Connect 2 Funding Announcement

On Monday September 11, Dalhousie University hosted an announcement of funding for the Halifax projects under the Department of Energy’s Connect 2 sustainable transportation grant program. The Honourable Labi Kousoulis, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, on behalf of the Minister of Energy, announced a grant of $30,000 to DalTRAC. DalTRAC’s project will aim to increase awareness of shared mobility services and integration of future transportation options. The Minister also announced funding for Dalhousie Green Corridor project, as well as projects by the Ecology Action Centre and CarShare Atlantic.

From left to right: Ian Nason (VP Finance and Administration, Dalhousie University), Alice Aiken (VP Research, Dalhousie University), Minister Kousoulis and Dr. Ahsan Habib (Director of DalTRAC).

From left to right: Ian Nason (VP Finance and Administration, Dalhousie University), Alice Aiken (VP Research, Dalhousie University), Minister Kousoulis and Dr. Ahsan Habib (Director of DalTRAC).

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New Technology for Distracted Pedestrians in the Netherlands

A town called Bodegraven in the Netherlands is pilot testing a new type of pedestrian crossing signal. The crosswalk signal is embedded in the sidewalk at an intersection which is aimed at gaining the attention of distracted walkers. Global News interviewed Dr. Ahsan Habib regarding his thoughts on the new technology, and distracted pedestrians. Dr. Habib commented that with the rate of distracted pedestrians increasing in recent years, this innovative technology is a fabulous idea. Although the cause of distraction is not well documented, there needs to adaptive solutions to ensure road safety.

View the full story (minute 19:50) at http://globalnews.ca/video/3525788/global-national-jun-13-5

 

 

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Dalhousie School of Planning student awards

DalTRAC would like to acknowledge and congratulate Shaila Jamal and Stephen McCarthy for receiving awards at the Dalhousie University School of Planning Convocation Tea on Monday May 29, 2017. Shaila Jamal, Master of Planning Studies graduate (’16) and DalTRAC researcher, accepted the award for School of Planning MPS Sexton Honor Roll and School of Planning Prize for Outstanding Graduate Research. Additionally, Stephen McCarthy, Master of Planning student and DalTRAC research assistant, was awarded a Rosetti Scholarship to enable his participation in the North American meetings of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) in Vancouver, November 2017.

Dr. Ahsan Habib pictured with award winner Shaila Jamal and Dr. Mikiko Terashima

Dr. Ahsan Habib pictured with award winner Shaila Jamal and Dr. Mikiko Terashima

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CITE Atlantic Provinces Section 2017 Spring Meeting

Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory (DalTRAC) will participate in the 2017 Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers (CITE) Atlantic Provinces Section Spring Meeting on Thursday May 25 in Halifax. Dr. Habib, DalTRAC director, will present a project entitled “Evacuation of Halifax Peninsula: A Dynamic Microsimulation Modelling of Halifax Peninsula” and Mahmudur Fatmi, Ph.D. student, will present his research work entitled “Results of the Agent-based Integrated Urban Systems model for Halifax”. Other members of the DalTRAC team will host a poster session highlighting some of the projects being conducted over the last year. These projects range from traffic microsimulation, vehicle transaction decision modeling, and smartphone use and travel.

CITE Atlantic Provinces 2017 Spring Agenda

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8th International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies

Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory (DalTRAC) research will be presented in Portugal for the 8th International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies. On May 17th, Dr. Habib will present a paper entitled Vulnerability in Transport Network during Critical Infrastructure Renewal: Lessons Learned from a Dynamic Traffic Microsimulation Model by MD Jahedul Alam PhD Student, Department of Civil and Resource Engineering; Dr. Muhammad Ahsanul Habib, Associate Professor School of Planning, and Department of Civil and Resource Engineering (cross); and Dr. Kevin Quigley, Associate Professor Scholarly Director, MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance, Dalhousie University. On May 19th, Dr. Habib will present a paper entitled Baseline Synthesis and Microsimulation of Life-stage Transitions within an Agent-based Integrated Urban Model by Mahmudur Rahman Fatmi, PhD candidate, Department of Civil and Resource Engineering; and Dr. Muhammad Ahsanul Habib, Associate Professor School of Planning, and Department of Civil and Resource Engineering (cross), Dalhousie University. Dr. Ahsan Habib will present both papers on behalf of DalTRAC and Dalhousie University researchers.

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Community Transportation Nova Scotia (CTNS) Conference

DalTRAC students will be participating in the Community Transportation Nova Scotia (CTNS) Conference and AGM on Tuesday, May 16 in Truro. The theme of this years conference is Transforming Community Transportation: Mobility for All! DalTRAC students will have posters displayed throughout the entire conference related to topics such as transportation sustainability, accessibility, smartphone use and travel, risk assessment and emission modelling.

For more information about the CTNS Conference please visit http://communitytransitns.ca/events/

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You Count! DalTRAC Collecting Data for University Avenue Bicycle Lane Pilot Project

Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory (DalTRAC) has partnered with Dalhousie University to conduct data collection for the University Avenue Protected Bicycle Lane Pilot Project. These counters will help increase the availability and transparency of data for bicycle use in Halifax.  A permanent counter is located on the North side of University Avenue outside the Dalhousie Arts Centre. This counter has a permanent real-time display. The second counter is installed on the South side of the boulevard, outside the Kenneth Rowe Management building. Online bicycle counts will be available through DalTRAC’s StreetSenseNetwork website at http://www.eco-public.com/ParcPublic/?id=4638.

If you are a cyclist travelling on University Avenue, make sure you are counted. For more information about the StreetSenseNetwork please contact daltrac@dal.ca

Permanent real-time bicycle counter display outside the Dalhousie Arts Centre

Permanent real-time bicycle counter display outside the Dalhousie Arts Centre

The green line shows the location of the permanent bicycle counter outside the Dalhousie Arts Centre. Once crossing this imaginary line on a bicycle, the display should update.

The green line shows the location of the permanent bicycle counter outside the Dalhousie Arts Centre. Once crossing this imaginary line on a bicycle, the display (above) should update.

Temporary bicycle tube counter outside Kenneth Rowe Management building

Temporary bicycle tube counter outside Kenneth Rowe Management building

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Distracted Walking

Dr. Ahsan Habib was interviewed by Dan Misener from CBC radio regarding his thoughts on Distracted Walking. “It is very important in our transportation field to start recognizing this type of new phenomena” said Dr. Habib. Listen to more of the interview at https://soundcloud.com/cbcyukon/dan-misener-distracted-walking

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MacEachen Institute Evacuation Roundtable

On Tuesday March 28, Dr. Ahsan Habib and graduate student MD Jahedul 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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Dr. Ahsan Habib presents to MacEachen Institute of Public Policy Evacuation roundtable. Photo credit: Daniel Abriel

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Photo credit: Daniel Abriel

 

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Dalhousie researchers Ahsan Habib and Kevin Quigley work on a mass evacuation project for Halifax

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

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