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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.


Urban Data Challenge Winners

On Saturday April 6th at Swissnex SF, the winners of the Urban Data Challenge were announced! The prizes for this data visualization challenge included 3x $300 cash prizes, 2x round trip airfare between San Francisco and Geneva or Zurich, and 1x grand prize of $5000 to turn the visualization into an app.

Data for the visualization challenge was provided by the transit agencies of San Francisco, Geneva, and Zurich. Many of these submissions are quite artistic and went above and beyond just displaying AVL and APC data on a map. Go to the Urban Data Challenge website to learn more and see the wining submissions! Swissnex is looking to host another challenge for 2014 so stay tuned for that as well.


2013 TRB Annual Meeting

The Visualization in Transportation Committee met on January 16, during the TRB 2013 Annual Meeting. 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

Also, please see below for some photos from the Visualization Poster Session.



2013 Symposium Call for Papers - Deadline Extension

Abstract deadline extended! The conference planning committee is seeking input on session and presentation topics from visualization experts, transportation professionals, and researchers in all modes and domains. Submit your abstract online through the conference submission website no later than March 15, 2013.

Click here for the Call for Presentations flier.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!