June, 2104                                                                                                              Vol. 1  No. 1
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TransINFO Research Centers
Big Data Transportation Analysis at Work
The State of Massachusetts provided open access to several new transportation data sets for a hackathon event and the results are tech-transfer worthy!

See more about 
the event HERE
Funding for the Transportation Informatics University
Transportation Center has been generously provided 
by the United States Department of Transportation.
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Welcome from the Director

Dear Colleagues,


The transportation community has long known about the potential of "Big Data", but until relatively recently few organizations were onboard to explore those opportunities. Now, the quality, volume, variety, and resolution of this data present unprecedented opportunity and we are thrilled to join the ranks of industry leaders, top researchers, and our government collaborators in exploring the vast research and technology transfer potential in this field. One small part of our efforts will be this newsletter designed to provide not only continuing information about TransINFO, but relevant updates on transportation informatics more generally. My hope is that you find it valuable and reach out to us from time to time with your input. 



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

We are pleased to report significant progress only several months into our Tier I University Transportation Center award. From initiating TransInfo's research program at our partner institutions to securing funding for a National Summer Transportation Institute to hosting "Transportation Week" that culminated in a collaboration agreement that was signed between UPRM and the Metropolitan Bus Authority, we are excited to be making strides.  Our first report outlines the Center's initiatives and progress to date.


Read the report HERE.
Research Spotlight 

Mining Transportation Information from Social Media for Planned and Unplanned Events
Social media has become ubiquitous in our daily life, and there has been a growing interest in mining useful information therein. Vast amounts of user-generated content strengthens linkage and interaction between each individual within the community circle and also provides a large amount of information related to various areas. Examples include Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Plus and Wikipedia. The trend of easy access to social media will continuously to grow with the development and commercialization of wearable computer devices, like Google Glass and other  Read more HERE. 
Awards and honors

George Mason University's Dr. Zhu is the recipient of the International Transport Forum's 2014 Young Researcher of the Year. The award was presented during the ITF annual summit in Leipzig, Germany.  

RPI doctoral candidate Dapeng Zhang recently received two awards. He was the winner of the GIS-T student paper contest organized by AASHTO, for Transit Ridership Estimation with Network Kriging: A Case Study of Second Avenue Subway, NYC; and received first place in the RIBTC (Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation) graduate student research competition, for A Schedule Optimization to Improve Transfer Efficiency between Intercity Buses and Local Buses.  


UB doctoral candidate Lei Lin recently won the ITS-NY Student Paper Competition for Android Smartphone Application for Collecting, Sharing and Predicting the Niagara Frontier Border Crossings Waiting Time. Read the full paper HERE.

Dr. Xuegang (Jeff) Ban received  the 2014 RPI School of Engineering (SoE) Research Excellence Award for Junior Faculty.
Featured news

Can big data fix Singapore's public transportation woes? IBM and LTA say yes Public transportation has been a subject of great discontent over the past few years. With sky-high car ownership costs in the island-state, it comes as no surprise that citizens turn to trains and buses as their main mode of transportation. In fact, according to Read more
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