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On December 20, 2016, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Administrator Greg Nadeau and Deputy Administrator David Kim attended the ribbon cutting at Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) to formally open the new Safety Training and Analysis Center (STAC). FHWA established STAC to help the research community and State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) make use of data from the second Strategic Highway Research Program’s (SHRP2) Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS) and Roadway Information Database (RID).

Figure 1. Nadeau opens STAC at TFHRC

Figure 1. Nadeau opens STAC at TFHRC.


HOLD the DATES: SHRP2 NDS Webinars for State DOTs and Researchers

Introduction

Please join us for this series of webinars developed by FHWA’s Safety Training and Analysis Center (STAC) for State Department of Transportation research managers and safety, operations and planning staff as an introduction to the SHRP2 Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS) data and Roadway Information Database (RID). Safety, operations and planning researchers working with DOTs, Transportation Research Board (TRB), FHWA, and other funding agencies will also benefit from attending these webinars.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the webinar series, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the naturalistic driving study data (driver, vehicle, and roadway)
  • How the NDS/RID data can be accessed
  • Examples of research questions that can be addressed with the NDS data

The four webinars will discuss the following topics:

November 30th, 2016 (1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST): This webinar will focus on the SHRP2 NDS data covering the driver and vehicle information. The topics covered include:

  1. Introduction to the NDS
  2. Access to NDS data
  3. The InSight website
  4. NDS data analysis examples

December 14th, 2016 (1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST): This webinar will focus on the SHRP2 Roadway Information Database (RID). Topics covered:

  1. Introduction to the RID
  2. Data included in the RID
  3. GIS functionality
  4. Using the RID to support research
  5. Example uses of the RID

January 18th, 2017 ((1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST): This webinar will focus on the integration of the driver, vehicle, and roadway data to support addressing research questions. The NDS/RID integration webinar topics include:

  1. Map matching NDS data
  2. RID links layer
  3. Example use cases

February 8th, 2017 (1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST): This webinar will focus NDS/RID research and outreach opportunities. Topics for this webinar include:

  1. STAC pooled fund program
  2. DOT research ideas
  3. Potential research questions
  4. General discussion and questions on the NDS and RID

Webinar Presenters

  • Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) staff
  • Center for Transportation Research & Education at Iowa State University (CTRE) staff
  • Moderated by: Charles Fay, SHRP2 Research Manager, FHWA STAC

The first 60 minutes of each webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions.

Registration Information

You need to register for each individual webinar in the series. To register for the webinars, please click on the link below. The link will point you to the FHWA Web Conference Portal. Please find the date on which the webinar(s) will be presented and click to register. There is no registration fees, but please register early to reserve your seat. For additional information, please contact Charles Fay (Charles.fay@dot.gov).

To register: https://collaboration.fhwa.dot.gov/dot/fhwa/WC/default.aspx

Links for NDS/RID addition information

SHRP2 NDS InSight website: https://insight.shrp2nds.us/
SHRP2 RID website: http://www.ctre.iastate.edu/shrp2-rid/
FHWA STAC website: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/research/resources/stac/index.cfm
TRB/ SHRP2 website: http://www.trb.org/StrategicHighwayResearchProgram2SHRP2/Blank2.aspx


SHRP2 Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS) Pooled Fund Study 4th webinar recordings now available:

The fourth webinar in this series was presented on September 20, 2016.The following presentations were offered during the webinar:

  • Investigation of techniques for detecting distracted drivers using data from the SHRP2 NDS by Adam Van Horn, Research Analyst at SwRI.

  • Using SHRP2 NDS data to mine new solutions using the Transportation Research Informatics Platform (TRIP) by James Pol, Technical Director, FHWA Office of Safety R&D.

The transcripts of these presentations can be viewed here: https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p7eyg2iyhbh/

Because of technical problems, the audio portion of the webinar was not recorded. A separate audio recording for a second presentation given by James Pol can be heard here: https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p41dfl63nea/.


SHRP2 Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS) Pooled Fund Study webinar recordings now available

The first few webinar recordings related to the Strategic Highway Research Program’s (SHRP2) Naturalistic Driving Study Pooled Fund: Advancing Implementable Solutions are now available:

Please see the solicitation for the NDS Pooled Fund Study http://www.pooledfund.org/Details/Solicitation/1427


Data Anonymization Workshop in Sweden:

Around 50 people attended the recent FOT-Net Data workshop on Data Anonymization in Gothenburg, Sweden. The 2-day workshop, held August 31 to September 1, 2016, was an opportunity to gain insights into different ways of anonymization of field operational tests (FOT)/naturalistic driving study (NDS) video data. These data, which provide essential information on driver behavior during different driving scenarios, require a high level of data protection. The workshop covered multiple presentations by different stakeholders and discussions on various relevant topics including the role of data anonymization in vehicle automation. Ms. Hannah Rakoff from Volpe National Transportation Systems Center presented the U.S. perspective on Data Anonymization. For more information about the workshop, click here: http://fot-net.eu/2nd-data-anonymization-workshop-stresses-the-importance-of-research-ethics/

To download all the presentations given at the workshop, click here: http://fot-net.eu/Documents/workshop-on-data-anonymization-31august-1-september-2016-in-gothenburg/

To download Ms. Rakoff’s presentation, click here: http://2doubmisw11am9rk1h2g49gq.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2016/09/5-US-perspective-on-anonymization_16Aug2016_Hannah-Rakoff.pdf


Phase 2 Safety IAP selections announced

In August 2014, 11 different phase 1 proof-of-concept research efforts were awarded through the SHRP2 Implementation Assistance Program (IAP). The research teams used a small set of data from the SHRP2 Safety databases to conduct preliminary analyses on topics in eight different safety focus areas. We are now pleased to announce that 9 of the 11 phase 1 studies have been selected to receive additional funding  for more in-depth phase 2 analyses—using larger sets of the Safety data—that will lay the groundwork for development of future safety countermeasures.  A list of the selected states and projects is attached to this announcement. Please click on the following link to learn more about these projects:
http://shrp2.transportation.org/Documents/Safety/SHRP2_NDS_Safety_brochure_VIEW_508.pdf


BAA Generates Strong Response, Eight Proposals Funded to Leverage SHRP2 Safety Data

Following a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), FHWA’s Office of Safety Research and Development received numerous proposals to leverage safety data from the Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) to support traffic safety improvements. Ultimately, eight proposals were funded for Phase I; six were funded as contracts with FHWA at $100,000 per project and two were funded as cooperative agreements. Twelve different State departments of transportation were proposed as partners across the projects. [Read More]

 

 

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