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Big Data and Cloud-Based Solutions for Improved TSMO

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This session is all about data-enabled practical TSMO solutions being deployed today. The data driven solutions highlighted are not only applicable to traffic mobility, but also to safety and across multiple modes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how data driven TSMO solutions can be implemented in the cloud
  • Learn how data can help prioritization and optimizations which are bedrock TSMO strategies to identifying problems and allocating resources to solve them
  • Gain practical knowledge on implementing data driven intermodal and transit solutions

Moderator: Mark Spencer, T.E., Senior Principal, W-Trans

Presentation Titles & Speakers:
  • “Leveraging Cloud-Based Technology for Optimizing Signal Timing and Real-Time Adaptive Signal Control”, Farhad Pooran, Ph.D, P.E., Vice President, Econolite Systems, Econolite, Anaheim, California
  • “Winnipeg Transit Master Plan – Using Location Based Device Data to Plan Transit Routes”, Robert Kurylko, P.Eng, Senior Transportation Engineer, Stantec, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • “Data-Driven Guardrail Prioritization Program in Clark County, WA”, Matthew Braughton, P.E., Associate Planner, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., Sacramento, California and Courtney Furman, P.E., Traffic Engineer, Clark County, Washington
  • “Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) and University of Hawaii Deploy Connected Vehicle Program to Analyze Signal and Corridor Optimization”, Ed Sniffen, Deputy Director of Highways, Hawaii Department of Transportation, Honolulu, Hawaii and David Ma, Professor and Interim Associate Dean, University of Hawaii Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Kirk Steudle, Senior Vice President, Systems, Econolite, Anaheim, California

Contributors

  • Moderator: Mark Spencer, T.E., Senior Principal, W-Trans

  • Courtney Furman, P.E., Traffic Engineer, Clark County, Washington and Ejaz Khan, Traffic Engineer, Clark County, Washington

    Courtney Furman is a traffic engineer at Clark County, Washington. She has eight years of experience and is a registered Professional Engineer in the States of Washington and Oregon. She has a Masters of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Portland State University and is a published author in the Transportation Research Record. Mrs. Furman has experience in the areas of traffic operations, planning, design, and safety in both the public and private sectors.

  • Ed Sniffen, Deputy Director of Highways, Hawaii Department of Transportation, Honolulu, Hawaii

    Ed Sniffen is the Deputy Director of the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s Highways Division. Ed obtained a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1994 and is a licensed Civil Engineer in the State of Hawaii since 2003.
    The Hawaii Department of Transportation’s Highways Division which is responsible for 2,500 lane miles of highway and 741 bridges across six Hawaiian Islands. Ed has oversight of over 1,000 employees in four district offices, six branches and four staff offices. His mission is the development and improvement of our highway transportation systems and people to facilitate sustainable safe and efficient travel and commerce statewide.
    As the newly appointed Chair of the AASHTO Committee on Transportation System Security and Resilience, Ed is first trying to catch up with all the great work the committee and its former chairs have done, then work to improve how all states include resiliency in its daily operations.

  • David Ma, Professor and Interim Associate Dean, University of Hawaii Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii

    Dr. David T. Ma is a Professor of Civil Engineering and the Interim Associate Dean of College of Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he has been a faculty member for more than 15 years. Dr. Ma’s research activities are centered around smart transportation, renewable energy, and smart structure and sensor technology. In addition to his academic appointments, Dr. Ma serves as the Chairman of Board of Directors of Hawaii Autonomous Vehicle Institute, a non-profit organization aiming for safely bringing autonomous vehicle technology to Hawaii. He has been a reviewer for numerous scientific journals and has frequently served on NSF review panels.

  • Farhad Pooran, Ph.D, P.E., Vice President, Econolite Systems, Econolite, Anaheim, California

    Farhad Pooran, Ph.D, P.E., brings three decades of experience in the field of ITS including development and deployment of traffic management solutions.
    Prior to joining Econolite Systems in 2017, Farhad has served in various capacities as VP of Engineering and Software Development, Business Development, Product Manager, and Solution Architect. Throughout his career, Farhad has managed numerous projects in design, development, and deployment of advanced traffic signal control systems including adaptive traffic signal control and Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measures (ATSPM). Farhad has received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Control Systems from Catholic University of America. He is a registered Professional Engineer in 23 states.

  • Kirk Steudle, Senior Vice President, Systems, Econolite, Anaheim, California

    Kirk T. Steudle is Senior Vice President of Econolite Systems, focused on integrating technology into transportation, and excellence in Intelligent Transportation System design, deployment, operations, and maintenance, including its subsidiary CAVita.
    Mr. Steudle retired from State of Michigan service in Oct 2018 after a 31-year career and served as Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) from 2006-2018. He also served as the Interim President and CEO of the American Center for Mobility from August 2018 until March 2019.
    Steudle is a noted expert in surface transportation and a nationally recognized leader in the integration of technology into transportation and the development of connected vehicle technology, served as chair for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, ITSA, Board of Directors in 2015 and a member of the Program Advisory Committee to the USDOT. His resume includes chairing the Transportation Research Board, TRB, executive committee in 2014 and serving as the 2011-2012 president to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AASHTO. He is the current President of the Engineering Society of Detroit and is a Board member of the Center for Automotive Research.
    Steudle is a graduate of Lawrence Technological University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering. He also serves on the Board of Trustee’s for the University and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2012.

  • Robert Kurylko, P.Eng, Senior Transportation Engineer, Stantec, Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Robert Kurylko is currently a Senior Transportation Engineer in Winnipeg's Stantec Office and has held various positions in Private industry and Public Service including Director of Traffic Engineering for Manitoba and senior positions with Consulting Engineering firms. He has been lucky to have been involved in a number of iconic projects in Manitoba. The Winnipeg Transit Master Plan allowed him to explore evolving methods of tapping into the vast world of Big Data and creating ways to apply it to real world situations, allowing for better decision making based on facts not speculation.

  • Matthew Braughton, P.E., Associate Planner, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., Sacramento, California

    Matt Braughton is a certified road safety professional and is a multimodal planner who enjoys working with cities, regions, and states to better integrate transportation networks with the surrounding land uses. He works closely with jurisdictions to help plan, prioritize, and implement multimodal and safety improvements to their transportation systems. Matt is also passionate about data analysis and findings ways to synthesize big datasets into unique approaches to develop priority projects and design solutions tailored to the project’s context. When not working, Matt can be found exploring California’s national forests and wildernesses, nose deep in a book, or puttering around Sacramento on his bike.

July 27, 2021
Tue 4:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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