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TREC at Portland State University has started a resource page to support transportation faculty in adapting coursework and our community in navigating transportation impacts of the pandemic. We've curated a selection of our recorded seminars and webinars for online learning in engineering and planning; stories from transportation professors who are also navigating the sudden shift to remote learning; and more to come like K-12 STEM! We'll keep adding to this page, so please check back throughout the month.
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Research and Events
April 2020
Teaching Remotely, Events, and COVID-19 Resources for the Transportation Community
Transportation professionals and educators are navigating new territory as they move their work online. With that in mind, TREC at Portland State University has started a resource page to support transportation faculty in adapting coursework and our community in navigating transportation impacts of the pandemic. We've curated a selection of our recorded seminars and webinars for online learning in engineering and planning; stories from transportation professors who are also navigating the sudden shift to remote learning; and more to come like K-12 STEM! We'll keep adding to this page, so please check back throughout the month.
Shortening the Age of Information: Connecting Vehicles to Infrastructure in Real Time
Now that we are decades into the Age of Information (AoI), it's increasingly important to minimize the age of information: that is, to make sure the information we have is the very latest. In the world of connected vehicle technology, AoI is a concept that was introduced in 2012 to quantify the "freshness" of knowledge about the status of remote systems. The latest NITC report from the University of Utah offers an innovative way of developing a comprehensive traffic signal control system for connected vehicles that optimizes AoI and reduces communication delay. The system stands to improve safety and operational efficiency.
Webinar: Visual Exploration of Trajectory Data
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 10:00 AM, PDT
How can you use GPS trajectory data in understanding statewide travel patterns and measuring performance? Dr. Markovic of University of Utah will share a visual exploration of GPS trajectories, as well as the problem of scaling GPS trajectories to the population. How can we use scaled trajectories in computing origin-destination matrices, vehicle-hours delays, VMT, and trip-based performance measures? Dr. Franz of University of Maryland's CATT Lab will demonstrate a suite of visual analytics that enables transportation agencies to easily explore terabytes of GPS trajectory data. He will demonstrate different tools and share the experience of 5 state DOTs that are currently using CATT Lab's trajectory data suite.
Webinar: Findings From 15 Years Of Travel Surveys At Portland Area Transit-oriented Developments (TODs)
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 11:00 AM, PDT
Since 2005, Portland State University has periodically surveyed occupants of recently developed higher-density and mixed-use projects near transit, often referred to as Transit-Oriented Developments (TODs). The general objectives of the surveys were to better understand actual transit use, among other factors, of residents in these buildings. Between 2005 and 2018, the research team surveyed residents of nearly 50 TODs. With funding from Metro and NITC, the research team carried out a two-pronged study drawing on this wealth of data.

NITC Research and Partner Updates
NITC University Partners
The National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), is a program of the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University. NITC is one of seven U.S. Department of Transportation national university transportation centers. The NITC program is a Portland State-led partnership with the Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Arizona, University of Oregon, University of Texas at Arlington and University of Utah. We pursue our theme—improving mobility of people and goods to build strong communities—through research, education and technology transfer.
 
 
 
 
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