Patent Awarded: System and Method for Rendering a Distributed Location-Aware System

This patent is a distributed location-aware system that is able to efficiently exchange location data over large geographic areas without requiring a centralized server. See US 9,130,995 B1 for more information. Issued Sept 8, 2015, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. For more information, contact Sean Barbeau, Ph.D.

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National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) Seeks Graduate Students to Become USF-NCTR Graduate Research Assistants

In conjunction with the University of South Florida (USF) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) is seeking candidates for several graduate assistant positions. Selected applicants will pursue a master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. This 16-month program of coursework and experiential learning assignments will produce a master’s degree focused on transportation with

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CUTR Researcher Featured Speaker at USDOT’s Transportation Innovation Series

CUTR’s Dr. Sean J. Barbeau will present, “Enabling Better Mobility Through Innovations for Mobile Devices” on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 1 PM EST as the featured speaker in USDOT’s Transportation Innovation Series – hosted by  OST Office of Research and Technology (OST-R). View recording via YouTube: http://youtu.be/aXFwVh-gDBc Overview: Mobile phones are quickly reshaping our world. As of November 2014, 97 percent of US

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USF in 35 sessions at the Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting

The Center for Urban Transportation Research and others from University of South Florida’s College of Engineering will be presenting or moderating 35 paper/poster sessions/committee meetings at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 94th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC beginning on Sunday, January 11, 2015.  Below is the list of workshops, lectern/poster sessions, and committee meetings where we will be presenting. We hope

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CUTR Webcast Recording: Sustainability Metrics and Mapping Tool for Environmental Assessment of Rail Infrastructure in Illinois

December 11, 2014 12:00PM (ET) Sustainability Metrics and Mapping Tool for Environmental Assessment of Rail Infrastructure in Illinois Launched in 2009, the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program aims to provide 80% of Americans access to an improved national rail network within the next 25 years. Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), all proposed rail projects are subject to an

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CUTR Webcast Recording: Collaboration between Universities and Cities to Create Sustainable Communities

October 2, 2014 12:00PM (EST) Collaboration between Universities and Cities to Create Sustainable Communities Transportation agencies are grappling with new and unfamiliar issues within their domain, from addressing big problems like climate change to focusing on accessibility, where land use, urban design, and active transportation modes are more important. These challenges come at a time when the resources necessary to

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CUTR Webcast Recording: Value Capture Coordination Best Practices and Case Studies for Transit Capital Projects

July 24, 2014 12:00PM (EST) Value Capture Coordination Best Practices and Case Studies for Transit Capital Projects For the past several years, the presence of public transit has proven to have the potential to boost the value of some nearby properties, leading to more attractive opportunities for developers.  Planners and policy makers have started to work with local governments to

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CUTR Webcast Recording: Veteran Mobility in Small Urban and Rural Areas

July 10, 2014 12:00PM (ET) Veteran Mobility in Small Urban and Rural Areas The need for veteran transportation is growing rapidly because of the increasing number of older veterans as well as the numerous injured service men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently, for every fatality in Iraq, there are 16 wounded or injured soldiers. This represents an

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CUTR Webcast Recording: Pedestrian/Bicyclist Warning Devices and Signs at Highway-Rail and Pathway-Rail Grade Crossings

June 12, 2014 12:00PM (ET) Pedestrian/Bicyclist Warning Devices and Signs at Highway-Rail and Pathway-Rail Grade Crossings Federal reporting shows a relatively constant number of pedestrian and bicycle fatalities at highway-rail and pathway-rail grade crossings over the past ten years. This is in contrast to a marked decrease in train–vehicle collisions at highway-rail crossings. There is limited research on the subject of

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CUTR Webcast Recording: Evaluation of Rear-end Collisions and Identification of Possible Solutions

May 29, 2014 12:00PM (ET) Evaluation of Rear-end Collisions and Identification of Possible Solutions This session presented the findings from a study conducted to examine rear-end collisions between motorists and public transit buses. This study was initiated because some transit agencies were reporting alarming increases to rear end collisions. The study was designed to fulfill the following objectives: determine if rear-end collisions

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CUTR Webcast Recording: University Campuses as Leaders in the Shift Away from Driving

On May 15, 2014, the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida (and home for Best Workplaces for Commuters) hosted a webinar entitled, University Campuses as Leaders in the Shift Away from Driving, featuring Phineas Baxandall, Senior Analyst for Tax & Budget Policy, U.S. PIRG.  The recording of this webinar is now available for viewing. Summary:

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CUTR Webcast Recording: The Impact of Implementing a Contactless Smart Card System on Miami Dade Transit and its Customers

May 1, 2014 12:00PM (EST) The Impact of Implementing a Contactless Smart Card System on Miami Dade Transit and its Customers In 2009, Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) deployed an Automated Fare Collection System or “smart card” branded EASY Card. EASY Card offers the choice of various period passes, a stored value electronic purse, and the ability to access service by tapping

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