PacTrans News

  • October 24, 2014

    PacTrans Newsletter – Issue #8, 2014 now available

    Read the October 2014 PacTrans Newsletter here!

  • October 14, 2014

    2014 PacTrans Regional Transportation Conference – final agenda

    Tomorrow is the last day to register for the 2014 PacTrans Regional Transportation Conference: The IOUs of Safety – Infrastructure, Operations, and Users. We hope to see you there!

    Friday, October 17, 2014
    University of Washington
    Cascade Room, Haggett Hall

    Click agenda below to view larger image.


  • October 9, 2014

    PacTrans Sponsors 2014 Dr. J. Don Brock TransOvation™ Workshop

    PacTrans is proud to sponsor the 2014 Dr. J. Don Brock TransOvation™ Workshop. TransOvation is a unique opportunity to learn from, and collaborate with, other industry leaders in this exciting new world of rapidly changing technologies and transportation developments.  Workshop participants will learn first-hand how Microsoft, one of the most innovative companies in the world, is looking to make an impact on infrastructure. Participants will be part of discussions that focus on bringing the worlds of “Big Data” together with transportation construction.



    Learn more and register here.



  • October 3, 2014

    2014 Pactrans Regional Transportation Conference Updated Agenda

    There is still time to register for the 2014 Pactrans Regional Transportation Conference: The IOUs of Safety – Infrastructure, Operations and Users, coming up on Friday, October 17 at the University of Washington, Haggett Hall. The conference will feature opportunities for networking, discussing research and applications, meeting top student researchers, and discovering potential collaborations.


    The SHRP2 Naturalistic Driving Study: Summary and Future Opportunities for Researchers

    The SHRP 2 Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS), is the largest naturalistic driving study ever conducted, and includes over 3,100 drivers, 3,900 years of driving data, and 2.5 million trips.

    John Campbell  will summarize the objectives and methods associated with the SHRP 2 study, and describe how researchers and practitioners can access and use the data from this landmark study to improve future roadway design and traffic safety.

    John Campbell is a Research Leader with Battelle’s Center for Human Performance and Safety, located in Seattle, Washington. There, he leads a team of behavioral scientists and engineers that provide a human-centered approach to the development and evaluation of transportation programs, products, and systems.

    Since 1985, Dr. Campbell has conducted numerous research studies involving driver behavior, vehicle safety, and driver assistance systems, using on-the-road vehicles, driving simulators, and test tracks.  He helped design the SHRP 2 Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS), and also served as the site manager for the Seattle data collection site, which contributed over 700 drivers and over 850 years of driving data to the overall study.


    8:30 AM

    Yinhai Wang, PacTrans Director and Transportation Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington

    8:45 AM

    John Milton, Director of Enterprise Risk and Safety Management at  Washington State Department of Transportation

    9:00 AM

    Keynote Address: Naturalistic Driving Study
    John Campbell, Research Leader with Battelle’s Center for Human Performance and Safety, Seattle WA

    10:00 AM

    Brief introductions by PIs for poster session
    David Hurwitz, Assistant Professor, Civil and Construction Engineering, Oregon State University

    10:30 AM



    Research Session: Preparing for a Driverless World
    Edward Mantey, Senior Vice President Vehicle Planning, Corporate Strategy, Technical Administration, Toyota Technical Center

    User Safety:  From the Perspective of the Cyclist/Pedestrian
    Dongho Chang, City Traffic Engineer, City of Seattle

    User Safety: From the Perspective of the Driver
    Ted Trepanier, Executive Director, Inrix

    Infrastructure Safety:  From the Perspective of Autonomy
    Guoyan Wu, Research Engineer, University of California,  Riverside

    Operations Safety:  From the Perspective of State Research Needs
    Michael Bufalino, Research Manager, Oregon State Department of Transportation

    12:00 PM

    Lunch and Poster Session
    David Hurwitz, Assistant Professor, Civil and Construction Engineering, Oregon State University

    1:00 PM

    Workforce Development, Panel Discussion
    Bruce Haldors, CEO, Transpogroup

    Carolyn Morehouse, Chief or Research Development and Technology Transfer Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

    Professional Organizations
    Jim O’Brien, American Society of Civil Engineers

    Wayne Kittelson, Principal at Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

    Teresa Adams, Professor of Transportation Engineering and City Planning in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Director and Principal Investigator, National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education

    2:00 PM

    Tech Transfer, Presentations
    Doug Brodin, Research Manager, Washington State Department of Transportation

    Santiago Navarro, Technology Transfer Program Manager at Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, Department of Transportation

    Education Project
    Kevin Chang, Assistant Professor,  Department of Engineering, University of Idaho

    Idaho Snowmobile
    Dan Cordon, Clinical Faculty, Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho

    2:45 PM


    3:00 PM

    Breakout Groups – Strategic Directions
    Anne Goodchild, moderator, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Washington

    4:30 PM

    Report Back/Closing Remarks
    Yinhai Wang, PacTrans Director and Transportation Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington

    5:00 PM

    Social Hour and Networking

    6:30 PM

    End of Conference


    Register for the conference today.

    Registration for the Student Conference can be found here.

  • September 30, 2014

    Tsinghua University Delegation Visits PacTrans to Discuss Smart Cities

    A delegation led by Professor Zhang Yi, vice provost in global affairs, from Tsinghua University was welcomed by PacTrans and members of the University of Washington community on September 11th, 2014. The exchange brought faculty and administrators from both universities together to discuss cutting edge research in intelligent transportation and smart cities.

    Professor Zhang of the Tsinghua delegation, who hosted the UW delegation in 2008 and visited the UW in 2010, expressed enthusiasm for long-term cooperation between the institutions. “I’m excited to see that seed grow,” responded Dr. Yinhai Wang, PacTrans director.

    Dr. Wang led the presentation, introducing PacTrans’ research, the work of Smart Transportation Applications and Research (STAR) Lab, and important questions for research. Though there are many questions, Dr. Wang explained, the most important thing is to effectively use the data and derive effective solutions from data-driven research investigations.

    It may be the “age of big data,” but certain data challenges persist, such as the quality of existing data, the sensitivity of sensors, and missing types of data. PacTrans researchers work toward solutions for these issues, including e-Science transportation framework, the Digital Roadway Interactive Visualization and Evaluation Network (DRIVE Net), and new sensor technologies for pedestrian detection and safety.

    A robust discussion time following the presentation revealed a strong interest in big data, as many connected with the challenges surrounding its definition and data quality, as well as the opportunities of big data in civil and environmental engineering.


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