Student Thesis – Pop Bike by Qijing Zhang


View Thesis Paper | Brian’s NYU Student Projects

The goal of Pop Bike was to create a real-time picture of the use of Citi-bikes in NY. Qijing made the project even more interesting by adding useful meta-data, including income-by-census tract, bike-routes and information about public transit.

It was one of the most fun projects I’ve ever supervised, both technologically and conceptually. Qijing was (and is) obsessed with data visualization, and put an enormous amount of effort into learning all that she could about it. Her paper includes a really solid summary of the history of data visualization, in itself an impressive accomplishment but more so considering that English is her second language.

Unfortunately, Qijing’s project isn’t functional right now because of a change in APIs. I’m confident that I will be able to help her fix that with a tiny amount of effort. Its worth preserving.