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7th International Symposium on Visualization in Transportation

The proceedings are now online! Go to to view the YouTube videos from the symposium. The sessions are arranged by topic.  Some videos contain all speakers, and other videos only show a single speaker.

Previous proceedings are still online at:




Mid-Year Meeting June 17, 2014

The Visualization Committee (ABJ95) of the Transportation Research Board will hold its midyear meeting in conjunction with the AASHTO Standing Committees on Planning and Performance Management.  The meeting will be held in Phoenix, Arizona at The Saguaro on June 17th from 1PM-5PM MST; however, call-in numbers will be provided to those who cannot participate in person.   Our draft agenda is below.

Draft Agenda

  1. Discussion of drafting our new Triennail Strategic Plan
    1. Please review our current TSP document, and
    2. Symposium planning (and partnering)
    3. Research Needs Statements
    4. status of funded NCHRP project
    5. Long-term planning for the committee (do we split to allow for more focus during meetings—construction/CIM and data/PM/ops?)
    6. Other?

For those who wish to participate remotely, please use the following:

866.528.2256  Access Code: 763-7719

June 17th, 1PM-5PM MST

For those attending in person, we will be in the Anchusa II room.  We look forward to seeing you there or speaking with you via our conference line.  Safe travels!



Michael L. Pack

Director, CATT Laboratory


7th International Symposium on Visualization in Transportation - Preliminary Program

The 7th International Visualization Symposium Preliminary Program is available! Click here to view the many exciting sessions planned.

The theme of this year’s conference is Visualization for Big Data. As big data has exploded onto the scene in the last few years, the need for transportation agencies and companies to visualize this data is more critical than ever. Come join us in California where industry leaders will exchange ideas on best practices and new techniques in visualization.

Conference tracks include:

  • Probe: Visualizing the oceans of probe data from travelers’ mobile devices.
  • Mobile: Usability techniques for presenting and collecting information from mobile devices.
  • Performance Measures: Discovering and communicating congestion, mobility, safety, and operations information with novel visual analytics.
  • Operations: Working to visualize transportation data for operations and planning purposes.
  • Design: Visualizing projects from conceptualization, through design and construction.
  • Safety: Enhancing vehicular safety through better data discovery tools.
  • Asset Management: Increasing efficiency of asset management through better visualization.
  • Modeling and Simulation: New tools to enhance the presentation of transportation models.

Click here for more information and to register. The 'Early Bird' registration ends September 7, so be sure to register asap!



Symposium Keynote Speakers

Exciting keynote addresses have just been announced for the 7th International Symposium on Transportation Visualization. They include: 

  • Walt Disney Imagineer for Environmental Design and Engineering, Eddie Moreno
  • MIT Media Lab Alum, Author of “Visualizing Data” and principal of Fathom, Ben Fry
  • RITA Deputy Administrator, Greg Winfrey (invited)
  • FHWA Chief Scientist, Office of Research, Development, and Technology, Jonathan Porter
  • US DOT, Bureau of Transportation Statistics Director, Patricia Hu

We have also added an exciting new panel discussion session on “The Role of Visualization in Entertainment and Engineering” with panelists that include:

  • Phil Tippet, Tippett Studios
  • Craig Barron, Matte World Studios
  • Bart Ney, Public Involvement Officer for Caltrans on the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge East Span Replacement

This is in addition to the many other great sessions, industry exhibitors, interactive poster sessions, and demonstrations already scheduled for the 2.5 day symposium. Registration is rapidly filling up with only a limited number of attendee slots remaining. Early bird registration ends soon! We encourage you to register today (

We hope to see you in Irvine in October!


Michael Pack
Co-Chair, TRB Visualization Committee


IEEE Computer Special Issue on Cutting Edge Research in Visualization

We can live with many of the uncertainties of big data for now, with the hope that its benefits will outweigh its harms, but we shouldn't blind ourselves to the possible irreversibility of changes—whether good or bad—to society. Read the full article here.

Computer magazine cover