials will receive data as actionable recommendations to make effective and evidence-based road safety interventions.

in the use of big data and artificial intelligence to build sustainable communities

“We’re pleased to be piloting the AI&Me program in Vietnam, where we’ll have the ability to utilize big datasets to transform the way we think, approach, and solve the road crisis to eventually expand to other countries. The AI&Me program has the potential to inspire young people across the world to become road safety activists bridging the gap between big data science and public health and we’re looking to help get them there every step of the way,” expressed Mirjam Sidik, AIP Foundation CEO.

In recent years, big data technology has been utilized to transform road safety through predictive analysis by evaluating historical data to pinpoint high-risk areas. These maps enable authorities to take preventative measures before casualties happen. The AI&Me program revolutionizes road safety measures in Vietnam, paving the way for emerging technologies to address public health issues.

“At Fondation Botnar, we believe that AI and digital technologies provide solutions that can both address the needs of an entire generation while futureproofing our health systems. The AI&Me program will help demonstrate the many potential benefits and uses that AI has in public health, through the engagement of the youth population”, said Siddharta Jha, AI/Digital program manager of Swiss-based Fondation Botnar.

“Traffic injury remains the leading cause of injury and death for youth from the ages of 5 to 29. Giving young people the platform to share their experiences as road users, make demands for change, and have the confidence to know their demands will be both heard and acted upon are essential for meaningful engagement. It is great that AIP Foundation are involving youth in the delivery of their programme to ensure that they are represented every step of the way,” added Saul Billingsley, Executive Director of the FIA Foundation.

The AI&Me program was launched and will be tested in Ho Chi Minh City, Gia Lai Province, and Yen Bai Province with the possibility of scaling up to other regions and countries following successful initial trials. Representatives from the Traffic Safety Committee, Department of Transportation, Department of Education and Training from Ho Chi Minh City, Yen Bai Province, and Gia Lai Province attended the stakeholder meeting.