Letter From the Director
 
Dear Colleagues,

I am excited that the Transportation Informatics Tier I University Transportation Center (TransInfo) in partnership with the University at Buffalo and the Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics Transportation has been selected to host the 2017 Annual Summer Meeting of the Council of the University Transportation Centers (CUTC)! From June 19 to June 21, the nation's leading transportation professionals from the academia, industry and government will gather at the brand new waterfront HarborCenter Complex in Buffalo's Canalside!. The three-day meeting will feature distinguished speakers including keynote addresses, presentations, panels and guided discussions covering a broad range of topics related to transportation university research, education and technology transfer. 

Meanwhile, ISTL's research and education initiatives continue to advance! I am pleased to report that one of our education initiatives, the establishment of an Interdisciplinary M.S. Degree and Certificate Program in Sustainable Transportation and Logistics has been approved by the New York State's Board of Education. The program is jointly offered by the   School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the   School of Management (SOM) , thus offering students a truly trans-disciplinary program that is distinct to UB.

The M.S. program in Sustainable Transportation & Logistics is a 30-credit, full-time, 3-semester program. It can also be pursued on a part-time basis. The program is designed to train globally competitive graduates who are well rounded technically and managerially, and who intend to assume leadership positions in transportation and logistics, which have emerged as major sectors of the economy.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, concerns or suggestions for the Institute. I thank all of you for your continued support of ISTL!
 
Best Wishes for a Prosperous New Year!
Adel   
2017 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting
January 8 - 12, 2017
Washington, D.C.
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 96th Annual Meeting is taking place January 8-12, 2017 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. The ISTL, alongside the UB led TransInfo University Transportation Center, hosted a reception on Monday evening for attendees of the meeting.  In addition to hosting the reception, a large contingent of ISTL's faculty and students are taking active roles in the conference. Learn more about ISTL's involvement in TRB .
UB Researchers awarded MRI Grant for a Testbed for Connected & Automated Vehicles

The National Science Foundation has awarded Dr. Chunming Qiao, professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), and co-principal investigators Drs. Adel Sadek, professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE); Qing He, the Stephen Still Assistant Professor in Transportation Engineering and Logistics, affiliated with both CSEE and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE); Kevin Hulme, senior research associate at UB's Motion Simulation Laboratory; Dimitrios Koutsonikolas, CSE associate professor; Changxu Wu, ISE associate professor and CSE adjunct associate professor; and Lukasz Ziarek, CSE assistant professor a $1.2 million grant to create a multifaceted research facility for connected and autonomous cars. The University at Buffalo will contribute $500,000 in matching funds toward the project. The UB researchers are also collaborating with Cisco, Carnegie Mellon University and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI).

The project develops an integrated 5-in-1 instrument (iCAVE2) for Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Evaluation and Experimentation ( Watch Video). It is the first-of-its-kind with unprecedented capabilities, not offered by any simulator-based instrument or test-beds in academic, industrial or government-based R&D laboratories. Furthermore, it bridges the gap between existing simulators and road testing facilities by providing a flexible, scalable (and yet low-cost) and more importantly, safe (and yet realistic) platform for comprehensive and holistic evaluation and experiments of CV/AV technologies and their applications.The instrument is useful to researchers in academia and IT industry as well as developers and decision makers in the auto-manufacturing, auto-insurance and government transportation agencies. Read more.
 
The project team is seeking additional partners to join this exciting endeavor.  The project also has an opening for a software developer and a couple of research assistants. Please contact Ria Iliadou(eiliadou@buffalo.edu) for more information.
Request for Proposals - Fall, 2016

Transportation Informatics Tier I University Transportation Center (TransInfo UTC) is issuing the current "Request for Proposals" (RFP) to its members in search of projects that would further support its mission to undertake research, education, training and technology transfer activities aimed at realizing the full potential of "Big Data" and Transportation Informatics, effecting change in system performance, guiding investments and improving policies. 

TransInfo proposal / application submission is open to any faculty member of a Partner University who meet the "Project Requirements".  The request for proposals is issued in December, 2016 with an application due date of March 1, 2017.

Send your application, via email to TransInfo Director, Adel Sadek, Ph.D. ( asadek@buffalo.edu) with a carbon copy to Ria Iliadou ( eiliadou@buffalo.edu) with the subject line "TransInfo RFP Application" to be received no later than 11:59 PM on March 1, 2017. Learn more
Second Annual Symposium on Transportation Informatics
Transportation and big data professionals from the academia, industry and government gathered at George Mason University, Arlington Campus in Arlington, Virginia for the Second Annual Symposium on Transportation Informatics, on August 4th & 5th, 2016.  The event was hosted by the Transportation Informatics Tier I University Transportation Center (TransInfo) in partnership with the University at Buffalo, SUNY, the Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics and the U.S Department of Transportation Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R).  Read more
Featured Researcher

Dr. Alex Anas has been a professor of economics at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) since 1991.  He obtained his BA and BS from Carnegie Mellon University in 1972, and his MA, MCP in 1974 and Ph.D. in 1975 from the University of Pennsylvania.
In 2006, he was elected Fellow of the Regional Science Association International. Prof. Anas currently serves on the editorial boards of The Economics of Transportation, Journal of Housing Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, and the Journal of Regional Science. 
Dr. Anas' research interests have spanned theoretical, empirical and applied urban economics.  Read more about Dr. Anas' Research
Featured Awards, Honors and Activities  
Dr. Anas presented with the 2016 Walter Isard Award

On November 12, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota - while in attendance at the annual meetings of the Urban Economics Association held each year within the annual meetings of the North American Regional Science Association, - Dr. Alex Anas, professor at the Department of Economics, was presented with the 2016 Walter Isard Award "in recognition of distinguished scholarly achievements in the field of Regional Science."



Yoon Sang Moon , Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics, who recently was awarded a CAS fellowship, presented his paper (which is also the first chapter of his dissertation) titled "Internal Structure of Consumer Cities: Core and Sub-Centers" at the 2016 Annual Conference of the International Transportation Economics Association (ITEA), held this year June 15-17 at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago de Chile, Chile. The Association makes an award each year to the author of  the best paper written by a junior scholar . This year Yoon Sang was found to be deserving of this honor. The research was supported in part by a College of Arts and Sciences fellowship and in part by Dr. Anas' research award from UCOP.


Dr. Panagiotis Ch. Anastasopoulos,   Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural & Enviromemntal Engineering,  received the  2016 Early Career Researcher of the Year Award  for important contributions to transportation engineering, with emphasis on roadway vehicle crashes and strategies to reduce such crashes.


2016 UB National Summer Transportation Institute 
From July 11th to July 15th, UB hosted the 2016 UB National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI). Organized by ISTL and TransINFO core faculty member Dr. Qing He and funded by FHWA and NYSDOT, the goal of NSTI is to educate the next generation of transportation professionals. Thirty local high school students participated in an innovative one-week summer educational program in transportation which consisted of lectures, projects, field trips and enhancement sessions. Read more
  SAVE THE DATE: CUTC 2017 ANNUAL SUMMER MEETING
                     JUNE 19- 21, 2017 @ BUFFALO, NY



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