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Monday, June 18, 2012.

Vol. 1-2012-06-18

Dear COTA Members and Friends:

COTA is pleased to launch its bi-weekly electronic newsletter, the "COTA E-News". 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!

COTA in Action

New Version of COTA Newsletter (Volume 15, No.1) is On-line Now. Newsletter 6 16.pdf

Go to CICTP 2012 -- Great event of the year!
The 12th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals -- Beijing, China. August 3~6, 2012
Nearly thirty conference sessions, including plenary, invited, technical, and special forums are organized to address topics of interests to transportation professionals from governmental, industrial, and academic institutions. The CICTP 2012 Executive and Organizing Committee has invited about 15 internationally recognized, prestigious experts and scholars to deliver talks in keynote and plenary sessions. Other more than 30 internationally well-recognized researchers and engineers are also invited to share their recent research findings and results.
(Submitted by CICTP Executive and Organizing Committee)

China-U.S. Bilateral Forum on Strategic Development of Transportation -- Shanghai, China. August 6-7, 2012

Speakers Solicitation for 2013 TRB-COTA Workshop, Sunday, January 13, 2013 in Washington DC Solicitation for 2013 TRB-COTA Workshop.pdf
2013 TRB-COTA Workshop - "Development of China Sustainable Transportation" will be held on Sunday, January 13, 2013, in Washington DC. TRB ABE90 and COTA are soliciting researchers/experts/speakers to share their in-depth understanding and state-of-the-art/practice development of applicable and adaptive policies and planning strategies, and proven technologies towards sustainable transportation in China, as well as key transportation infrastructure investment programs. This Workshop will be official part of 92nd TRB Annual Meeting Programs.

Special Session for IEEE ITSC 2012
The theme of the special session is "Advanced Technologies and Innovative Concepts for Promoting Traffic Safety and Mobility". It is designated to be a forum for sharing emerging concepts and unconventional solutions that apply advanced technologies and innovative computational methods.

Tsinghua University will host –the CICTP 2013 in August 2013 at Beijing Jiuhua International Exhibition Center

China in Development

The 3rd ITS Conference China 2012 -- Beijing, China. July 31 - August 1, 2012

The ITS Industry in China is still at its early age of growth

The Status of the ITS Systems Development in Chinese Cities

China's leading airports are on the cusp of strong international growth, with several new routes to be launched in the coming 12 to 24 months.

Time to explore China’s aviation manufacturing market, the booster to global aviation industry!

5th International Conference on Research in Air Transportation (ICRAT 2012) was held in May 22-25, 2012 at University of California, Berkeley.
5th International Conference on Research in Air Transportation (ICRAT 2012) was held in May 22-25, 2012 at University of California, Berkeley. It is biannual event and next one in 2014 will be held in Europe.

North America

Call for Papers: 92nd TRB Annual Meeting
Transportation Research Board (TRB) 92nd Annual Meeting Call for Papers

Information for Authors: A Guide for Preparing and Submitting Manuscripts for Presentation at the TRB Annual Meeting and for Publications in the TRB’s Journal

Hotlinks Version of Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)

Distracted Driving Awareness
Research on distracted driving reveals some surprising facts: 20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. (NHTSA).


London 2012 Olympic Games to benefit from machine-to-machine (M2M) communications

COTA Community

Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans) UTC Recieives Federal Grant
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded 22 new University Transportation Centers (UTC). The University of Washington team, with Oregon State University, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Idaho, and Washington State University as consortium partners, won the Region 10 UTC named Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans). Dr. Yinhai Wang, immediate past president of COTA and professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Washington, serves as the director of PacTrans. PacTrans will receive $3.5 million annually to develop safe and sustainable solutions to the diverse transportation needs of the Pacific Northwest, which includes Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Cathy Liu's from PacTrans wins the Western ITE District Best Student Paper Award.
Ms. Cathy Liu's paper titled "An Analytical Framework for Managed Lane Facility Performance Evaluation" has been selected as the winning paper for the Western ITE District Best Student Paper Award. She is therefore invited to the Annual Meeting in Santa Barbara to present the paper in the upcoming June. Ms. Liu is also the winner of the 2012 Washington ITE Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Ms. Liu is a PhD student under Professor Yinhai Wang’s supervision at the Smart Transportation Applications and Research Laboratory (STAR Lab) of The University of Washington in Seattle.

Mr. Runze Yu, Ph.D. candidate from PacTrans is invited as a Fellow to attend the 20th Annual Eno Leadership Development Conference in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Runze Yu, a Ph.D. candidate in Civil & Environmental Engineering, is one of America’s 19 top graduate students in transportation-related fields invited as a Fellow to attend the 20th Annual Eno Leadership Development Conference in Washington, D.C. Runze spent an intensive week in June meeting with top Executive Branch and Congressional officials including the Secretary of U.S. DOT, industry executives and non-profit leaders to learn how the nation’s transportation policies are debated, adopted and applied. Runze was nominated by the Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans) and he is the manager of the University of Washington STAR Lab under the supervision of Professor Yinhai Wang.

Excellence of graduate education keeps fruitful progress at University of Cincinnati
Mr. Harikishan Perugu, currently a PhD candidate of Transportation Engineering under Professor Heng Wei’s supervision at The University of Cincinnati (UC) has been selected as the 1st Place Award Winner in the ITE Great Lakes District Paper Competition. Mr. Perugu’s awarded paper, titled “Developing a Decision Support Tool for Link Level Truck Emission Quantity Estimation,” was completed based on partial result of his on-going dissertation research. This paper has been forwarded to the ITE International for competing the Daniel B. Fambro Award. Dr. Zhixia Li (whose advisor is also Professor Heng Wei) won the Daniel B. Fambro Award in 2009. Dr. Li is currently a Research Associate at The University of Wisconsin at Madison. In November 2011, Mr. Harikishan Perugu’s another paper won the 1st Prize Award Paper of the Cube Student Challenge Competition 2011, which was organized and sponsored by Citilabs, a software development firm specialized in the design, development, marketing and support of products for transportation planning. The study presented in his paper was viewed as “an excellent and practical example of using Cube for real-world planning and analysis.”

Dr. Heng Wei, also the Director of the Advanced Research Transportation Engineering and Systems (ART-Engines) Laboratory at UC, always views the graduate supervision and mentoring as the most rewarding job. He has kept his endeavors in helping students become a good thinker of problem-solving strategies by providing the opportunity to relate his courses to actual practice in transportation field. Dr. Wei has adapted the STEMS (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and System) approach into his pedagogical measures to boost his graduate students’ interdisciplinary research abilities and skills in real-world problem identification, problem-solving procedure and solution development, and strategy evaluation. To date, as a result of Dr. Wei’s persistent dedication to such an effort, three of his Ph.D. students (Zhixia Li, Qingyi Ai, and Harikishan Perugu) and two M.S. students (Nagaraju Kashayi and Vijay Krishna Nemalapuri) have won ten (10) top awards at regional, national and worldwide student paper competitions.

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