News & Events


October 2014

WTS 4th Annual Transportation Symposium. Join the WTS Florida Gator Student Chapter to discuss “The Future of Transportation” at their 4th Annual WTS Transportation Symposium on Thursday, November 13, 2014. The event will take place at the Arredondo Cafe in the Reitz Union, University of Florida campus from 6 pm to 9 pm. A panel of industry leaders in the public and private sectors will be discussing this topic and presenting their thoughts and recommendations.

Panelists include:

  • Alex Bond, Eno Center for Transportation, Washington, D.C.
  • Debbie Leistner, City of Gainesville, Fla.
  • Anoch Whitfield, Tindale-Oliver & Associates, Orlando, Fla.

Find out more at http://www.transportation.institute.ufl.edu/?p=2113

RSVP by November 6th to iaviles@ce.ufl.edu


September 2014

SAVE THE DATE! 3rd Annual UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region.
Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region which will take place March 26-27, 2015. This year, the conference will be hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham in collaboration with Mississippi State University.  Both institutions are members of the STRIDE Center, a U.S. DOT grant-funded University Transportation Center (UTC) housed at the University of Florida, a consortium of eight universities in the Southeastern region.  The conference has a strong focus on research sponosored by the U.S. DOT's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R) and brings together a variety of transportation professionals such as faculty, students, practitioners and public officials, and showcases research from the UTCs in the Southeast.


August 2014
 
NEW! Final Report Posted.
A final report by Dr. Sandra Eksioglu, formerly at Mississippi State University (currently at Clemson University) and Dr. Joseph Guenes at the University of Florida have developed and tested mathematical models for designing and managing cost efficient and environmentally friendly supply chains. It is expected that environmentally conscious companies will use these models to help make sustainable logistics management and transportation decisions with benefit to the environment, and that policy makers will use them to evaluate and create regulatory policy. Read more.

UFITE Team Wins 2nd Place at International Traffic Bowl. UF competed with ITE student chapters across the United States and Canada in the 2014 Collegiate Grand Championship at the ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit, August 10-13 in Seattle, Wash., and took 2nd Place. The students comprising the UF team were Thomas Chase, Pruthvi Manjunatha, and Don Watson.


July 2014

TRIP Internship Final Presentations.
Posted soon!

STRIDE Final Reports.
Available at /completed-projects


June 2014

STRIDE attends the CUTC Summer Meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska, June 2-5, 2014.


STRIDE 2013 Annual Report is available [read]


May  2014

STRIDE Summer Interns Selected. Four students were chosen to participate in this summer’s Transportation Research Internship Program (TRIP). Kory Harb (UF), Megan McGinley (UF), Brian Pitman (UF) and William Wollery (GaTech) have begun to work on their respective projects.  Kory will be working on developing models to learn about the impact and implementation of real-time parking services using smartphone applications, Megan is analyzing Active Traffic Demand Management (ATDM) software, Brian is creating software to simulate the emissions given off by car using CORSIM simulation program, and William, working at GaTech with Dr. Michael Hunter is working on identifying changes in visual search patterns of drivers as the environments around them gain complexity. Kory, Megan and Brian are working at UF with Drs. Yafeng Yin, Scott Washburn and Ruth Steiner, respectively.

STRIDE Spring 2014 newsletter is out! [read]


March 2014

Regional Transportation Conference Held in Atlanta,Ga.
The University Transportation Center (UTC) Conference for the Southeastern Region was held March 24-25, 2014 and hosted by the National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management (NCTSPM), a Tier-1 UTC at Georgia Tech. Approximately 160 people attended the conference. There were 36 papers and 47 posters presented. Sessions included Operations and Management, Bike/Pedestrians, Transit, Safety, Infrastructure, and Economics and Freight, and a state DOT panel titled “How can universities better assist state highway agencies (SHA) with deployment of research results” was held with DOT participation from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Mississippi. The welcome and opening remarks were given by Dr. Mike Hunter, director of the NCTSPM, and GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden.  During this time, directors of the conference’s eight co-sponsoring UTCs (Albert Gan, FIU; David Block, UCF, Burak Eksioglu, MSU; Lily Elefteriadou, UF; Stephen H. Richards, UTK; Michael P. Hunter, GaTech; John Sobanjo, FSU; and Joel M. Volinski, USF) were invited to introduce themselves and give a brief description of their centers. Student participation was also part of the conference with a special session set aside for student chapters of WTS and ITE where collaboration was discussed to materialize in a community service event that will held simultaneously by all chapters. The event will be advertised, with updates posted to social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter. The conference closed with a state agencies and private sector panel discussion moderated by Dr. Catherine Ross of GaTech. Toby Carr of GDOT, Commissioner Todd Long, and Randy Stashick of UPS discussed the transportation challenges they face and how UTCs can help. The UTC conference was conceptualized by STRIDE a regional UTC housed at the University of Florida.  STRIDE hosted the first conference in March 2013, and it is expected this conference for UTCs will become a tradition in the southeast.

FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad Speaks at UF on Autonomous & Connected Vehicles in Florida. 
FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad gave a seminar The Future of Transportation in Florida and Beyond: Autonomous and Connected Vehicles at the auditorium of New Engineering Building on UF campus on March 13, 2014. The seminar was also offered as a live webcast and was hosted by the University of Florida Transportation Institute (UFTI), STRIDE, and the UF College of Engineering. Secretary Prasad addressed an audience of more than 50 students, faculty and staff. He said Florida legislation now allows for testing of automated vehicles, and it is one of four other states, including California, Michigan and Nevada that will serve a test bed for connected vehicle infrastructure.  Click here to view the recorded webcast.


February 2014


Webcast on Big Data co-sponsored by FIU and STRIDE.
Dr. Robert Bertini of Portland State University will be giving a seminar/webinar titled “Can 'Big' Data Serve as a Foundation for Measuring and Improving Public Transport Operations?” on Feb. 28, 2014, from 2 pm to 3 pm. For more information and to view the webcast, visit the following link: http://www.cee.fiu.edu/2014/02/join-us-february-28-2014-for-cee-distinguished-speaker-robert-bertini/

Local Gainesville Newspaper Features Transportation Booth During E-Week at UF. The booth hosted by the ITE and WTS student chapters during E-Week was featured in the Florida Independent Alligator’s Photo News Section.  Elementary school children built cars out of  LEGO®’s and raced them down a track to learn about aerodynamics. The children also had the opportunity to see the inside of a traffic signal controller and learn how the signals at intersections are managed.

USDOT/RITA Free Webinar on Educating Students for ITS Careers: Are Universities Meeting the Challenge? The USDOT will be featuring speakers from two universities who will present on ITS educational programs and the needs for delivering its learning. One of the speakers is STRIDE's own Dr. Mohammad Hadi from Florida International University in Miami, who will focus on his experience in teaching ITS and related materials in graduate level courses and FIU's relationship with public agencies. Speakers from regional and state transportation agencies also will be presenting as related to their perspectives and needs for hiring entry level ITS engineers. Challenges, successes, ideas, needs, and future directions of university ITS education will be discussed. To register, visit http://www.pcb.its.dot.gov/t3/s140206_univ.asp.

This presentation will highlight the FIU experience in teaching ITS and related materials in graduate level courses and the FIU relationship with public agencies. - See more at: http://www.pcb.its.dot.gov/t3/s140206_univ.asp#sthash.x6c5JHOn.dpuf

This presentation will highlight the FIU experience in teaching ITS and related materials in graduate level courses and the FIU relationship with public agencies. - See more at: http://www.pcb.its.dot.gov/t3/s140206_univ.asp#sthash.x6c5JHOn.dpuf

Educating Students for ITS Careers: Are Universities Meeting the Challenge? - See more at: http://www.pcb.its.dot.gov/t3/s140206_univ.asp#sthash.NbesuLUB.dpuf

This webinar will feature speakers from two universities, who will discuss their ITS education programs as well as the educational needs for the delivery of ITS learning. In addition, two speakers from regional and State transportation agencies will discuss their perspectives on educational background needs for hiring entry level ITS engineers. Challenges, successes, ideas, needs, and future directions of university ITS education will be discussed. - See more at: http://www.pcb.its.dot.gov/t3/s140206_univ.asp#sthash.NbesuLUB.dpuf

This webinar will feature speakers from two universities, who will discuss their ITS education programs as well as the educational needs for the delivery of ITS learning. In addition, two speakers from regional and State transportation agencies will discuss their perspectives on educational background needs for hiring entry level ITS engineers. Challenges, successes, ideas, needs, and future directions of university ITS education will be discussed. - See more at: http://www.pcb.its.dot.gov/t3/s140206_univ.asp#sthash.NbesuLUB.dpuf
This webinar will feature speakers from two universities, who will discuss their ITS education programs as well as the educational needs for the delivery of ITS learning. In addition, two speakers from regional and State transportation agencies will discuss their perspectives on educational background needs for hiring entry level ITS engineers. Challenges, successes, ideas, needs, and future directions of university ITS education will be discussed. - See more at: http://www.pcb.its.dot.gov/t3/s140206_univ.asp#sthash.NbesuLUB.dpuf

This webinar will feature speakers from two universities, who will discuss their ITS education programs as well as the educational needs for the delivery of ITS learning. In addition, two speakers from regional and State transportation agencies will discuss their perspectives on educational background needs for hiring entry level ITS engineers. Challenges, successes, ideas, needs, and future directions of university ITS education will be discussed. - See more at: http://www.pcb.its.dot.gov/t3/s140206_univ.asp#sthash.NbesuLUB.dpuf

UF Students win WTS Scholarships from South, Central Florida Chapters.  Students at UF have won various scholarships from the WTS South and Central Florida Chapters. Yinan Zheng, a doctoral student in the transportation program at UF, who serves as the WTS Florida Gator Student Chapter's website chair, has been awarded the Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship from the WTS South Florida Chapter. Kristen Schneider, a senior in civil engineering at the University of Florida, has been awarded the Sharon D. Banks Memorial Scholarship, also from the South Florida Chapter.  Kristen is currently the president of the WTS Florida Gator Student Chapter at the University of Florida. This is Kristen's last semester, and already has a job lined up with Norfolk Southern.  The WTS Central Florida Chapter in Orlando, awarded  the following  to UF students: Zhuofei Li, a doctoral student in the transportation program at UF, the Frankee Hellinger Graduate Scholarship;  Kelsey  Lucas, a civil engineering undergraduate, the Frankee Hellinger Undergraduate Scholarship; and Kristin Schneider, was honored again with the Frankee Hellinger Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates.  Congratulations to all!


January 2014


Traffic Signals Lab Tour. Graduate Student Don Watson will be leading a tour of the Traffic Lab at Weil Hall, in the UF College of Engineering on Monday, January 27, 2014. Please contact Don Watson at dwatson1@ufl.edu for more information. Scheduled times include: Session   I – 9:30am – 10:00pm; Session  II  10:30am – 11:00am; and Session III  11:30am – 12:00pm.


STRIDE and ITE are hosting a Traffic Simulation Workshop on campus for high school students.
Experience the exciting ability to control traffic! Students will receive an introduction to traffic simulation, as its many benefits and uses are demonstrated through examples shown by current University of Florida transportation engineering graduate students. Experience hands-on state of-the-art software, developed at the University of Florida. Students will set-up and run traffic simulations of signalized intersections and experiment with various signal timing strategies to make the intersections perform at their best levels. The workshop is open to all high school students but space is limited. Please register by providing the following information to leslie@ce.ufl.edu by Tuesday, January 21, 2014. For more information go to /transportation-career-dayThe event is co-sponsored by STRIDE and the Center for Precollegiate Education and Training (CPET), as part of their Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium.

2014 UTC Conference for the Southeastern RegionSave the Date for the 2014 UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region. This year's UTC regional conference will be hosted by the Georgia Institute of Technology on March 24-25 in Atlanta, Ga. A call for abstracts has been issued and the venue is TBA.  Please contact Audrey Leous at Audrey.Leous@coa.gatech.edu or visit the conference website for more information: http://nctspm.gatech.edu/2014Conference.

STRIDE Student Poster Competition. Congratulations to the winners of the STRIDE Student Poster Competition! GaTech graduate student Hyun Woong Cho came in 1st Place for his poster titled "Real-Time Congestion Pricing Strategies for Toll Facilities"; Mohammad Ilbeigi also of GaTech won 2nd Place for his poster on "Analysis of the Effects of Offering Price Adjustment Clauses on Highway Construction Bid Prices in Georgia" and in 3rd Place, Seckin Ozkul from the University of Florida for his work on "CORSIM-NG: A Simulation Platform for Reporting On-Board-Diagnostics (OBD) Data, Estimating Fuel and Emission Rates, and Modeling Automated Vehicles".  Students will receive a certificate and a scholarship for $500, $250 and $100, respectively.


December 2013

The STRIDE e-Newsletter is out! Visit the following link and read all about the STRIDE Center's activities during the Fall 2013 semester: /newsletter.aspx.

November 2013

UFTI/STRIDE Reception during TRB:
The UFTI is hosting a reception during the 93rd Annual Meeting of TRB on January 13, 2013 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Mezzanine of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.  There will be a STRIDE Student Research Poster Showcase. Save the date and plan to attend. By invitation only.

WTS Advancing Women in Transportation Symposium.
The WTS student chapter at the University of Florida hosted their annual signature event, the WTS Transportation Symposium, on November 12, 2013 at the Arredondo Room located in the Reitz Union on the UF campus. The topic of this year’s symposium is “Communication between Women and Men in the Workplace”.  The panelists this year were: UF football offensive lineman and MAE graduate, Dan Plonk, the director of transportation planning at Norfolk Southern, one of the nation’s premier transportation companies; Dr. Angela Lindner, associate dean for undergraduate student affairs; Jamie Breme of Fluor, an engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance (EPCM), and project management company;  and Jessica Grant of the Florida Department of Transportation, which has the responsibility of coordinating, planning and developing the multimodal transportation system in the state of Florida.

UFTI’s K-12 Workforce Development Featured in Video.  A video produced by Fast Forward, an online transportation career awareness resource tailored for middle school, high school, and community college students, shows the dynamic nature of the transportation industry as explained by K-12 workforce development advocates, including one of UFTI’s own.  Here’s the link to the video: An Industry with Options.
October 2013

The Transportation Institute Officially Launched at UF. The UFTI became official on October 4, 2013 with an event at the Reitz Union, which included presentations from various dignitaries and faculty, a research poster showcase, exhibits by student organizations and tours of labs and facilities. The UFTI is the umbrella organization that now houses several of the transportation-related centers at the university, including the Transportation Technology Center, McTrans, the Transportation Research Center (TRC), and the STRIDE Regional University Transportation Center. The UFTI brings together faculty, staff, and students from many diverse backgrounds and aims to advance the transportation state-of-the-art, disseminate research results, and provide educational opportunities related to transportation across the lifespan.  

CMS Final Center Report. The CMS grant ended on June 30, 2013 after 6 years of operation. As a result of the USDOT/RITA grant, the Center produced various products and significant research finding, trained and graduated many students, and held conferences, workshops, and symposia. Read more in the Center's comprehensive and final report. [view]


September 2013

Dr. Lily Elefteriadou interviewed for September 6 Gainesville Sun article regarding transportation research grants. 
In the article, Dr. Elefteriadou discusses the U.S. Department of Transportation grant awarded to the Regional University Transportation Center for ongoing research into traffic patterns, congestion, road systems, and other transportation-related problems.  Click here to read the full article.

August 2013

Florida PedBike Safety Resource Center featured at Alternative Transportation Fair.  A Gainesville Sun article published on August 29 covered the fair and included a quotation from Wanda Tison, grant manager for the SRC.  Click here to read the article.

ITE Student Chapter Team from UF Wins Traffic Bowl.
The team representing the ITE student chapter at UF won the 2013 ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl, which took place on August 6th at the Sheraton Hotel, Boston, Mass. This is the third time that a team from UF participates in Traffic Bowl. Members of the team this year were Miguel Lugo, Thomas Chase, Ben Reibach, and Don Watson. The ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl is a forum where ITE student chapters compete with each other on topics related to transportation planning and engineering.


The STRIDE 2012 Annual Report. Now available for download. [view]


July 2013

The 2013 STRIDE Transportation Research Internship Program (TRIP) interns presented their end-of-internship projects on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. A total of five students participated in this year's internship program. The interns presenting are:  Andrew Fell, UF; Cory Dorman, UF; Sara Huestis; UF; Amarius Ramirez, FIU, and Britton Hammit, NCSU.  Watch the presentation video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRmS9oijbkc

For more information on the STRIDE internship program, visit: /internship-opportunities

STRIDE is conducting an Engineering Day at the Cade Museum on July 9. This all day workshop will give middle school students a feel for careers in engineering. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Morgan Witter (mdwitter@ufl.edu).


 June 2013

ITE student chapter at UF won the District 10 ITE Traffic Bowl competition on June 20, 2013. They will be travelling to Boston, Mass., where they will have a chance to compete in the Grand Championship on August, 6, 2013. Congratulations Ben Reibach, Thomas Chase, and Don Watson!

STRIDE full proposals were due on June 21st and are now going through another round of peer reviews. We expect to announce funded projects late July 2013.

April 2013

Symposium on "Transportation Safety: From Research to Practice" (6 PDHs). The Transportation Research Center will host a day-long symposium titled “Transportation Safety: From Research to Practice” on April 3, 2013, at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Fla. This event will feature presentations based on a variety of projects related to transportation safety undertaken by researchers affiliated with the University of Florida. The topics covered will include data, predictive methods, driving simulation, GIS-based analyses, older driver needs, safe routes to school, evacuation modeling, and outreach to small agencies. The presentations will be made by researchers with expertise in transportation engineering, urban and regional planning, GIS, and occupational therapy. This symposium follows in a series of annual conferences organized by the Transportation Research Center on various themes. The Safety Symposium will immediately precede the UTC regional conference (to be held on April 4 and 5). For more information, visit:  /transportation-safety-workshop.

REGISTER NOW! Regional Conference for University Transportation Centers (UTCs) in the Southeastern Region, April 4-5, 2013 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Fla (9 PDHs).  
The conference is hosted by four UTCs located in Federal Region 4 (southeast): The Southeastern Transportation, Research Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE), the National Center for Intermodal Transportation for Economic Competitiveness (NCITEC), the National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management (NCTSPM), and the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR). For more details, including registration and hotel information, visit /utc-conference-for-the-southeast. 

Webinar and Computer Lab Workshop on Managed Lanes Operations and Simulation using CORSIM, April 29 & 30, 2013 (6 PDHs: workshop + webinar). This is a UF TRC/ T2 collaborative effort. If you are interested in attending this 2-day workshop, please visit the following website for more information and to register: http://www.t2events.ce.ufl.edu/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=2317


January 2013

Congratulations to the STRIDE Student Research Poster Competition Winners!  1st Place, Jay Shannon, Mississippi State University; 2nd Place, Tabitha Combs, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; 3rd Place, Xuanwu Chen, Florida International University.  The poster competition was held at the University of Florida's reception during the 92 Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C.

TRC/STRIDE Reception and Student Poster Competition at TRB. The UF Transportation Research Center and STRIDE, the new regional (southeast) USDOT/RITA University Transportation Center housed at the University of Florida, will host a reception and student poster competition at the Mezzanine of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Monday, January 14, 2013 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm during the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board. The Invitations will be emailed soon. For more information, contact Ines Aviles-Spadoni at iaviles@ce.ufl.edu.

November 2012

Webinar on "Improved Timeliness and Accessibility to Crash Data and Tools for Safety." STRIDE will host a webinar presented by Ilir Bejleri, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Florida on Nov. 29, 2012 from 11 am to 12 pm. Reserve your webinar now at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/473149626.  (via GoToMeeting)

RS&H Seminar.
Richard Tillery and David Stroud of RS&H will be presenting a seminar on travel demand forecasting and managed lanes, Nov 27, 2012, from 11 am to 12 pm in 513 Weil. For the abstracts, visit /seminars.

WTS UF Transportation Symposium on Leadership: The student chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) at the University of Florida is hosting a Transportation Symposium with a focus on leadership. The FREE event will take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Matthews Suite, Reitz Union (4th floor) on campus. The even also will be available as a live webcast via Adobe Connect (details below). The goal of the symposium is to discuss the importance of leadership and to provide a social networking opportunity among established transportation professionals and college students. A panel of three very distinguished women in transportation-related careers will discuss their leadership experiences and styles and provide advice. A reception will follow the event with heavy hors d'oeuvres.

Transportation Symposium Speakers:

-Kathy Caldwell – ASCE National Past President

-Marcia Ferranto – WTS International President

-Laura Kelley – Deputy Executive Director of Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority

To participate via live webcast go to http://t2ctt.adobeconnect.com/ufwts/

If you are interested in attending the WTS UF Transportation Symposium, please email dezsoriano@bellsouth.net.


October 2012

LEGO Robotics Basic Programming Course at Cade Museum (October). This one-day course for middle schoolers (grades 6-8) will be taught on Friday, October 26th. Kids will learn how to program robots to follow basic commands.[view flier] [register for Oct. 26th]

Exploring Engineering - Carnival Style.
STRIDE-affiliated students at UF, including several members of the student chapters of the WTS and ITE will be at the PK Yonge Developmental Research School on October 25th from 3 pm to 7 pm during the school's Annual Carnival to bring hands on engineering activities to the kids and their families.  The school is associated with the university and is close to campus.

Transportation Seminar. Krishna C. Jha of Innovative Scheduling presents "Optimization Problems in Rail Transportation" on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, 11 am to 12 pm, 513 Weil.


September 2012

LEGO Robotics Basic Programming Course at Cade Museum (September). This one-day course for middle schoolers (grades 6-8) will be taught on Saturday, September 29th. Kids will learn how to program robots to follow basic commands.[view flier] [register for Sept. 29th]


August 2012

STRIDE Projects Awarded. STRIDE projects were selected in late June and master contracts for the partnering institutions (Auburn, Florida International University, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State University, North Carolina State University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) have been prepared. Sub-contracts are in the process of being awarded through the UF Office of Engineering Research. To view the complete list of STRIDE projects, go to Current Projects.

Cancelled! Workshop on Freeway Management Strategies. The workshop will take place at the Royal Plaza Orlando Hotel located in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Friday, August 17, 2012. The intended audience for this workshop are freeway operations managers, analysts, researchers and educators. Six PDHs will be offered for attending the entire one-day workshop. The workshop is hosted by The Transportation Research Center (TRC), the Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center, and McTrans at the University of Florida. For more information visit, News & Events on the TRC website.


July 2012

STRIDE Website Launched. The STRIDE Region 4 University Transportation Center launched it's website in late July. The site is easy to navigate and contains information on recently selected projects, education, workforce development and technology transfer activities. The site also has links to the STRIDE center's Twitter and Facebook pages.

 


June 2012

Transportation Summer Seminars. Robin Osborne, a recent master's degree graduate, will present a seminar on the Integration of Toll Plazas Modeling into CORSIM, Implementation of Toll Plaza Analysis into FREEPLAN. The seminar will be held in 513 Weil Hall on Thursday, June 7, 2012 starting at 11 am. For a schedule of the Transportation Summer Seminars, visit Seminars on the STRIDE website.


May 2012

STRIDE Proposals. Invited full proposals are currently under review. The STRIDE proposal review committee expects to announce funded projects by early June 2012.


April 2012

"Biofuel Supply Chain Design under Competitive Agricultural Land Use and Feedstock Market Equilibrium."Yanfeng Ouyang, an associate professor and the Paul F. Kent Endowed Faculty Scholar of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) will be the speaker of a STRIDE-sponsored transporation seminar hosted by Mississippi State University, a STRIDE consortium member. The seminar will be held on April 13, 2012 at 1 pm (Central Time) via live webcast. For a information on how to access the presentation, including a complete abstract and bio, visit Seminars on the STRIDE website.


March 2012

"Geometric Design, Speed, and Safety - TRB Paper 12-4151."John M. Mason, Jr., PhD, PE, will be the seminar speaker on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. The seminar will be held in 513 Weil Hall from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm. Dr. Mason is the Associate Provost and Vice President for Research at Auburn University. For a complete abstract on Dr. Mason's talk, go to News & Events and visit Seminars.

"Auction Use in the Supply Chain among Buyers, Suppliers and Transportation Service Providers: Can Sustainability be Incorporated in a Multiple Criteria Approach?" Suzanne Andrews, MEng. (MIT) and MSc. (ITESM), will be the seminar speaker on Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 11:20 am to 12:20 pm in 513 Weil Hall. She will be presenting on the use of the electronic reverse auction (eRA), which is a fast and single-round mechanism that selects suppliers who bid the lowest prices. Suppliers have oftern perceived the eRA as exploitative and unfair. This seminar proposes an interactive multiple criteria decision-making method (IMCDM) to improve the eRA. The use of auctions in the procurement of transportation services is briefly discussed, as well as some of the sustainability considerations that take place in the shipper-carrier relationship. For a complete abstract, go to News & Events and visit Seminars.

Transportation Seminar: "Data-driven Analysis, Modeling and Design for Future Mobile Networking." Dr. Ahmed Helmy, an associate professor at the UF Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering, will be speaking on the future of network services and how they will be expected to function efficiently and void of errors and adapt to online behavioral and mobility patterns. Understanding and realistically modeling this multi-dimensional space is essential to the design and evaluation of efficient protocols and services of the future Internet. The seminar will be held in 513 Weil from 11:20 am to 12 pm on Thursday, March 15, 2012. For a complete abstract, go to News & Events and visit Seminars.

Transportation Seminar: "Development of Autonomously Navigating Ground Vehicles." The guest speaker is Carl D. Crane, Ph.D., professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering/Director of the Center for Intelligent Machines and Robotics (CIMAR) at the University of Florida. The seminar describes the technologies that are needed for vehicles to drive autonomously in structured urban environments and in unstructured fieldsuv environments. The first part of the seminar focuses on Team Gator Nation's entry in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. The second part of the seminar describes current work that automates range clearance operations for the military. For a complete abstract, go to News & Events and visit Seminars.


February 2012

Transportation Seminar: "Evacuation Planning for Livestock in a Case of a Nuclear Power Plant Accident." This project considered the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown that led to the loss of thousands of livestock in prefectures affected by the nuclear plume as a consequence of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Two mathematical models using integer programming over networks were considered to create an evacuation plan for livestock in the area around a nuclear power plant. This work was produced by Chrysafis Vogiatzis of the University of Florida, Ruriko Yoshida, assistant professor, University of Kentucky, and Ines Aviles-Spadoni, University of Florida. For a complete abstract, go to News & Events and visit Seminars.

STRIDE Call for Pre-proposals. The Southeast Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE) at the University of Florida is in the process of soliciting pre-proposals for transportation-related projects with focus on safety, livable communities, and economic competitiveness in the following categories: research, education, workforce development and technology transfer. Submission deadline is February 29, 2012 by 5 pm. Pre-proposals that show collaboration among researchers in the STRIDE Consortium, are highly encouraged. If you would like to discuss a potential proposal, please contact Lily Elefteriadou, Ph.D., professor and STRIDE center director, at 352-392-9537, Ext. 1452 or at elefter@ce.ufl.edu or contact the STRIDE center manager, Ines Aviles-Spadoni, at Ext. 1409 (iaviles@ce.ufl.edu).

Transportation Seminar. Jennie Oxley, Ph.D. and Judith Charlton, Ph.D., researchers in behavioral safety science at the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) in Australia, will be presenting on "Urban Planning for a Safe System for Older Road Users" from 11 am to 12 pm on Thursday, February 2, 2012, in Weil 513. The seminar is sponsored by the Institute for Mobility, Activity and Participation (I-MAP) at UF, the Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation, and the Transportation Research Center (TRC). For speaker bios, go to News & Events and visit Seminars.


January 2012

TRC awarded $3.5 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation. A grant by the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation  has been awarded to the Transportation Research Center (TRC) at the University of Florida. UF will lead a consortium of universities within the established southeast federal Region 4. The Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE) includes: Auburn University, Florida International University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Mississippi State University, North Carolina State University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of North Carolina. The center will receive approximately $3.5 million from federal Fiscal Year 2011 funds expendable up to two full years from the date of the award. Matching funds from non-federal sources are expected to be obtained by STRIDE in an amount at least equal to the U.S. DOT grant amount. STRIDE’s research, education, workforce development and technology transfer activities will focus on three major areas critical to the needs of Region 4:  safety, livable communities, and economic competitiveness. This announcement soon will invite pre-proposals for each of these categories for work to be conducted starting in the 2012 calendar year. For more information, contact Ines Aviles-Spadoni at iaviles@ce.ufl.edu or at 352-392-9537, Ext. 1409.

UF Reception at TRB. The Transportation Research Center (TRC) and the Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering in the Engineering School for Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment (ESSIE) at the University of Florida, are hosting a reception on January 23, 2012 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Mezzanine of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel during the 91st Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

Local Gainesville Newspaper Features Transportation Booth During E-Week at UF. The booth hosted by the ITE and WTS student chapters during      E-Week was featured in the Florida Independent Alligator’s Photo News Section.  Elementary school children built cars out of  LEGO®’s and raced them down a track to learn about aerodynamics. The children also had the opportunity to see the inside of a traffic signal controller and learn how the signals at intersections are managed.