On Tuesday March 28, Dr. Ahsan Habib and graduate student Jahed Alam attended the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance Evacuation Roundtable. The objective of this roundtable was to discuss research results and future direction of research for emergency evacuation of the Halifax peninsula. Dr. Habib presented “Evacuating Halifax Peninsula: A Dynamic Traffic Microsimulation Modelling Approach”, the research which was supported by the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network.
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Dalhousie researchers Ahsan Habib and Kevin Quigley are working on a mass evacuation simulation for Halifax. Read more about this project at http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/emergency-evacuation-video-game-dalhousie-disaster-flood-1.4030663
In January 2017, five DalTRAC students will present nine research papers at the 96th Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Washington, D.C. The session information can be found below:
- Risk Assessment and Traffic Impact Microsimulation for a Suspension Bridge Re-Construction Project by MD Jahed Alam and Muhammad Habib, Session 222, Presentation 17-06416, Monday January 9, 8:00am-9:45am
- Microsimulation of Vehicle Transaction Decisions Within an integrated Urban Modeling Framework by Mahmudur Fatmi and Muhammad Habib, Session 508, Presentation 17-06844, Tuesday January 10, 8:00am-9:45am
- Who Do You Travel with and What Type of Vehicle Do You Get? Modeling Choice of Vehicle Type for Travel by Nazmul Arefin Khan and Muhammad Habib, Session 508, Presentation 17-06861, Tuesday January 10, 8:00am-9:45am
- Spatial Evolution of Neighborhood in Shanghai, China: Assessment of Urban Form and Street Network by Haomiao Cheng, Muhammad Habib, Bowei Wang and Jill Grant, Session 703, Presentation 17-05364, Tuesday January 10, 3:45pm-5pm
- Development of Prototype Integrated Urban Model: Microsimulation of Life-Stage Transitions and Residential Location Transitions by Mahmudur Fatmi and Muhammad Habib, Session 703, Presentation 17-05487, Tuesday January 10, 3:45pm-5pm
- Smartphone and Mobility: How Use of Smartphone Applications Affects Travel Decisions by Shaila Jamal and Muhammad Habib, Session 779, Presentation 17-06524, Wednesday January 11, 8:00am-9:45am
- Mobile ICT and Travel: Does Dependency on Smartphone Applications Stimulate Social Trips? by Shaila Jamal and Muhammad Habib, Session 779, Presentation 17-06802, Wednesday January 11, 8:00am-9:45am
- Impact of Smartphone Use on Vehicle Kilometers Traveled: Latent Class Logit Modeling Approach by Shaila Jamal, Muhammad Habib and Nazmul Arefin Khan, Session 779, Presentation 17-06103, Wednesday January 11, 8:00am-9:45am
- Cumulative Prospect Theory-Based Departure Time Choice Modeling for Dynamic Traffic Microsimulation by MD Jahed Alam and Muhammad Habib, Session 828, Presentation 17-06282, Wednesday January 11, 10:15am-12:00pm
DalTRAC team member and graduate student in the Department of Civil & Resource Engineering, Babatope Olajide will make a presentation on his thesis entitled: Modeling of Emergency Vehicle Demand using Poisson Hurdle Regression Model
The presentation will take place on Monday December 5, 2016 at 1:30pm in Room D203a. Everyone is welcome to attend!
DalTRAC has partnered with the Halifax Cycling Coalition for the StreetSenseNetwork Project, with support from Halifax Regional Municipality. It will provide automatically transmitted, publicly accessible baseline information on cyclists and pedestrians for specific locations throughout the municipality. The first counter has been installed on Agricola Street to collect the number of people cycling travelling South. The initiative aims to increase the availability and transparency of data for bicycle usage in Halifax. It will be a tremendous resource for bike planning and promotion in the region. The network will be growing over the next few months so check back for data in other locations.
The StreetSenseNetwork public webpage can be found at http://www.eco-public.com/ParcPublic/?id=4638
For more information about the StreetSenseNetwork please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory (DalTRAC) for our Pleasant October Hike at Point Pleasant Park at 2pm on Wednesday October 12, in partnership with Halifax Parks and Recreation and Hike Nova Scotia.
The hike is one of about 45 events for the Halifax October Trail Challenge program which runs from October 1-31. It encourages individuals, schools and community groups to get outside and be active, and highlights local trails and parks. This will be a fun, student-led hike along one of the trails within Point Pleasant Park. The actual trail will be determined closer to date, however expect approximately 3km walk. There will be no cost to attend however we would like people to register by emailing email@example.com. Hike NS will be providing a trail prize to give away at the end of the hike.
Check the Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory Facebook (@DalTRACHalifax) and Twitter (@DalTRAC) pages for updates regarding the October 12 Pleasant October Hike event.
The DalTRAC team promoted the Thumbs Up! Share the Road Nova Scotia campaign throughout Bike Week 2016. From June 3-12, bike safety tips and videos were shared on social media, and community events were attended to distribute promotional materials and discuss safer road sharing with community members. We partnered with the Town of Pictou Parks and Recreation department for their Pictou County Bike Week and attended events in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Switch Open Street Sundays was held on June 5 in Dartmouth, with over 500 community members enjoying the open streets with activities for all ages. We also wrapped up the week attending the Halifax Cycling Coalition Bike Expo on Sunday June 12 at the Emera Oval.
The joint Annual Conference of Canadian Transportation Research Forum and US Transportation Research Forum was held in Toronto May 1-4, 2016. DalTRAC student MD Jahedul Alam presented his work titled The ‘Big Lift’ project of Macdonald Bridge re-decking, Halifax, Canada: A dynamic traffic assignment model. This model was used to evaluate impacts of the Macdonald bridge closure to surrounding link intersections and the overall network.
Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory (DalTRAC) participated in the 2016 CITE Atlantic Provinces Section Spring Meeting on Thursday May 19 in Dartmouth. DalTRAC students presented two projects and held a poster session highlighting some of the other projects being conducted over the last year. These projects ranged from emissions modeling, traffic simulation and accessibility analysis.
Haomiao Cheng, a visiting student from Tongii University in Shanghai, China, will make a presentation on her work entitled The Effect of Wealth Gap on Pedestrian Network and Urban Form in Shanghai.
The presentation will take place on Thursday May 26,2016 at 11am in room B105. Everyone is welcome to attend!