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UMD to Host Advanced Transportation Technologies Day Aug. 28

UMD to Host Advanced Transportation Technologies Day Aug. 28

UMD CATT Lab
UMD CATT Lab

On Thursday, Aug. 28, the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering invites you to attend this year’s Advanced Transportation Technologies Day open house event, during which you’ll explore some of the Washington/Baltimore region’s most state-of-the-art transportation labs – just ahead of one of the year’s busiest travel weekends.

You’ll get an exclusive first look at the Labor Day weekend traffic trend map, learn where to spot the worst bottlenecks in the state of Maryland, find out how to steer clear of the area's most dangerous roads and hear firsthand how UMD transportation engineers are doing more than monitoring roadways – they're also improving Eastern Shore hurricane evacuation routes, contributing to regional development efforts and creating intelligent systems for incident response and traffic management.

Taking place at UMD's campus in College Park, Md., this event will offer the chance to tour any transportation lab of your choosing at your own pace, or you may follow a set schedule to see all of the Clark School’s transportation monitoring, analysis and engineering capabilities in action. Those interested in attending can RSVP for this free event online. Media are asked to book an appointment by calling or emailing Alyssa Wolice at 301-405-2057 or awolice@umd.edu.

While each of the three UMD labs will open its doors to guests and members of the media from 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., those attendees opting to follow a formal agenda will learn about each lab during the designated times:

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Lab (CATT Lab)
Location: UMD Jeong H. Kim Building, Suite 3105

Established in 2002 as an academic applied research and development lab to support national, state and local efforts to solve important transportation, safety and security problems, CATT Lab capabilities and features include:

  • Traffic visualization
  • Real-time transportation performance monitoring
  • Real-time incident and work-zone monitoring
  • Data fusion integration of information from emergency operations centers, transportation management centers and thousands of sensors, cameras and sub-systems across the country

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Traffic Safety and Operations Lab
Location: UMD Jeong H. Kim Building, Suite 3111

The Traffic Safety and Operations Lab works to advance development in traffic sciences and convert valuable research findings into projects to improve local traffic safety and mitigate congestion in main commuting corridors. Recent projects include:

  • Eastern Shore travel and evacuation routes
  • Incident response and traffic management for Maryland’s Coordinated Highways Action Response Team
  • A multi-modal emergency evacuation system for the city of Baltimore

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – National Transportation Center
Location: UMD Glenn L. Martin Hall, Suite 1124

As one of the five national transportation centers funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the National Transportation Center at Maryland aims to promote strategic transportation policies, investment and decisions that bring lasting and equitable economic benefits to the U.S. and its citizens. Research topics and goals include:

  • Congestion Mitigation
  • Economic Development
  • Safety Improvement
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Urban Development and Sustainability

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Light Refreshments
Location: UMD Glenn L. Martin Hall, Suite 1124

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Metropolitan Area Transportation Operations Coordination
Location: 5000 College Ave, Suite 3121, College Park, Md.

In addition to UMD's labs, event participants are invited to venture off UMD's main campus to tour the Metropolitan Area Transportation Operations Coordination (MATOC) to see how UMD researchers play a key role in the region’s coordinated incident management practices for day-to-day operations as well as during larger regional incidents. MATOC capabilities and objectives include:

  • Quick and reliable exchange of transportation system information among operating agencies in the National Capital Region
  • Coordination of transportation management strategies in response to incidents and emergencies

The CATT Lab, Traffic Safety and Operations Lab and National Transportation Center are located in the Jeong H. Kim and Glenn L. Martin buildings, highlighted on the UMD campus map. Attendees should park in Lot XX1 – highlighted in green – in the metered parking section.

MATOC is located a short walk from the College Park metro station, and is accessible from campus via the UMD shuttle.

RSVP for this event today. Contact Alyssa Wolice with any questions or to schedule a media visit.

 

 

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