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TRB 2015 Annual Meeting - Vehicle-Highway Automation Projects and Programs: Call for Abstracts – Special Poster Session

posted Jul 2, 2014, 2:44 PM by Andy Palanisamy   [ updated Jul 2, 2014, 2:49 PM ]

TRB 2015 Annual Meeting - Vehicle-Highway Automation Projects and Programs

Call for Abstracts – Special Poster Session 

Committee on Vehicle-Highway Automation (AHB30)

Committee on Intelligent Transportation Systems (AHB15)

Joint Subcommittee on Challenges and Opportunities of Road Vehicle Automation

Vehicle-Highway automation has generated strong interest within the past year, leading to the initiation of a wide variety of new projects and programs.  Because of the novelty of this field, many of the new activities have not yet advanced to the stage that they can present sufficiently definitive results that would pass the normal peer review criteria for a technical paper.  Nevertheless, the plans and focus areas of these projects and programs are likely to be of significant interest to the TRB Annual Meeting participants. This poster session provides exposure to a wide range of topics and activities in the field of vehicle-highway automation.

Abstracts are invited now. The following topic areas related to vehicle-highway automation are suitable for the poster session:

  •  introductions to research centers or programs
  •  research agendas
  • prospective studies and work in progress
  • qualitative research studies

Please note that abstracts will be peer reviewed.  A limited number of posters will be selected for presentation based on the following criteria:

  • technical quality
  • originality
  • direct relevance to the field of vehicle-highway automation
  •  appropriateness of the methodology
  •  non-commercial nature of the content.

Abstracts are due by September 15, 2014.  Peer review decisions will be announced by October 15, 2014.  

  • Please submit your abstract by emailing to
  • Abstracts should be limited to 300 words.
  • Abstracts should include:
    • Name, affiliation, and contact information for all authors
    • A descriptive title
    • A short description (300 words) of the proposed poster content

TRB Webinar: State of the Art Use of Probe Vehicle Data ( December 9, 2013 @ 2PM)

posted Nov 18, 2013, 10:56 AM by Andy Palanisamy

TRB will conduct a webinar on December 9, 2013 from 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. ET that will explore state-of-the-art uses of probe vehicle data by state departments of transportation. Participants must register in advance of the webinar, and there is a fee for non-TRB Sponsor employees. A certificate for 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH) will be provided to attendees who register and attend the webinar as an individual.

Click Here To Register

Webinar presenters will describe data visualization applications used to transform probe vehicle data into actionable information that is utilized in decision making, performance measurement, and performance management. In addition, presenters will cover multiple types of probe vehicle data from different data providers that are utilized in applications ranging from congestion and mobility management, work zone management, and large scale event management (e.g., snow storms).

Webinar Presenters:
  • Dipak Patel, South Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Jason Firman, Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Michael L. Pack, University of Maryland, Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory
  • Kelly Wells, North Carolina Department of Transportation

Moderated by: Nikola Ivanov, University of Maryland, Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory

Webinar Outline:

  • Overview and introductions
  • Performance measurements derived from the data and unique ways of visualizing data on rural and arterial roads
  • Michigan DOT's use of probe vehicle data in measuring regain time (i.e., time to return to normal after a large-scale weather event), calculating user delay costs, and determining specific performance goals
  • Use of the Work Zone Monitoring application that utilizes probe vehicle data in real time to measure congestion and mobility in a work zone and provide operators with information to better manage a work zone
  • North Carolina DOT's use of Vehicle Probe Project Suite application to analyze mobility across multiple corridors and identify problem locations

The first 60 minutes of the webinar is for presentations and the final 30 minutes is reserved for audience questions.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand innovative uses of probe vehicle data, available applications, visualizations, performance measures, and management techniques that can be utilized and applied.
  • To understand standard performance measures such as travel time index, buffer time index, and regain time.

To ensure that you receive notices about upcoming webinars, please subscribe to the TRB Transportation Research E-Newsletter.

Registration Information: 

Click here to register.  There is no fee for employees of TRB sponsors who register using their work email address. In addition to employees of TRB sponsor organizations, the following are eligible to receive complimentary webinar registration:

  • TRB and National Academies employees
  • Chairs of TRB standing committees, sections, or groups
  • Members of the media
  • Employees of tribal governments
  • Congressional staff members

Other sites must pay $89 per site. View our pricing page for details.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Professional Development Hour information:
A certificate for 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH) will be provided to Professional Engineers (PEs) who register and attend the webinar as an individual. For groups, only the person that registers and attends the session will receive a PDH certificate. 

Individuals registered as Florida PEs are required to email Reggie Gillum,, with their license number.

Please check with your licensing board to ensure that TRB webinar PDHs are approved by your board. 

This webinar was developed in August 2013. TRB has met the standards and requirements of the Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP). Credit earned on completion of this program will be reported to RCEP by TRB. Certificates of Completion will be issued to individuals who register for and attend the entire webinar session. Complaints about registered providers may be sent to RCEP, PO Box 1686, Clemson, SC, 29633.

Registration questions? Contact Reggie Gillum

USDOT to Host Public Meeting on Connected Vehicle Research and Policy Program: September 24-26, 2013, in Arlington, VA

posted Aug 28, 2013, 8:39 PM by Andy Palanisamy   [ updated Sep 3, 2013, 8:27 AM ]

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will host its public meeting providing an overview of the Intelligent Transportation System Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) connected vehicle research program.

The Connected Vehicle Program Public Meeting is the best opportunity to learn details about the connected vehicle research program in anticipation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2013 decision regarding vehicle safety communications for light vehicles and 2014 decision for heavy vehicles.

The meeting will be held from September 24 to 26, 2013, at the Holiday Inn in Arlington, VA. The meeting will have focused discussions on the ITS JPO’s connected vehicle safety program, including vehicle-to-vehicle communications, safety pilot, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, human factors, and policy. There will also be a special session dedicated to the ITS Strategic Plan for 2015 to 2019. In addition, there will be a session on the developing USDOT Multimodal Plan for Vehicle Automation. 

To register for the meeting, please visit:

To book a hotel room, visit or call 1-800-HOLIDAY.

USDOT releases first version of the Research Data Exchange (RDE)

posted Mar 15, 2013, 4:02 PM by Andy Palanisamy

U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration and the Federal Highway Administration released the first version of the Research Data Exchange (RDE), a transportation data sharing system that promotes sharing of archived and real-time data from multiple sources and multiple modes. This new data sharing capability will support the needs of Intelligent Transportation System researchers and developers while reducing costs and encouraging innovation. Data accessible through the RDE is quality-checked, well-documented, and available to the public. 

The RDE can be found on line at

RDE Release 1: Current and Near-Term Contents

There are nine data environments in the RDE, with more on the way.  Each data environment has multiple data sets and standards-based metadata.  The nine data environments include:

  • Three sets of trials of connected vehicle technology (onboard equipment sending probe messages to roadside equipment) conducted from 2008 through 2010 at the USDOT’s Connected Vehicle Michigan Test Bed, plus data from a detailed simulation of the test bed area.
  • Two sets of data collected in Orlando, Fla., and Leesburg, Va. from Vehicle Awareness Devices that record vehicle position, heading, speed, and acceleration every 0.1 second in the format of a standard Basic Safety Message.
  • One year of freeway volume, occupancy, and speed data from San Diego, Calif., including incident reports, weather reports, and sample GPS vehicle location data vehicle tracks.
  • Two months of freeway and arterial data from Portland, Ore. including arterial travel times, signal timing plans, freeway incidents, weather reports, and transit stops.
  • Six months of freeway and arterial data from Seattle, Wash. including freeway and arterial travel times, incidents and message sign data, signal timing plans, weather reports, and transit stops.
  • Two months of detailed freeway and arterial data from Pasadena, Calif. including simulated link volumes, capacities and delays; incident, work zone, and message sign data; signal timing plans; weather reports; and Close Circuit TV (CCTV) snapshots every minute.

Each of these data environments consists of multiple data sets and supporting metadata files.  Additional data environments will be created as data become available from projects related to the connected vehicle program, whether or not they are funded by USDOT.

Users may browse through the data environments or use an advanced search capability to find data sets that contain specific types of information.  Registered users may download data files, post comments about the files, and define projects to share information and collaborate with other users.  The website also contains Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and links to related ITS websites.

Connected Vehicle 101 Workshop (April 21, 2013) - USDOT Sponsored Training on Connected Vehicles 2013 ITS America Annual Meeting

posted Mar 15, 2013, 3:59 PM by Andy Palanisamy   [ updated Mar 15, 2013, 4:00 PM ]

The USDOT’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office is offering a Connected Vehicle 101 Workshop at ITS America’s 23rd Annual Meeting and Exposition on April 21, 2013, in Nashville, TN. This 3-hour workshop will describe the connected vehicle concept and provide the status of the USDOT’s connected vehicle research program.

The connected vehicle concept leverages the potentially transformative capabilities of wireless technology to enable communication among vehicles, roadside infrastructure, and personal mobile devices. The USDOT has been researching connected vehicles because of its promise to ultimately enhance the mobility and quality of life of all Americans, while helping to reduce the environmental impact of surface transportation. 

Connected vehicles are now moving from research to reality. Several states have gained valuable experience in deploying a connected vehicle application in the field through their participation in ITS test beds. In addition, the USDOT’s Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Model Deployment in Ann Arbor, MI, is underway and will provide lessons learned about implementing connected vehicle technology in the real world.

The Connected Vehicle 101 Workshop will also report on these ITS test beds and the model deployment. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to describe their decision factors and needs concerning the future connected vehicle deployment.

The workshop is open to anyone interested in the USDOT connected vehicle program, including state and local agency staff, the consultants who serve them, and other industry partners. Those with prior knowledge of the connected vehicle program may also benefit from this workshop.

Visit for more information.

RFI Alert: USDOT Seeks Information on Automated Vehicle Technology

posted Mar 15, 2013, 3:56 PM by Andy Palanisamy

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is seeking informed views on the opportunities from and challenges to the development, deployment, operation, and use of increased automation of the surface transportation system, including vehicles, drivers, users, road-based infrastructure, information systems, and applications. The goal for this Request for Information (RFI) is to develop a USDOT multimodal research plan for automation.

This area is of great interest to the public because the technology may have a significant impact on many societal issues such as driving safety, personal mobility, energy consumption, operating efficiency, environmental impact, and land use. The RFI’s focus is on learning the views of government, industry, academia, and the American public with regard to:

  • Roles of local, state, and federal governments in policy formation
  • Technical challenges
  • Human factors issues
  • Institutional issues
  • Legal issues associated with increased automation.

Input to this RFI will assist the USDOT to:

  • Identify, categorize, and prioritize key research challenges
  • Identify and begin quantifying anticipated societal costs and benefits
  • Learn about current and planned research activities among private and public research groups
  • Gain insight into commercial trends and market developments
  • Understand potential opportunities for public-private partnerships and financing
  • Organize the USDOT research plan temporally, according to near-, mid-, and long-term priorities that reflect the time-sensitive aspects of evolving automation capabilities and market demands
  • Identify appropriate areas for policy formation that can help to accelerate beneficial developments, reduce or eliminate public exposure to risk, and reduce the development and operational costs associated with automation.

The RFI can be found on FedBizOps and here:

Responses are due by 12:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, 2 April 2013, and shall be sent electronically to the Contracting Specialist, Michael Rigby, at

Provide input to the dialogue for the next ITS Strategic Plan by March 15, 2013

posted Jan 28, 2013, 11:19 AM by Andy Palanisamy   [ updated Jan 28, 2013, 11:22 AM ]

2015 - 2019 Strategic Plan

The USDOT ITS Joint Program Office recently published “An Open Dialogue On The Draft Focus And Themes For The Next ITS Strategic Research Plan,” available at  The purpose of this document is to establish a starting point for creating the next ITS Strategic Plan. The goal of presenting themes is to enable continuity of the current research programs while establishing new or redefined goals and objectives to meet emerging research needs. The themes fall into three broad categories:

  • Maturing Connected Vehicle Systems – Focuses on what is needed to accelerate the maturity of vehicle-based communications with surrounding systems
  • Piloting and Deployment Readiness – Focuses on the security, policy, business opportunities, capabilities, pilots, and incentives needed to support vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) implementation
  • Integrating with the Broader Environment – Focuses on the integration and decision support capabilities to enable V2V and V2I (collectively termed V2X) interaction with other governmental services and public utilities.

We invite the community to consider providing input to the draft themes by visiting  The USDOT is seeking your input on the following key questions, although other input is highly welcome:

·         What technological changes will occur in the near future that will impact transportation?

·         Are the themes outlined here addressing the technological and societal changes that affect transportation?

·         Are there other themes we should be considering? If so, why?

·         Are there themes that should not be considered, or moved to a different timeframe?

·         What is the appropriate federal role in technology and transportation that best assists the private sector and travelers at large?

Your input is requested no later than Friday, March 15, 2013.  Your attention and consideration of this request is greatly appreciated.

Career Opportunity: Research Transportation Specialist, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC

posted Jan 17, 2013, 7:20 AM by Andy Palanisamy

OPEN PERIOD: Monday, January 14, 2013 to Wednesday, January 23, 2013 

This position is a senior professional in the Transportation Operations Applications Team in the Office of Operations Research and Development (R&D), and is recognized as a leader and national expert in research related to:  


(a) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), 

(b) traffic adaptive control systems, 

(c) vehicle automation, 

(d) wireless communications systems, and/or 

(e) cooperative vehicle-highway systems to help achieve the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) mobility and safety goals.


Research varies from limited to very complex in scope, with a mix of readily-defined and difficult-to-define objectives. Research may involve application of novel/unconventional techniques and features. Publication and presentation of results are expected. Participation in leadership development and training opportunities is expected.   Will be responsible for developing, planning, costing, scheduling, conducting, and coordinating the research programs for which he/she is responsible. May serve as the principal investigator for in-house staff research studies, and/or the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) for administrative contracts.  May also monitor and provide technical guidance for University Transportation Center studies, State Planning and Research (SP&R) studies, and National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) projects.


The ideal candidate is a mid-career traffic engineer, electrical engineer, or transportation researcher with 10 or more years of experience related to transportation operations, and a minimum of 5 years of experience with ITS and/or cooperative vehicle-highway systems.   


The individual will preferably have an advanced degree in an engineering or scientific field, with course work related to one or more aspects of ITS, wireless communications, or traffic operations; however, relevant experience will be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.   


The ideal candidate will have an expert capability in applying program planning, implementation, and evaluation techniques; including proficiency in organizing, directing, coordinating, and communicating complex, difficult programs to a variety of technical and non-technical audiences.  


Note:  If contacted for an interview - You will be requested to do a presentation and/or provide a writing sample as part of the interview process.


For more information, please read the detailed job description at the links below: (Merit Promotion) (Public Notice)

EVENT: Pre-ITS World Congress Workshop - How will next-generation Internet transform urban mobility?

posted Oct 2, 2012, 3:08 PM by Andy Palanisamy

How will next-generation Internet transform urban mobility?
Pre-ITS World Congress Workshop

21 October 2012
NH Danube City Hotel
Vienna, Austria
Instant Mobility is a 2-year research project in the EUFuture Internet Public-Private Partnership programme(FI-PPP) that is exploring the potential of Future Internet technologies to improve the mobility of people and goods, and the operation of transport networks and systems.
The Instant Mobility team has developed three scenarios that exploit Future Internet-based technologies to deliver innovative services for
  • Personalised multi-modal travel
  • Smart city logistics
  • Virtualized traffic and transport infrastructure
This workshop aims to promote the dialogue between the Future Internet and the ITS Community. The FI-PPP programme and its opportunities will be presented, as well as Instant Mobility's concept of a "Transport & Mobility Internet", and the project's preliminary results on business models, user acceptance, security and privacy requirements for Future Internet-enabled services.

The project team wants to use this opportunity to exchange views with cities and other stakeholders on the added value of Future Internet for ITS, and to gather expressions of interest for future pilot implementations of Instant Mobility services. Finally this workshop, just before the ITS World Congress 2012, will be the occasion to preview the Instant Mobility conceptual prototype that will be on display during the Congress exhibition.

Do not miss this chance to learn how Future Internet technologies are going to transform our mobility, to share your ideas with the project team and to learn how you, your business and your city could participate in the next steps of this important European initiative!

Contact Julie Castermans to register

Northwestern University Transportation Center offers Infrastructure Pricing Executive Program (focus: Highway Infrastructure Pricing)

posted Jul 31, 2012, 4:14 PM by Andy Palanisamy   [ updated Jul 31, 2012, 4:19 PM ]

On Sept. 10-12  the Northwestern University Transportation Center will again offer its Infrastructure Pricing Executive Program – this year focusing on Highway Infrastructure Pricing. 


Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this highly relevant and timely program aimed at transportation professionals who manage private and public fee paying facilities; engineers and project managers who oversee maintenance and new construction; and consultants and advisors to infrastructure providers and those who finance infrastructure projects.


Topics to be covered will include dynamic and congestion pricing, demand forecasting, private/public partnerships, infrastructure investments decision-making based on projected revenues, network demand prediction tools and more.


20% Discount for Government and Academic Registrations; Early Bird rate available until Aug. 17th.


Please contact Ms. Diana Marek if you have any questions. (See program brochure attached below for more details)


For more information and to Register see:  Pricing Highway Infrastructure Executive Program

A specially designed executive program for professionals in both the private and public sectors focusing on the principles and methods of pricing highway infrastructure.

Funding of highways is at a crossroads. Traditional funding mechanisms, such as gasoline- tax revenues, are proving to be insufficient to maintain existing facilities and fund expanded capacity. Government agencies are looking to users to make up for the shortfall.  Highway infrastructure offers an exceptional opportunity for raising funds to establish and/or sustain such infrastructure while providing an attractive return on investment to both public and private investors. Key to achieving such returns are the prices charged to users. But how should user charges be set? 

  • Should every user pay the same fee?
  • Is it practical, commercially worthwhile, and socially acceptable to charge user fees?
  • How are these pricing principles changed when the facility is congested?
  • What methods can be used to forecast future revenue streams?
  • How does the pricing of an individual link affect the performance of the neighboring highway network?
  • How does private operation of a facility change the pricing objectives?
  • How might the public sector regulate prices?

These questions and more will be addressed in this three day course offered by the Transportation Center at Northwestern University.

Who Should Attend

The course is aimed at professionals who currently, or may in the future, set user charges; financial personnel; engineers and project managers who oversee facility maintenance and new construction; and government officials who may manage programs of fee-paying private or public facility provision. It is also applicable to consultants to infrastructure providers, and those who finance infrastructure projects.

Course Format

The focus of the course is on the economics of pricing. Some prior knowledge of economics, such as might be obtained from an introductory college-level microeconomics course, will be useful. The course will run from 8:30am until 5pm on Monday and Tuesday. It will conclude at 4pm on Wednesday.

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