C2SMART Activity at the 99th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB 2020)
C2SMART made a significant impact at the 99th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington D.C. on January 12th to the 16th, 2020. Once again, our members and affiliates presented a wide variety of research during lectern and poster sessions, as well as presiding over several workshops and committee meetings. For instance, Professor Don Mackenzie chaired the Hands-on Modeling Workshop with Refueling and Recharging Infrastructure Models committee on January 12th from 1:30-4:30PM. The full listing of presentations, poster sessions, and committee meetings/workshops at TRB C2SMART faculty, students, and affiliated researchers is available by expanding the table below.
C2SMART Ph.D. Candidate Di Sha of NYU Wins Best Simulation Application Paper Award
Paper Title: Applying Bayesian Optimization for Calibration of Transportation Simulation Models
This paper proposes a Bayesian Optimization framework for the high-dimensional calibration problem of transportation simulation models. The proposed algorithm is tested on a network in SUMO based on a section of New Jersey Turnpike (NJTPK). By comparing with another well-known calibration algorithm named SPSA, Bayesian Optimization shows advantages of good robustness, better convergence, and higher computational efficiency, hence is a practical way to calibrate high-dimensional transportation simulation models.
C2SMART Research as part of the “Increasing Work Zone Safety: Worker Behavioral Analysis with Integration of Wearable Sensors and Virtual Reality” project was presented at the US Department of Transportation exhibition booth in the convention’s exhibit hall. Ph.D. Candidate Zhengbo Zhu of NYU led the demonstration, which uses virtual reality to simulate the experience of construction/maintenance workers on active roadways. In this project, the feasibility of notifying workers for imminent dangerous events through a wearable device is being investigated, and the VR setup allows for a better understanding and testing of this technology without entering active work zones. Learn more about this project here.
C2SMART, together with the NYU Tandon’s Alumni Relations and Admissions departments, hosted a Welcome Reception on Monday, January 13, from 6-8PM. At the reception, two of our NYU Tandon/Polytechnic alumni that have distinguished themselves in the transportation field were honored with an award.