U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

Skip to content U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway AdministrationU.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration

Federal Highway Administration Research and Technology
Exploratory Advanced Research Program

FHWA Home / Programs / Exploratory Advanced Research Program

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]



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]

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.


Highlighted Activities

Traffic Performance Analysis of Dynamic Merge Control by NRC Associate Dr. Ximia Jiang

For FHWA’s Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program, a National Research Council (NRC) Research Associate, Dr. Ximiao Jiang, is pursuing research on traffic performance analysis of dynamic merge control (DMC) using micro-simulation modeling. [More]

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]

Exploratory Advanced Research Program

Federal Highway Administration | 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE | Washington, DC 20590 | 202-366-4000
Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center | 6300 Georgetown Pike | McLean, VA | 22101