On July 9-10, 2013, in Seattle, Washington, FHWA and the Transportation Research Board are cosponsoring the National Congestion Pricing Conference. The conference is designed to raise the awareness, advance the state of the practice, and identify potential research and technology transfer needs related to congestion pricing deployment strategies in the United States. The conference will explore results from the six Urban Partnership and Congestion Reduction Demonstration Program projects. Innovative projects and studies implemented under the Value Pricing Pilot Program will also be examined. In addition, speakers will present the results of travel behavior surveys conducted in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as Seattle, Washington. Karen White of FHWA will discuss the Exploratory Advanced Research project on Congestion Pricing Experimental and Behavioral Economics; highlighting the use of these new tools for highway research. For more information about the conference, visit http://www.etouches.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=63209&.
During the 2013 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Conference on Multimedia and Expo to be held in San Jose, California, from July 15 to 19, 2013, an IEEE/National Science Foundation Workshop on Multimodal and Alternative Perception for Visually Impaired People (MAP4VIP) will be presented. It will be led by the principle investigator for an FHWA Exploratory Advanced Research project on "Intelligent Situation Awareness and Navigation Aid for Visually Impaired Persons." The workshop will bring researchers and practitioners from multiple disciplines (computer vision, neuroscience, multimedia computing, sensor technologies, and assistive technology applications) together to discuss fundamental issues in visual perception, computational intelligence, neuroscience, and visual prosthesis for helping blind and visually impaired people and people working in visually challenged environments. The workshop should provide the multimedia community a better understanding of human perception, human brain, and human-machine interaction issues for assisting visually impaired and challenged individuals. Specific topics include computer vision, sensing, and learning algorithms; visual prostheses and human-computer interaction; and neuroscience/biomechanical/psychological/societal studies. Mohammed Yousuf, FHWA, is serving on the program committee for this workshop and can be reached at 202-493-3199, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, see http://www.icme2013.org/workshops.php.
During the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) 92nd Annual Meeting, the Transportation Economics (ABE20) committee sponsored a workshop on Using Experimental and Behavioral Economics to Improve the Understanding of Road, Transit, and Parking Pricing. It was presented as a spotlight session on Sunday, January 13, 2013, at the Hilton, in Washington, DC. Karen White from FHWA’s Office of Transportation Policy Studies presided over the session, which used research from a behavioral economics project sponsored by FHWA’s Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program. This workshop was designed for both practitioners and researchers to learn about current research and demonstration projects incorporating the growing knowledge of human motivations and behaviors. The workshop featured hands-on experimental economics demonstrations, presentations on how to incorporate behavioral economics and cognitive psychology into road pricing projects and research, as well as presentations and papers from leading U.S. and international researchers.The growing field of behavioral economics/cognitive psychology has moved beyond understanding why individuals and public officials may not naturally select the most ‘rational’ choice and is beginning to create tools that enhance choice mechanisms. Attendees were invited to visit the EAR Program booth (#2001) in the exhibit hall to take the ‘toll road challenge’ using the same simulator and guided route selection utilized in the EAR Program research project exploring toll and non-toll road choices. Go to TRB workshop details [http://pressamp.trb.org/aminteractiveprogram/EventDetails.aspx?ID=25658].
A national workshop, “New Clockwork for Time-Critical Systems” took place October 25 and 26, 2012, in Baltimore, Maryland. The High Confidence Software and Systems (HCSS) Coordinating Group of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) subcommittee sought input from researchers, industry, and government agencies regarding problems, questions, and new directions for research on technology for time-critical systems. Time measurement, distribution, and agreement technology has reached an important inflection point providing much more accurate time references on physical scales ranging from microsystems to global systems. [More]
The Transportation Research Board sponsored a road vehicle automation workshop in Irvine, California on July 24-27, 2012, that included presentation on Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program sponsored projects – “Development and Evaluation of Selected Mobility Applications for Vehicle-Infrastructure Integration” and “Human Factors for Limited-Ability Autonomous Driving Systems, and Advanced Traffic Signal Control Algorithms.” For more information, see http://www.trb.org/Calendar/Blurbs/166847.aspx.