October, 2014                                                                                                          Vol. 1  No. 2
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TransINFO Research Centers
Future Truck 2025 
Autonomous-driving  in concept now by Daimler Trucks
   
With its "Highway Pilot" system, the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, unveiled to the world in September, is an intelligently conceived and realistic response to current developments - it communicates with its environment and drives autonomously... READ MORE 

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

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

TransINFO University Transportation Center's first year of operations has come to a close and I am happy to report that significant progress toward our goal - realizing the full potential of big data in improving transportation system performance and guiding transportation investments and policies - has been made. Research has been advanced, partnerships have been established and TransINFO funding is now being leveraged for follow-on funding. As a consortium, we plan to keep the momentum going forward. On November 5th, TransINFO will be co-sponsoring the 3rd Symposium on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. I hope you can take the time to join me there as it is expected to be a well-attended event with some very distinguished speakers. And, we expect our continued conversations with academic, industry, and government stakeholders to yield a more defined scope of research to better respond to their needs. As always, we invite your involvement in our center, so please don't hesitate to be in touch!

 

Sincerely,

Adel Sadek, Director
TransINFO Tier I University Transportation Center
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Research Spotlight 

Incident Response System to Assist Active Traffic Management in D.C. 
 
TransINFO partners at George Mason University are investigating how to improve incident response strategies by exploring historical incident and traffic data. Traffic incidents have become a major cause of congestion and significant threat to urban mobility. Many road networks in major cities are currently operating near, if not beyond, capacity during peak hours. Capacity reduction and road closure due to incidents can cause significant delays over an extended period. An effective incident management system not only helps to mitigate congestion through swift incident detection, response, and site clearance, but also generates significant environmental benefits by reducing fuel consumption, emissions, and potential secondary incidents.

>>> Learn more about how researchers at George Mason University in collaboration with Virginia's Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Maryland's Department of Transportation (MdDOT) propose to use the wealth of data available to address these issues HERE.  
Awards and Honors
 

Dr. Shanjiang Zhu received the International Transport Forum's 2014 Young Researcher of the Year. The award was presented during the ITF annual summit in Leipzig, Germany. Read more 

 

Dr. Ivette Cruzado, Assistant Professor of the Civil Engineering and Surveying Department at University of Puerto Rico at Mayag´┐Żez and a core TransINFO faculty member has received tenure.

NYSDOT, in collaboration with CUBRC and the University at Buffalo, were selected in Round 4 of SHRP2 Implementation Assistance Program. Read more

 

TransINFO core faculty member, Dr. Qing He has been awarded the IBM Faculty Partnership Award (worldwide), as well as receiving two new grants and publishing three journal articles. To learn more about the grants or publications, visit his website here.  

 

George Mason University's Dr. Shanjiang Zhu and Dr. Laurie Schintler recently gave presentations to the International Road Federation and USDOT Data Palooza 2014 on "Big Data in Transportation" Read more 

 

RPI Ph.D. Student, Wei Zou (Advisor: Dr. Cara Wang), received the WTS Greater New York Scholarship on July 21st, 2014.

 

Dr. Shanjiang Zhu won funds from the Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering, George Mason University, to purchase Bluetooth detectors to enhance research and education activities.

 

Featured News

Dr. Qing He, the Stephen Still Assistant Professor, is working with the Department of Public Works in City of Buffalo to develop evacuation traffic signal timing plans for South Park Ave. South Park Ave in Buffalo is an integral and critical route because it is treated as an alternative route to some of the major freeways like Buffalo Skyway (Route 5) and Niagara Thruway (I-190). South Park Ave carries most of traffic from downtown to south suburban area when Route 5 is blocked during evacuation for reasons such as flood, high winds, snow storms, construction, accidents, and others. An effective signal timing plan for emergency evacuation is very crucial for public safety. In this project, two conflicting objectives of emergency evacuation in a corridor are to increase throughput on the main street (evacuation route) and decrease delay on side streets. 

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