PacTrans News

  • 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.”

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  • July 1, 2014

    2014 Graduation

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  • June 10, 2014

    PacTrans Spring 2014 Seminar

    On May 30, Joe Schofer came to the University of Washington and gave a talk entitled “Making Transportation Analysis Count: Bridging the Gap between Politics and Planning” as part of the 2014 Spring Seminar. Around 50-60 people were in attendance, including transportation students, researchers, and professionals. The talk was about how to persuade politicians and members of the public on the funding of transportation projects, and all of the factors that go into decisions to fund projects. The talk was very informative as the political process can be a major hurdle in the advancement of transportation. He illustrated his points with many real-world proposals, including King County’s failed Proposition 1 and a proposed heavy rail flyover in a vibrant neighborhood on the North Side of Chicago. We would like to thank Dr. Schofer for coming and giving the talk, as it was an excellent and insightful experience for all who attended.

    To view the slides from Dr. Schofer’s presentation, click here: Schofer Making Analysis Count. A video of the presentation, as well as some pictures, can be seen below.

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