Fall 2017                                                                                                     Vol. 4  No. 1
TransInfo Research Centers
Funding for the Transportation Informatics Tier I University
Transportation Center has been generously provided 
by the United States Department of Transportation.
Kathy Hochul Lt. Governor of the State of New York welcoming the attendees
Meeting attendees
Dr. Kevin Womack Director of Office of Research Development and Technology US Depart. of Transportation
TransINFO Director Dr. Adel Sadek and members Drs. Yvette Cruzado Shanjang Zhu and Kevin Majka
Dean of the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dr. Liesl Folks provides welcoming remarks
Dr. Jill Hough CUTC President North Dakota State University and Dr. Chandra Bhat University of Texas at Austin
TransInfo awards more than $650,000 to support graduate student education and training in transportation informatics

TransINFO awarded funding to eight new research projects, each promoting the TransInfo 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. Funds will help support the education of ten graduate students focused on the field of transportation analytics. Congratulations to the funding recipients!
  • Predictive Analytics for No-Shows and Cancellations for Paratransit Operations - Jee Eun Kang, PhD - University at Buffalo and Daniel Rodríguez Román, PhD - University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez.
  • Improving the Service Quality of Bike Sharing Systems via the Analysis of Real-Time User Data - Jose Walteros, PhD - University at Buffalo
  • Green Navigation: A Big Data Approach Towards Sustainable Transportation - Lu Su, PhD and Chunming Qiao, PhD - University at Buffalo
  • City-wide Transportation Information Estimation with Heterogeneous Urban Data - Jing Gao, PhD - University at Buffalo
  • R2Deep: Recharging Recommendation System for Electric Taxis based on Deep Learning - Chunming Qiao, PhD and Lu Su, PhD and Wen Dong, PhD - University at Buffalo
  • Using Social Media Data to Enhance Up-to-date O-D Demand Modeling - Qing He, PhD University at Buffalo and Shanjang Zhu, PhD - George Mason University
  • Predicting changes in driving safety performance on an individualized level under naturalistic Driving Conditions - Lora Cavuoto, PhD - University at Buffalo
  • Factors affecting perceived and observed aggressive driving behavior: An empirical analysis of driver fatigue, and distracted driving - Panos Anastasopoulos, PhD - University at Buffalo
Transportation Informatics Tier I University Transportation Center Hosts
the CUTC 2017 Annual Summer Meeting
More than 135 transportation professionals from the academia and industry along with U.S. Department of Transportation and other transportation agency officials gathered for 2017 Annual Summer Meeting of the Council of the University Transportation Centers (CUTC) in downtown Buffalo on June 19th, 20th, & 21st, 2017. 

The three-day event featured distinguished speakers including presentations, panels and guided discussions covering a broad range of topics related to transportation. The meeting provided the opportunity to the attendees to exchange information and enhance collaboration between university transportation centers and the US Department of Transportation and other government agencies. 
The meeting was graciously sponsored by:
Dr. Daniel Rodriguez UPRM Dr. Benjamin Colucci UPRM Dr. Ivette Cruzado UPRM Secretary Carlos Contreras DTPW Dr. Didier Valdes UPRM Dr. Alberto Figueroa UPRM and Eng. Miguel Pellot DTPW
Featured awards, honors, and activities

On July 14, 2017, professors from the Civil Engineering and Surveying Department from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (UPRM) met with the Secretary of Puerto Rico's Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW), Eng. Carlos Contreras. The group discussed Puerto Rico's needs and priorities regarding its transportation systems and the current research projects being conducted at UPRM. 
PacTrans Associate Director and Student Researcher Present at IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium
A paper jointly written by PacTrans researcher, Dr. Xuegang (Jeff) Ban, his research group and his collaborators from the Automotive Engineering Department of Tsinghua University, China (Mr. Biao Xu, Prof. Keqiang Li, Mr. Yougang Bian, and Prof. Jianqiang Wang) recently received the Best Paper Award (2nd Prize) from the IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium 2017. The paper titled "V2I Based Cooperation between Traffic Signal and Approaching Automated Vehicles" aims to develop cooperative methods between traffic signal control systems and automated vehicles to reduce urban traffic congestion and fuel consumption. The paper is one of the two papers selected from over 300 papers submitted to the Symposium.
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Recent Publications
Dr. Qing He:  Smarter Multi-modal Traffic Signal Control with both Floating Sensor Network and Fixed Sensor,  State University of New York (SUNY).

Dr. Qian Wang, Dr. Le Wang:  A GIS-Based Performance Measurement System for Assessing Transportation Sustainability and Community Livability, 
State University of New York (SUNY).

  Dr. Adel Sadek, Andrew Bartlett, Carl Hempel:  Integrated Incident Management System (IIMS) Web Client Application Development, Deployment and Evaluation: An Evaluation of a Potential IIMS Deployment in Western New York,  State University of New York (SUNY). 
William (Al) Wallace, Jeffrey Wojtowicz, Jeff Ban:  The Role of Social Media in Improving the Safety and Efficiency of Traffic Operations during Non-Routine Events such as Incidents and Planned Special Events,  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Jee Eun Kang, Anpeng Zhang, Changhyun Kwon:  Feasibility Assessment for Battery Electric Vehicles based on Multi-Day Activity-Travel Patterns,  State University of New York (SUNY). 
Dr. Qing He:  Heterogeneous Regional Signal Control,  State University of New York (SUNY).  
Dr. José Holguín-Veras:  Impacts of Freight Parking Policies in Urban Areas: The Case of New York City,  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 
Jose L. Perdomo:  Using Mobile Computers to Automate the Change Order Prediction Cost for Highway Construction Projects,  University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.
Applications for the Master's Program in
Sustainable Transportation and Logistics are now being accepted for Spring 2017!
The Institute for Sustainable Transportation & Logistics (ISTL) at the University at Buffalo (UB) is excited to welcome its first Fall 2017 students to its Master's program!
The program is jointly offered by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and  the School of Management (SoM), providing the students with a truly trans-disciplinary curriculum that is distinct to UB.

For more information, visit our Website
or Contact Us @  istlgrad@buffalo.edu ,   716-645-5465.
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