Today is the final day of the 2019 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. Our team has been hard at work showcasing their research. Congratulations to them and all their hard work!
Another successful year of DalTRAC students’ transport research – 10 full papers accepted for 98th Annual Meetings of Transportation Research Board, the most prestigious conference (12,000+ delegates) in this field. One of the paper is emerged from PLAN 6000: Independent Project report, and another paper is co-authored by a recent BCD student. Our presentations start Sunday, January 14-17. Good luck presenters and contributors. See the attached picture to view our schedule and topics.
In January 2018, six DalTRAC students will present six research papers at the 96th Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Washington, D.C. The sessions’ information can be found below:
- Urban Freight Network and Emission Modeling for Port City Halifax, Canada: A Spatial and Temporal Evaluation of Commercial Vehicles Movement by Pauline Laila Bela and Muhammad Habib, Session 513, Presentation 18-06689, Tuesday January 9, 8:00 am-9:45 am
- The Relationship Between Neighborhood Characteristics and Emergency Health Services Vehicle Demand: A Poisson Hurdle Regression Modeling Approach by Babatope Olajide, Muhammad Habib, Mikiko Terashima and Sara Campbell, Session 517, Presentation 18-05049, Tuesday January 9, 8:00 am-9:45 am
- Microsimulation of Life Stages, Residential Mobility, and Location Choice Processes by Mahmudur Fatmi and Muhammad Habib, Session 517, Presentation 18-06658, Tuesday January 9, 8:00 am-9:45 am
- Investigation of Subjective Well-Being, Travel, Built Environment, and Attitudes: A Random-Parameters Ordered Choice Modeling Approach by Stephen McCarthy and Muhammad Habib, , Session 713, Presentation 18-05015, Tuesday January 9, 3:45 pm-5:30 pm
- Investigation of Tour Participation, Time Allocation, and Mode Choice: An Application of Multiple Discrete-Continuous Extreme Value-Mixed Multinomial Logit Modeling Approach by Nazmul Arefin Khan, Annesha Enam, Muhammad Habib and Karthik Konduri, Session 829, Presentation 18-06704, Wednesday January 10, 10:15 am-12:00 pm
- Evaluation of the Traffic Impacts of Mass Evacuation of Halifax: A Flood Risk and Dynamic Traffic Microsimulation Modeling by MD Jahedul Alam, Muhammad Habib, Kevin Quigley and Tim Webster, Session 862, Presentation 18-06677, Wednesday January 10, 2:30 pm-4:00 pm
Dr. Ahsan Habib was invited to present DalTRAC’s work on evacuation planning to the Atlantic zone volunteer members of the Canadian Red Cross at 6pm on October 17. Each month, as part of preparedness activities and education, Red Cross volunteers meet to debrief on local responses, receive updates from the organization, learn new skills, complete team building exercises, and much more. Dr. Habib explained the evacuation simulation study to the volunteers and emphasized the key lessons learned including the need to reduce evacuation time and importance of preparing for vulnerable evacuees. DalTRAC’s work for the Halifax peninsula is of great interest to the Red Cross volunteers as they provide basic and immediate needs such as feeding, lodging, personal services, etc. during responses to disasters or evacuations. DalTRAC’s work relating to evacuating has received significant media attention in the last year.
DalTRAC would like to acknowledge and congratulate MD Jahedul Alam for receiving the Izaak Walton Killam Predoctoral Scholarship award at the Dalhousie University Annual Killam Celebration on Wednesday October 11, 2017. MD Jahedul Alam, Civil Engineering PhD student and DalTRAC researcher, accepted the Killam scholarship which is awarded to provide resources to students to fulfill their research goals. Additionally, Jahed was also awarded the Dalhousie Presidents award 2017-18.
The DalTRAC team presented current research at the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) conference last week. The conference was held in St. John’s, Newfoundland from September 24-27 with theme of Investing in Transportation: Building Canadas Economy. The three presentations include: Tracking Progress in Transportation Sustainability: NovaTRAC Survey by Dr. Ahsan Habib on Monday, Nova Scotia Share the Road Campaign: Lessons Learned by Dr. Ahsan Habib on Tuesday, and Proto-type Implementation of a Life-oriented Agent-based Integrated Transport Land Use and Energy Model by Mahmudur Fatmi on Wednesday.
On Thursday September 21, 2017, Daniel Richardson gave a public talk at Dalhousie University entitled “Ottawa’s BRT to LRT Conversion from an Operations Planning Perspective”. Daniel is the Team Lead of Service Reliability for O.C. Transpo in Ottawa. A native of the Greater Toronto Area, Daniel has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Ottawa, majoring in English Literature and Geography, as well as a Masters of Planning Degree from Dalhousie University. Prior to working for the City of Ottawa, Daniel worked as a Research Assistant for Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory (DalTRAC). Daniel’s professional experience includes project management for various transit priority projects, transit oriented infrastructure projects, and other bus stop and station improvements. Specifically, over the past 3 years, Daniel’s work has focused primarily on the coordination of transit detours and construction impacts throughout the closure of the Transitway for the construction of the O-Train Confederation Line.
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.
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.
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.