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|Alex Bigazzi wins second place in Cleantech Challenge competition • September 2014 |
Alex Bigazzi, a Ph.D. student in transportation engineering won second prize and $5,000 in PSU's 2014 Cleantech Challenge competition. Alex's invention is a low-cost pollution monitor for measuring travelers' exposure to traffic-related pollutants, called the SPEC: Sensing Pollution Exposure by Community. You can see more about the SPEC at his website, a profile of his Cleantech project here, and a news article about the event here. The SPEC is a second-generation prototype, building on previous work that was supported by the MCECS Innovation Program.
|Lab says farewell to visiting student Stefan Groer • August 2014 |
Visiting student Stefan Groer headed back to Germany with a fond farewell from ITS Lab students. Stefan is a Ph.D. student at TU Darmstadt near Frankfurt, Germany, studying the efficacy of local climate action plans. His research is entitled “The role of local climate action plans in transportation. Evidence from case studies in Germany and beyond”.
|Kristin Tufte presented at NATMEC • July 2014 |
Kristin Tufte attended the NATMEC conference in Chicago, IL. She gave a presentation entitled "Portal: Applications of New Technology to Transportation Data Archiving." This presentation was one of four PSU presentations at NATMEC - including presentations on Mining Pedestrian Push-Button Activations, Adjustment Factors for Nonmotorized Traffic and the use of Signal Controllers to Count Bicycles. The NATMEC Program as well as slides can be found here: NATMEC Program and Slides. Links in Royal Blue are slides available for viewing.
|Alex Bigazzi receives President's Award for Academic Achievement • June 2014 |
Ph.D. candidate Alex Bigazzi received the 2014 President's Award for Doctoral Academic Achievement. The award is given to a single doctoral student at PSU each year. Alex was nominated for an academic achievement award by his advisor, Dr. Miguel Figliozzi. Alex also received PSU Academic Achievement awards for his bachelor's and master's degrees in Civil Engineering. Alex is currently writing his dissertation on bicyclists' uptake of air pollution, which he plans to defend at the end of the summer.
|Joel Barnett Selected as National Parks Foundation Scholar • June 2014 |
Joel Barnett received a twelve month fellowship at the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tupelo, MS as part of the 2014-15 National Parks Foundation Scholar Program. The year long assignment is one of five assignments awarded this year by the National Park Foundation to assist the respective parks in addressing transportation related issues. Specific to the Natchez Trace Parkway, Joel will be working on capturing bicycle data, identifying conflict areas between motor vehicles and bicycles, and exploring ways to increase user safety along the 444 miles of the Parkway that traces across Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. Joel attended Portland State University for his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering. During which he focused on transportation operations and safety research.
|Kristin Tufte presented at TransPort • June 2014 |
Kristin Tufte gave an update on the Portal project at the June TransPort meeting. The update covered recent accomplishments including the transit map, availability of new data and Slides.
|Alex Bigazzi participates in Eno Leadership Development Conference • June 2014 |
Lab student Alex Bigazzi participated in the 22nd Eno Leadership Development Conference in Washington, D.C. The Eno LDC is an annual event that convenes 20 of the nation's top transportation graduate students to learn about how national policy is made. Alex described the week-long event as an uniquely inspiring and enlightening experience.
|Wei Feng successfully defended his PhD dissertation • April 2014 |
Wei Feng, a PhD candidate in Transportation Engineering, successfully defended his PhD dissertation. This is the first PhD defense in the Transportation Engineering program since 2005. His dissertation title is "Analyses of Bus Travel Time Reliability and Transit Signal Priority at the Stop-to-stop Segment Level". The dissertation committee members include Professors: Miguel Figliozzi (dissertation committee chair and Wei's adviser), Robert Bertini, Christopher Monsere and James Strathman (from School of Urban Planning and Studies)
|The Portland Tribune highlights Alex Bigazzi's dissertation research • September 2013 |
A recent article by Peter Korn of the Portland Tribune features Alex Bigazzi's ongoing dissertation research on bicyclists' uptake of traffic-related air pollution: http://portlandtribune.com/sl/194949-car-exhaust-proves-unseen-road-hazard%20. Alex is a Ph.D. student in Transportation Engineering, with an expected graduation of summer/fall 2014. His advisor is Dr. Miguel Figliozzi and the PIs on the breath analysis study are Dr. James Pankow and Dr. Miguel Figliozzi. The dissertation research has been supported by grants from OTREC, MCECS, the City of Portland, and Metro. Alex is supported by a fellowship from the National Science Foundation.
|Katherine Bell awarded University Achievement Awards and Department "Outstanding Graduate Student" Award • June 2013 |
ITS Lab graduate student, Katherine Bell (advisor Miguel Figliozzi) was awarded two 2013 PSU Student Achievement Awards, for academic achievement and for community engagement. Students are selected for these awards based on academic achievements and contributions to the university throughout the year. Katherine was also awarded the 2013 "Outstanding Graduate Student" award from the Department of Civil and Environment Engineering based on her academic performance and dedicated civic leadership in various engineering groups. Katherine works as a Graduate Research Assistant with her advisor, Dr. Miguel Figliozzi. She has been working with Dr. Figliozzi on a research project for ODOT/OTREC titled, The Application of Smart Phone Truck Data to Develop Freight Performance Measures and Support Transportation Planning and Modeling. She is currently working on her Master's thesis which will explore the value of integrated data sources for emissions hot spot analyses on arterial corridors.
|Alex Bigazzi presents at APEC workshop in Vietnam • April 2013 |
Alex Bigazzi was invited to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to present at a workshop for the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Transportation Working Group 37th meeting. The workshop was entitled “Sustainable Urban Transportation: Intermodal Freight and Transit Oriented Development”, and was presented by the Intermodal and Intelligent Transportation Systems Experts Group. Alex presented on the greenhouse gas emissions effects of traffic management related to road freight and transit-oriented development, particularly the effects of congestion mitigation and priority for heavy vehicles such as trucks and buses. His presentation was based on several years of research on traffic management and pollution emissions, conducted with his advisor Dr. Miguel Figliozzi. While in Vietnam, Alex was able to witness the unique urban traffic flow characteristics of a city with a 90% motorbike mode share!
|Alex Bigazzi's "Portland ACE" project on display at MCECS Innovation Program Showcase • April 2013 |
Alex Bigazzi, a graduate student in transportation engineering, presented his Innovation Program project at a showcase in the Engineering Building today. The Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science's (MCECS) Innovation Program provides funding and assistance for student-led innovation projects. Alex's project is called the "Portland ACE: Portable, Low-cost, and Networked Device for Assessing Cyclists' Exposure". Over the past 9 months Alex built a low-cost, light-weight device that measures a bicyclists' travel, environmental, and physiology data, and sends them over Bluetooth to an Android smartphone with a custom-built application that displays and logs the data. More information on Portland ACE can be found here: http://civil.alexbigazzi.com/PortlandAce. Alex discussed his project with attendees and was asked to give a short presentation about the Innovation Program. The Portland ACE is already being used to collect data for Alex's research, and development continues to add new sensors and work toward commercialization.
|Alex Bigazzi presents at Transportation Research Forum in Annapolis • March 2013 |
Alex Bigazzi, a Ph.D. student in Transportation Engineering, presented two research papers at the 54th Annual Transportation Research Forum in Annapolis, Maryland. The first paper was titled "Exploring the Aggregate Effects of Roadway Capacity on Congestion and Travel Demand Using Panel Data Granger and Causality Tests", and used econometric models to look at the statistical relationships supporting supply-side and demand-side congestion mitigation strategies. The second paper was titled "The Emissions Benefits of Truck-Only Lane Management", and analyzed traffic management techniques to reduce air pollution emissions from road freight. The second paper was co-authored by Alex's advisor, Dr. Miguel Figliozzi.
|USDOT Releases Research Data Exchange (RDE) featuring PORTAL snapshot data • March 2013 |
From the USDOT press release -"U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration and the Federal Highway Administration released the first version of the Research Data Exchange (RDE), a transportation data sharing system that promotes sharing of archived and real-time data from multiple sources and multiple modes. This new data sharing capability will support the needs of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) researchers and developers while reducing costs and encouraging innovation. Data accessible through the RDE is quality-checked, well-documented, and available to the public. The RDE can be found on line at here.
|Portal Data used in TriMet Ad Verified by PolitiFact • February 2013 |
A recent ad created by TriMet combined MAX data with Portal freeway data to conclude that "MAX carries 30 percent of evening rush-hour commuters traveling from Downtown on the Sunset and Banfield freeways." The Oregonian's PolitiFact team checked out this claim and verified it as true. See the story here . Thanks to Steve Callas for his data analysis and the link to story and ad.
|Kristina Currans wins OTREC Student of the Year Award and Region X Michael Kyte Award. • January 2013 |
Graduate student Kristina Currans was awarded Student of the Year award by the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC) University Transportation Center (UTC). Following a beautiful dinner and ceremony highlighting all the National UTC students of the year in Washington D.C. at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Kristina was also awarded the Michael Kyte Outstanding Student of the Year award on behalf of the Region X UTCs. Her mother is thrilled.
|Another active year at the TRB Annual Meeting for the ITS Lab • January 2013 |
The TRB Annual Meeting attracts over 11,500 attendees from around the world, covering all topics of transportation. It is held annually in Washington, DC. TRB is a part of the National Academies. Overall, PSU researchers made 36 presentations based upon papers that are subject to a peer-review process. These papers are also considered for publication in the Transportation Research Record: The Journal of the Transportation Research Board. Most of the papers included a graduate student (masters or PhD), and 19 had a student (or recent graduate) as the lead author. Students are indicated as: MURP (Masters of Urban and Regional Planning), Urban Studies PhD, Civil Engineering Masters, or Civil Engineering PhD. Below is a list of just MCECS-related presentations/posters
|Alex Bigazzi and Miguel Figliozzi win Best Paper award • January 2013 |
Graduate student Alex Bigazzi and his advisor Dr. Miguel Figliozzi won a blue ribbon Best Paper award from the TRB Transportation and Air Quality Committee at this year's annual meeting. The paper, entitled "The Emissions Benefits of Commercial Vehicle Lane Management Strategies" was presented at the Transportation Research Board's 92nd Annual Meeting in January in Washington, D.C. and has been recommended for publication in the Transportation Research Record.
|Annual Report Released! • December 2012 |
We've posted our annual report describing for the last academic year. Read the report here
|Katherine Bell Awarded the First Annual Gail Achterman Leadership Scholarship from Portland WTS Chapter • November 2012 |
ITS Lab student, Katherine Bell (advisor Dr. Miguel Figliozzi), won the first annual Gail Achterman Leadership Scholarship from the Portland Chapter of WTS in the amount of $6,000. The scholarship honors Gail Achterman, one of Oregon's foremost leaders in natural resources, environmental law and policy, and transportation. The scholarship is competitive and based on the applicant's specific transportation goals, academic record and transportation-related activities or job skills. The purpose of the award is to motivate and reward women who demonstrate leadership in the transportation industry. Katherine is a second year M.S. student in Transportation Engineering. She works as a Graduate Research Assistant with her advisor, Dr. Miguel Figliozzi. She is currently working with Dr. Figliozzi on a research project for ODOT/OTREC titled, The Application of Smart Phone Truck Data to Develop Freight Performance Measures and Support Transportation Planning.
|Alex Bigazzi Wins Best Student Paper Presentation at PNWIS Conference • November 2012 |
ITS Lab student Alex Bigazzi won the Best Student Paper Presentation award at the 2012 PNWIS conference in Portland (Pacific Northwest International Section of the Air & Waste Management Association). Alex's presentation was titled Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Effects of Congestion, based on research performed with his adviser, Dr. Miguel Figliozzi. An award of $400 was given along with the prize at the awards banquet. Alex is a Ph.D. student in Transportation Engineering and an NSF Graduate Research Fellow.
|ITS Lab Students Present at PNWIS Conference • November 2012 |
ITS Lab Graduate Students Alex Bigazzi, Adam Moore, and Courtney Slavin presented their research at the 2012 PNWIS-A&WMA conference in Portland, Oregon (Pacific Northwest International Section of the Air & Waste Management Association). All three are advised by Dr. Miguel Figliozzi and presented work related to motor vehicle emissions and traveler exposure to traffic-generated air pollution.
|Clifton and Students Active at 53rd Annual ACSP Conference • November 2012 |
PSU faculty member Dr. Kelly Clifton and graduate students recently presented research at the 53rd annual conference for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 1-4, 2012.
The conference was well represented by PSU Civil & Environmental Engineering students. Dr. Clifton and Kristina Currans participated in a roundtable discussion, “New Approaches to Estimating Trip Generation.” Steven Gehrke presented research in his presentation “An Exploration into the Influence of Geographic Scale and Land Use Mix on Nonmotorized Travel.” Christopher Muhs presented recently published work, “Capturing and Representing Multimodal Trips in Travel Surveys.” Patrick Singleton gave a presentation titled “Pedestrians in Regional Travel Demand Forecasting Models.”
The conference was a different audience than most, comprised of mainly planning academics and doctoral students. The discussions were thought provoking and stimulating, and autumn in Ohio provided some sunshine and a nice break from the rain in the Northwest.
|ITS Lab Kicks Off Another Year • October 2012 |
The ITS Lab held a kick off to another exciting year of courses, research and social activities. The lab welcomes the return of founding director Dr. Robert Bertini, who returned from sabbatical following his time as the Deputy Director of USDOT, RITA administration. About 30 graduate and undergraduate students are supported by research grants of the faculty.
|ITS lab students Eric Albright, Adam Moore, Courtney Slavin, Wei Feng and faculty Dr. Miguel Figliozzi presented at the 12th Conference on Advanced Systems of Public Transportation (CASPT12) in Santiago, Chile • July 2012 |
PSU faculty member Dr. Miguel Figliozzi and four of his students were very active at this year's CASPT (top public transportation conference in the world, held every three years on average), held July 23-27 in Santiago, Chile. The four presentations are: 1. Adam Moore "An empirical study of particulate matter exposure for passengers waiting at bus stop shelters in Portland, Oregon, USA"; 2. Wei Feng "Bus fleet type and age replacement optimization: A case study utilizing King County Metro fleet data"; 3. Eric Albright "Analysis of the impacts of transit signal priority on bus bunching and performance"; 4. Courtney Slavin "An evaluation of the impacts of an adaptive coordinated traffic signal system on transit performance: a case study on Powell Boulevard (Portland, Oregon)". Find more details at conference website
|Monsere presents at VeloCity Global Conference in Vancouver BC • June 2012 |
Dr. Monsere gave a presentation comparing research results from two recent projects titled "Evaluating Innovative Bicycle Infrastructure: Some Comparisons of Portland, OR and Washington, DC (USA)" at the VeloCity Global conference in Vancouver BC. The international conference brings together cycling advocates, planners, health researchers, and engineers to discuss issues related to urban cycling. Find more details at the conference site
|PSU and ITS Lab Active at 2012 ITE Western District Annual Meeting • Santa Barbara, CA, June 24-27, 2012 • June 2012 |
PSU faculty and students were very active at this year's ITE Western District Annual Meeting, held June 24-27 in Santa Barbara, California. 9 students and 1 faculty member (Prof. Figliozzi, ITE student chapter advisor) from PSU attended, with more than 9 presentations. See a complete list of the ITS Lab participation below or browse the titles of the 9 papers presented at the 2012 ITE Western Annual Meeting: 1. Leveraging AVL/APC Bus Data to Determine Factors InGluencing Transit Signal Priority Effectiveness, Eric Albright (co-author Prof. Figliozzi) 2. Do Congestion-Based Roadway Performance Measures ReGlect Emissions Trends? Alexander Y. Bigazzi (co-author Prof. Figliozzi) 3. The Impact of Traffic, Bus Fleet Characteristics, and Atmospheric Conditions on Particulate Matter Exposure: a Case Study in Portland, Oregon, Courtney Slavin (co-author Prof. Figliozzi) 4. Handheld Tablet Technology in an EstablishmentIntercept Survey, Christopher Muhs (co-author Prof. Clifton) 5. Evaluating the Cost and Environmental Implications of Commercial Electric Vehicles in the LTL Delivery Industry, Brian A. Davis (co-author Prof. Figliozzi) 5. A Smart Phone Truck Data Application to Develop Freight Performance Measures and Support Transportation Planning, Katherine E. Bell (co-author Prof. Figliozzi) 6. Air Quality and Multimodal Evaluation of an Adaptive TrafGic Signal System: a case study on Powell Boulevard (Portland, Oregon), Courtney Slavin (co-author Prof. Figliozzi) 7. Student Travel Mode Choice and Air Pollution Exposure: A Case Study at an Urban High School in Portland, Adam Moore (co-author Prof. Figliozzi) 8. Automated Bicycle Data Collection: A Case Study from Portland, Oregon, Sirisha M. Kothuri (co-author Prof. Monsere) 9. Developing a bus service reliability evaluation framework using archived AVL/APC Data, Wei Feng (co-author Prof. Figliozzi)
|PORTAL Bluetooth and Ped/Bike Pages • June 2012 |
Check out the new Bluetooth and Pedestrian and Bicycle Counting pages on the PORTAL demo site. The Ped/Bike page shows Pedestrian actuations at six locations along 82nd Avenue. The Bluetooth page shows arterial performance metrics including trip distance, average speed, and average, 85th and 95th percentile travel times for Bluetooth detectors on the Powell Blvd and 82nd Ave corridors.
|ITS Lab Faculty at NATMEC 2012 • June 2012 |
Lab faculty Monsere and Tufte presented recent work at TRB's NATMEC: Improving Traffic Data Collection, Analysis, and Use Held in Conjunction with International Conference on Weigh-in-Motion (ICWIM) in Dallas, Texas June 4-7, 2012. The biennial conference brings together data practitioners, researchers and vendors to discuss new trends in travel monitoring. Our participation continues a tradition of active involvement with this conference. Monsere presented "A Framework for Multimodal Arterial Data Archiving" and "Toward Automated Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Collection" (showcasing work by PhD student Sirisha Murthy Kothuri. Tufte presided over the TRB ADUS Joint Subcommittee [ABJ35(1)] and presented "Performance Reporting Using the PORTAL Transportation Data Archive". NATMEC photo credit: IRID.
|Courtney Slavin receives 2012 PSU Outstanding Community Engagement and Commendation Award • June 2012 |
Courtney Slavin (advisor Prof. Figliozzi) received the 2012 PSU Outstanding Community Engagement and Commendation Award. In the photo Courtney is receiving the two awards from PSU president Wim Wiewel.