ABJ30 Members and Friends,
TRB is asking all committees to prepare highlights of their past activities and visions for the future --- I will be submitting our "answers" but need your help with ideas on what to include (we have plenty and they are asking for "one-to-three top research breakthroughs") --- looking forward to hearing from everyone!!!!
2014 TRB Annual Meeting Spotlight Theme
"Celebrating Our Legacy, Anticipating Our Future"
Key Research Achievements Due by August 15, 2013
The spotlight theme for the 2014 TRB Annual Meeting is Celebrating Our Legacy, Anticipating Our Future. This theme reflects the move of the Annual Meeting from the Connecticut Avenue hotels, where it has been for nearly 60 years, to the D.C. Convention center in 2015. In recognition of this historic milestone, the Technical Activities Council (TAC) is requesting each TRB standing committee to submit key research breakthroughs in your topic area, and major advancements anticipated in your committees areas of interest.
The information provided by committees will be used in a number of ways, including organizing spotlight sessions and committee discussions at the 2014 and 2015 Annual Meetings, developing TRNews articles, and producing summaries documenting the benefits of transportation research.
The information requested includes the following:
* The one-to-three top research breakthroughs in your topic area over the past 20 years. Please limit each breakthrough description to 250 words or less. Include weblinks to additional information, if available. To the extent possible, please summarize the research, the deployment, and the benefits.
* Possible examples include the development and deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to improve traffic operations, the development and use of activity-based travel forecasting models, the evolution of high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes, and the adaption and use of ground-penetrating radar to evaluate pavement conditions.
* A short (250 words or less) summary of the vision and research advancements anticipated in your topic area over the next 10 years.
* Possible examples include breakthroughs in fuel cell technologies, the deployment of Google cars, and the implementation of mileage-based user fees.
* Any other ideas on Celebrating Our Legacy, Anticipating Our Future based on your committee's past achievements and anticipated future activities
* These could include noteworthy activities (ground-breaking paper presentations, workshops or posters; a game-changing committee discussion; etc.) at previous TRB Annual Meetings in the existing location.
Thank you for your time and effort in providing this important information. Feel free to reply to this discussion if you have any questions or comments.
Chair, Technical Activities Council
Director, Technical Activities Division
Transportation Research Board
Catherine T. Lawson, Ph.D.
Chair, Geography and Planning Department
Director, Lewis Mumford Center
University at Albany
Geography & Planning
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Albany, New York 12222
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ABJ30 Members and Friends -
It is time to spread the word about the Transportation Data Competition - please help us make this another big success!!!
Call for Participation - 2014 TRB Annual Meeting Workshop
Transportation Data Competition
Sponsoring Committee: ABJ80 Statistical Methods
Co-Sponsoring Committees: ABJ00 Data Section
ABJ70 Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Applications
ABJ20 Statewide Transportation Data and Information Systems
ABJ50 Information Systems and Technology
AND10 Vehicle User Characteristics
AND30 Simulation and Measurement of Operator Performance
Call Description: Successfully understanding road user behavior is essential for the design, implementation, and operation of a transportation system. The use of complex datasets generated from simulators and instrumented vehicles have attracted considerable attention by both transportation researchers and practitioners, with analysis efforts ranging from classical statistics to a vast array of computational intelligence (CI) techniques.
In an era of rapid technological and scientific advances, the transportation community experiences an increase in data collection and availability, along with powerful analytical tools. Nevertheless, transportation data often pose considerable challenges to researchers and practitioners: differences in data measurement techniques and frequencies, seasonality, local trends, appropriate assumptions, outliers, zero and missing values, and so on. The demands for data by transportation services have become increasingly complex and more demanding; for example, real time control and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) often require short-term predictions of transportation conditions based on existing data.
In this context, the Transportation Research Board is pleased to announce the 2014 Transportation Data Competition workshop, to be held at the 93rd TRB Annual meeting. The scope of the competition is to evaluate the appropriateness of various data analytic methodologies - be they statistics, artificial intelligence, or advanced data visualization- for forecasting trends in safety, with particular attention to missing and incomplete data. The objective is to identify modelling tools in statistics and artificial intelligence for forecasting and to disseminate knowledge on "best practices" in transportation data modeling. The dataset used for this competition will be based on a data set on driver behavior, using data from the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS), in which drivers traverse an intersection with a traffic signal that may change from green to yellow phase.
This data analysis competition is open to all areas of statistics, biostatistics, econometrics and computational intelligence.
Researchers, as individuals or groups will participate using the data set provided. Participants will present their results at the 93rd TRB annual meeting workshop, devoted to the Transportation Data Competition to be held Sunday January 12, 2014. Awards will be given to researchers and researcher teams based on: 1) appropriateness of predictions; 2) completeness of a short paper detailing the approach used, advantages and disadvantages, and results.
For more information and for obtaining the data sets please go to the following website after Aug 15, 2013: http://depts.washington.edu/hfsm/.<http://depts.washington.edu/hfsm/>
Subject Areas: Safety, Forecasting, Statistics, And Computational Intelligence
Organizers: Linda Ng Boyle, University of Washington (linda(a)uw.edu<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>), Matthew G. Karlaftis, National Technical University of Athens (mgk(a)mail.ntua.gr<mailto:email@example.com>), and Susan Chrysler, University of Iowa (susan-chrysler(a)uiowa.edu<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>).
August 15th, 2013 - Data will be available at http://depts.washington.edu/hfsm/.<http://depts.washington.edu/hfsm/>
November 30th, 2013 - Deadline for submission of results and short papers by e-mail.
December 10th , 2013 - Notification to the "winners," or presenters at the Sunday workshop
January 12th, 2014 - Transportation Data Competition Workshop (13:30-16:30)