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Figure shows four stacked photos in a square arrangement.  The top left photo is a street scene showing homes and parked cars to the right and a crossing walk with a pedestrian crossing the street on the right of the photo.  There is a grey arrow pointing to the right between the left and right photos. The top right photo is the same street scene but one of the three parked cars is colored bright green, one is red, and one is blue. The bottom left and right photos are all black and has the outlines of the three parked cars reversed out in white. The photos demonstrate the ability to identify and separate cars automatically in an image.

Breakthroughs in Computer Vision for Highway Transportation Research

"Highway transportation researchers are collecting and analyzing an increasing amount of video data. While the research community is fortunate to be able to collect more and better data, the amount of data has the potential to overwhelm the capacity to assess the data using current methods. FHWA’s Exploratory Advanced Research Program working with the Office of Safety R&D is exploring breakthroughs in machine learning for automating extraction of safety data from video files to dramatically reduce the costs of using these data, making them accessible to the widest possible pool of researchers." [more]

 

Announcements

Solicitation for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)—Deadline: May 4, 2015

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) share an interest in advancing basic and applied research in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), which are systems with physical processes tightly intertwined with networked computing. As part of this shared interest, NSF announced a solicitation for CPS including CPS for highway transportation. Proposals are due by May 4, 2015. For more information, see http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503286&org=ENG&from=home.

NRC Postdoctoral Fellows Help EAR Program Solve Transportation Issues

The Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) conducts research across a wide range of topics and disciplines. To supplement the expertise of the permanent staff, it is important to bring in researchers with the appropriate backgrounds to investigate specific problems at short-term basis. Through the Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program, FHWA utilizes the Resident Associates (or Postdoctoral Fellows) program of the National Research Council (NRC) for this purpose. The NRC provides a process for selecting candidates on a competitive merit basis and subsequently for administration of the Resident Fellows during their tenures at FHWA. [More]

 

Highlighted Activities

For Georgia State Students, EAR Program Opens a Window on Transportation Research

For several GSU students, participating in the EAR Program project opened up a new window on transportation issues. [More]

Computer Vision in Highway Transportation Research

Highway transportation research is collecting and analyzing an increasing amount of video data. While the research community is fortunate to be able to collect more and better data, the amount of data has the potential to overwhelm the capacity to assess the data using current methods. [More]

Emission Reductions, Fuel Savings Demonstrated at Turner-Fairbank

On August 23, researchers used TFHRC’s intelligent intersection to provide Signal Phase and Timing (SPaT) and Geometric Intersection Description (GID) data to a test vehicle equipped with an onboard dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) modem, onboard computer processor, and a display device to provide the driver with speed advice. See how this helps cut emissions and energy [More]

Research on the Future

Research of the future

While no one can predict the future, it is important to consider the forces—both likely and unlikely—that are shaping the future. For highway research, this can mean understanding diverse forces from global population trends, to climate change, to breakthroughs in material science. For Exploratory Advanced Research this means looking as much as 30 to 50 years in the future. [more]

Exploratory Advanced Research Program

Research Highlights


Brochures

The Exploratory Advanced Research Program,(FHWA-HRT-15-023)- December 2014

Multimedia Downloads

Investigating Advanced Traffic Signal Control, (N/A)- April 2011

Project Fact Sheets

Assistive Technologies for Visually Impaired Persons,(FHWA-HRT-15-040)- February 2015

Reference Scans

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Applications for Highway Transportation,(FHWA-HRT-14-037)- November 2013

Reports

National Multimodal Freight Analysis Framework Research Workshop,(FHWA-HRT-14-054)- January 2015

Scanning and Convening Activities Fact Sheets

Understanding Material Durability - Workshop Examines Aging of Composite Materials,(FHWA-HRT-14-068)- June 2014

Summaries

Technological Innovations in Transportation for People with Disabilities: Workshop Executive Summary(FHWA-HRT-11-042)- September 2011

Web Articles

For Georgia State Students, EAR Program Opens a Window on Transportation Research ()- March 2014

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