February, 2015                                                                                                      Vol. 1  No. 3
In This Issue
TransINFO co-sponsors the 3rd Symposium on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
TransINFO Research Centers
Learn more about TransINFO
Funding for the Transportation Informatics University
Transportation Center has been generously provided 
by the United States Department of Transportation.
Letter from the Director


Dear colleagues,


This past October marked the conclusion of TransINFO's first year of operations, a year filled with activity and growth, most of which has been summarized in our annual progress report. While past TransINFO newsletters have touched on many of our accomplishments, this report details some of the more significant undertakings and measured outcomes. I invite you to browse through it as time permits.


Now, several months into year two, we are pleased to share some of our more recent activity in this newsletter including the TransINFO cosponsored 3rd Symposium on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, participation in and leadership at the Transportation Research Board's 94th Annual Meeting, and a continuing spotlight on some of the research being conducted at our center.


As always, your thoughts, questions and suggestions are always welcomed and appreciated. These conversations allow us to better understand many of your transportation needs and challenges; and to better focus our research efforts to help you solve them.



Adel Sadek, Director
TransINFO Tier I University Transportation Center
First year progress


Covering October, 2013 through September, 2014 TransINFO's first year progress report focuses on the accomplishments, measured outcomes and deliverables of research; outreach initiatives to governmental agencies, members from the transportation industry and the international community, as well as prospective transportation students; continued graduate student involvement in research; and leveraging TransINFO funds for follow-on funding. 



The 94th Annual Meeting of for the Transportation Research Board took place in mid-January, 2015 with a strong presence from TransINFO. Highlights included a co-sponsored reception welcoming over 150 attendees; nearly 40 presentations, papers and posters showcased by TransINFO faculty and students; and the selection of a University at Buffalo Ph.D. student as The Center's 2014 Student of the Year. See more highlights here.

Awards and honors

TransINFO faculty and their collaborators have won the Best Digest Paper Award at the International Conference on Connected Vehicles and Expo (ICCVE) for the conference's last two sessions.


S. Kundu, A. Singh, C. Qiao, S. Kundu, A. Sadek, Y. Hou, "Vehicle speed control algorithms for data delivery and eco-driving," ACM/IEEE/IFAC/TRB International Conference on Connected Vehicles & Expo (ICCVE), 2014.


Y. Zhao, A. Wagh, K. Hulme, C. Qiao, A. Sadek, H. Xu and L. Huang, "Integrated Traffic-Driving-Networking Simulator: A Unique Research and Development Tool for Connected Vehicles," in ACM/IEEE/IFAC/TRB International Conference on Connected Vehicles & Expo (ICCVE), 2012.


University at Buffalo Ph.D. student Andrew Bartlett was selected as the 2014 Student of the Year for the Transportation Informatics Tier I University Transportation Center.  He was honored by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) at a special ceremony held during the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting.


Shuai Tang, a third year PhD student from the Transportation Systems Programs at the University at Buffalo was awarded several travel grants to present at industry conferences.


Courtney Bentley, a graduate student in the University at Buffalo's Transportation Systems program was awarded a student scholarship from the Upstate New York Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.  


Research spotlight
Arterial Performance Measure ment Using Multiple Traffic Data Sources
As technologies advance, emerging urban data are increasingly available for wide urban areas. They include data from dedicated loop detectors, license plate readers, vehicle re-identification, electric toll collection (ETC), Bluetooth, cellular phones, GPS-enabled devices (such as navigation devices and smart phones), potentially Connected Vehicles, and so on. Such data are inherently heterogeneous, including both fixed-location data (e.g.., those from loops) and   mobile data (e.g., those from GPS), which are referred to as Urban Hybrid Traffic Data (U-HTD) in this proposal. U-HTD provides great opportunities for urban transportation/traffic system performance evaluation, modeling, and management. They can directly measure how the urban system performs and help pinpoint problem areas (such as bottlenecks). Integrated with other data from surveys / interviews / experiments, they can help better understand how the system components behave and interact with each other. They can also help make more informed decisions about how to allocate resources and investment to manage urban systems more effectively and efficiently. On the other hand, however, U-HTD poses great challenges in data collection, processing, storage, and use. Read more
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