June, 2015                                                                                                      Vol. 1  No. 4
In This Issue

TransInfo is pleased to announce the current "Request for Proposals" (RFP) to its members in search of proposals 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 in: (1) improving transportation system performance; and (2) guiding investments and policies.

TransINFO Research Centers
Semi-annual progress report


Covering October 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015, TransInfo's semi-annual progress report focused on: (1) continued research activities; (2) education and training activities for TransInfo graduate students; (3) outreach activities including formal collaboration agreement with the Transportation Research Institute (IMOB) of Hasselt University in Belgium, and planning for the First Annual Symposium on Transportation Informatics; (4) leveraging TransINFO funds for follow-on funding; and (5) faculty accomplishments.


Funding for the Transportation Informatics Tier I University
Transportation Center has been generously provided 
by the United States Department of Transportation.
Letter from the Director


Dear colleagues,


For months, plans have been underway at our Center to host the 

First Annual Symposium on Transportation Informatics, an event

focused on the use of big data analytics in transportation operations, safety, and public transportation with workshops designed to drive future research and practice. I am pleased, on behalf of our center partners, to invite you to attend. The symposium will be held August 13th & 14th in Buffalo, NY - an incredible place to experience summer - and I promise to keep the snow away! I hope you can make it.


Notwithstanding the planning for this inaugural event, TransInfo has made some exciting progress since the last issue of this publication, some of it summarized here and all of it summarized in our last progress report, submitted in April. Highlights include the release of a Request for Proposals from all Transinfo partner organizations aimed at supporting collaborative research,  the funding for several follow-on projects and a formalized agreement with the Transportation Research Institute (IMOB) of Hasselt University (HU) in Belgium to collaborate on education and research initiatives.


As always, thank you for your continued support!



Adel Sadek, Director
TransINFO Tier I University Transportation Center

The First Annual Symposium on Transportation Informatics will take place on August 13th & 14th, 2015 in Buffalo, New York. This event will feature three major sessions: Big Data Analytics in Transportation Operations, Informatics Utilization in Public Transportation, and Application of Analytics to Transportation Safety; and two workshops: Big Data Analytics in Transportation Safety (SHRP2 Naturalistic Driving Data) and Big Data and Connected Vehicles.

Featured awards, honors, and activities

The University at Buffalo, TransInfo's lead university, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Transportation Research Institute (IMOB) of Hasselt University (HU) in Belgium to promote collaboration between the two Universities in areas related to transportation research and education.


TransInfo faculty, Dr. Rajan Batta, received IIE's 2015 Holzman Distinguished Educators Award.


In collaboration with TransInfo partner CUBRC, the University at Buffalo and TransInfo faculty Dr. Panos Anastasopoulos and Dr. Adel Sadek received funding from FHWA's Exploratory Research Program for a project entitled Applications of Knowledge Discovery in Massive Transportation Data: The Development of a Transportation Research Informatics Platform (TRIP) - $989,000. 

TransInfo partner, the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez hosted Transportation Week, which took place on campus during the week of March 16th-20th, 2015. 


TransInfo faculty secured funding including (i) Dr. Wu, Dr. Qiao, Dr. Sadek and Dr. Hulme were awarded funding from NSF for Modeling Cyber Transportation and Human Interaction in Connected and Automated Vehicles - $499,952; (ii) Dr. Qing He received funding from UTRC2 to develop a mathematical framework to model heterogeneous objective traffic signal control for 14 different subnetworks; (iii) Dr. Jamie Kang received UTRC2 funding to study "Market Potential for Battery Electric Vehicles based on Multi-Day Activity- Travel Patterns.


Professor Panos Anastasopoulos, along with University at Buffalo students T. Androutselis, U. Eker, N. Golshani, G. Jordan, S. Nahidi, and T. Sarwar presented five papers at the 56th Annual Transportation Research Forum.


Journal publications


Y. Hou, Y. Zhao, A. Wagh, L. Zhang, C. Qiao, K.F. Hulme, C. Wu, A.W. Sadek, and X. Liu. (2015). Simulation Based Testing and Evaluation Tools for Transportation Cyber-Physical System. IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (in press).


L. Lin, Q. Wang and A.W. Sadek. (2015). A Novel Variable Selection Method based on Frequent Pattern Tree for Real-time Traffic Accident Risk Prediction. Transportation Research - Part C (in press).


L. Lin, M. Ni, Q. He, J. Gao and A.W. Sadek. (2015). Modeling the Impacts of Inclement Weather on Freeway Traffic Speed: An Exploratory Study Utilizing Social Media Data. Journal of the Transportation Research Board (in press).


L. Lin, Q. Wang, and A.W. Sadek. (2014). Data Mining and Complex Network Algorithm.

Research spotlight
Application Development for Mobile Data Collection and Sharing for Vehicle Accidents
The main goal of the research study is to develop a mobile computer application for documenting and sharing data regarding vehicular accidents. The developed application will benefit the police workforce, the Puerto Rico DTOP, and higher education institutions by providing the means to collect accident data accurately and making it available for further research . The detailed objectives are: (1) Determine relevant data needed from accident reports and the key features of this data. This first step will help in the creation of reports, the development of the database and the proper transfer of the data to other interested agencies; (2) conduct an extensive literature survey on off-the-shelf equipment, and available software platforms for the development and deployment of the mobile application; (3) Select the proper architecture for the mobile application software and reporting system. The initial system will be deployed at a small-scale; however the design must be scalable; (4) Develop a mobile application that will substitute the police report that is filed in the field when a vehicle accident is reported; (5) Develop an accident data sharing system among the interested parties (i.e. local police station, central police station, Puerto Rico DTOP, and higher-education institutions). The collected data and reports could be available to the general public; and (6) Use data mining algorithms on the collected accident report data to develop transportation informatics. Read more
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