Michael Pack, Director of the CATT Laboratory, University of Maryland
The Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATT Lab) has been collecting probe-based vehicle speeds and trajectory data since 2008 for the bulk of the United States. These data provide the timestamped location of travelers at frequent intervals to provide details on trip origins and destinations (OD), departure times, route/mode choices, speeds, and travel times. Though this exciting dataset has tremendous potential to fundamentally change how we study traveler behavior patterns, few transportation agencies have the resources to fully discover and apply the results. To meet this need, the CATT Lab has developed a number of visual analytics tools that make it easier for researchers to access and interact with probe-based trajectory data for enhanced travel behavior pattern analysis.
This presentation will demonstrate several of these tools and explore how the integration of other data (safety, signal, weather, CAD, transit, and more) can dramatically influence transportation investment decisions, lower the costs of research, and better inform the public.
Michael Pack is the founder and director of the CATT Laboratory where he sets the strategic vision for his team of 100+ data scientists, software developers, systems integrators, and transportation professionals to make federal, state, and local transportation data easily accessible and usable by diverse user communities. Through the development of innovative applications and data visualization tools, Michael’s team enables informed decision-making, better response to emergencies, insight discovery, and increased productivity.
Mr. Pack has been honored at the White House as a Champion of Change for his leadership in integrating vast amounts of data from around the country into the Regional Integrated Transportation Information System, for his performance management applications, and for his efforts in breaking down the barriers within agencies that prevent data from being leveraged to its fullest potential.
Mr. Pack has previously worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Center for Transportation Analysis and the University of Virginia’s Smart Travel Laboratory. He also serves on the Performance Management Committee and is chair of the Visualization Committee at TRB.