U of M research shared—and awarded—at TRB Annual Meeting

U of M researchers shared their work in more than 40 sessions at this year’s Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, on January 8–12. Their posters and papers covered a range of topics. 

One paper, coauthored by Professor Greg Lindsey of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, was honored by the Committee on Highway Traffic Monitoring (ABJ35). The paper—“Up on the 606: Understanding Use of a New Elevated Pedestrian and Bicycle Trail in Chicago, Illinois”—was one of two selected to receive the committee’s Outstanding Paper Award for 2017.

In addition, 22 graduate students received travel awards to attend the meeting, where they presented research and networked with other attendees. Ten of the awards were funded by CTS and twelve were funded by the Roadway Safety Institute.

At the Council for University Transportation Centers Awards Reception and Banquet, held January 7 in conjunction with the TRB meeting, Chen-Fu Liao received the Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Science and Technology.

Liao, senior systems engineer at the U’s Minnesota Traffic Observatory, received the award for his Ph.D. dissertation, “An Integrated Assistive System to Support Wayfinding and Situation Awareness for People with Vision Impairment.” The dissertation focuses on Liao’s work developing the Mobile Accessible Pedestrian Signal (MAPS) system, which uses a smartphone, GPS, and other technologies to help pedestrians with limited or no eyesight navigate signalized intersections and other locations safely.