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UMD Experts Tackle Critical Topics at Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting

UMD Experts Tackle Critical Topics at Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting

University of Maryland (UMD) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) faculty, staff and student researchers once again organized and participated in discussions of critical importance at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 96th Annual Meeting January 8–12, 2017.

Held in Washington, D.C., UMD-led committee/subcommittee meetings, workshops, and presentations exemplified the theme "Transportation Innovation: Leading the Way in an Era of Rapid Change."

Jina Mahmoudi and Lei Zhang, director of the National Transportation Center at the University of Maryland (NTC@Maryland), revealed the results of their investigation into how the physical form of an entire metropolitan area influences residents’ walking behavior. Findings presented in "Impact of Metropolitan-Level Built Environment on Walking: Case Study in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland” suggests that officials interested in promoting walking should consider population and employment composition, street network connectivity, regional accessibility, and other macro characteristics when establishing land use policies.

To help busing authorities keep the system on schedule, Yao Cheng, Hyeonmi Kim, and Gang-Len Chang developed a method for reducing variances in bus pacing without delaying passenger cars by adjusting the timing of traffic signals. “Stabilizing Bus Headways by Minimizing Bus Travel Time Variance Along an Arterial” presents a passive control model that can be used in place of real-time actions known to negatively impact general traffic flow.

And in “Multi-stage Planning for Locating Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles in Urban Networks,” Kiana Roshan Zamir and Ali Haghani introduce a model for optimizing the location of electric vehicle charging stations to reduce how far out of their way drivers must go to recharge.

Additionally, eight individuals affiliated with the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology introduced UMD’s cutting-edge visualization tools during the Visualization Lightning Talks Session sponsored by the Committee on Visualization in Transportation.

NTC@Maryland and CEE also organized a special networking reception on January 9, drawing an estimated 400 transportation researchers, agency officials, and industry representatives.

Below is a list of additional CEE-led committees/sub-committees and workshops, as well as CEE authored or coauthored presentations and papers accepted for publication and awards received.

Committees/Subcommittees

  • Pavement and Structural Evaluation and Modeling, Charles Schwartz presiding
  • ASCE Geo-Institute Pavements Committee (held in conjunction with TRB), Charles Schwartz presiding
  • Regional Transportation System Management and Operations Research Subcommittee, Thomas Jacobs presiding
  • Visualization in Transportation, Michael Pack presiding
  • Regional Transportation Systems Management and Operations Data for Operations Subcommittee, Nikola Ivanvo presiding
  • Operations and Preservation Group Young Member Council, Nikola Ivanov presiding

Workshops

  • Unbound Aggregate Layer Characterization for Pavement Design and Performance, co-organized by Charles Schwartz, Erol Tutumluer, and Andrew Dawson
  • Next-Generation Traffic Management Decision Support Systems: Cornerstone for Transportation, co-organized by Michael Pack
  • Big Data Analytics in Transportation, co-organized by Michael Pack
  • How Traffic Incident Management Can Strengthen Transportation Systems Management and Operations Programs: Identifying Gaps and Research Needs, co-organized by Nikola Ivanov

Papers accepted for publication as of February 6

  • Solving the School Bus Routing Problem by Maximizing Trip Compatibility, Ali Shafahi, Zhongxiang Wang, and Ali Haghani
  • Governance Structure and Design-Build Project Performance, Kunqi Zhang, Joshua Ceribelli, and Qingbin Cui
  • Using Big Data to Improve and Evaluate Performance of Traffic Signal Systems in Resource-Constrained Countries—Evidence From Cebu City, Philippines, Yang (Carl) Lu, Holly Krambeck, and Liang Tang
  • Indirect Validation of Probe Speed Data on Arterial Corridors, Sepideh Eshragh, Stanley E.Young, Elham Sharifi, Masoud Hamedi, and Kaveh Farokhi Sadabadi
  • Coordinated Airport Facility Development Under Uncertainty, Yanshuo Sun and Paul Schonfeld
  • An Agent-Based Travel Behavior and Dynamic Traffic Microsimulation Approach to Modeling and Evaluating Real-Time Ramp-Metering Control, Chenfeng Xiong, Yixuan Pan, Minha Lee, Zheng Zhu, and Lei Zhang
  • Travel Behavior Reactions to Transit Services Disruptions: A Case Study on the Washington D.C. Metro SafeTrack Project, Shanjiang Zhu, Hamza Masud, Chenfeng Xiong, Zhuo Yang, Yixuan Pan, and Lei Zhang
  • A Methodology for Calculating Latency of GPS Probe Data, Zhonxiang Wang, Masoud Hamedi, and Stanley Young
  • A Real-Time Data Fusion Framework for Corridor Travel Time Estimation with Multiple Data Sources, Xuechi Zhang, Masoud Hamedi, and Ali Haghani
  • Trace Metal Leaching From Recycled Asphalt Pavement Shoulders Into Surface Waters, Zorana Mijic, Ahmet H. Aydilek, and Asli Y. Dayioglu
  • Methodology to Disaggregate Speed Data Collected by Road Detectors, Lorenzo Catani, Politecnico di Torino, Jean-Michel Tremblay, Marco Bassani, Politecnico di Torino, and Cinzia Cirillo
  • Visualizations of Travel Time Performance Based on Vehicle Re-Identification  Data, Stanley Ernest Young, Elham Sharifi, Christopher M. Day, and Darcy M. Bullock

Presentations

  • Compaction Quality Control Target Modulus Determination Using Light-Weight Deflectometer Drops on Proctor Mold, Zahra Afsharikia, Sadaf Khosravifar, and Charles W. Schwartz
  • Solving the School Bus Routing Problem by Maximizing Trip Compatibility, Ali Shafahi, Zhongxiang Wang, and Ali Haghani
  • Governance Structure and Design-Build Project Performance, Kunqi Zhang, Joshua Ceribelli, and Qingbin Cui
  • Soils and Aggregates: The Foundations of Pavement Performance, Charles Schwartz
  • Development of Structural Design Guidelines for Porous Asphalt Pavements, Charles Schwartz and Kevin Hall
  • Permanent Deformation Properties of In-Place Recycled Pavement Mixtures, Charles Schwartz, Benjamin Bowers, and Brian Diefenderfer
  • Impact of Metropolitan-Level Built Environment on Walking: Case Study in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland, Jina Mahmoudi and Lei Zhang
  • Spatial Distribution of Freight Facilities: Maryland Case Study, Chao Liu, Jina Mahmoudi, and Frederick Ducca
  • Visualizations of Travel Time Performance Based on Vehicle Re-Identification Data, Stanley E. Young, Elham Sharifi, Christopher M. Day, and Darcy M. Bullock
  • Using Big Data to Improve and Evaluate Performance of Traffic Signal Systems in Resource-Constrained Countries—Evidence From Cebu City, Philippines, Yang (Carl) Lu, Holly Krambeck, and Liang Tang
  • A Two-Stage Solution Algorithm for a Meanderable Urban Logistic Problem, Xianfeng Yang and Yang (Carl) Lu
  • Indirect Validation of Probe Speed Data on Arterial Corridors, Sepideh Eshragh, Stanley E.Young, Elham Sharifi, Masoud Hamedi, and Kaveh Farokhi Sadabadi
  • Multi-Stage Planning for Locating Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles in Urban Networks, Kiana Roshan Zamir, and Ali Haghani
  • Effects of Costly Public Funds on Public Transit Subsidization and Regulation, Yanshuo Sun, Qianwen Guo, Paul Schonfeld, and Zhongfei Li
  • Integrating Dynamic Traffic Assignment with Ramp Metering Control for Large-scale Corridor Management, Minha Lee, Zheng Zhu, Chenfeng Xiong, and Lei Zhang
  • Stabilizing Bus Headways by Minimizing Bus Travel Time Variance Along an Arterial,Yao Cheng, Hyeonmi Kim, and Gang-Len Chang
  • Empirical Observations and Formulations of the Tri-Class Mixed Traffic Flow Properties on Urban Arterials, Chien-Lun Lan, and Gang-Len Chang
  • Integration of Dilemma Zone Protection with Speed Harmonization at High-Speed Suburban Intersections, Sung Park, Chien-Lun Lan, and Gang-Len Chang
  • Empirical Observations of Merging Behavior at an Arterial Lane Drop, Yao Cheng, Hyeonmi Kim, Chien-Lun Lan, and Gang-Len Chang
  • Algorithms for Identifying and Visualizing Bottlenecks Using Probe Data, Drew Lund, Michael Pack, Catherine Plaisant, and Mark Franz
  • Doctoral Student Research in Asphalt Materials and Mixtures, Sahand Karimi
  • A Methodology for Calculating Latency of GPS Probe Data, Zhongxiang Wang, Masoud Hamedi, and Stanley Young
  • Visualizing OriginDestination (OD) Data, Nikola Markovic and Michael Pack
  • Property and Sales Taxes for Transportation Funding: Evaluating the Economic Stress Borne by Taxpayers in the Washington D.C.–Baltimore Area, Eirini Kastrouni, Carlos Carrion, and Lei Zhang
  • A High-Order Markov-Switching Model and Its Applications for Dynamic Car-Ownership Analysis, Chenfeng Xiong, Di Yang, Jun Zhao, and Lei Zhang
  • The Influence of Social Interaction and Engagement on Travel Behavior of the Elderly: A Longitudinal Markov-Switching Analysis, Chenfeng Xiong, Di Yang, Lei Zhang, Taixi Xiao, and Yifan Yang
  • A Real-Time Data Fusion Framework for Corridor Travel Time Estimation with Multiple Data Sources, Xuechi Zhang, Masoud Hamedi, and Ali Haghani
  • Analysis of Seasonal Variation of Upper Mississippi Towboat Traffic, Minwook Kang and Paul Schonfeld
  • Optimization of Multi-Package Drone Deliveries Considering Battery Capacity, Youngmin Choi and Paul Schonfeld
  • Coordinated Airport Facility Development Under Uncertainty, Yanshuo Sun and Paul Schonfeld
  • En Route Performance in the National Airspace System, Mark Hansen, Yulin Liu, Cara Chuang, David Lovell, and Michael O. Ball
  • Regional Integrated Transportation Information System (RITIS) National Update, Michael Pack
  • When Performance Measures Attack! Setting Targets vs. Continuous Improvement, Michael Pack
  • We Want YOU for TRB Operation and Preservation Standing Committees: Standing Committees Showcase, Michael Pack
  • Applying Archived Operations Data in Transportation Planning, Michael Pack
  • Visualizing National MAP-21 Performance Measures, Nikola Ivanov and Michael Pack
  • State and Local MAP-21 Systems Performance Measures Visualizations, Andrew Lund
  • Identifying Problems and Prioritizing Projects Using Probe and WAZE Data Visualizations, Michael Pack, Michael VanDaniker, and Andrew Lund
  • Visual Collaboration Before, During, and After Significant Events, Taran Hutchinson
  • Real-Time Work Zone Performance Visualizations, Gregory Jordan
  • Event Flow Visual Analytics, Catherine Plaisant
  • Trace Metal Leaching From Recycled Asphalt Pavement Shoulders Into Surface Waters, Zorana Mijic, Ahmet H. Aydilek, Asli Y. Dayioglu
  • Exploring the Impact of Residential Relocation on Commuting Modal Shift: Evidence From a Quasi-Longitudinal Analysis, Jingxian Wu, Min Yang, Soora Rasouli, and Cinzia Cirillo
  • Lateral Movement Decision Model for Powered Two-Wheelers in a Developing Country, Han Dong, Yen-Yu Chen, Cinzia Cirillo, and K.I. Wong
  • Discrete-Time Autoregressive Continuous Logit: Formulation and Application to Time of Day Choice Modeling, Carlos Carrion, Sepehr Ghader, and Lei Zhang
  • Developing an Activity Based Statewide Model by Expanding a Regional Model, Thomas Rossi, Carlos Carrion, Subrat Mahapatra, Charles Baber, Feng Liu, and Lei Zhang,
  • Travel Behavior Reactions to Transit Services Disruptions: A Case Study on the Washington D.C. Metro SafeTrack Project, Shanjiang Zhu, Hamza Masud, Chenfeng Xiong, Zhuo Yang, Yixuan Pan, and Lei Zhang
  • An Agent-Based Travel Behavior and Dynamic Traffic Microsimulation Approach to Modeling and Evaluating Real-Time Ramp-Metering Control, Chenfeng Xiong, Yixuan Pan, Minha Lee, Zheng Zhu, and Lei Zhang
  • Transportation Leaders: Leading the Way in an Era of Rapid Change, ikola Ivanov
  • Risk and Pay Factor Analysis for Hot-Mix Asphalts, Sahand Karimi and Dimitrios Goulias
  • Advances in Analysis of Ground-Penetrating Radar Antenna Array for Subsurface Analysis of Concrete Bridge Decks, James Kekemson, Nicolas Gagarin, Dimitrios Goulias, Ross Cutss, and John Andrews
  • Pavement Friction Analysis and Prediction of Deterioration Rate at Early Ages, Dimitrios Goulias and Girum Awoke

Awards

  • Solving the School Bus Routing Problem by Maximizing Trip Compatibility, Ali Shafahi, Zhongxiang Wang, and Ali Haghani, winner of the Stella Dafermos Best Paper Award From the Transportation Network Modeling Committee
  • Indirect Validation of Probe Speed Data on Arterial Corridors, Sepideh Eshragh, Stanley E.Young, Elham Sharifi, Masoud Hamedi, and Kaveh Farokhi Sadabad, winner of the Best Paper Award From the Travel Time, Speed, and Reliability Subcommittee
  • Thomas Jacobs, winner of the Chairman’s Award from the Freeway Operations Committee
  • Choice Modeling Perspectives on Social Networks, Social Influence, and Social Capital in Activity and Travel Behavior,Michael Maness, winner of the Eric Pas Dissertation Prize From the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research 

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