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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!


Evaluation of Methodologies for Visual Impact Assessments

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 741: Evaluation of Methodologies for Visual Impact Assessments evaluates visual impact assessment (VIA) procedures, methods, and practices that satisfy or exceed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other requirements. 

The report documents VIA methodologies and approaches used in the United States and other countries, describes the decision making framework used to select specific VIA techniques for a given project, includes VIA best practice case studies from state departments of transportation, and highlights promising new developments in the field.
Project: Project Information
Project Number: 25-33

E-Newsletter Type: Recently Released TRB Publications    

TRB Publication Type: NCHRP Report




2013 Symposium Call for Papers

The 2013 7th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium is encouraging interested individuals to submit session topics, presentation ideas, and paper abstracts to be considered for presentation at the 2013 symposium in the Beckman Center, Irvine, California on October 23-25, 2013.

Click here for the Call for Presentations flier. 

The conference will be a forum for exchange and dissemination of information related to all applications and modes of visualization in the transportation industry. Submit your abstract online through the conference submission website no later than March 15, 2013.

The goal of the 2013 Symposium is to advance innovation in visualization for transportation applications through the exchange of information, to create a collaborative environment that promotes ideas for action that evolves our ability to address those needs, and to foster the integration of visualization into mainstream practice.

A wide variety of sessions and speakers will be pursued including moderated sessions, panel discussions, interactive poster sessions, and application/technology demonstrations. For more information see

Evaluation Criteria

The following criteria will be used to evaluate topics and abstracts: 1) originality of work; 2) relevance or interest to Symposium Attendees; 3) timeliness; and 4) quality, clarity and completeness of the submission. Successful topics will engage public, private, and university partners from a wide range of modes and disciplines. Abstracts focusing on research findings will be evaluated on their potential significance to the discipline, soundness of the methodology, any empirical, data-based results and rigor. Abstracts covering research on current policy issues will be evaluated according to the soundness of the research method and the potential contribution to policy discussion. Evaluation of education, training, and practice programs will be judged according to the assessment tools used and the originality and potential impact of the educational innovation.

Submittal Process

Abstracts should be submitted through the conference submission website, no later than March 15, 2013. Abstracts should not be more than 600 words in length and should clearly convey the material that will be presented and relevance to the Symposium.

[Updated on February 19, 2013]