U.S DOT – T3 webinar series : Connected Vehicle Basics – April 24, 2014

U.S Department of Transportation has annouced the  upcoming Talking Technology and Transportation (T3) Webinar in the topic “Connected Vehicle Basics” which will be presented by Valerie Briggs and Brian Cronin from U.S.DOT.

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Time:  1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Cost: Free

Connected vehicles use communications technology to allow cars, trucks, transit vehicles, traffic signals, work zones, and even pedestrians to “talk” to each other and exchange valuable information that could help avoid crashes and hazards. Connected vehicles have the potential to transform the way Americans travel through the creation of a safe, interoperable wireless communications network—a system that includes cars, buses, trucks, trains, traffic signals, cellphones, and other devices.

This webinar’s objectives include :

  • Offer a broad overview of the Connected Vehicle Research Program.
  • Describe some of the U.S. DOT’s cutting-edge research as part of the Connected Vehicle Research Program.
  • Offer information on how State DOTs, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), local and county organizations and the private sector can get involved.

For further information and registration please click here

Conference: Mobile Tartu 2014 -Mobile Data, Geography & LBS, July 1-3, 2014 in Tartu, Estonia

 A conference on the topic Mobile Tartu 2014  will be held in Tartu , Estonia on July 1-3, 2014. The aim of the conference is to discuss theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects of research using mobile data –derived from mobile phone or crowd-sourced social media — and explore practical applications of this data in geography and planning

Mobile Tartu 2014 proposes special sessions on urban studies, social media, emergency management and LBS business models.

The conference is accompanied by an international PhD seminar “Mobile Methods in Mobility Studies” on 1-2 July which is co-organized by the Doctoral School in Economics and Innovation.

Target Groups

The conference and PhD seminar targets researchers and doctoral students working on or interested in theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects of mobile positioning, mobile phones and crowd-sourced social media. Those interest in the topic of mobile research from other fields – architects, city planners, mobile operators, emergency management analysts and ICT firms – are also welcome to contribute.

Call for Research Papers

Deadline for submitting Abstracts- February 28, 2014

Acceptence and Notification- March 15, 2014

Deadline for full paper submission-June 20, 2014

For further information and registration please click here.


Webinar Recording Available – UDOT Network Wide Data Management

Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) presented a webinar in the topic UDOT Network Wide Data Management on January 7, 2014. The webinar addressed  how UDOT have incorporated their statewide data set into their existing management systems and software.

For those who are interested , the recorded version is available.

To access the powerpoint presentation by Stan Burns please click here.

To access the recording of the webinar please click here.


Mobile Mapping Technology to facilitate dialogue between Transportation Agencies and the Public


University of Oregan (UO) has carried out a project on the  topic “Development of Mobile Mapping Technology to Facilitate  Dialogue between Transportation Agencies and the Public”  sponsored by Oregan Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC).  The project aims  to develop enhancements in mobile application functionality as well as develop a model that facilitates a direct, two-way exchange of data between citizens and transportation authorities.

This project has developed three applications for three distinctly different user groups. First,” JLA involve ” a Oregan based public involvement firm to update Transportation System Plan (TSP). Second, developed and deployed for City of Eugene, OR., and allows citizens to submit bike-lane service requests directly to the City’s internal Work Ticket (MMS) system for quickly responding to and resolving requests. The third application, “Make It So”, was developed and deployed by University of Oregon (UO) transportation researcher Marc Schlossberg, and makes generalized mobile survey instruments available to other transportation researchers around the world through Apple’s App Store. All are utilizing Esri’s API for iOS or Android to maximize the potential for recipients of mobile generated data to incorporate it directly into their existing spatial data management/GIS systems and workflows.

All application users can reference current spatial data and provide mobile feedback instantly at the moment of observation. Through the application, road authorities and decisionmakers have real-time access to collected data for analysis by planners and researchers.

For further reading please click here

Invitation to Engage our Community

Greetings all,

One of the great currencies of our group are our thoughts, insights and experiences.  One of our roles at TRB is to produce relevant research topics.  I hope to use this website as a first step stage of engaging you all to help ABJ60 produce new research topics.

I am inviting you all to play a role by sharing news, insights, opinions and research topics in the areas that you are most interested.  To do that you can create posts on the ABJ60.net website.  If you want something less formal then simply send an email to the address trb-abj60@googlegroups.com (provided you are a member of the listserv) .

if anyone would like to be able to create posts on the site please contact me directly and we will arrange to give you your permissions.

I believe these forums can serve as a healthy mechanism for us to communicate with each other and possibly serve as a foundation for the development of research needs statements, an important role for the group.  So please consider participating and contributing your thoughts.

Thank you again for your time, thoughts and efforts.

Martin Catala
Manager GIS and Informatics Group
Center for Urban Transportation Research
4202 East Fowler Ave (CUT100)
Tampa, FL 33620
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The Power of Place GIS Conference – February 7-8, 2013

The Power of Place GIS Conference is scheduled on February 7-8, 2013 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The program committee of the conference is currently soliciting suggestions for presentations.

Topic Areas :

  • Data: Census, Orthophotography, LiDAR, Best Practices, Sharing and Collaboration, etc.
  • Applications: Transportation, Public Safety, Planning, Environment, Property Mapping, and others.
  • Technology: Development Platforms, Cloud Computing, Mobile Applications, Spatial Business Intelligence, and more.
  • GIS in Enterprise: Management Best Practices, Technology Trends, System Integration, Professional Development, Legal and Policy Issues, and more. etc.

If anyone knows a K-12 teacher who is using GIS in the classroom, kindly contact the program committee. To submit suggestions for program presentations and speakers, please contact the following persons:

Program Committee Co-Chairs:

For registration and additional information please click here.


A New Community-Based Bike Routing Tool

Source: Mobilitylab.org


BikePlanner.org is a new bike routing website from OpenPlans that uses the impressive, crowdsourced OpenStreetMap. BikePlanner is free and easy to use on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Moreover, preferences for the “fastest”, “safest”, or “flatest” route can be calibrated by the user, either for personal biking or bikesharing.

The most attractive feature is that the base map is editable by anyone, thus local cyclists have the power to make BikePlanner more accurate and useful. This is the first fucntional trip routing tool for bikesharing systems, including routing based on bike and dock availability.

For maps on bike routing, please visit BikePlanner. Additionally, if there is a route that is less than optimal, log-in to OpenStreetMap and correct the base map for improved routing.

Welcome to the New TRB ABJ60 Website

The scope of this committee includes all aspects of the spatial, locational and temporal data used in transportation. The committee is interested in both research into and applications of this information and its associated information systems, commonly referred to as Geographic Information Systems in Transportation (GIS-T). The committee will provide a focal point for and promote coordination of GIS- T activities within the TRB committee structure. Relevant activities include the application of spatial data and spatial sciences across the entire domain of transportation information systems

Dr. James P. Hall
Cesar Quiroga

TRB contact: Tom Palmerlee