UFTI News – February 2016

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UFTI Affiliate Receives  Funding from FDOT for Big Data Project
We live in a world where massive amounts of data are currently available to us. In 2013, the size of the digital universe was estimated to be near 5 zettabytes (1 zettabyte = 1 million terabytes) and is expected to quadruple by 2020. Like the physical world, the information in it is diverse – created by anyone and everyone who has an internet connection… [Read more]

UFTI Professors Receive FDOT Funding to Enhance Road Ranger Deployment and Safety
Have you ever seen a traffic crash on the highway? Or maybe just someone with a flat tire? In many cases you will also see a freeway service patrol vehicle assisting motorists, known as Road Rangers here in Florida. They are a free service provided by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)… [Read more]

UFTI Affiliate Receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
Dr. Michele Manuel is an associate professor in the UF Department of Materials Science and Engineering as well as a UFTI affiliate. She has been a faculty member at UF since 2008 and has worked on a variety of projects, from enhancing transportation infrastructure components to…. [Read more]


Student Spotlight: Jerone Dunbar, Ph.D. Student in Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering
The world of autonomous vehicles is rapidly changing, and what was once a dream in various science fiction films is inching closer and closer to reality. Many companies, such as Google and Tesla, are publicly working on autonomous vehicles, but who is working on the human centered side of this technology? [Read more]

UFTI Faculty Affiliate Dr. Crane honored with HWCOE Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award
Dr. Carl Crane has been awarded the 2015-2016 Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award.  The award was primarily based on his work in developing the course EML 2023, Computer Aided Graphics and Design… [Read more]

REMINDER! Juniors & Seniors: Apply for the STRIDE Transportation Research Internship Program (TRIP)
Applications for the STRIDE Transportation Research Internship Program for summer 2016 are still being accepted. Juniors and seniors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a 3.0 GPA or above are eligible to apply. The internship program is designed for students to learn about transportation engineering and participate in cutting-edge research. This is a paid internship that runs from mid-May to the end of July… [Read more]

Technology Transfer

Job Opening at UFTI’s Tech Transfer Center on Traffic Safety
UFTI is currently looking for a Transportation Engineer to lead the Tech Transfer Center in Traffic Safety Research… [Read more]

Seminar Featuring Dr. Alexander Skabardonis from UC Berkeley
Dr. Skabardonis will be presenting on “Control of Freeway Corridors: Objectives, Performance Measures, Strategies” on Thursday, March 24, 2016, from 3 pm to 4 pm EST. Dr. Skabardonis is an internationally recognized expert in traffic flow theory and models… [Read more]

Webinar, March 7th, 2016, 12-1 PM: Open Access Database for Investigating Body Movements While Performing Driving Tasks 
Dr. Angelos Barmpoutis of the Digital Worlds Institute and the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering at the University of Florida, and his team (Dr. Alexandra Kondyli, University of Kansas; and Dr. Virginia Sisiopiku, University of Alabama at Birmingham)  have developed a Drivers’ Motion Depth Database (DMDDB)… [Read more]

LTAP Webinar on Geosynthetic Reinforced Soils and Integrated Bridge Systems 

The Florida Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) in partnership with the FHWA Florida Division is proud to present the first of a series of webinars aimed at local agencies in the State of Florida. This first event will feature two presentations on the topic of Geosynthetic Reinforced Soils and Integrated Bridge Systems… [Read more]

Educational Training Modules on Green/Sustainability Design & Ratings System for Neighborhood Development & Transportation 

Dr. Robert W. Peters and Dr. Virginia P. Sisiopiku of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Ph.D. student Ossama Ramadan have developed Sustainability Design and Rating Systems course modules for undergraduate and graduate students…. [Read more]

McTrans Highway Capacity Analysis March Webinar Series
This webinar series presents lectures, software demonstrations and application examples on the Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) procedures – including updates coming in the 6th Edition… [Read more]

REMINDER! 15th International Conference on Managed Lanes
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is sponsoring the 15th International Conference on Managed Lanes May 4-6, 2016 in Miami, Florida. The workshop explores planning, design, and operations of managed lanes… [Read more]