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SOLARIS held its first Advisory Board Meeting to discuss the second round of proposals as well as the future direction of the center. Twenty members attended, including PIs from the consortium to present progress on current projects.
Arizona State University, in part hosted by SOLARIS, gave a Mini-Symposium on Advances in Pricing and Incentives in Travel Behavior where noted professors from various universities gave presentations on mobility options, demand models and congestion mitigation.
UNLV PI Hualiang "Harry" Teng was one of five appointed to the Governor's California-Nevada Interstate Rail Commission, which is expected to lead a thorough discussion on a possible high-speed rail system for Nevada.
Dr. Zong Tian presented a seminar at the 2015 International Summer Engineering Camp hosted by the College of Civil Engineering at Beijing Jiaotong University. About 30 students from six different countries attended the camp. The presentation on signal control strategies attracted major interest from camp participants and gave them a new perspectives on how civil engineering design can be integrated with traffic signal operations.
SOLARIS PI Dr. Elie Hajj presented Pavement Design and Materials Research Update at the Asphalt Institute Summer Meeting at Lake Tahoe on August 20, which included the laboratory evaluation of his UTC project "Thin Asphalt Overlays for Nevada".
Dr. Zong Tian attended three international conferences in China and made a presentation at each conference: The 3rd International Conference on Transportation Information and Safety (ICTIS) held in Wuhan, The Scientific Committee Annual Meeting of the WCTRS held in Shanghai, and the 15th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals (CICTP) held in Beijing.
PI Dr. David Sanders and Center Coordinator Erika Hutton attended the annual CUTC meeting in New Brunswick, NJ on June 1-4.
Dr. Zong Tian conducted a two day workshop for the City of Houston on using advanced tools and methodologies for signal timing. About 25 engineers from various agencies in the area were in attendance. The workshop was well received, giving the engineers an opportunity to see how advanced tools can help their signal timing work become more efficient. Tian also visited Texas Southern University, delivering a seminar on "UNR Research on Traffic Signal Control."
Dr. Zong Tian was the invited speaker for the OST-R Transportation Innovation Speaker Series in Washington, D.C. on April 15. His presentation, Are Adaptive Signal Control Systems a Solution to Urban Congestion?, which focuses on the current status of adaptive traffic signal control system applications, was streamed live and can be viewed on YouTube.
Dr. Zong Tian attended the 2015 Intertraffic Exhibit in China on March 31-Apr. 2.
Dr. Zong Tian presented a demo on SMRT (Signal Managements and Retiming Tool), an iOS based tool used to help retime traffic signals, at Stantec in Orange County, California on March 19.
Dr. Zong Tian attended the ITE/MSA 2015 Spring Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on Feb. 24-26. He held a session presentation on SMRT, the Signal Management and Retiming Tool developed at the University of Nevada, Reno in correlation with SOLARIS.
Students and faculty from CATER offices attended the 94th TRB annual meeting in Washington D.C. on January 12-14. Dr. Zong Tian presented a poster on his study titled "Readily Implementable Signal Phasing Schemes for Diverging Diamond Interchanges." Other presentations from University of Nevada, Reno students included Ph.D candidates Saeedeh Farivar and Rasool Andalibian's "Modeling Right-turn Blockage and Approach Capacity at Signalized Intersections with Channelized Right-turn Lanes" and "A Stop Based Approach for Determining when to Run Signal Coordination Plans."
Associate Director, Pitu Mirchandani, and researchers, Pengfei Li and Xuesong Zhou, from Arizona State University presented "MetroSim: A Hierarchical Multi-Resolution Traffic Simulator for Metropolitan Areas" at the TRB annual meeting. Their symposium paper was also accepted for publication in the Journal of Transportation Research Record.
Center director, Dr. Zong Tian, and center coordinator, Erika Marquez, attended the annual CUTC meeting in Washington D.C. on January 10-11.
Researchers from the Desert Research Institute, Vic Etyemezian and George Nikolich, presented "Early Warning Sand Movement" in Las Vegas.
Huaguo Zhou from Auburn University visited the CATER Transportation Lab on Oct. 16 and gave a presentation on Emerging Safety Countermeasures for Wrong-Way Driving Crashes.
Dr. Zong Tian and students from CATER attended the ITE Fall Conference in Las Vegas on Oct 8-10. Dr. Tian, graduate students Dian Mao (pictured), Guangchuan Yang and Ali Gholami presented at the conference.
Dr. Yinhai Wang from the University of Washington gave a seminar presentation on Advanced Methods for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Sensing at the CATER Transportation lab on Sept. 25.
Members from the China delegation led by Dr. Mao from Beijing Jiaotong University visited CATER on Sept. 9 to meet with students and faculty and discuss transportation issues.
Dr. Zong Tian delivered a keynote speech titled "Signal Control at Diverging Diamond Interchanges" at the 9th International Conference on Traffic Transportation Studies in Shaoxing, China on Aug. 1-2. He has now served five years as co-editor of conference proceedings.
Dr. Pitu Mirchandani attended the International Conference of Transportation Professionals in Changsha, China on July 4-7 where he participated in a panel discussion and presented "Big Data! How Big is this Issue in Transportation Planning and Operations." He also held a transportation safety and sustainability workshop at Tongji University in Shanghai.
Dr. Zong Tian presented at the Alternative Intersections and Interchanges Symposium sponsored by TRB in Salt Lake City, UT on July 20-23.
Dr. Pitu Mirchandani attended the International Symposium on Locational Decisions in Italy where he gave a talk on "A Sensor Location Model for Bayesian Estimation of Stochastic Route Flows" on June 16-20. He also taught a short course on Intelligent Transportation Systems at Denmark Technical University and presented "A Routing and Reservation System for Battery Swaps for Electric Vehicles" at the ROUTE 2014 conference.
Six UNITE (University of Nevada Institute of Transportation Engineers) members attended the joint annual meeting of the ITE Western District and the Midwestern District held on June 29-July 2 in Rapid City. Ali Gholami is the one of three students who received an award of $400 for the student poster session competition. UNITE also received Honorable Mention for the best student chapter website. In addition, Dr. Tian delivered two presentations as well.
Faculty and students of CATER attended the TRB annual meeting on January 12-16. Members of the group made three presentations. Dr. Tian chaired three poster sessions for the Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee. During TRB, Dr. Tian also attended several meetings, including the UTC Winter Meeting, TRB Committee Meetings, and the Scientific Committee Meeting of the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS).
On January 20, a delegation from Tongji University, China visited CATER. The delegation includes Dr. Keping Li, Dr. Jian Sun, and Dr. Keshuang Tang. The delegation visited CATER facilities. Dr. Tian also took them to the field sites to observe signal coordination and diverging diamond interchange operations.
Researchers from the five institutions involved in SOLARIS visited the University of Nevada, Reno to discuss grant requirements, establishing an advisory board, research proposals, and education and outreach.
Members of RITA, the Research and Innovative Technology Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation, visited the University of Nevada, Reno to congratulate the University on being named a Tier 1 University Transportation Center, which is the most competitive category. RITA personnel visited University labs and centers that will be part of SOLARIS.
The University of Nevada, Reno continues its leadership in transportation, infrastructure and earthquake engineering, having recently received two Tier-1 University Transportation Center grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration.
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