2018 Mid-Year Update

Date/Time:

  • 8/8/2018 at 2:00pm Eastern

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Agenda:

  • Getting acquainted with the new TRB paper review system
  • New format and judge recruitment for the Traffic Control Device Challenge
  • Forthcoming TRB special interest session at European Road Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • PhD Student Session at Annual Meeting
  • NCUTCD/MUTCD update
  • Update from TRB liaison
  • Prep for January Committee Meeting
    • Research needs statements
    • Webinars
    • Workshops
    • Research updates

Minutes:

  • Committee Membership
    • Rotation was conducted last year
    • All positions are full
    • 2 international member positions are available
    • As always, please be sure to become a friend of the committee if you want to be involved and are not currently identified as such
  • Getting acquainted with the new TRB paper review system
    • All users, author, coordinators, and peer reviewers will be affected by this
    • All reviewers, please verify that your personal keyword includes AHB50, that’s our only tool for identifying a particular reviewer, additionally, please add other key words to help identifying reviewers
  • New format and judge recruitment for the Traffic Control Device Challenge
    • We are ramping up for the 3rd TCD Challenge
    • The announcement for the 3rd TCD Challenge has already been disseminated
    • There were 15 participating teams in 2017 and 23 in 2018
    • We are looking for volunteers who are interested in supporting this activity moving forward to continue to grow the activity and bring additional innovation to the activity
    • We are planning for a new “shark tank” like competition to be held in the second half of our 4-hour annual meeting session. The winners would be selected in the meeting, and will immediately begin organizing the
    • Volunteers, please email Tim Gates, he will appoint members of a formal sub-committee
  • Forthcoming TRB special interest session at European Road Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia
    • If you are interested and available, please attend
    • Three sessions with 15 presentations have already been coordinated
    • This will be a great event
  • PhD Student Session at Annual Meeting
    • We are slotted for the PhD session from 9am to noon on the Sunday
    • If any volunteers are willing to provide reviews of the PhD student abstracts, we would be very appreciative
  • TRB Celebration – Call for Papers from Committees
    • We have been asked to look at our committee yesterday, today, and tomorrow
    • We are looking
  • NCUTCD/MUTCD update
    • Committee meets twice a year (the week before TRB and typically in June) with one purpose, to recommend changes to the MUTCD by FHWA
    • Gene Hawkins is the new chair of the NCUTCD
    • There are four new goals of the committee: improve communications, promote the MUTCH and the NCUTCD, speed up internal processes, and create opportunities for members
  • TCD Committee Responses to Interest Survey
    • Our committee scored the following two topics as the most interesting:
      • Changing characteristics of new technologies & innovation environment
      • Design and construction (adaptive designs, accommodating new technologies, automation in design, etc.
  • Prep for January Committee Meeting
    • If you would like to give an update at our committee meeting, please reach out to Tim and he will try to find time on the agenda for you to do so
    • Research needs statements
      • We had one funded in the last cycle, “understanding the physical highway infrastructure needs to support AV Technologies”
    • Webinars
      • We could pursue WWD if there is interest
    • Workshops
    • Research updates
  • Update from TRB liaison
    • The exhibit hall will be larger
    • We may have an autonomous vehicle demo, but liability may prevent that from happening
    • AVS will be in Orlando this year, it’s been in San Francisco last year. The last conference had 1,700 participants, it’s the largest conference TRB participates in after the annual meeting
    • Papers are 40% processed, it’s a very laborious task