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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



2013 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering

The 2013 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE IWCCE 2013), which will be held from June 23 to 25, 2013 at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, will have a visualization component. Please see below for the details on the visualization track, and click here for a full listing of all workshop tracks.

Visualization, Information Modeling, and Simulation
This track will include research in the areas of data visualization, information modeling (e.g., BIM), simulation, human-computer interaction, system dynamics, infrastructure data visualization, and software interoperability in civil engineering.


ABJ95 Midyear Agenda

Wednesday June 12 from 11:30 to 1PM

  1. Introduction of New Committee Members, Friends, and TRB Staff
  2. Preview of October International Symposium
  3. Discussion and follow up on Submitted Research Needs Statements
  4. Committee Business Updates and Discussion
    1. Glossary of Visualization Terms
    2. Bi-monthly Visualization Webinar  
    3. Visualization Resource Database
    4. Blue Ribbon Committee Application Process
    5. 2014 Annual Meeting Planning

We will continue to work towards the goals that we set at the annual meeting.  Some of which may still need volunteers—others may just need more prodding.  We also continue to flush out RNS. 

Please click here for the minutes from the 2013 Annual Meeting. They include:

  • 2 page summary (official “minutes”)
  • Mind Map of meeting notes
  • Minutes of VDC-CIM subcommittee
  • Members of VDC-CIM subcommittee
  • Attendee list of the members and friends at the ABJ95 Committee Meeting
  • Greg Harrington Award info
  • FHWA Working Group notes
  • Mid-Year Meeting announcement
  • 7th International Symposium Call for Presentations
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.



Room: NAS 118

Phone: 866-528-2256

Access Code: 1696856


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UMD CATT Lab Director Named "Champion of Change"

Michael L. Pack, director of the University of Maryland's Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATT Lab) has been recognized by the White House as a Transportation "Champion of Change."

The Transportation "Champion of Change" program recognizes honorees for their "exemplary leadership in developing or implementing transportation technology solutions to enhance performance, reduce congestion, improve safety, and facilitate communications across the transportation industry at the local, state, or national level."

Driving transportation innovation at the CATT Lab, Pack focuses on improving transportation operations, management, and communications. His work is enabling more efficient use of government resources — allowing researchers and transportation professionals to dedicate more energy towards solving important transportation problems through data and user-friendly analytics tools. For example, the CATT Lab's expertise has been used during presidential inaugurations to monitor area roads to help local and state agencies react quickly to traffic problems.

"I'm particularly excited to receive national attention for the work that we've been doing over the years," says Pack. "Our research isn't just advancing transportation alone, but moving towards enabling thousands of other researchers around the world to do great things.  It's especially rewarding to have our peers in the industry recognize our achievements."

In addition to leading the CATT Lab, Pack serves as the creative director of the Regional Integrated Transportation Information System (RITIS), an automated transportation sharing, dissemination, and archiving system that improves communications efforts between traffic management and transit agencies. He also chairs the Visualization Committee of the National Academies of Science Transportation Research Board, and as a career public servant, strives to change the way agencies think about sharing information and the importance of visual communications.

Congratulations to Michael!!


ABJ95 Mid-Year Meeting June 10-12, 2013

Meeting State and MPO Information Needs in a Constrained Fiscal Environment: Joint Midyear Meeting for TRB and AASHTO Committees

The Mid-Year Meeting of the ABJ95 Committee will be held as part of this joint meeting:
TRB is sponsoring Meeting State and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) Information Needs in a Constrained Fiscal Environment: Joint Midyear Meeting for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Committees on June 10-12, 2013, in Washington, D.C. 

This unique TRB conference will blend the traditional midyear business meetings of more than a dozen standing committees with a focus addressing the transportation challenge of doing more – and better – with less. 

The conference will review guideposts for navigating an era of constrained resources, explore the state of performance measurement mandates in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, and explore future opportunities for TRB committees and the professional as a means to enhance mobility in a constrained fiscal environment.

maller and more collaborative than the Annual Meeting, this midyear conference will provide opportunities for information exchange and ideation that will help define the agenda for committees and their members in these interesting times.