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October 2013

CMS Final Center Report. The CMS grant ended on June 30, 2013 after 6 years of operation. As a result of the USDOT/RITA grant, the Center produced various products and significant research finding, trained and graduated many students, and held conferences, workshops, and symposia. Read more in the Center's comprehensive and final report. [view]


August 2013

CMS Final Reports. A new batch of 2009 and 2010 final reports have been posted on the CMS website. Visit the Complete Projects page to view the reports.


August 2012

Fall/Spring CMS Newsletter. Read the latest issue of the CMS' newsletter which reports on activities that took place at the CMS during the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters. To view, click here.

CANCELLED! Workshop on Freeway Management Strategies. The workshop will take place at the Royal Plaza Orlando Hotel located in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Friday, August 17, 2012. The intended audience for this workshop are freeway operations managers, analysts, researchers and educators. Six PDHs will be offered for attending the entire one-day workshop. The workshop is hosted by The Transportation Research Center (TRC), the Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center, and McTrans at the University of Florda. For more information visit, News & Events.


June 2012

Transportation Summer Seminars. Robin Osborne, a recent master's degree graduate, will present a seminar on the Integration of Toll Plazas Modeling into CORSIM, Implementation of Toll Plaza Analysis into FREEPLAN. The seminar will be held in 513 Weil Hall on Thursday, June 7, 2012 starting at 11 am. For a schedule of the Transportation Summer Seminars, visit: Summer Seminars 2012.


March 2012

"Geometric Design, Speed, and Safety - TRB Paper 12-4151."John M. Mason, Jr., PhD, PE, will be the seminar speaker on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. The seminar will be held in 513 Weil Hall from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm. Dr. Mason is the Associate Provost and Vice President for Research at Auburn University. For a complete abstract on Dr. Mason's talk, go to News & Events and visit Seminars.

"Auction Use in the Supply Chain among Buyers, Suppliers and Transportation Service Providers: Can Sustainability be Incorporated in a Multiple Criteria Approach?" Suzanne Andrews, MEng. (MIT) and MSc. (ITESM), will be the seminar speaker on Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 11:20 am to 12:20 pm in 513 Weil Hall. She will be presenting on the use of the electronic reverse auction (eRA), which is a fast and single-round mechanism that selects suppliers who bid the lowest prices. Suppliers have oftern perceived the eRA as exploitative and unfair. This seminar proposes an interactive multiple criteria decision-making method (IMCDM) to improve the eRA. The use of auctions in the procurement of transportation services is briefly discussed, as well as some of the sustainability considerations that take place in the shipper-carrier relationship. For a complete abstract, go to News & Events and visit Seminars.

"Data-driven Analysis, Modeling and Design for Future Mobile Networking." Dr. Ahmed Helmy, an associate professor at the UF Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering, was the seminar speaker on March 15, 2012. Dr. Helmy spoke about the future of network services and how they will be expected to function efficiently and void of errors and adapt to online behavioral and mobility patterns. Understanding and realistically modeling a multi-dimensional space is essential to the design and evaluation of efficient protocols and services of the future Internet. For a complete abstract, go to News & Events and visit Seminars.

"Development of Autonomously Navigating Ground Vehicles." The guest speaker for this seminar was Carl D. Crane, Ph.D., professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering/Director of the Center for Intelligent Machines and Robotics (CIMAR) at the University of Florida. The seminar described the technologies needed for vehicles to drive autonomously in structured urban environments and in unstructured field environments. The first part of the seminar focused on Team Gator Nation's entry in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. The second part of the seminar described current work that automated range clearance operations for the military. For a complete abstract, go to News & Events and visit Seminars.


February 2012

"Evacuation Planning for Livestock in a Case of a Nuclear Power Plant Accident." This project/seminar considered the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown that led to the loss of thousands of livestock in prefectures affected by the earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan on March 11, 2011. Two mathematical models using integer programming over networks were considered to create an evacuation plan for livestock in the area around a nuclear power plant. This work was produced by Chrysafis Vogiatzis of the University of Florida, Ruriko Yoshida, assistant professor, University of Kentucky, and Ines Aviles-Spadoni, University of Florida. For a complete abstract, go to News & Events and visit Seminars.

Jennie Oxley, Ph.D. and Judith Charlton, Ph.D., who conduct research in behavioral safety science at the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) in Australia, will be presenting on "Urban Planning for a Safe System for Older Road Users" from 11 am to 12 pm on Thursday, February 2, 2012, in Weil 513. The seminar is sponsored by the Institute for Mobility, Activity and Participation (I-MAP) at UF, the Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation, and the Transportation Research Center (TRC). For speaker bios, go to News & Events and visit Seminars.


January 2012

UF Reception at TRB. The Transportation Research Center (TRC) and the Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering in the Engineering School for Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment (ESSIE) at the University of Florida, are hosting a reception on January 23, 2012 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Mezzanine of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel during the 91st Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

TRC awarded $3.5 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation. TRC awarded $3.5 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation. A grant by the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation has been awarded to the Transportation Research Center (TRC) at the University of Florida. UF will lead a consortium of universities within the established southeast federal Region 4. The Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE) includes: Auburn University, Florida International University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Mississippi State University, North Carolina State University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of North Carolina. The center will receive approximately $3.5 million from federal Fiscal Year 2011 funds expendable up to two full years from the date of the award. Matching funds from non-federal sources are expected to be obtained by STRIDE in an amount at least equal to the U.S. DOT grant amount. STRIDE's research, education, workforce development and technology transfer activities will focus on three major areas critical to the needs of Region 4: safety, livable communities, and economic competitiveness. For more information, contact Ines Aviles-Spadoni at iaviles@ce.ufl.edu or at 352-392-9537, Ext. 1409.


November 2011

Dr. Shashi Shekhar, a McKnight Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, gave a presentation on “Evacuation Route Planning: Novel Spatio-temporal Network Models and Algorithm.” Faculty and students from the Departments of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Civil & Coastal Engineering attended the seminar, which was co-sponsored by the UF Transportation Research Center, the Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation, and the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering (Center for Applied Optimization). For an abstract of Dr. Shekar's presentation: click here.


October 2011

Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Transportation Symposium. The WTS UF Student Chapter held a WTS Transportation Symposium at UF on October 15, 2011. The goal of the symposium was to expose students (especially females) to transportation-related careers. A panel of four professional women in transportation-related careers discussed their chosen fields and spoke about the profession. Symposium speakers included: Marsha Anderson-Bomar, City Council, Duluth, Ga; Patricia Cramer, Research Assistant Professor, transportation ecology, wildlife connectivity, carnivore and ungulate movement, Utah State University; Noranne B. Downs, Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation, District Five; and Debora M. Rivera, Director, Transportation Operations, Florida Department of Transportation, District Six. The event was sponsored by the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority, WTS Central Florida Chapter, ATKINS, and Classic Fare Catering. [event flier]

CMS/TRC Annual Picnic/Barbeque: The CMS/TRC Picnic was held on October 30, 2011 at the University of Florida's Lake Wauburg located off U.S. 441. Students, staff, faculty, and thier families attended this once-a-year gathering.


September 2011

CMS Annual Report. The CMS 2011 Annual Report is now available online. To view as PDF, click here.


August 2011

CORSIM Workshop, August 11th, Royal Plaza Hotel, Orlando, Fla. The well-attended workshop included recently added features to CORSIM, modeling unusual scenarios with CORSIM, advanced analysis capabilities with CORSIM. Participants learned about comparing CORSIM results to those in the HCM, including the guidelines for applying CORSIM to FDOT project analysis. The workshop addressed upcoming changes in CORSIM. For additional information, click here.


June 2011

CMS Spring 2011 Newsletter. The spring issue of the CMS' newsletter is now available online. The issue contains information on upcoming workshops, a personal visit from Congressman John Mica (R-Fla.), new external advisory board members, student and faculty spotlghts, awards, and more. For a PDF of newsletter, click here.


May 2011

Summer Transportation Seminar. Every Thursday from 11 am to 12 pm, in Weil Room 513, transportation gradaute students give presentations on work related to their research. The seminars are hosted by the UFITE and WTS student chapters. For the complete summer schedule, click here.


April 2011

WTS UF Student Chapter Hosts Workshop and Fundraiser. The Women's Transportation Seminar UF student chapter hosted on April 27, a Resume Development and Interview Workshop on campus with participation from UF's Career Resource Center and editorial assistance from the Department of Civil Engineering. The event was very well attended, and included a 3-hour fund raiser held at Red Mango, a local frozen yogurt company, which agreed to donate 10 percent of sales to the student chapter.

Former UF Civil and Coastal Engineering Graduate, Ananth Prasad, Named as FDOT Secretary. Congratulations! April 18, Tallahassee, Fla. - Ananth Prasad today was named Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) by Governor Rick Scott. Prasad will be responsible for managing the $7-billion agency which oversees infrastructure projects that are vital to Governor Scott's 7-7-7 Jobs Plan, including port dredging, highway expansion and maintenance projects. Prior to his appointment as Secretary of FDOT, Prasad served as the Assistant Secretary for Engineering and Operations for the agency. Prasad rejoined FDOT in July 2010 after a brief two-year stint as a vice president of a construction-services firm. Prasad has a total of 20 years of experience in the transportation industry, including 18 years with FDOT where he previously held the positions of the Chief Engineer and Director of Construction. He was responsible for implementing various innovative contracting techniques, including public-private partnerships. Prasad earned a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida. (Source: Governor's Office Press Release)

Senior Transportation Engineer from ATKINS Speaks on VISSIM Software. Thirulokesh Krishnan, P.E., senior transportation engineer for ATKINS, a transportation and planning consultancy, was invited to UF on April 14th to give a presentation on the use of VISSIM. For more information, click here.

Jana Lynott, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, Transportation & Livable Communities, Public Policy Institute, AARP, Invited to Lecture at UF on April 7, 2011. "In the next 20 years, the United States will see an 80 percent increase in the population age 65 and older, a demographic change so profound that every profession in America will be affected," says Jana Lynott of AARP. Lynott's seminar, hosted by the CMS and I-MAP, was offered through the CMS's Distinguished Professional Lecturer Seminar Series. Lynott spoke on concrete actions that policy makers, planners, engineers and citizens do to prepare communities for the aging population. The seminar was offered as a free, live webcast via Elluminate. For an abstract and video, click here.


March 2011

Lorick Assoicates Consulting Principal Speaks on Optimization and Bid to Goal (BTG) Processes. Harry Lorick, Principal of Lorick Associates Consulting, presented on March 31st on the application of the optimization and bid-to-goal (BTG) process in two case studies that have been successful in Volusia and Pinellas counties in Florida. For more information, click here.

U.S. Congressman Visits the CMS. Rep. John Mica (R-FL) met with CMS students, staff and faculty on March 7th to learn about the center's mission, research projects and activities. Congressman Mica is the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in Washington, D.C. In Florida, he represents the 7th Congressional District. [see photo]

CMS External Advisory Board Meeting. The CMS's EAB met on March 3rd and 4th this year. This year, the board focused on various issues related to planning and sustainability. The board is comprised of members from academia, the public and private sectors. For more information, click here.

CMS Annual Student Conference, March 4th, from 8 am to 1:45 pm., Emerson Alumni Hall. The CMS held its Annual Student Conference on Friday, March 4, 2011 at Emerson Alumni Hall. Students from various CMS-affiliated departments participated. Awards were given for best presentations and posters. The conference was webcast live and recorded. For more on the conference, click here.


February 2011

Consultant from RS&H Speaks to Transportation Students About CORSIM. Jamie Sloboden from RS&H spoke to students about using COSRIM as a practitioner. CORSIM is a microsimulation software program, which is a powerful tool for analyzing traffic operations. For additional information, including the abstract, click here.

Professor John Collura of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) Speaks on State DOTs and Future Transportation Investments. For the abstract, visit Spring 2011 Seminars.


January 2011

Michelle Porter, Ph.D., Professor, University of Manitoba, Canada, Guest Speaker for the Transportation Seminar Series, Monday, January 31, 2011, Weil 513, 11 am to 12 pm. Dr. Porter spoke on the Candrive Project which looks at the challenges of using monitoring devices to detect the driving patters of older drivers. For a bio and abstract of Dr. Porter's talk, visit the Seminars page.

UF Reception at the 90th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board. The Transportation Research Center (TRC), the Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation (CMS), the Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering and the College of Engineering at the University of Florida hosted a reception at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on Monday, January 24, 2011 as part of the activities at TRB. Photos posted soon!


November 2010

Elizabeth Deakin of the University of California, Berkeley, Invited to Lecture at UF. Elizabeth Deakin, Professor of City & Regional Planning & Urban Design at UC - Berkeley, was this semester's Distinguished Academic Lecturer for the CMS. Professor Deakin's talk was titled California's New Initiatives to Manage Growth and Reduce Environmental Impacts. The seminar was webcast live via Elluminate. To view the recorded version, visit: http://cms.ce.ufl.edu/news_events/distinguished_lecturer_seminar_series.php.


October 2010

Ziqi Song Wins Award at the 2010 UF NSF Research Day. Ziqi Song, a transportation doctoral student wins the Research in Science award for his poster on Comparison of Capacities of High-Occupancy-Vehicle and General Purpose Lanes during the University of Florida's National Science Foundation Research Day on October 26. Congratulations!

Dimitra Michalaka, Di Wu and Ashish Kulshrestha Win Awards at TEAMFL. During a poster session at the quarterly meeting of the Transportation and Expressway Authority Membership of Florida (TEAMFL) on October 20-21, it was announced that Dimitra Michalaka won first place for her poster on Enhancing CORSIM for Simulating High Occupancy/Toll Lane Operations and Di Wu and Ashish Kulshrestha won third place for their work on Impacts of Dynamic Pricing on Managed Lane Operations. Congratulations!

Kittelson & Associates Seminar & Career/Internship Opportunities, Oct. 19, 2010. Karl Passetti and University of Florida alumna Thuha Nguyen Lyew hosted an informational presentation on careers in the transportation industry to graduate and undergraduate students. They also met with students interested in pursuing a career or internships at Kittelson & Associates.

TRC/CMS Annual Picnic at Lake Wauburg. October 31, 2010, North Pavilion from 10 am to 6 pm.


September 2010

Fall Transportation Seminars. The fall Transportation Seminar Series resumes on Thursday, September 23, 2010. Seminars for the fall semester will be held on Thursdays from 11 am to 12 pm in 513 Weil Hall. For the full Fall 2010 seminar schedule, visit http://cms.ce.ufl.edu/news_events/seminarsFall2010.php.

Request for Pre-Proposals. The Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation (CMS) issued a call for pre-proposals in September for transportation-related projects in research, education and technology transfer categories. The submission deadline was October 14, 2010. Twenty-three pre-proposals were submitted to the center from various departments at UF spanning four colleges. Pre-proposals will be evaluated and selected to proceed to the full proposal stage by an independent Project Review Committee (PRC). Full proposal invitations will be announced November 1, 2010. Full proposals will go through a non-UF affiliated peer-review process. Results will be announced in February 2011. For more information on the CMS's research program, visit: http://cms.ce.ufl.edu/research/request_for_proposals.php, or contact Ines Aviles-Spadoni at 362-392-9538, Ext. 1409 or email at iaviles@ce.ufl.edu.


August 2010

UF ITE Student Chapter wins 3rd Place in ITE International Collegiate Traffic Bowl. The UF ITE Student Chapter team (Brett Fuller, Clark letter, and Jorge Uy) came in 3rd place during the ITE International Collegiate Traffic Bowl held on August 11, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Traffic Bowl is a Jeopardy style competition that tests the knowledge of students on topics related to transportation/traffic engineering and planning. Congratulations to our students!

2010 Highway Capacity Manual Workshop was held on August 12, 2010, at the Royal Plaza Hotel in the Walt Disney World Resort (Lake Buena Vista, Fla.). Over 60 people attended the workshop, which focused on the recently updated 2010 HCM. Click here for photos and other information from the workshop.


May 2010

Transportation Seminars (Summer 2010). The Transportation Seminar Series resumes on May 20, 2010. Seminars for the summer semester will be held on Thursdays from 11 am to 12 pm in 513 Weil Hall. Our first speaker of the semester is Martin Pietrucha, Ph.D., a professor of civil engineering at Penn State University. Dr. Pietrucha's presentation will focus on providing an alternate definition of transportation that will explore the implications for planning, designing, and operating a system that adheres to that definition. For more information, visit the Seminars page.

Transportation Research Internship Program (TRIP). The summer internship program begins on May 19. This year, the CMS has selected five interns to participate. Two of them are from the University of Florida and the other students are from Clarkson University, Villanova University and University of Missouri.

Innovations in Pricing of Transportation Systems: Workshop and Conference. May 13-14, 2010, Royal Plaza Hotel in the Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The workshop and conference presentations by national and international researchers focused on encouraging efficiency in the use of transportation systems. More than 100 participants attended the meeting.


April 2010

CMS Distinguished Academic Lecturer (April 23, 2010). Panos Michalopoulos, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, was this semester's distinguished academic lecturer speaking on the Advanced Modeling of Traffic Flow Dynamics and the Need for Wide Area Detection. Dr. Michalopoulos is a former student of the transportation program at UF (M.S. 1972; Ph.D. 1975) and the inventor of AUTOSCOPE, the most widely used machine vision-based vehicle detection and surveillance system worldwide. Dr. Michalopoulos is also the founder of Image Sensing Systems, Inc., the company producing AUTOSCOPE and other products for the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) sector and related markets. For an abstract, bio and video recording of the lecture, click here.

CMS Distinguished Professional Lecturer (April 1, 2010). Marsha Anderson Bomar, President of Street Smarts, was this semester's Distinguished Professional Lecturer. Ms. Anderson Bomar spoke on how to balance one's professional life with work, family and service. For a bio, abstract and video recording of the lecture, click here.


March 2010

CMS Student Conference. The Annual CMS Student Conference was held at Emerson Alumni Hall on March 5, 2010. Eighteen students participated either in the oral presentation or posters sessions. More than 50 people attended the conference. Awards were given for best presentation and best poster. Winners will be posted soon.


February 2010

STEWARD Database. The STEWARD is now available and can be accessed at http://cce-trc-cdwserv.ce.ufl.edu/steward/index.html. The database contains daily summaries of traffic volumes, speeds, occupancies and travel times obtained from SunGuide transportation management centers (TMCs) in Florida and aggregated by 5, 15 and 60 minute periods. FDOT and the Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation (CMS) sponsored this project to create an archive that supports the development of performance measures and promotes further research into traffic flow and congestion modeling. The operation and expansion of STEWARD is currently hosted by the CMS.


January 2010

UF Reception at TRB - Sunday, January 10, 2010, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (Mezzanine at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.). The Transportation Research Center (TRC), the Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation (CMS), the Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering and the College of Engineering at the University of Florida will host a reception during the 89th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). To view the invitation, click here.


December 2009

CMS Distinguished Lecturer Seminar. Nagui M. Rouphail, Ph.D., professor and director of the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) at North Carolina State University was this semester's Distinguished Lecturer on December 3, 2009. Dr. Rouphail spoke on "Measuring and Modeling Vehicle Emissions: Methodology and Applications." For an abstract, bio and video of his presentation, visit the Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series link.


November 2009

Congestion Mitigation Symposium/Alumni & Friends Lunch (Nov. 6, 2009, 9 AM to 1 PM, J. Wayne Reitz Union Room 282 and Grand Ballroom). As part of the 100th year Celebration of the Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering, the Transportation Research Center (TRC), along with the Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation (CMS), will host a half-day symposium on congestion mitigation strategies and a lunch for alumni and friends of the TRC. The confirmed speaker line-up for the events include Laura Kelley of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority, Steve Arrington of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Grady Carrick of the Florida Highway Patrol, Teresa Scott of Gainesville Public Works and UF Professor Emeritus Kenneth Courage. Congressman John Mica (R-7th) will join the symposium via teleconference from Washington, D.C.The cost for lunch is $25. RSVP by Nov. 2, 2009 to Ines Aviles-Spadoni at iaviles@ce.ufl.edu or call 352-392-9537, Ext. 1409. For more information, click here.


October 2009

Transportation Seminar Series. The first speaker for the fall Transportation Seminar Series is Mr. Philip Mann, traffic operations manager for the City of Gainesville Public Works Department. The title of Mr. Mann's presentation is "After the Game: Utilizing Advanced Traffic Management for Gator Football." Also in October, Charlie Wallace from Telvent Farradyne, Inc. and Anita Vandervalk-Ostrander from Cambridge Systematics, Inc. will be our guest speakers. For more information, including a brief description of the presentations, visit the Seminars page.


August 2009

Workshop on Roundabouts. A Workshop on Roundabouts was held on August 18, 2009 at the Sheraton Orlando North in Maitland, Florida. Over 40 people from the private and public sector were in attendance to hear about the latest in roundabout design and simulation software. The line up of speakers at the workshop included Ken Sides, Michael Wallwork, Mark Doctor, Dan Burden, Lee Rodegerdts, Rahmi Akcelik, Aaron Elias, and Daniel Shihundu. The workshop was co-sponsored by Dowling & Associates, Inc., McTrans and the CMS. Visit the Conferences & Workshop link for postings of the presentations and to view pictures from the event.


July 2009

A seminar on "Optimal Deployment of High-Occupancy Vehicle/Toll Lanes in General Networks" was presented by doctoral student Ziqi Song on July 16, 2009. For a complete listing of CMS seminars, visit the Seminars page.

Master's student Nagendra Dhakar gave a presentation on "Modeling Face-to-Face and Internet-Based Social-Activity Participation Decisions" on July 9, 2009. Visit the Seminars page for a complete listing of all summer seminars.

Dimitra Michalaka, M.S., a transportation engineer working with the CMS, gave a presentation on "Network Design Problem under Build-Operate-Transfer Scheme" on July 2, 2009. Visit the Seminars page for a complete listing of all summer seminars.


June 2009

CMS hires Dimitra Michalaka as transportation engineer. Dimitra completed her master's degree in transportation engineering at UF in spring 2009. We congratulate her!

Wu Di, a doctoral student, gave a presentation on "Network Design Problem under Build-Operate-Transfer Scheme" on June 25, 2009. Visit the Seminars page for a complete listing of all summer seminars.

Lihui Zhang, a doctoral student, presented on "Robust Signal Timing for Arterials under Day-to-Day Demand Variations " on June 18, 2009. Visit the Seminars page for a complete listing of all summer seminars.

Lu Ma, a doctoral student, gave a talk on "A Heuristic Method for Synthetic Population Generation" on June 11, 2009. Visit the Seminars page for a complete listing of all summer seminars.

Dr. Peter Sweatman, director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), visited with UF transportation faculty and students on June 8 and 9 and gave a seminar on "Transportation Systems Research: Cooperative Systems, ITS and Trucking Sustainability."

Yingyan Lou, a doctoral candidate, gave a talk on "System-Wide Congestion Pricing: A Hierarchical Framework" on June 4, 2009. Yingyan is scheduled to complete her Ph.D. this fall and has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Alabama. Visit the Seminars page for a complete listing of all summer seminars.


May 2009

Dr. Ruth Steiner, an associate professor in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning, has been chosen as the CMS's associate director. Her appointment will be effective on July 1, 2009. Dr. Steiner has been instrumental in the development of the CMS and is currently a member of the center's Internal Steering Committee.

Doctoral candidate Alexandra Kondyli presented her dissertation work on "Driver Behavior at Freeway-Ramp Merging Areas" on May 28, 2009. Visit the Seminars page for a complete listing of all summer seminars. Doctoral student Grady Carrick was the first speaker for the summer Transportation Seminar Series on May 21, 2009. Mr. Carrick's presentation was on "Traffic Incident Management." Visit the Seminars page for a complete listing of all summer seminars.

The Summer Transportation Seminar Series began this week on May 21, 2009. Summer seminars will primarily consist of presentations from students associated with the transportation program at UF. Seminars will be held in Weil Hall, Room 513 from 3 pm to 4 pm.


April 2009

Matt Weisman, Traffic Engineer, city of Gainesville was the guest speaker for the last of the Transportation Seminars this semester. The topic of Mr. Weisman's presentation was on the "Gainesville Traffic Management System." Visit the following link for more information: [abstract]

Alan Danaher, P.E., PTOE, of Parsons & Brinkerhoff will be the speaker for this week's Transportation Seminar (April 9, 2009). The topic of Mr. Danaher's seminar is "Bus Rapid Transit Applications." Visit the following links for more information: [abstract] [bio]

Rick Morrow, P.E., of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) spoke on "Variable Speed Limits" on April 2, 2009 during the weekly Transportation Seminar Series. Visit the following link for more information: [abstract]


March 2009

David A. Stroud, P.E., AICP and Jaimison Sloboden, P.E., of RS&H presented on Justification and Fine Tuning the Design of Managed Lanes Using Microsimulation to Assess Freeway Operations: The I-95 Express Experience in South Florida. Visit the following links for more information: [abstract] [bios]

Joseph Geunes, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering was the guest speaker for the March 19, 2009 Transportation Seminar Series. Dr. Geunes discussed his CMS-funded project entitled "A Competitive Location Game with Traffic Congestion Costs," a project he worked on in collaboration with his doctoral student, Dincer Konur.Visit the following link for more information: [abstract]

Genevieve Giuliano, Ph.D., was this semester's Distinguished Lecturer on March 5, 2009. Dr. Giuliano's topic was on Ports and Freight Transportation. This presentation was made available as a live webcast through Elluminate, a web conferencing tool for higher education. Dr. Giuliano is the Senior Associate Dean of Research and Technology at the University of Southern California, School of Policy, Planning and Development. She is also a member of the CMS's External Advisory Board. Visit the following links for more information: [abstract] [webcast]

The CMS held its External Advisory Board meeting on March 5-6, 2009 at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art on the University of Florida Campus. This event was held in conjunction with the center's Annual Student Conference.

The CMS held its Annual Student Conference on Friday, March 6, 2009 at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art on the University of Florida Campus. More information posted on the Conferences page.


February 2009

Debora Rivera, Director of Transportation Operations (FDOT District Six), presented a seminar on February 19, 2009 from 3 pm to 4 pm in Weil 513. Ms. Rivera discussed the I-95 Express and its conversion of HOV lanes to HOT lanes. The topic of her presentation was "95 Express: Providing Congestion Relief and Offering Transportation Options." Ms. Rivera is a member of the CMS's External Advisory Board. Visit the following links for more information: [abstract] [bio]

Dr. Kelvin Cheu, Associate Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso gave a seminar on February 12, 2009 entitled "Optimal Assignment of Emergency Response Service Units" as part of the CMS's Transportation Semiar Series. Visit the following links for more information: [abstract] [bio]

Mark Vandehey of Kittelson & Associates was the guest presenter for the Transportation Semiar Series on Thursday, February 5, 2009. Mr. Vandehey spoke on the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual. Visit the following link for more information: [abstract]


January 2009

Zhong-Ren Peng, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Urban & Regional Planning, gave a seminar on "Understanding Transit Service Reliability and Service Restoration" on Thursday, January 22, 2009, from 3 pm to 4 pm in Weil Room 513 as part of the Transportation Seminar Series. Visit the following link for more information: [abstract]

The UF Transportation Research Center (TRC), the CMS and the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering held a reception at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board on Monday, January 12, 2009 in the Mezzanine of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.


December 2008
Yingyan Lou and Jessica Mackey, both transportation students at UF, were awarded a WTS 2008-2009 Scholarship. Yingyan is working on her doctorate and Jessica is a master's student working on a concurrent degree in transportation and urban planning. The WTS is an international organization advocating for the professional advancement of women in transportation. For more information, visit http://www.wtsinternational.org. Abishek Komma, a master's student in the transportation program at UF, won the Charlie Wootan Memorial Award for his thesis. Each year, the award is given to the best two master's theses, and a cash prize in the amount of $1500 is awarded. A fourth student, Aaron Elias, is this year's CUTC Student of the Year Award winner for the CMS. Aaron is working on his master's degree in the transportation program. Both Aaron and Abishek were presented with their respective awards at the CUTC Awards Banquet held in conjunction with the 88th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in January 2009 in Washington, D.C.

Reggie Chandra of Rhythm Engineering lectured on an innovative InSync Traffic Adaptive Signal System. The seminar took place on December 4, 2008 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm in Room 513 Weill Hall. Visit the following link for more information: [abstract]


November 2008
Michael D. Meyer, Ph.D., Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, was the CMS's Distinguished Lecturer this semester. Dr. Meyer presented on "Climate Change and Transportation: Cause and Effect Challenges for Civil Engineering" on November 17, 2008, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. in CSE Room 122 (UF EDGE facilities). This presentation was available as a live webcast. Visit the following links for more information: [abstract] [webcast]

Rep. John Mica, a ranking member of the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, visited the Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation (CMS) on November 10, 2008 to participate in a symposium on transportation issues. Rep. Mica was joined by Linda Watson, CEO of LYNX (Orlando Transit System) and C. David Brown, II, Chair of Broad and Cassel and Former Chair of the Florida Transportation Commission, for a panel discussion. The event was held in the President's Room at Emerson Alumni Hall from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Click here for the agenda, images and a video recording of the symposium.


October 2008
Ken Sides, PE, PTOE, AICP, City of Clearwater, gave a seminar on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 on "Modern Roundabouts for Modern Times" at UF's East Campus. The seminar was hosted in part by the CMS, the Transportation Research Center (TRC) and the UF Student Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). Visit the following link for more information: [abstract]

Ken Kaltenbach, of the Corradino Group gave a seminar on "What's HOT in the Real World" on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008. Mr. Kaltenbach is the Senior VP of the Transportation Planning Division at Corradino Group.


August 2008
The CMS issued a call for pre-proposals on August 29, 2008, for transportation-related projects in the research, education and technology transfer categories for projects beginning in February 2009. The deadline for the pre-proposal submission was by 5 pm on October 13, 2008. Full proposals have been invited and are due on December 15, 2008. Full proposals will be evaluated by external reviewers and award announcements will be made in early February 2009. For more information on the CMS's research goals and projects funded last year, go to the Research link.

The fall 2008 Transportation Student Orientation was held on Tuesday, August 26, 2008, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in 513 Weil Hall (Computer Lab). The first part of the meeting concentrated on the general policies, rules and regulations associated with the transportation academic program. A trip across the hall followed for an orientation of the Transportation Library.


The Transportation Research Center (TRC) and the CMS celebrated the retirement of Lap Hoang, P.E., state traffic engineer at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The event took place on August 19, 2008 at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art located on the UF Campus. Mr. Hoang was invited to give a seminar entitled "Are We There Yet? An Assessment of Florida's Transportation Operations." He was also presented with a plaque by Dr. Lily Elefteriadou, in appreciation for his dedication to the transportation industry. The event concluded with a reception at the Harn's Camellia Court Cafe.


July 2008
Siva Srinivasan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, gave a seminar on July 24, 2008 on "Comparing Travel-Demand Estimates from Trip-Based and Activity-Based Travel Survey." On July 16, 2008, Dr. Lily Elefteriadou presented on "Ramp Metering Based on Probabilistic Breakdown." On July 8, 2008, Dr.Yafeng Yin presented on "Robust Optimal Traffic Signal Timing." Visit the Seminars page for abstracts related to the Summer Transportation Seminar Series.

June 2008
The CMS was active this summer and sponsored a Summer Transportation Seminar Series. The first in the series was given by Dr. Scott Washburn on the "Impact of Trucks on Signalized Intersection Capacity" which took place on June 26, 2008. Go to the Seminars link for more information.
April 2008
The CMS held its first webcasted seminar on April 25, 2008, as part of the Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series. Chandra Bhat, Ph.D., of the University of Texas at Austin was the speaker. More on Dr. Bhat's seminar can be found on the Distinguished Lecturer link.
March 2008
The 1st Annual Student Conference was held March 7, 2008 at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art (UF Campus). More than 40 faculty, students, staff and transportation professionals attended the conference.

February 2008
The CMS made final selections on research proposals and awarded seven grants totaling $632,676 to faculty in the departments of Civil Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering and Urban and Regional Planning.

January 2008
The UF Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering, the UF Transportation Research Center and the UF College of Engineering hosted a reception at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board on Monday, January 14, 2008, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Mezzanine at Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008
Past News

December 2007
Fred Mannering, Ph.D., of Purdue University gave a talk on "Analysis of Drivers' Risk Compensation Response to Vehicle Safety Features" on Dec 6, 2007. The abstract is available on the Distinguished Lecture in Transportation link.

UF-CMS visited Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on December 5, 2007, 7th Period, Olin Room 257, and presented at the ASCE Student Chapter meeting with an Information Session immediately following (See attached flier and agenda). About 30 students attended the event.

 

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UF-CMS Visit Agenda Acrobat Document Download

November 2007
The UF ITE Student Chapter won an award for best student poster at the ITE District Meeting in Orlando on Thursday, November 15, 2007. The poster, presented by Yingyan Lou, is entitled "Dynamic Tolling Strategies for Managed Lanes."

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