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Find a parking place with your smartphone

Drivers may one day be able to find a parking space on their smartphones instead of hunting for one on the street.| Short Read

Drivers may one day be able to find a parking space on their smartphones instead of hunting for one on the street if a new system envisioned by University of Michigan researchers becomes reality.

The system would use radar sensors that are already built into many vehicles to create a crowd-sourced, real-time map of parking availability. The map could be linked to a smartphone app, enabling drivers to reserve a parking space in advance. The system could also enable autonomous vehicles to find parking on their own.

Professor Romesh Saigalteaches courses in continuous optimization and linear programming. His current research involves theoretical investigation into interior point methods, large scale optimization and software development for mathematical programming. He has been an associate editor of Management Science and is a member of SIAM, AMS and AAAS. He is the Director of Interdisciplinary Professional Programs (InterPro) at U of M.

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors. | Medium Read