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Publication Number:  N/A    Date:  October 9, 2013
Publication Date: October 9, 2013


The Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program logo featured horizontally at the top of the page.

Massive Unstructured Data in Highway Transportation

IEEE Big Data 2013
October 9

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Presentation Outline


What is the EAR Program?


A graphics using oval shaped circles to demonstrate how Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) is used as a bridge for basic research and applied research.  The left large oval circle is light blue in color and represents basic research with smaller horizontal circles in various colors showing the National Science Foundation (yellow), National and International Laboratories (green), Universities/Centers of Excellence (medium blue), and National and International Transportation Institutes (orange).  Arrows point from the smaller circles to a vertical oval representing EAR, which is on top of a bigger light blue circle representing FHWA mission oriented advanced research. There is a square box with “FHWA Advanced Research Plan” pointing to the middle of the large circle, a round purple circle with “Advanced Transportation Research at DOT, DOE, DOD, EPA, etc” points towards the center of the large blue circle, and a light blue oval circle at the right has “FHWA, NCHRP, State DOT, UTC, Industry” written on it, representing applied research.


Key Processes


Program Status


Focus Areas

Connected highway system concepts

Breakthrough concepts in material science

Human behavior and travel choices

New technology and advanced policies for energy and resource conservation

Technology for assessing performance


Nanoscale research

Information sciences


Connected Highway Systems


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