Member Only  




Monday, March 10, 2014.

Vol. 46-2014-03-10

Dear COTA Members and Friends:

The "COTA E-News" is intended to enhance the communications among overseas transportation professionals and their counterparts in China, and promote the networking and collaboration among COTA members and friends. Your support and feedbacks are warmly welcome and highly appreciated!

Please visit COTA web site/ at, or (temporal site accessible in China).
Share your news with COTA community by submitting it to

President's Message - March 2014

Dear COTA Members and Friends:

It has been a very long and cold winter for many of us. As folks in the south start to see flowers blooming, we know spring is just around the corner and very soon all of us in the northern hemisphere will be glad to bid farewell to another winter!

The little tell-tale sign of spring brings several exciting things our way too. As you may know, COTA has long planned to establish regional chapters to engage Chinese transportation professionals in other geographic regions outside of China and North America. I am very pleased to announce the official launch of our COTA Asia-Pacific Chapter in February, 2014. The founding team of the chapter consists of Drs. Qiang Meng (President), Junyi Zhang (Vice President) and Xiaobo Qu (Vice President and Secretory). Dr. Meng is an Associate Professor at National University of Singapore, Singapore; Dr. Zhang is a Professor at Hiroshima University, Japan; and Dr. Qu is an Assistant Professor at Griffith University, Australia. The chapter plans to enhance the connections among Chinese transportation professionals in the Asia Pacific region and collaborate with regional transportation societies such as Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies (EASTS) to promote transportation research and development in the region. COTA Asia-Pacific is the second regional chapter of COTA. Back in June 2011, COTA Europe was established, under the leadership of Drs. Ning Wu (of Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany), Ronghui Liu (of the University of Leeds, UK) and Xiaoliang Ma (of the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden). We encourage our COTA members, friends, and fellow transportation professionals to participate in and support COTA and COTA regional chapters’ events and activities. For additional information about COTA regional chapters, please visit

Invited by the Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) of ASCE, COTA has become a non-financial Cooperating Organization for the 2nd T&DI Congress. The conference is being held at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel, Orlando, Florida, June 8-11, 2014. The content of the conference is broad-based in transportation engineering, planning and development. The preliminary program can be found at T&DI has kindly agreed to extend the T&DI/ASCE member registration fees to COTA members who are interested in attending the conference. You are encouraged to take advantage of this offer to register for and attend the conference. COTA and T&DI/ASCE have a long history of collaboration and cooperation. This is another instance of the two organizations cooperating for the mutual benefits of our members.

I will keep you informed of our progress and latest developments. Do not hesitate to write to me if you have any suggestions or comments. If you have news or announcements to share with the COTA community, please contact our Communication Officers Mr. Ken Yang at and Dr. Xiaokun Wang at


Yafeng Yin, Ph.D.
President, Chinese Overseas Transportation Association

Associate Professor, Civil and Coastal Engineering
Director, Transportation Research Center
University of Florida
Tel: (352)392-9537, Ext. 1455
Fax: (352) 392-3394

COTA in action

Mission and Vision of COTA Asia-Pacific Chapter.

Call for Participation: CICTP 2014, -- Changsha, China, July 4 - 7, 2014.

We want to hear from you all -- COTA E-News Short Survey (PLEASE HELP TO IMPROVE OUR SERVICE).

China in Development

CITS 2014, -- Shaghai, China, April 10 - 12, 2014.

10th Metro World Summit 2014, -- Shanghai, April 17 - 18, 2014.

The 10th China International Rail Transit Technology Exhibition (CRTS China 2014), -- Beijing, May 5 - 7, 2014.

Xi'an Intelligent traffic safety technology & Application Exhibition 2014, -- Xi'an, May 9 - 11, 2014.

2014 Intertraffic China, Beijing, May 13 - 15, 2014.

China (Beijing) International Intelligent Traffic Industry Expo, -- Beijing, May 26 - 28, 2014.

Call for paper: 5th ITS Conference China & 3rd Shenzhen International ITS and Location Base Service Expo

China International Internet of Things Technologies and Application Exhibition 2014, -- Shenzhen, August 14 - 16, 2014.

Metro Expro 2014, -- Guangzhou, August 23 - 25, 2014.

10 key transportation technology directions in China in 2014.

Strategic thoughts and suggestions for Beijing rail transit and urban development coordination

Beijing's first "Sky train" will be strating construction this year

Five future development trend of electronic police

ITS system cost/benefit discussion: Wuhan case

Creative ideas about the LED traffic lights

North America

2014 ITS Transit Best Practices Workshop, -- Phoenix, AZ, March 20 - 21, 2014.

Real-Time Data: The User Experience, -- Boston, MA, April 10 - 11, 2014.

2014 Global Symposium Program on Connected Vehicles and Infrastructure, -- Ann Arbor, MI, April 21 - 23, 2014.

Innovations in Travel Demand Forecasting, -- Baltimore, MD, April 27 - 30, 2014

2014 Traffic Safety Conference, —- San Antonio, Texas, May 12 - 14, 2014.

2014 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium, -- Dearborn, Michigan, June 8 - 11, 2014.

Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum. -- June 17 – 19, 2014.

Automated Vehicles Symposium 2014
TRB is sponsoring the Automated Vehicles Symposium 2014 on July 15-17, 2014 in San Francisco, California. This symposium will focus on challenges and opportunities related to the increasing automation of motor vehicles as well as the environments in which they operate. The symposium will build on the 2012 and 2013 workshops on the state-of-the-art in road vehicle automation research and will explore automation developments that may affect the future of surface transportation and transportation organizations.

International System Safety Training Symposium 2014, -- St. Louis, Missouri, August 4 - 8, 2014.

TRB Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics Committee (AHB45) 2014 Summer Meeting -- Portland, Oregon USA August, 11-13, 2014

2014 World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, -- Detroit, Michigan, September 7-11, 2014.!

IBTTA 82nd Annual Meeting & Exhibition, -- Austin, Texas, September 13 - 17 2014.

ITS 3C Summit, -- Mobile, Alabama, September 14-17, 2014.


RFP: IDEA Program Announcement 2014: Funding Proposals Now Being Accepted
TRB’s Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) annual program announcement solicits funding proposals for the upcoming review cycles. The announcement explains the IDEA programs, describes the types of eligible projects and their funding structures, suggests general areas for which IDEA proposals can be submitted, and provides guidelines and forms for submitting proposals.

DOT turns to you with Data Innovation Challenge

It’s Time To Update How We Fund Transportation Projects

Framing Surface Transportation Research for the Nation’s Future
TRB has released the final version of Special Report 313: Framing Surface Transportation Research for the Nation’s Future explores opportunities for improving the productivity of U.S. expenditures on surface transportation research by building on lessons learned from the strategic approach to developing priorities and investing in transportation research in other countries and nontransportation sectors in the United States.

Cloud-Based Information Technology Framework for Data Driven Intelligent Transportation Systems

Comprehensive Study to Reduce Pedestrian Crashes in Florida
The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that explores pedestrian safety on Florida’s state roads by identifying crash patterns and contributing factors, and then proposing potential countermeasures to reduce pedestrian crashes.

A Guidebook for Integrating NIMS for Personnel and Resources at Airports
TRB Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 103: A Guidebook for Integrating NIMS for Personnel and Resources at Airports provides guidance for the integration of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) into airport response plans for incidents, accidents, and events.
The guidebook address common NIMS and incident command terminology; outlines incident command structures for various situations relative to their complexity; and includes sample plans from airports and training outlines.
In addition, a matrix of suggested training for airport staff was developed as part of the project that developed the guidebook. The Excel-based matrix is available for download from this site.

Number of Communities Using Red-Light Cameras Declines

The next breakthrough for a bike-friendly world: Protected intersections! (video)

Signs to Offer Real-Time Travel Data in Cape Cod, Mass.

Los Angeles launching its 1st "Bicycle Friendly Business District

Transit Co-Monitoring uses rider data to improve system operation and management.

Morgan Stanley reports on the economic benefits of driverless cars

MWC: Smart highways and driverless cars coming in 2030 - for real?

Why smart cars, Siri make AAA nervous - Advocates point to safety risks related to use of smart technologies in cars


Intertraffic Amsterdam 2014, -- Amsterdam RAI, March 25 - 28 2014.

Compass4D Workshop: the real deployment of ITS services, -- Helmond, The Netherlands, April 04, 2014.

Expotraffic 2014, -- Moscow, Russia, May 14 - 16 2014.

2014 Annual Summit - Transport for a Changing World, -- Leipzig, Germany, May 21 - 23, 2014.

International Symposium of Transport Simulation International Workshop on Traffic Data Collection and its Standardisation, -- Ajaccio, Corsica (France), June 1 - 4 2014.

European Conference on Human Centred Design for ITS, -- Vienna, Austra, June 6 - 6, 2014.!

Transports 2014 Publics - The European Mobility Exhibition, -- Paris, France, June 10 - 12, 2014.

The 10th ITS European Congress, -- Helsinki, Finland, June 16 – 19 2014.

World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research 2014, -- Delft, the Netherlands, June 24-27, 2014.!

European Transport Conference 2014, -- Frankfurt, Germany, September 29 - October 1, 2014.


How does commuting affect wellbeing?

By The Time Your Car Goes Driverless, You Won't Know The Difference

Frost & Sullivan: Daimler and Volvo Take Lead in Implementation of V2V Communication Systems in Europe

ScienceDirect: Accident Analysis & Prevention

Australia & New Zealand

13th ITS Asia Pacific Forum 2014, -- Auckland, New Zealand, April, 28 - 30, 2014.!

Middle East

Middle East Road Safety & ITS Summit, -- Muscat, Oman, May 06 - 07 May 2014.

‘Magic eyes’ will let Abu Dhabi keep the traffic flowing


MapmyIndia Online Maps Get Enhanced Features; Online Portal Revamped

COTA Call for Paticipation

You can also view the on-line version of the "COTA E-News" at, or .
Got news? Share with COTA community by submitting it to
To subscribe or unsubscribe "COTA E-News", please send email to
Visit COTA web site at, or (temporal site accessible in China).