See VIZ Go


At our 2018 Mid-Year Meeting, the ABJ95 Committee decided to create a series of posts that round-up the best ideas in Transportation Visualization. To begin, we will post monthly additions, and share them through our Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook pages. If you are interested in contributing ideas, please contact Charles Lattimer

We imagine the format to be something like this:




(SHORT DESCRIPTION) This 12.5 minute long lightning talk at the 2017 TRB Symposium highlights the incredible work the FHWA DVC is doing. If you want to communicate better, then see some of the ideas presented by the DVC. Or view the 2.5 minute long presentation from the 2018 Annual Meeting. DATA VISUALIZATION CENTER


Mid-Year Meeting May 8

Hello ABJ95 Committee and Sub-Committee members and friends.

We will be holding our mid-year meetings on May 8th this year at the Keck Center in Washington DC: Keck

Please see the attached draft agenda, we will hold sub-committee meetings in the morning, host lighting talks and a keynote speaker mid-day, then conduct the committee mid-year meeting in the afternoon.  A more detailed agenda will be following shortly.

For those that can stay we will arrange an evening happy hour event for networking.

There are several hotels nearby, the Fairfield Inn is still showing reasonable rooms:  Fairfield

On the following day, May 9th there will be an FHWA sponsored workshop on Augmented Reality Applications for Construction at the Turner Fairbanks Facility in McLean, VA. A flyer for the event is attached. If you are interested in participating in this workshop there is a signup link on the flyer.


We look forward to seeing you in May


Kevin Gilson, Chair ABJ95



New Visualization Presentations from NAS

The March 2018 National Academy of Sciences Sackler Colloquium on Creativity & Collaboration <>

included a strong session on information visualization. We were eager to promote use of information visualization in scientific research, data journalism, and other contexts. Five of these terrific talks from prominent researchers, may be of interest to you, your colleagues, and your students:

Deconstructing Charts and Graphs - Maneesh Agrawala

Constructing Charts and Graphs - Jeff Heer

The Road from Explanation to Exploration, and Back - Alyssa Goodman

Data Visualization Literacy - Katy Borner

Visualization as Lingua Franca in Machine Learning - Fernanda Viegas

We were pleased that NAS President Marcia McNutt sent this supportive message on information visualization to NAS members:

I have been impressed recently by the growing renaissance movement to better integrate the arts and humanities with science and technology for practical benefits. Let me give just two examples. The recent NAS Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium on Creativity and Collaboration: Revisiting Cybernetic Serendipity<>, organized by Ben Shneiderman (NAE), had as its stated ambition: " redirect the history of ideas, restoring the Leonardo-like close linkage between art/design and science/engineering/medicine."

Speakers demonstrated how interactive exploration methods embedded in modern information visualization tools lead to new insights and more effectively communicate complex concepts. Examples included ice flow patterns across Antarctica, dynamics of galaxy formation, and machine learning with deep neural nets. Visualization methods are equally important for data exploration, such as more effective detection of faulty data, missing data, unusual distributions, and anomalies; deeper and more thorough data analyses that produce profounder insights; and richer understandings that enable researchers to ask bolder questions.

Stay tuned as well for the imminent release of a new report from the National Academies: The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same Tree. Chaired by Secretary of the Smithsonian David Skorton and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, this report examines the evidence behind the assertion that educational programs that mutually integrate learning experiences in the arts, humanities and STEM lead to improved educational and career outcomes for undergraduate and graduate students.


2017 Presentations from 8th International Symposium

View presentations from the

TRB 8th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium: Visualization in Action

 Held in the National Academy of Sciences Building, July 27-28, 2017




This channel will host presenter's delivering their sessions. The recorded videos are overlaid with the slide content for ease of viewing.

Please send any questions, corrections or suggestions to Frank Broen


Tour of Turner-Fairbanks Highway Driving Simulator

Participants in the 8Th International Symposium on Visualization in Transportation are invited to participate in a tour of the Turner-Fairbank Highway Administration Research Center, which is hosted by the FHWA Office of Research, Development & Technology. The tour will be held Wednesday, July 26, 2017 from 9:00am-12:15pm. While there is no cost to participate in this tour, participants are required to register in advance. Participants, who wish to attend, can register at the following link: participants MUST register by NOON, July 21st (no participants will be accepted after 12:00pm EST on Friday, July 21, 2017). Participants will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the facility. 


Laboratories included on the tour include the J. Sterling Jones Hydraulic Research Lab, the Saxon Transportation Operations Lab, and the Highway Driving Simulator.