Workshops, Webinars, & Conferences

ATM Workshop on FREEVAL-DSS. The next workshop on FREEVAL-DSS will be helld at the ITE Conference in Chicago on June 26, 2016. To register, visit: For more information, contact Dr. Nagui Rouphail at or Dr. Behzad Aghdashi at, or click here for more information.

Upcoming STRIDE Workshop Introduce Planning Tools for Linking Rural Development and Transportation. 

Dr. Brian J. Morton of UNC-Chapel Hill and John Poros of MSU will be co-teaching a technical workshop related to their STRIDE-funded project “A Regional Land-Use Transportation Decision Support Tool for Mississippi” (project #2012-003S) during the National Regional Transportation Conference on June 13-15, 2016 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. “Transportation planners and economic development staff working in small towns or rural communities make strategic decisions about the projects that would best enhance the transportation infrastructure and the strategies that would best promote growth and revitalization," said Dr. Brian Morton, lead PI.  "John Poros, Joe Huegy (of NCSU), and I have developed a suite of tools that inform planning for bicycle travel, preservation of community character and regional development.” For more information, contact Dr. Brian Morton at or visit ttp://

Seminar on Control of Freeway Corridors: Objectives, Performance Measures, Strategies. Dr. Skabardonis will be presenting on "Control of Freeway Corridors: Objectives, Performance Measures, Strategies" on Thursday, March 24, 2016, from 3 pm to 4 pm EST in NEB 100. Dr. Skabardonis is an internationally recognized expert in traffic flow theory and models, traffic management and control systems, design, operation and analysis of transportation facilities, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), energy and environmental impacts of transportation. This seminar will be recorded and made available at a later date.  For more infromation, go to:

RECORDED VERSION IS NOW AVAILABLE! Webinar on Open Access Databse for Investigating Body Movements While Performing Driving Tasks. Dr. Angelos Barmpoutis of the Digital Worlds Institute and the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering at the University of Florida, and his team (Dr. Alexandra Kondyli, University of Kansas and Dr. Virginia Sisiopiku, University of Alabama at Birmingham)  have developed a Drivers' Motion Depth Database (DMDDB) with funding from the STRIDE Center.  The webinar will be held via Adobe Connect on Monday, March 7, 2016, from 12 pm to 1 pm EST.  The webinar will be recorded and posted on the STRIDE website.  See project website: VIEW A RECORDING OF THE WEBINAR:

CONFERENCE: Enhancing Driving:  An Interdisciplinary Approach

The STRIDE Center co-sponsored this conference along with the University of Florida Transportation Institute (UFTI) and the UF College of Health and Human Performance in Fall 2015. The purpose of this one-day conference was to promote collaborative research to enhance driving performance and safety. The approach was interdisciplinary and involved faculty and students from Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, Occupational Therapy, and the College of Medicine. For more inforation on the conference, visit:

WORKSHOP:  Active Traffic Management

STRIDE-funded projects were presented in a session at the Florida i3 Transportation Showcase in May 2015.  Presenters from three STRIDE-affiliated institutions discussed findings related to ramp metering, variable speed limits and other advanced traffic managment strategies.  The presenters and topics included: 

  • “Freeway Management Research Findings”, Lily Elefteriadou, Ph.D., Director, UFTI/STRIDE, Professor, Civil Engineering, University of Florida
  • “Multi-Resolution Analysis of Advanced Traffic Management Strategies”, Mohammed Hadi, Ph.D., Professor, Florida International University
  • “An Interactive Active Traffic Management Platform Using HCM Concepts”, Nagui M. Rouphail, Ph.D., Director, ITRE, Professor of Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University

WORKSHOP: Managed Lanes on Arterials Workshops

This workshop took place in fall 2015 and was based on results from an Florida Department of Transportation study titled "Deployment Strategies of Managed Lanes on Arterials".  Attendees learned about the benefits of using managed lanes on arterials to improve road network efficiency. The workshops were taught by UF faculty members Dr. Yafeng Yin, professor of civil engineering and Dr. Toi Lawphongpanich, an associate professor of industrial and systems engineering Workshop attendees were asked to provide locations for conducting a proof of concept study, which will use computer simulation to measure the benefits and costs of these types of lanes on Florida's arterials. During the managed lanes deployment strategies project, Yin and Lawphongpanich studied various types of managed lanes appropriate for use in Florida and made recommendations for the appropriate tools to use for evaluating performance. They also looked at how to best coordinate deployment and operations of these lanes on freeways and arterials.  The researchers found that high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, high-occupancy/toll (HOT) lanes, express-toll (ET) lanes, and bus-only lanes are suitable for implementation on Florida’s arterials. Their final report provides details on design, financing and implementation of managed lanes, including various traffic management strategies, and can be found here:

For more information, contact:
Yafeng Yin, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering 
Director, Transportation Research Center
University of Florida
Tel: (352) 294-7805

WORKSHOP: Statewide Training of SafetyAnalyst in Florida

Description: This one-hour session provided the background on the traditional and new highway safety analysis methods including the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) and SafetyAnalyst. The HSM provides quantitative measures to estimate crash frequency and severity at a variety of locations. SafetyAnalyst is a state-of-the-art analytical tool for making system-wide safety decisions. Often advertised as a companion to Part B of the HSM, SafetyAnalyst automates all the steps in the roadway safety management process. Florida has been preparing for deploying SafetyAnalyst for the past few years. By deploying it statewide, FDOT will, for the first time, have a standardized system to consistently conduct safety analysis across the state. A major step in implementing SafetyAnalyst is to train the FDOT district officials on using the software.

This session servs as a pre-requisite for the STRIDE-sponsored one-and-a-half day workshop on SafetyAnalyst to be conducted in Spring 2016.

For more information, contact:  
Priyanka Alluri, PhD, PE
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Civil & Environ. Engineering
Florida International University
10555 West Flagler Street, EC 3745, Miami, FL 33174
Office: (305) 348-1896

WEBINAR: School Transportation: An Educational Module & Cost Calculator to Support School Siting & Transportation Decision Making

View a recording:  Via Adobe Connect©

The public and private costs of school travel are substantial; for example the annual public cost of providing transportation to school in the U.S. is estimated at over $20 billion annually (Safe Routes to School National Partnership, 2012). Research in land use and transportation planning also suggests that there is a relationship between residential built environments surrounding a school site and school transportation mode rates and associated system operation costs.

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WEBINAR: An Open Access Database for Investigating Body Movements While Performing Driving Tasks

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Description: Dr. Angelos Barmpoutis of the Digital Worlds Institute and the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering at the University of Florida and his collaborative team (Dr. Alexandra Kondyli, University of Kansas; and Dr. Virginia Sisiopiku, University of Alabama at Birmingham)  have developed a Drivers' Motion Depth Database (DMDDB) with funding from the STRIDE Center, a 2012 U.S. Department of Transportation grant funded, regional (Southeastern) University Transportation Center (UTC)  house at the University of Florida Transportation Institute (UFTI).  What is the DMDDB? It is an open-access database that contains depth video sequences of drivers performing merges and lane changes in freeway and rural segments in the area of Gainesville, Fla. The 3D motion of drivers has been captured in the database in more than 300,000 depth frames than can be browsed and analyzed using a simple programming interface. This webinar will present the technologies that were employed in making this database, demonstrate how this database can be used as a resource in future research projects, and discuss the results of a research study that utilized this dataset for performing statistical analysis of the drivers' body motion patterns.

Register now! Email Ines Aviles-Spadoni, STRIDE Research Coordinator, at by March 4, 2016 to register.

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WEBINAR: Performance Measures in Transportation Planning

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Date:  June 11, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, EST
Via Adobe Connect©

Description: This free webinar via Adobe Connect© hosted by the STRIDE Center at the University of Florida Transportation Institute (UFTI) has been designed to provide participants with various resources and tools so that practitioners and the community can establish goals and objectives in the transportation planning design process, including monitoring and creating reporting and evaluation methods. Presenters include Jody McCullough of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Leigh Blackmon Lane of North Carolina State University (NCSU) and Doug McLeod, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). To view the program and presentation descriptions, click here.

WEBINAR: Educational Products Showcase

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June 18, 2015
Time: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, EST
Via Adobe Connect©

Description:  This is a free webinar on graduate and undergraduate course materials developed by STRIDE-funded educational projects. Researchers associated with the STRIDE Center, housed at the University of Florida Transportation Institute (UFTI) have produced various course modules as a result of work funded by the Center. Presenters include Dr. Jeff LaMondia, assistant professor at Auburn University; Dr. Daniel Rodriguez, professor at UNC Chapel Hill; Dr. Scott Washburn, professor, University of Florida; and Dr. Richard Willis, assistant research professor, Auburn University.  The topics showcased will be on bike/pedestrian, sustainable pavements, transportation safety and public transportation. These modules have been designed to be incorporated into undergraduate and graduate courses, and some are suitable for transportation professionals.  All materials are posted on the STRIDE website and are free to the public. To view the program and presentation descriptions, click here.

3rd UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region

SAVE THE DATE! Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual UTC Conferemce for the Southeastern Region which will take place March 26-27, 2015.This year, the conference will be hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham in collaboration with Mississippi State University. A call for abstracts will be issued in October 2014. For more information, contact Dr. Virginia Sisiopiku at

2nd UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region

Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia
March 24-25, 2014
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Travel Time Reliability: Network-level Characterization and System Management Implications

Presenter: Hani Mahmassani, William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation & Director of the Transportation Center, Northwestern University

Dr. Mahmassani's research focuses on the role of information and communication in the operation of transportation systems, and the interaction between user decisions and system performance. He has developed simulation and optimization platforms for large-scale transportation networks that support operation and planning of these systems, including vehicular traffic, pedestrians and crowds, as well as intermodal freight and logistics systems. This event will take place at Florida International University, a STRIDE consortium partner. 

Date/Time: March 8, 2013, 2pm


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Transportation Safety: From Research to Practice

Date: April 3, 2013

Location:  Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando, Fla.

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University Transportation Centers (UTC) Conference for the Southeastern Region

Date: April 4-5, 2013

Location:  Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando, Fla.

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Webinar and Computer Lab Workshop on Managed Lanes Operations and Simulation using CORSIM

Date: April 29 & 30, 2013

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Improved Timeliness and Accessibility to Crash Data and Tools for Safety Analysis

Presenter: Ilir Bejleri, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Florida

Abstract: To ensure access to crash data and analytical tools in a timely and consistent fashion, Florida has developed Signal Four Analytics, a statewide GIS web-based interactive analytical system available to end-users that have a stake in transportation safety.  This webinar presents this system and discusses some of the challenges and lessons learned that can benefit researchers and practitioners in the southeastern region

Date:  November 29, 2012

Time: 11 am to 12 pm EST

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WTS UF Transportation Symposium on Leadership

The student chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) at the University of Florida invites you to attend a Transportation Symposium with a focus on leadership. The FREE event will take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Matthews Suite, Reitz Union (4th floor) on campus. The goal of the symposium is to discuss the importance of leadership and to provide a social networking opportunity among established transportation professionals and college students. A panel of three very distinguished women in transportation-related careers will discuss their leadership experiences and styles and provide advice. A reception will follow the event with heavy hors d'oeuvres.

Transportation Symposium Speakers:  Kathy Caldwell, ASCE National Past Presidet; Marcia Ferranto, WTS International President; and Laura Kelley,Deputy Executive Director of Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority

Date:  November 6, 2012

Time: 6 pm to 9 pm EST

Location: Matthews Suite, Reitz Union, University of Florida

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