PacTrans News

  • August 5, 2015

    WSU Student Awarded Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship

    James Amundsen, recent Washington State University BS in Civil Engineering graduate, received the 2015 Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship. The Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program competitively awards fellowships to students who are pursuing transportation-related degrees, and attracts the brightest minds to the field of transportation and research while advancing workforce development.


    Amundsen will begin his graduate studies at WSU this semester and will perform a research assistantship under Dr. Haifang Wen, focusing on the evaluation of the effects of recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) and recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) on the fatigue performance of hot-mix and warm-mix asphalt.


  • July 29, 2015

    PacTrans Sponsors, Demonstrates Lab at ITS America Symposium

    The ITS America Symposium on Building a Smart, Diverse, and Shared Travel Network, held July 16 – 17 at the University of Washington, brought transportation professionals from both public and private sectors together to discuss shared-use mobility and technology-driven solutions. The symposium featured a variety of panels and speakers, and keynote addresses were delivered by Regina Hopper, President and CEO, ITS America, Scott Kubly, Director, Seattle Department of Transportation, and the Hon. Secretary Lynn Peterson, Washington State Department of Transportation. Dr. Yinhai Wang, PacTrans Director, provided closing remarks and described the center’s work and research.


    PacTrans, a sponsor of the event, provided a technical tour of the STAR Lab to symposium participants.  Attendees learned about the lab’s work supporting advanced ITS research, cultivating ITS professionals, exploring effective solutions to transportation problems, and constructing a bridge between the UW and agencies of transportation practice. Specific research work demonstrated included UAV-based traffic data collection, Media Access Control (MAC) address sensing for multi-modal data collection, Microsoft Kinect-based pedestrian detection, and the Digital Roadway Interactive Visualization and Evaluation Network (DRIVE Net).

  • July 24, 2015

    Alternative Information Signs: An Evaluation of Driver Comprehension and Visual Attention

    Dr. David Hurwitz (PI), Michael Olsen (Co-PI), and Justin Neil
    Oregon State University

    The effectiveness of a traffic sign is collectively influenced by the sign’s understandability, legibility distance, glance legibility, and learnability; however, understandability has been repeatedly identified as a one of the most important measures of effectiveness. This study compared a variety of online survey questions and driving simulation tasks to assess the understandability of alternative Tourist Information signs in Oregon. In all of these tests, the “INFO” Sign was shown to be the most understandable of the alternatives evaluated in this study by a significant margin. The two “i” Sign alternatives had the second and third highest comprehension rates for driving simulator subjects. However, it is likely that comprehension rates for the “i” Sign will continue to increase in the future due to its prolific usage in a wide variety of contexts.


    The results were accepted for publication in the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering. Separately, the results of the study will be presented at the 15th Annual COTA Conference in Beijing, China by Dr. David Hurwitz. The PIs and PacTrans would like to recognize the cash-match provided by Travel Oregon, without which the project would not have been nearly as successful.

    Contact: Dr. David Hurwitz

  • July 23, 2015

    New Track – Construction Management Occupational Safety and Health

    CMOSH (Construction Management Occupational Safety and Health) is an exciting new track within the Master of Science in Construction Management degree at the University of Washington. Transportation students wanting to incorporate health and safety in their field may be interested in this track to work toward true project success.

    View more information about the CMOSH track.

  • July 23, 2015

    PacTrans Newsletter – Issue #12 Now Available!

    Read the July 2015 PacTrans newsletter here.

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