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Identifying Safety-Critical Road Segments and Potential Countermeasures: A Geospatial Approach Using Horizontal Curve Data”, Alyssa Ryan, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts
Scraping News Data to Understand Contextual Factors in Pedestrian Crashes using Natural Language Processing”, Leon Villavicencio, Analyst, AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety, Washington, DC, District of Columbia and Brian Tefft, Senior Researcher, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Washington, District of Columbia
Open Science/Open Data: The Time is Now”, Ronald Boenau, P.E., International Transport Research Advisor, Greensboro, North Carolina and Elizabeth Gadsby, Ph.D, Innovation Strategist, eGad Innovation, Gainesville, Florida
Multi-Way Stop Applications: A Data-Driven Evaluation in Austin, TX”, Eric Bollich, P.E., PTOE, Managing Engineer, City of Austin Transportation Department, Austin, Texas
MBTA Green Line Light Rail Transit Signal Priority - Implementation & Evaluation”, Sudhir Murthy, P.E., PTOE, President, TrafInfo Communications, Inc., Woburn, Massachusetts and Deanna Peabody, P.E., Transportation Engineer, TrafInfo Communications, Inc., Woburn, Massachusetts
Using Big Data in Transportation Operations and Planning”, David Metcalf, P.E., PTOE, Senior Project Manager, Volkert, Inc., Centreville, Virginia
A Traffic Speed Impact Study in Midtown Manhattan After the Implementation of an Adaptive Traffic Control System”, Diego Correa, Ph.D, Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador
Diego Correa, Ph.D, Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador
Diego Correa is an Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of Cuenca. He holds a Ph.D. in Transportation Planning and Engineering from New York University. His research focuses on how big data, technology, and machine learning can address urban problems. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Cuenca, an M.Eng. in Transportation Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, an MCRS in Transportation Planning, and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Rutgers University. For the industry side, Diego worked for the New York University's C2SMART Center, a Tier 1 University Transportation Research Center funded by USDOT, for the Siemens US Mobility Division, Aimsun Inc., and the National Transit Institute.
Alyssa Ryan, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts
Alyssa Ryan is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and incoming Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona. Ms. Ryan studies the implementation of advanced technologies and data analytics to address the sustainability, safety, economic, and equity challenges of mobility systems. Most recently, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Technical University of Munich where she researched driver behavior using a new driver intervention system to improve safety. Ms. Ryan has led several studies in the areas of user behavior, data analytics, safety, policy, equitable decision-making, and innovative technology implementation.
Leon Villavicencio, Analyst, AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety, Washington, DC, District of Columbia
Leon Villavicencio joined the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety as an analyst in August 2017. As an analyst with the Data and Information Group, Leon primarily works on various State, Federal, and Internal data sources to get insights on traffic safety topics such as, pedestrians, older drivers, responder safety, impaired driving, young novice drivers, and in-vehicle technologies.
Previously, he was part of a first responder epidemiology fellowship (FiRE Fellows) supporting federal fire and rescue officials through objective data collection and analysis. He was also part of the 2013-2014 National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers as a field data collection manager. Villavicencio received his Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in biostatistics from Drexel University. His master’s thesis focused on motor vehicle crashes within the Philadelphia Fire Department, analyzing the risk factors of injury in a motor vehicle crash.
Brian Tefft, Senior Researcher, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Washington, District of Columbia
Brian Tefft, RSP1, joined the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in 2006. He conducts and manages research on a wide variety of traffic safety issues including driver distraction, drowsiness, and impairment; teenage drivers; pedestrian safety; and driver understanding of new vehicle technologies. His research has been published in scientific journals including Accident Analysis & Prevention, Journal of Safety Research, ITE Journal and others.
Ronald Boenau, P.E., International Transport Research Advisor, Greensboro, North Carolina
Ronald Boénau, P.E., is a recognized national and international transportation research advisor and conference speaker with over 40 years of experience in multimodal integrated transportation research, development, evaluations, standards and deployment of emerging advanced transportation technologies and innovative user services. This experience includes new mobility options and data analytics with a primary focus on public transportation. He was the ITS Transit Division Chief with FTA and the International Research Program Manager and also served in the research offices of FHWA and the Florida DOT conducting research on advanced highway technologies and related standards.
Mr. Boénau has an A.A. and A.S. from the State College of Florida, a BCE from the University of Florida an MSCE from the University of Maryland and has completed graduate work at the University of Mississippi ad Northwestern University. He is actively involved in committees with ITE, ASCE, ITS America, SAE, NSPE, TRB and the University of Florida Transportation Institute.
Elizabeth Gadsby, Ph.D, Innovation Strategist, eGad Innovation, Atlanta, Georgia
Dr. Elizabeth Gadsby is an innovation strategist at eGad Innova. She has a demonstrated record of over 25 years of leadership experience at Fortune 500 corporations and biotech entrepreneurial ventures with expertise in innovative and collaborative product development and intellectual property strategy. She has extended her applied science leadership providing C-suite consultation on business sustainability, material assessments, clinical studies, and artificial intelligence.
Elizabeth earned her Bachelor’s in Microbiology at the University of Florida and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as her Master’s in Theological and Biblical Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. She holds over 30 patents and has commercialized new personal care and medical device products. Elizabeth and her husband, James, reside in Gainesville, FL and serve in their community through Desire Street Ministries, local and national theatre organizations, and the University of Florida Alumni Association.
Eric Bollich, P.E., PTOE, Managing Engineer, City of Austin Transportation Department, Austin, Texas
Eric Bollich, P.E., PTOE, is the Managing Engineer and Transportation Engineering Division Manager in the City of Austin Transportation Department. He oversees elements of transportation operations, programs, planning, and design with more than 18 years of experience. Throughout his 11 years at the City of Austin, Eric has developed innovative and progressive safety and mobility improvements for the City’s transportation network.
Sudhir Murthy, P.E., PTOE, President, TrafInfo Communications, Inc., Woburn, Massachusetts
Sudhir Murthy, P.E., PTOE, has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of traffic engineering, transportation planning, and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). His project experience covers traffic signal systems design including Adaptive Signal Control Technology (ASCT), preparation of PS&E documents, construction phase services including system integration, final inspection and acceptance testing, design, operations and maintenance of traffic monitoring and communication systems, travel demand forecasting and computer modeling, traffic impact and access studies, and development of work-zone traffic management plans. Mr. Murthy developed the concept of the Transit Signal Priority Relay (TSPR) oscillator that allowed for a cost-effective expansion of MBTA’s TSP system within the Boston area. He is a graduate of Purdue University with a Master’s degree in Transportation and Urban Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Maine. He is an active member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and served as the co-chair of a Traffic Engineering Council Committee which produced an Informational Report on Using Existing Loops at Signalized Intersections for Traffic Counts.
Deanna Peabody, P.E., Transportation Engineer, TrafInfo Communications, Inc., Woburn, Massachusetts
Deanna Peabody, P.E. has 10 years of experience in all aspects of traffic engineering, transportation planning, and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Her project experience covers traffic signal design including Adaptive Signal Control Technology (ASCT), multi-modal performance measures for highways and transit, Systems Engineering Process (SEP) documents for ITS design, traffic impact and access studies, and micro-simulation/3D animation. Ms. Peabody led the field data collection and analysis of transit speeds to determine Time of Service Desired (TSD), and fused two data sources – Siemens traffic signal event logs with MBTA’s TSP server request logs to assess the effective of TSP on MBTA Green Line transit operations. She is a graduate of UMass-Amherst with a Master’s degree in Transportation Engineering. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts. She is also an active member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and is the Past President of the Rhode Island Chapter of Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS).
David Metcalf, P.E., PTOE, Senior Project Manager, Volkert, Inc., Centreville, Virginia
David Metcalf has spent his career in transportation planning and traffic engineering primarily working for consulting firms. Most of his work has been in Virginia in support of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and local jurisdictions. He has also lived and worked in Florida.
Currently Mr. Metcalf works for Volkert Inc. in their northern Virginia office. He is supporting a number of projects, including a support contract for “495 NEXT”. In support of VDOT, Mr. Metcalf is leading the Transportation Management Plan (TMP) and much of his presentation will focus on lessons learned in preparation for that project. Mr. Metcalf is a retired Colonel from the US Army Reserves, where he served a tour in Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is the current Chairperson for the TRB Committee for the National Defense. He lives with his family in Fairfax County and races his Flying Scot on the Potomac.