The Transportation Institute Officially Launched at UF. The UFTI became official on October 4, 2013 with an event at the Reitz Union, which included presentations from various dignitaries and faculty, a research poster showcase, exhibits by student organizations and tours of labs and facilities. The UFTI is the umbrella organization that now houses several of the transportation-related centers at the university, including the Transportation Technology Center, McTrans, the Transportation Research Center (TRC), and the STRIDE Regional University Transportation Center. The UFTI brings together faculty, staff, and students from many diverse backgrounds and aims to advance the transportation state-of-the-art, disseminate research results, and provide educational opportunities related to transportation across the lifespan.
CMS Final Center Report. The CMS grant ended on June 30, 2013 after 6 years of operation. As a result of the USDOT/RITA grant, the Center produced various products and significant research finding, trained and graduated many students, and held conferences, workshops, and symposia. Read more in the Center's comprehensive and final report. [view]
Lily Elefteriadou, Ph.D., quoted in an article related to federal funding in the Gainesville Sun. Universities have taken a his as far as federal funding is concerned, but the Transportation Institute directed by Lily Elefteriadou, Ph..D., is one of the few entities at UF that have come out swinging with a $3.5 million grant awarded from the USDOT for the creation of a regional University Trasportation Center in 2012. Read article in Gainesville Sun.
ITE Student Chapter Team from UF Wins Traffic Bowl. The team representing the ITE student chapter at UF won the 2013 ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl, which took place on August 6th at the Sheraton Hotel, Boston, Mass. This is the third time that a team from UF participates in Traffic Bowl. Members of the team this year were Miguel Lugo, Thomas Chase, Ben Reibach, and Don Watson. The ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl is a forum where ITE student chapters compete with each other on topics related to transportation planning and engineering.
The STRIDE 2012 Annual Report is now available. STRIDE is a grantee of the U.S.DOT's Research and Innovative Transportation Administration. STRIDE is a regional center comprised of eight universities in the Southeastern U.S., and with UF as the lead institution. [View the 2012 STRIDE Annual Report]
The 2013 STRIDE Transportation Research Internship Program (TRIP) interns presented their end-of-internship projects on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. A total of five students participated in this year's internship program.The interns presenting were: Andrew Fell, UF; Cory Dorman, UF; Sara Huestis; UF; Amarius Ramirez, FIU, and Britton Hammit, NCSU. View the presentation at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRmS9oijbkc
REGISTER NOW! Symposium on "Transportation Safety: From Research to Practice" (6 PDHs). The Transportation Research Center will host a day-long symposium p titled “Transportation Safety: From Research to Practice” on April 3, 201, at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Fla. The topics covered will include data, predictive methods, driving simulation, GIS-based analyses, older driver needs, safe routes to school, evacuation modeling, and outreach to small agencies. The presentations will be made by researchers with expertise in transportation engineering, urban and regional planning, GIS, and occupational therapy. The symposium follows in a series of annual technology transfer events organized by the Transportation Research Center on various themes. A total of 6 PDHs will be offered. The symposium on safety will immediately precede the UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region (April 4-5, 2013). For more information, contact: Dr. Siva Srinivasan at email@example.com.
REGISTER NOW! Regional Conference for University Transportation Centers (UTCs) in the Southeastern Region (9 PDHs). The Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE), a consortium of eight universities in the southeast will host a conference for University Transportation Centers (UTCs) in the southeastern U.S on April 4-5, 2013 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Fla. The conference will include keynote speakers from distinguished transportation professionals, presentations by STRIDE-affiliated researchers and graduate students, meetings of ITE and WTS Student Chapters, state DOT and workforce development panel discussions. STRIDE at UF, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State University, the University of South Florida are co-hosting the conference.
A total of 9 PDHs will be offered for attending this conference. For more information, contact: Ines Aviles-Spadoni at firstname.lastname@example.org. [REGISTER]
REGISTER NOW! Webinar and Computer Lab Workshop on Managed Lanes Operations and Simulation using CORSIM (6 PDHs: workshop + webinar) - April 29 & 30, 2013. This is a UF TRC/ T2 collaborative effort. If you are interested in attending this 2-day workshop, please visit the following website for more information and to register: http://www.t2events.ce.ufl.edu/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=2317
TRC/STRIDE Reception and Student Poster Competition at TRB. The UF Transportation Research Center and STRIDE, the new regional (southeast) USDOT/RITA University Transportation Center housed at the University of Florida, will host a reception and student poster competition at the Mezzanine of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Monday, January 14, 2013 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm during the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board. The Invitations will be emailed soon. For more information, contact Ines Aviles-Spadoni at email@example.com.
Webinar on "Improved Timeliness and Accessibility to Crash Data and Tools for Safety." STRIDE will host a webinar presented by Ilir Bejleri, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Florida on Nov. 29, 2012 from 11 am to 12 pm. Reserve your webinar now at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/473149626. (via GoToMeeting)
RS&H Seminar. Richard Tillery and David Stroud of RS&H will be presenting a seminar on travel demand forcasting and managed lanes, Nov 27, 2012, from 11 am to 12 pm in 513 Weil. For the abstracts, visit /seminars.
WTS UF Transportation Symposium on Ledership: The student chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) at the University of Florida is hosting a Transportation Symposium with a focus on leadership. The FREE event will take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Matthews Suite, Reitz Union (4th floor) on campus. The even aslo will be available as a live webcast via Adobe Connect (details below). The goal of the symposium is to discuss the importance of leadership and to provide a social networking opportunity among established transportation professionals and college students. A panel of three very distinguished women in transportation-related careers will discuss their leadership experiences and styles and provide advice. A reception will follow the event with heavy hors d'oeuvres.
Transportation Symposium Speakers:
-Kathy Caldwell – ASCE National Past President
-Marcia Ferranto – WTS International President
-Laura Kelley – Deputy Executive Director of Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority
To participate via live webcast go to http://t2ctt.adobeconnect.com/ufwts/
If you are interested in attending the WTS UF Transportation Symposium, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEGO Robotics Basic Programming Course at Cade Museum (October). This one-day robotics course will also be offered on Friday, October 26th and is open to middle schoolers in grades 6th - 8th. Kids will learn how to program robots to follow basic commands.[view flier] [register for Oct. 26th]
Exploring Engineering, Carnival Style! STRIDE-affiliated students at UF, including several members of the student chapters of the WTS and ITE will be at the PK Yonge Developmental Research School on October 25th from 3 pm to 7 pm during the school's Annual Carnival to bring hands on engineering activities to the kids and their families. The school is associated with the university and is close to campus.
Transportation Seminar. Krishna C. Jha of Innovative Scheduling presents "Optimization Problems in Rail Transportation" on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, 11 am to 12 pm, 513 Weil. [abstract]
LEGO Robotics Basic Programming Course at Cade Museum (September). This one-day course for middle schoolers (grades 6-8) will be taught on Saturday, September 29th. Kids will learn how to program robots to follow basic commands.[view flier] [register for Sept. 29th]
TRC Annual Picnic. Bring family, friends and significant others for a day of fun, food and play at UF's Lake Wauburg on Sunday, October 28th from 9 am to 6 pm. To RSVP, email Ines Aviles-Spadoni at email@example.com.
Transportation Seminar on "The Economics of Potential Reduction of Rural Road Systems in Kansas."
Abhinav Alakshendra, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UF, will the guest speaker this week on September 6th from 11 am to 12 pm in 513 Weil. Dr. Alakshendra will be speaking on the economics of rural road systems in Kansas.
For more information, visit Seminars.
STRIDE Projects Awarded. STRIDE projects were selected in late June and master contracts for the partnering institutions (Auburn, Florida International University, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State University, North Carolina State University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) have been prepared. Sub-contracts are in the process of being awarded through the UF Office of Engineering Research. To view the complete list of STRIDE projects, go to http://stride.ce.ufl.edu/current-projects.
CMS Final Reports. A new batch of 2009 and 2010 final reports have been posted on the CMS website. Visit the Complete Projects page on the CMS website to view the reports.
Cancelled! Workshop on Freeway Management Strategies. The workshop will take place at the Royal Plaza Orlando Hotel located in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Friday, August 17, 2012. The intended audience for this workshop are freeway operations managers, analysts, researchers and educators. Six PDHs will be offered for attending the entire one-day workshop. The workshop is hosted by The Transportation Research Center (TRC), the Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center, and McTrans at the University of Florida. For more information visit, News & Events.
STRIDE Website Launched.
The STRIDE Region 4 University Transportation Center launched it's website in late July. The site is easy to navigate and contains information on recently selected projects, education, workforce development and technology transfer activities. The site also has links to the STRIDE center's Twitter and Facebook pages. To view the website, go to: http://stride.ce.ufl.edu/.
Fall/Spring CMS Newsletter. Read the latest issue of the CMS' newsletter which reports on activities that took place at the CMS during the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters. To view, click here.
Transportation Summer Seminars. Robin Osborne, a recent master's degree graduate, will present a seminar on the Integration of Toll Plazas Modeling into CORSIM, Implementation of Toll Plaza Analysis into FREEPLAN. The seminar will be held in 513 Weil Hall on Thursday, June 7, 2012 starting at 11 am. For a schedule of the Transportation Summer Seminars, visit: Seminars 2012.
STRIDE Proposals. Invited full proposals are currently under review. The STRIDE proposal review committee expects to announce funded projects by early June 2012.
"Biofuel Supply Chain Design under Competitive Agricultural Land Use and Feedstock Market Equilibrium."Yanfeng Ouyang, an associate professor and the Paul F. Kent Endowed Faculty Scholar of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) will be the speaker of a STRIDE-sponsored transporation seminar hosted by Mississippi State University, a STRIDE consortium member. The seminar will be held on April 13, 2012 at 1 pm (Central Time) via live webcast. For a information on how to access the presentation, including a complete abstract and bio, visit Seminars.
"Geometric Design, Speed, and Safety - TRB Paper 12-4151."John M. Mason, Jr., PhD, PE, will be the seminar speaker on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. The seminar will be held in 513 Weil Hall from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm. Dr. Mason is the Associate Provost and Vice President for Research at Auburn University. For a complete abstract on Dr. Mason's talk, go to News & Events and visit Seminars.
"Auction Use in the Supply Chain among Buyers, Suppliers and Transportation Service Providers: Can Sustainability be Incorporated in a Multiple Criteria Approach?" Suzanne Andrews, MEng. (MIT) and MSc. (ITESM), will be the seminar speaker on Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 11:20 am to 12:20 pm in 513 Weil Hall. She will be presenting on the use of the electronic reverse auction (eRA), which is a fast and single-round mechanism that selects suppliers who bid the lowest prices. Suppliers have oftern perceived the eRA as exploitative and unfair. This seminar proposes an interactive multiple criteria decision-making method (IMCDM) to improve the eRA. The use of auctions in the procurement of transportation services is briefly discussed, as well as some of the sustainability considerations that take place in the shipper-carrier relationship. For a complete abstract, go to News & Events and visit Seminars.
Transportation Seminar: "Data-driven Analysis, Modeling and Design for Future Mobile Networking." Dr. Ahmed Helmy, an associate professor at the UF Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering, will be speaking on the future of network services and how they will be expected to function efficiently and void of errors and adapt to online behavioral and mobility patterns. Understanding and realistically modeling this multi-dimensional space is essential to the design and evaluation of efficient protocols and services of the future Internet. The seminar will be held in 513 Weil from 11:20 am to 12 pm on Thursday, March 15, 2012. For a complete abstract, go to News & Events and visit Seminars.
Transportation Seminar: "Development of Autonomously Navigating Ground Vehicles." The guest speaker is Carl D. Crane, Ph.D., professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering/Director of the Center for Intelligent Machines and Robotics (CIMAR) at the University of Florida. The seminar describes the technologies that are needed for vehicles to drive autonomously in structured urban environments and in unstructured fieldsuv environments. The first part of the seminar focuses on Team Gator Nation's entry in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. The second part of the seminar describes current work that automates range clearance operations for the military. For a complete abstract, go to News & Events and visit Seminars.
Transportation Seminar: "Evacuation Planning for Livestock in a Case of a Nuclear Power Plant Accident." This project considered the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown that led to the loss of thousands of livestock in prefectures affected by the nuclear plume as a consequence of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Two mathematical models using integer programming over networks were considered to create an evacuation plan for livestock in the area around a nuclear power plant. This work was produced by Chrysafis Vogiatzis of the University of Florida, Ruriko Yoshida, assistant professor, University of Kentucky, and Ines Aviles-Spadoni, University of Florida. For a complete abstract, go to News & Events and visit Seminars.
STRIDE Call for Pre-proposals. The Southeast Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE) at the University of Florida is in the process of soliciting pre-proposals for transportation-related projects with focus on safety, livable communities, and economic competitiveness in the following categories: research, education, workforce development and technology transfer. Submission deadline is February 29, 2012 by 5 pm. Pre-proposals that show collaboration among researchers in the STRIDE Consortium, are highly encouraged. If you would like to discuss a potential proposal, please contact Lily Elefteriadou, Ph.D., professor and STRIDE center director, at 352-392-9537, Ext. 1452 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the STRIDE center manager, Ines Aviles-Spadoni, at Ext. 1409 (email@example.com).
Transportation Seminar. Jennie Oxley, Ph.D. and Judith Charlton, Ph.D., researchers in behavioral safety science at the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) in Australia, will be presenting on "Urban Planning for a Safe System for Older Road Users" from 11 am to 12 pm on Thursday, February 2, 2012, in Weil 513. The seminar is sponsored by the Institute for Mobility, Activity and Participation (I-MAP) at UF, the Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation, and the Transportation Research Center (TRC). For speaker bios, go to News & Events and visit Seminars.
TRC awarded $3.5 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation. A grant by the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation has been awarded to the Transportation Research Center (TRC) at the University of Florida. UF will lead a consortium of universities within the established southeast federal Region 4. The Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE) includes: Auburn University, Florida International University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Mississippi State University, North Carolina State University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of North Carolina. The center will receive approximately $3.5 million from federal Fiscal Year 2011 funds expendable up to two full years from the date of the award. Matching funds from non-federal sources are expected to be obtained by STRIDE in an amount at least equal to the U.S. DOT grant amount. STRIDE’s research, education, workforce development and technology transfer activities will focus on three major areas critical to the needs of Region 4: safety, livable communities, and economic competitiveness. This announcement soon will invite pre-proposals for each of these categories for work to be conducted starting in the 2012 calendar year. For more information, contact Ines Aviles-Spadoni at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 352-392-9537, Ext. 1409.
UF Reception at TRB. The Transportation Research Center (TRC) and the Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering in the Engineering School for Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment (ESSIE) at the University of Florida, are hosting a reception on January 23, 2012 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Mezzanine of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel during the 91st Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB).
Transportation Seminar. Dr. Shashi Shekhar, a McKnight Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, gave a presentation on “Evacuation Route Planning: Novel Spatio-temporal Network Models and Algorithm.” Faculty and students from the Departments of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Civil & Coastal Engineering attended the seminar, which was co-sponsored by the UF Transportation Research Center, the Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation, and the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering (Center for Applied Optimization). For an abstract of Dr. Shekar's presentation: click here.
Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Transportation Symposium. The WTS UF Student Chapter held a WTS Transportation Symposium at UF on October 15, 2011. The goal of the symposium was to expose students (especially females) to transportation-related careers. A panel of four professional women in transportation-related careers discussed their chosen fields and spoke about the profession. Symposium speakers included: Marsha Anderson-Bomar, City Council, Duluth, Ga; Patricia Cramer, Research Assistant Professor, transportation ecology, wildlife connectivity, carnivore and ungulate movement, Utah State University; Noranne B. Downs, Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation, District Five; and Debora M. Rivera, Director, Transportation Operations, Florida Department of Transportation, District Six. The event was sponsored by the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority, WTS Central Florida Chapter, ATKINS, and Classic Fare Catering [event flier]
CMS/TRC Annual Picnic/Barbeque: The CMS/TRC Picnic was held on October 30, 2011 at the University of Florida's Lake Wauburg located off U.S. 441. Students, staff, faculty, and thier families attended this once-a-year gathering.
CMS Annual Report. The CMS 2011 Annual Report is now available online. To view as PDF, click here.
CORSIM Workshop, August 11th, Royal Plaza Hotel, Orlando, Fla. The well-attended workshop included recently added features to CORSIM, modeling unusual scenarios with CORSIM, advanced analysis capabilities with CORSIM. Participants learned about comparing CORSIM results to those in the HCM, including guidelines for applying CORSIM to FDOT project analysis. The workshop also addressed upcoming changes in CORSIM. For more information, click here.
CMS Spring 2011 Newsletter. The spring issue of the CMS' newsletter is now available online. The issue contains information on upcoming workshops, a personal visit from Congressman John Mica (R-Fla.), new external advisory board members, student and faculty spotlghts, awards, and more. For a PDF of newsletter, click here.
Summer Transportation Seminar. Every Thursday from 11 am to 12 pm, in Weil Room 513, transportation gradaute students give presentations on work related to their research. The seminars are hosted by the UFITE and WTS student chapters. For the complete summer schedule, click here.
WTS UF Student Chapter Hosts Workshop and Fundraiser. The Women's Transportation Seminar UF student chapter hosted on April 27 a Resume Development and Interview Workshop on campus with participation from UF's Career Resource Center and editorial assistance from the Department of Civil Engineering. The event was very well attended, and included a 3-hour fund raiser held at Red Mango, a local frozen yogurt company, which agreed to donate 10 percent of sales to the student chapter.
Former UF Civil and Coastal Engineering Gradaute, Ananth Prasad, Named as FDOT Secretary. April 18, Tallahassee, Fla. - Ananth Prasad today was named Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) by Governor Rick Scott. Prasad will be responsible for managing the $7-billion agency which oversees infrastructure projects that are vital to Governor Scott's 7-7-7 Jobs Plan, including port dredging, highway expansion and maintenance projects. Prior to his appointment as Secretary of FDOT, Prasad served as the Assistant Secretary for Engineering and Operations for the agency. Prasad rejoined FDOT in July 2010 after a brief two-year stint as a vice president of a construction-services firm. Prasad has a total of 20 years of experience in the transportation industry, including 18 years with FDOT where he previously held the positions of the Chief Engineer and Director of Construction. He was responsible for implementing various innovative contracting techniques, including public-private partnerships. Prasad earned a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida. (Source: Governor's Office Press Release)
Senior Transportation Engineer from ATKINS Speaks on VISSIM Software. Thirulokesh Krishnan, P.E., senior transportation engineer for ATKINS, a transportation and planning consultancy, was invited to UF on April 14th to give a presentation on the use of VISSIM. For more information, click here.
Jana Lynott, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, Transportation & Livable Communities, Public Policy Institute, AARP, Invited to Lecture at UF on April 7, 2011. "In the next 20 years, the United States will see an 80 percent increase in the population age 65 and older, a demographic change so profound that every profession in America will be affected," said Jana Lynott of AARP. Lynott's seminar was hosted by the CMS and I-MAP and offered through the CMS's Distinguished Professional Lecturer Seminar Series. Lynott spoke on the concrete actions that policy makers, planners, engineers and citizens can take to prepare their communities for an aging America. The seminar was offered as a free, live webcast via Elluminate. For the abstract and video, click here.
Lorick Assoicates Consulting Speaks to Students on Optimization and Bid to Goal (BTG) Processes. Harry Lorick, Principal of Lorick Associates Consulting, gave a presentation to UF transportation students on the use of optimization and bid-to-goal (BTG) processes in two case studies, successful in the Florida counties of Volusia and Pinellas. The seminar took place on March 31st. For more information, click here.
U.S. Congressman Visits the CMS. Rep. John Mica (R-FL) met with CMS students, staff and faculty on March 7th to learn about the center's mission, research projects and activities. Congressman Mica is the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in Washington, D.C. In Florida, he represents the 7th Congressional District. [see photo]
CMS External Advisory Board Meeting. The CMS's EAB met on March 3rd and 4th this year. This year, the board focused on various issues related to planning and sustainability. The board is comprised of members from academia, the public and private sectors. For more information, click here.
CMS Annual Student Conference, March 4th, from 8 am to 1:45 pm., Emerson Alumni Hall. The CMS held its Annual Student Conference on Friday, March 4, 2011 at Emerson Alumni Hall. Students from various CMS-affiliated departments participated. Awards were given for best presentations and posters. The conference was webcast live and recorded. For more on the conference, click here.
Jaimison Sloboden, P.E., RS&H, February 23, from 3 pm to 4 pm, Room 513 Weil. Mr. Sloboden spoke on using COSRIM as a practitioner. CORSIM is a microsimulation software program, which is a powerful tool for analyzing traffic operations. For more information, including the abstract, click here.
John Collura, Ph.D., Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts (Amherst). Dr. Collura was the guest speaker for the Transportation Seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 2 pm to 3 pm. For more information, visit Spring 2011 Seminars.
Michelle Porter, Ph.D., Professor, University of Manitoba, Canada, Seminar Guest Speaker for the Transportation Seminar Series. Dr. Porter's seminar was on the Can-Drive Project which looked at the challenges of using monitoring devices to detect the driving patters of older drivers. For a bio and abstract of Dr. Porter's talk, visit the CMS Seminars page.
UF Reception at the 90th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board. The Transportation Research Center (TRC), the Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation (CMS), the Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering and the College of Engineering at the University of Florida are hosting a reception at the Mezzanine of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (2660 Woodley Road, N.W.) on Monday, January 24, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. For more information, contact Ines Aviles-Spadoni at email@example.com.
Elizabeth Deakin of the University of California, Berkeley, Invited to Lecture at UF. Elizabeth Deakin, Professor of City & Regional Planning & Urban Design at UC - Berkeley, was this semester's Distinguished Academic Lecturer for the CMS. Professor Deakin's talk was titled California's New Initiatives to Manage Growth and Reduce Environmental Impacts. The seminar was webcast live via Elluminate. To view the recorded version, visit: http://cms.ce.ufl.edu/news_events/distinguished_lecturer_seminar_series.php.
Ziqi Song Wins Award at the 2010 UF NSF Research Day. Ziqi Song, a transportation doctoral student wins the Research in Science award for his poster on Comparison of Capacities of High-Occupancy-Vehicle and General Purpose Lanes during the University of Florida's National Science Foundation Research Day on October 26. Congratulations!
Dimitra Michalaka, Di Wu and Ashish Kulshrestha Win Awards at TEAMFL. During a poster session at the quarterly meeting of the Transportation and Expressway Authority Membership of Florida (TEAMFL) on October 20-21, it was announced that Dimitra Michalaka won first place for her poster on Enhancing CORSIM for Simulating High Occupancy/Toll Lane Operations and Di Wu and Ashish Kulshrestha won third place for their work on Impacts of Dynamic Pricing on Managed Lane Operations. Congratulations!
Kittelson & Associates Seminar & Career/Internship Opportunities, Oct. 19, 2010. Karl Passetti and University of Florida alumna Thuha Nguyen Lyew hosted an informational presentation on careers in the transportation industry to graduate and undergraduate students. They also met with students interested in purusing a career or internships at Kittelson & Associates.
TRC/CMS Annual Picnic at Lake Wauburg. October 31, 2010, North Pavilion from 10 am to 6 pm.
Fall Transportation Seminars. The fall Transportation Seminar Series resumes on Thursday, September 23, 2010. Seminars for the fall semester will be held on Thursdays from 11 am to 12 pm in 513 Weil Hall. For the full Fall 2010 seminar schedule, visit http://trc.ce.ufl.edu/news_and_events/seminars.php
Request for Pre-Proposals. The Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation (CMS) issued a call for pre-proposals in September for transportation-related projects in research, education and technology transfer categories. The submission deadline was October 14, 2010. Twenty-three pre-proposals were submitted to the center from various departments at UF spanning four colleges. Pre-proposals will be evaluated and selected to proceed to the full proposal stage by an independent Project Review Committee (PRC). Full proposal invitations will be announced November 1, 2010. Full proposals will go through a non-UF affiliated peer-review process. Results will be announced in Febraury 2011. For more information on the the CMS's research program, visit: http://cms.ce.ufl.edu/research/request_for_proposals.php, or contact Ines Aviles-Spadoni at 362-392-9538, Ext. 1409 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UF ITE Student Chapter wins 3rd Place in ITE International Collegiate Traffic Bowl. The UF ITE Student Chapter team (Brett Fuller, Clark letter, and Jorge Uy) won 3rd place during the ITE International Collegiate Traffic Bowl held on August 11, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Traffic Bowl is a Jeopardy style competition that tests the knowledge of students on topics related to transportation/traffic engineering and planning. Congratulations to our students!
The 2010 Highway Capacity Manual Workshop. The workshop was held on August 12, 2010, at the Royal Plaza Hotel in the Walt Disney World Resort (Lake Buena Vista, Fla.). Over 60 people attended the workshop, which focused on the recently updated 2010 HCM. Images and other information from the workshop will be posted soon!
Transportation Seminars (Summer 2010). The Transportation Seminar Series resumes on May 20, 2010. Seminars for the summer semester will be held on Thursdays from 11 am to 12 pm in 513 Weil Hall. Our first speaker of the semester is Martin Pietrucha, Ph.D., a professor of civil engineering at Penn State University. Dr. Pietrucha's presentation will focus on providing an alternate definition of transportation that will explore the implications for planning, designing, and operating a system that adheres to that definition. For more information, visit the Seminars page.
Transportation Research Internship Program (TRIP). The summer internship program begins on May 19. This year, the CMS selected five interns to participate. Two of them are from the University of Florida and the other students are from Clarkson University, Villanova University and University of Missouri.
Innovations in Pricing of Transportation Systems: Workshop and Conference. May 13-14, 2010, Royal Plaza Hotel in the Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The workshop and conference presentations by national and international researchers focused on encouraging efficiency in the use of transportation systems. More than 100 participants attended the meeting.
CMS Distinguished Academic Lecturer (April 23, 2010). Panos Michalopoulos, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, was this semester's distinguished academic lecturer speaking on Advanced Modeling of Traffic Flow Dynamics and the Need for Wide Area Detection. Dr. Michalopoulos is a former student of the transportation program at UF (M.S. 1972; Ph.D. 1975) and the inventor of AUTOSCOPE, the most widely used machine vision-based vehicle detection and surveillance system, and with over 20,000 installations worldwide. Dr. Michalopoulos is also the founder of Image Sensing Systems, Inc., the company producing AUTOSCOPE and other products for the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) sector and related markets. For an abstract, video recording and PDF of the PowerPoint presentation, click here.
CMS Distinguished Professional Lecturer (April 1, 2010). Marsha Anderson Bomar, President of Street Smarts, was this semester's distinguished professional lecturer. Ms. Anderson Bomar spoke on how to balance one's professional life with work, family and service. For a bio, abstract and video recording of the lecture, click here.
CMS Student Conference. The Annual CMS Student Conference was held at Emerson Alumni Hall on March 5, 2010. Eighteen students participated either in the oral presentation or posters sessions. More than 50 people attended the conference. Awards were given for best presentation and best poster. Winners will be posted soon.
UF Reception at TRB - Sunday, January 10, 2010, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (Mezzanine at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.). The Transportation Research Center (TRC), the Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation (CMS), the Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering and the College of Engineering at the University of Florida will host a reception during the 89th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). To view the invitation, click here.
CMS Distinguished Lecturer Seminar, December 3, 2009, 10:30 am to noon, Room E-122 CSE Building - Live webcast via Elluminate!
The Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation (CMS) will host Dr. Nagui Rouphail of North Carolina State University as this semester's Distinuished Lecturer. Dr. Rouphail will be speaking on "Measuring and Modeling Vehicle Emissions: Methodology and Applications." For more information, click here.
Update: Florida Congressman John Mica (R-7th) will join the symposium via teleconference from Washington, D.C.
Congestion Mitigation Symposium/Alumni & Friends Lunch (Nov. 6, 2009, 9 AM to 1 PM). As part of the 100th year Celebration of the Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering, the Transportation Research Center (TRC), along with the Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation (CMS), will host a half-day symposium on congestion mitigation strategies and a lunch for alumni and friends of the TRC. The confirmed speaker line-up for the events include Laura Kelley of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority, Steve Arrington of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Grady Carrick of the Florida Highway Patrol, Teresa Scott of Gainesville Public Works and UF Professor Emeritus Kenneth Courage as the lunch guest speaker. Congressman John Mica (R-7th) will join the symposium via teleconference from Washington, D.C.The cost for lunch is $25. RSVP by Nov. 2, 2009 to Ines Aviles-Spadoni at email@example.com or call 352-392-9537, Ext. 1409. For more information, click here.
Transportation Seminars. The first speaker for the fall Transportation Seminar Series is Mr. Philip Mann, traffic operations manager for the City of Gainesville Public Works Department. The title of Mr. Mann's presentation is "After the Game: Utilizing Advanced Traffic Management for Gator Football." Also in October, Charlie Wallace from Telvent Farradyne, Inc. and Anita Vandervalk-Ostrander from Cambridge Systematics, Inc. will be our guest speakers. For more information, including a brief description of the presentations, visit the Seminars page.
Workshop on Roundabouts. A Workshop on Roundabouts was held on August 18, 2009 at the Sheraton Orlando North in Maitland, Florida. Over 40 people from the private and public sector were in attendance to hear about the latest in roundabout design and simulation software. The line up of speakers at the workshop included Ken Sides, Michael Wallwork, Mark Doctor, Dan Burden, Lee Rodegerdts, Rahmi Akcelik, Aaron Elias, and Daniel Shihundu. The workshop was co-sponsored by Dowling & Associates, Inc., McTrans and the CMS. Visit the Conferences/Events link for postings of the presentations and to view pictures from the event.