PacTrans News

  • December 18, 2014

    2015 Western Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (WASHTO) Annual Conference

    PacTrans is proud to sponsor the 2015 Western Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (WASHTO) Annual Conference in Boise, Idaho July 19 -22.

    WASHTO 2015 will be attended by State Department of Transportation Directors, Chief Engineers, and executive leadership from the 18 westernmost states in the country, as well as executives from the US Department of Transportation and Federal Highways Administration. Other notable attendees are national transportation leaders from the private sector and academia.

    Approximately 500 attendees will be on hand to experience WASHTO 2015, which will feature informative breakout sessions, technical tours and information covering all areas of interest in highway transportation.

    For more information and to view the agenda, visit

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  • December 18, 2014

    Dr. Yafeng Yin Speaks on Advanced Parking Management

    Dr. Yafeng Yin presented his talk, “Modeling and Analysis of Advanced Parking Management for Traffic Congestion Mitigation,” at the University of Washington on December 15 for a PacTrans-sponsored transportation seminar. In this talk, Dr. Yin discussed how the proliferation of smart phones provides tremendous opportunity for addressing parking management. Current applications direct drivers to real-time availability and price information for parking spaces, and even allow users to reserve spaces. Dr. Yin also outlined a game-theoretical approach to examine the competition for downtown parking spaces, and parking reservation and temporal travel patterns of downtown areas.

    His talk attracted over forty participants from local agencies, companies, and research institutes. Parking management using mobile phone and other information technologies plays an important role in congestion mitigation in metropolitan areas.

    Dr. Yin is an associate professor at the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering and the director of Transportation Research Center, University of Florida. He works in the areas of transportation systems analysis and modeling, and has published over 70 refereed papers in leading academic journals. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research Part C and serves on the editorial boards for another five transportation journals such as Transportation Research Part B. He is also a member of Transportation Network Modeling Committee of Transportation Research Board. Dr. Yin received his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 2002, his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 1996 and 1994 respectively. Prior to his current appointment, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at University of California at Berkeley between 2002 and 2005. Between 1996 and 1999, he was a lecturer at Tsinghua University.


  • December 11, 2014

    PacTrans-Sponsored Transportation Seminar: Dr. Yafeng Yin, University of Florida


  • December 10, 2014

    Dr. Dan Work Visits PacTrans STAR Lab, Presents Seminar

    On November 11, Dr. Dan Work, assistant professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering and research assistant professor at the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, visited the PacTrans STAR Lab. Dr. Work met with Dr. Yinhai Wang, PacTrans director, to learn more about the research program and activities. While at the lab, Dr. Work also presented a seminar, “Estimating traffic incidents and quantifying resilience to events,” that outlined new approaches to monitor traffic in the presence of incidents and events.

    Dr. Work received his master’s and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, each in civil engineering. Work was a guest researcher at Microsoft Research, Redmond in 2010 and a visiting researcher at Nokia Research Center, Palo Alto from 2008-2010. His research interests are control, estimation, and optimization of transportation systems, mobile sensing, and inverse modeling and data assimilation.

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  • December 4, 2014

    PacTrans Sponsors TransOvation Workshop

    The fourth annual Dr. J. Don Brock TransOvation Workshop was held November 17 – 19, 2014 at Microsoft Corporate Headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Transportation design and construction professionals gathered to hear from private sector and government thought leaders, learn how Microsoft is impacting infrastructure, and discuss the potential impact of big data and other technological and social changes on transportation over the next 15 years.  PacTrans was pleased to be a co-sponsor of this important event.

    Greg Nadeau, acting administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, and Ross Smith, director of test at Microsoft, delivered the keynote presentations at the TransOvation Workshop. Lynn Peterson, secretary at the Washington State Department of Transportation, Kirk T. Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, and several other industry leaders also presented and shared their vision and experience on big data applications in transportation.

    Dr. Yinhai Wang, PacTrans director, presented in the “Big Data, New Technologies and Transportation Infrastructure” panel and discussed the challenges and opportunities for transportation professionals in harnessing big data.


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