PacTrans News

  • August 25, 2014

    2014 PacTrans Regional Transportation Conference: The IOUs of Safety – Infrastructure, Operations and Users

    The 2014 PacTrans Regional Transportation Conference brings together the Pacific Northwest’s transportation community to network and share current research results for technology transfer and ideas for future collaboration. This year’s conference focuses on transportation safety; we will discuss research needs and developments in designing safe infrastructure, safe operations, and safe users. Showcasing research products completed in the 2013-2014 academic year and initiating possible technology transfer processes are important objectives of this conference. We’ll also focus on workforce development and education and how PacTrans is involved in training and identifying the transportation industry’s needs.

    The conference will start with a plenary session featuring public and private sector views of the state of transportation safety. A lunchtime poster session will include a presentation of current PacTrans research. Afternoon sessions will focus on the changing educational needs of the transportation workforce and the secrets for moving research into practice, and we’ll conclude the day with a discussion of PacTrans’ future directions. All conference attendees will have a chance to participate.

    Friday, October 17, 2014
    University of Washington – Seattle campus
    Haggett Cascade Room

    Preliminary Schedule

    8:30 AM   Welcome

    9:00 AM   Keynote Address: Naturalistic Driving Study

    10:00 AM  Brief introductions by PIs for poster session

    10:30 AM  Break

    11:00 AM  Research Session

    12:00 PM  Lunch and poster session

    1:00 PM  Workforce Development

    2:00 PM  Tech Transfer

    2:45 PM  Break

    3:00 PM  Breakout Groups

    4:30 PM  Report Back/Closing Remarks

    5:00 PM  Social Hour and Networking

    6:30 PM  End of Conference


  • August 22, 2014

    Mark your calendars – upcoming events

    Mark your calendars for these upcoming events at the University of Washington:

    PacTrans Region 10 Transportation Conference
    Friday, October 17

    Region 10 Student Conference
    Saturday, October 18

    Join the Pacific Northwest transportation community for a time of networking, education, collaboration, research sharing, research funding, and updates on technology.

    Check back in the coming weeks for more details.

  • August 21, 2014

    Automotive UI 2014

    PacTrans is proud to sponsor Automotive UI, the International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications. As the premier forum for UI research in the automotive domain, AutomotiveUI brings researchers and practitioners interested in both the technical and the human aspects of in-vehicle user interfaces and applications. The conference will be held in Seattle, WA this year from September 17 – September 19.

    For more information, click here.


  • August 21, 2014

    PacTrans Newsletter – Issue #7, 2014 now available

    Read the August 2014 PacTrans Newsletter here!

  • August 8, 2014

    Peer Exchange Visit Brings Tennessee DOT to the PacTrans STAR Lab

    On July 23, officials from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) visited the Smart Transportation Applications and Research (STAR) Lab to learn about its research and technologies regarding transportation data collection, management, and analytics tools. As part of a larger exchange event between Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and TDOT, Dr. Yinhai Wang, STAR Lab director, introduced the TDOT visitors to the lab’s facilities and recent research focuses, including data quality control, mobile device based data collection and knowledge discovery, and DRIVE Net.

    A test drive through DRIVE Net (Digital Roadway Interactive Visualization and Evaluation Network) revealed a robust capability to access and analyze datasets from WSDOT, including traffic detector data, incident data, INRIX data, and weather data. The network has the potential to answer important transportation questions, including how many congestion spots exist in a certain area, when they occur, and the ability to determine congestion patterns from the data.

    The TDOT traveled to a number of Washington agencies, programs, facilities and partners in the exchange visit, and the stop at STAR Lab raised a great deal of interest in the lab’s work. “Very impressive,” said one TDOT representative. “I’m very happy to see your operations.”

    Pactrans, star lab, uw

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