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2015 Symposium: Agenda

August 13th & 14th, 2015 - Davis Hall @ University at Buffalo - Buffalo, New York

Thursday, August 13, 2015

7:30 AM Registration Opens.  Coffee and light breakfast provided.

8:05 AM9:00 AM Welcoming remarks

  • Adel Sadek, PhD, Director of Transportation Informatics Tier I University Transportation Center
  • Joah Sapphire, President of Global Dynamic Group, LLC.
  • Satish Tripathi, PhD, President of the University at Buffalo
  • Venu Govindaraju, PhD, Vice President for Research & Economic Development (interim) of the University at Buffalo
  • Liesl Folks, PhD, MBA, Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Buffalo
  • Stephen Still, PhD, Managing Director, Seabury APG - Aviation Planning & Technology
  • Dawn Tucker-Thomas, U.S. Department of Transportation Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research & Technology (OST-R) 

Session 1: Big Data Analytics in Transportation Operations

9:00AM – 9:45 AM Academics: World class research

  • Adel Sadek, PhD, University at Buffalo: Developing Predictive Border Crossing Delay Models
  • Jeff Ban, PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Arterial Performance Measurement Using Multiple Traffic Data Sources
  • Shanjiang Zhu, PhD, George Mason University: Incident Response System to Assist Active Traffic Management in Washington D.C.

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM Networking Break

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Practitioners: Real world applications

  • William Geary, Erie County Deputy Commissioner of Highways: Use of AVL data for public fleet
  • William Smith, Improving Access to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus’ SMART Card Initiative
  • Faroog Ibrahim, PhD, Savari Networks: Connected vehicle applications to improve operations

10:30 AM – 10:50 AM Discussion between practitioners, academics and audience to identify new big data projects to address needs, gaps, issues and opportunities highlighted by practitioners.

10:50 AM – 11:30 PM Keynote: Michael Pack, University of Maryland CATT Lab and Champion of Change White House Award: Using Visualization with Big Data. Answering questions both known and unknown

Session 2: Informatics Utilization in Public Transportation

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Academics: World class research

  • Qing He, PhD, University at Buffalo: Predicting Transit Volume with Social Media Data under Event Occurrences
  • Didier Valdés, PhD, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez: New Performance Metrics and Operational Strategies based on Bus Location and Passenger Count Data  
  • John Handley, PhD, PARC, A Xerox Company: Applying Analytics to Managing Fleets of Connected Devices

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM Networking Break

12:30 PM – 1:10 PM Practitioners: Real world applications

  • Hal Morse, Executive Director of the GBNRT: Advanced Simulation and Performance Measurement in the BNMC-CDB North Area
  • Thomas George, Director of Public Transportation, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority: Public transportation challenges
  • Alberto Figueroa, PhD, Executive Director, Integrated Transport Authority managing Metropolitan Bus Authority and the Maritime Transport Authority
  • Eric Wood, Vehicle Systems Engineer, National Renewable Energy Lab: Real world data collection/analysis for light and heavy duty vehicles

1:10 PM – 1:30 PM Discussion between practitioners, academics and audience to identify new big data projects to address needs, gaps, issues and opportunities highlighted by practitioners.

1:30 PM – 2:20 PM Lunch

2:20 PM – 3:00 PM Keynote: Ram Pendyala, PhD, Chair and Professor of Transportation Systems in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology: Paradigms for Integrated Modeling in an Era of Connectivity, Automation, and Real-time Big Data

Session 3: Application of Analytics to Transportation Safety

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Academics: World class research

  • Kevin Majka, PhD, CUBRC: Highway Safety Performance Metrics in a CV Environment utilizing SHRP2 Data
  • Ivette Cruzado PhD, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez: Application Development for Mobile Data Collection and Sharing for Vehicle Accidents

3:30 PM - 3:50 PM Networking Break

3:50 PM – 4:20 PM Practitioners: Real world applications

  • Rick McDonough, Director (Acting), Planning and Development Bureau, Office of Modal Safety and Security of NYSDOT: CV applications for truck safety
  • Larry Brinker, Executive Director of NUAIR Alliance: Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for bridge inspection
  • Michael Brown, Senior Engineer, Southwest Research Institute: CV applications for safety of highway road maintenance workers

4:20 PM – 4:50 PM Discussion between practitioners, academics and audience to identify new big data projects to address needs, gaps, issues and opportunities highlighted by practitioners.

4:50 PM – 5:30 PM Keynote: Barry Einsig, Global Transportation Executive, Cisco: Potential of Connected Vehicles

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Networking reception and student poster session.

 

Friday, August 14, 2015

8:00 AM Registration Opens.  Coffee and light breakfast provided.

8:30 AM – 10:15 AM Workshop: Big Data Analytics in Transportation Safety

  • Kevin Majka, PhD, CUBRC: Introductory Remarks.  What exactly is Big Data Analytics?
  • Alan Blatt, CUBRC: Presentation, Overview of the SHRP 2 Safety Research Program Naturalistic Driving Study-The Largest and Most Ambitious Driving Safety Study Conducted in the U.S.
  • Roundtable Discussion: What transportation safety problems can be uniquely addressed by utilizing SHRP 2 or other 'Big Data' sources?
  • Eric Nagler, CUBRC: Presentation, Applications of Knowledge Discovery In Massive Transportation Data: The Development of a Transportation Research Informatics Platform (TRIP)
  • Roundtable Discussion: What are the unique challenges of working with 'Big Data' and what are the available tools to help data managers, practitioners, and researchers?

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Networking break

10:30 – 12:30 Workshop: Connected Vehicles (CV) and Big Data Applications

  • Rick McDonough, Director (Acting), Planning and Development Bureau, Office of Modal Safety and Security of NYSDOT, Presentation of NYS CV Testbed, Applications and Consortium
  • Faroog Ibrahim, PhD, Savari Networks: Connected vehicle applications to improve operations
  • Jo Y. Lee, PhD, New Jersey Institute of Technology,  State of the Art Research in CV

11:30 AM – 11:40 AM Networking Break

11:40 AM – 12:30 PM Discussion and of CV research, funding opportunities, and potential collaborations, moderated by Jeff Ban, PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Qing He, PhD, University at Buffalo

12:30 PM Concluding remarks by Adel Sadek, PhD, Director of TransInfo

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM (Optional) Kevin F. Hulme, PhD, Center for Engineering Design and Applied Simulation (CEDAS): Applications in Simulation-based Transportation Research, such as the Integrated Traffic-Driving-Networking Simulator (ITDNS) at the University at Buffalo, presented at 106-107 Furnas Hall (adjacent to Davis Hall)