Accessibility for People with Disabilities in Sofia, Bulgaria using Machine Learning

Local Project Sofia, Bulgaria Chapter

Coordinated by the Lead of Bulgaria, Manolova Monika Manolova,

Status: Upcoming

Project Duration: 30 Nov 2022 - 31 Jan 2023




Project background.

This challenge will be a collaboration between Omdena Bulgaria Local Chapter and LiberAid.

LiberAid is a community of people with disabilities that is focused on the mission of helping people with physical disabilities travel more freely and enjoy their experience.

People with disabilities, require constant support to visit sites, access public amenities and enjoy tourism. There are everyday challenges that concern transport modes, connectivity, origin, and destination and building accessibility, that are hard to manage regardless of the regional context. Rather than a source of agitation travel should be an enjoyable experience even for people at a physical disadvantage.

The problem.

Through machine learning, we can predict and map accessibility for people with disabilities. We can help enable and enhance the experience of travelers that are faced with physical challenges, and we can improve their day-to-day experience and quality of life.

There are various data resources, which may be applied to an accessibility ML solution aimed at accessibility for the disabled. There is mapping of the safest routes and route modelling, but there is also accessibility valuation of sites, sidewalks assessment, and localization of support. The ML solution should consider the specific needs of the end user and provide user-friendly analytics.

Various modes of transport and public sites should be analyzed from the perspective of people with physical disabilities. The ML algorithm should consider the various valuation elements and index accessibility.

The outcome of the challenge should be an API of an ML model which predicts accessibility for people with disabilities within an urban context. It can be initially modelled around the city of Sofia Bulgaria, but adjustable to alternative urban contexts.

Project goals.

  • Gather information about accessibility to buildings and public sites in Sofia.
  • Create an ML model which can predict accessibility difficulties for the end user.
  • Develop a user-friendly dashboard that can showcase the solution.

Project plan.

  • Week 1

    Data Collection
    Data Pre-processing

  • Week 2

    Exploratory-Data Analysis

  • Week 3


  • Week 4

    Modelling and adjustment of data and solutions

  • Week 5

    Model testing and validation

  • Week 6

    Model Deployment into possible API

  • Week 7

    Visualisation and Publication

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