Barnabé Monnot

Year 4 PhD candidate in Singapore, research in algorithmic game theory and large systems with a data-driven approach.

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The case against overhead bridges

Last October an accident happened on a road in Singapore. A 4 year old child and the family’s helper accompanying her were struck by a car as they were jaywalking across a two by two-lane street, resulting in the death of the child. The tragedy is reported in this Straits Times article. The report mentions that the jaywalking took place near an overhead bridge, where pedestrians can climb up to cross the road, with pictures showing the bridge perhaps 20-30 meters away. More...

Fake news and info laundering

Yesterday appeared on the New York Times How to Fix Facebook? We Asked 9 Experts, obviously in response to the latest news that Facebook had communicated to Congress details about paid advertisements by foreign interests attempting to influence the outcome of 2016’s election. Fake news is the center and front of the debate and behind lies the technical question of how to spot them and defuse them. The article offers a few insights, including some that may well be the solution. More...

60km with Obike and Mobike

I am in love with bicycle sharing. There, it is said. I can now continue my totally biased journal of thoughts relative to the new dockless bicycles that appeared overnight in Singapore. It is a continuation of sorts of my previous article on cycling in Singapore. I will use the same format of going through several not necessarily ordered thoughts. More...

Collected thoughts on transportation in Singapore II: Cycling

I wrote haphazard thoughts on cars in Singapore in a previous post, following a week-long workshop on transport policies in the city state. Today I want to talk about cycling in Singapore, based on my personal experience and gathered evidence from conversations and policies. More...

Collected thoughts on transportation in Singapore I: Cars

Last week I had the pleasure to attend the Science, Technology and Policy workshop / summer school at the CREATE tower of NUS. They house the Singapore MIT Alliance on Research and Technology (SMART) who developed lately a prototype of self-driving car (which we tested!) and the Singapore branch of ETH’s Future Cities Laboratory. The workshop was tying up these two forces as well as locally-based people and asked us, students and young researchers from these institutions, to think about what Singapore as a smart nation could look like. More...