T3 Webinar Overview

Transportation Data Visualization: Innovations in Performance Measurement and Real-time Situational Awareness. A Live Demo!

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Date:   September 5, 2012
Time:  1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Cost:  All T3 webinars are free of charge
PDH:  1.5   View PDH Policy

T3 Webinars are brought to you by the ITS Professional Capacity Building Program (ITS PCB) at the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) ITS Joint Program Office, Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA). Reference in this webinar to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by U.S. Department of Transportation.


This live demo and presentation will focus on emerging and ever-improving visualization and information management technologies that are fueling innovation and improved services for the public, decision makers, and our own transportation partners. Information visualization, when applied to both real-time transportation operations data and massive archives of historical data, can significantly strengthen an agency's ability to justify (or increase) its budget, make quicker, more effective planning decisions, answer tough questions from public officials, and significantly improve the quality and effectiveness of incident response and emergency management.

Throughout this 90-minute webinar, attendees will discover significant advancements in the development of sophisticated visual analytics systems that promise to put performance measures, after action review resources, decision support tools, incident prediction, and a wealth of other resources at our fingertips over the coming years.

These tools, created by the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory, focus heavily on usability and ease of access. With a few quick mouse clicks, a user can produce interactive reports, incident heat maps, animations of past traffic conditions, detailed incident response graphics, rank statewide bottlenecks, and derive a variety of other interesting and useful information.

The webinar presenter is Michael Pack, Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATT) at the University of Maryland (College Park, MD).

The webinar will be hosted by Ray Murphy of the US Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Office of Technical Services.

Target Audience

The intended audience is Transportation and Emergency Management practitioners and individuals affiliated with Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) at the federal, state, and local levels involved in planning, operations, and emergency response in both the public and private sectors.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance of visualization with respect to communicating complex information critical to decision makers managing incidents
  • Understand the differences in communicating performance to transportation officials versus to communicating with the public and legislators
  • Understand how data fusion and sharing initiatives can have positive impacts on operations and planning budgets
  • Understand how data archives can be leveraged for better decision making for real-time operations AND for planning

We invite you to attend this exciting and engaging webinar, and look forward to seeing you on September 5th, 2012.


Ray Murphy, ITS Specialist, USDOT-FHWA

photograph of Ray Murphy

Ray Murphy is a Senior ITS Specialist with the U.S. Department of Transportation at the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Technical Services. Mr. Murphy provides technical assistance and technology delivery in support of the Department's Road Weather Management Program, the Real-Time Data Systems Program, and the Emergency Transportation Operations Program with a focus on improving safety and mobility.

Mr. Murphy's transportation career began in 1976 when he joined the Illinois Department of Transportation in their Chicago District office. After more than two decades of field engineering service in traffic, construction, and electrical operations, Ray joined the ITS Program Office, where he was responsible for ITS project management and deployments throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana.

Mr. Murphy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He served as an officer for 10 years in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps and continues to serve by mentoring students.


Michael L. Pack, Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATT) at the University of Maryland

photograph of Michael L. Pack

Michael L. Pack is the Director of the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATT) at the University of Maryland. He has previously worked for the University of Virginia's Smart Travel Laboratory and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Transportation Analysis. He and his work have been featured on the History Channel's Modern Marvels television program, CNN, National Public Radio, the Washingtonian, and other national and international media. He is proud to have been a continuous public servant as a government employee since his graduation in 2002. He holds degrees in Systems Engineering, Computer Science, and Instrumentation and Measurement—with prior work experience and education in machine vision.

His CATT Laboratory is an applied research and development lab supporting national, state, and local efforts to solve important transportation, safety, and security problems. The CATT Lab accomplishes this mission through innovative technology deployments and user-centered design of software and information visualization systems.