November, 6, 2009
Dr. Dai visits STAR Lab and presents IBM's Smarter Planet, which calls for greater optimization and control of our resources, including the transportation sector.
(Dr. Dai in STAR Lab)
October, 13, 2009
Harbin Institute of Technology visits STAR Lab, in addition to other transportation research/operations facilities in the Seattle area.
(Harbin Institue of Technology Visit)
October, 4, 2009
A Memorandum of Understanding with Seoul National University's Geographic Information Systems & Location-based Services Lab is signed, allowing for collaboration on future projects.
August, 10, 2009
Xiaoyue Liu and Xiaolei Ma attended the 2009 ITE San Antonio
Annual Meeting. Yao and another ITE officer Oran Viriyincy presented a
poster titiled "Safety Analysis and Improvement Proposal for the 35th
Avenue SW Corridor, Seattle" (ITE_San_Antonio1)(ITE_San_Antonio2)
July, 19, 2009
ABJ70 Committee (Committee
on Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Applications)
visited the STARLab today, and STAR Lab members briefly demonstrated
their AI-related research work.
June, 15, 2009
End-of-Quarter Lunch/event. We
enjoyed a wonderful Japanese Buffet, and then, we watched
traffic-related movie "Top Gear" in the STAR lab. (Lunch)
May, 18, 2009
Dr. Karen Dixon, from the Oregon State
University, gave a speech titled "Balancing Transportation
Designing , Operations, and Safety" in the CEE 500 Transportation and
Construction seminar and then, Dr. Karen Dixon visited the STAR Lab.
Karen Dixon Visit)
May, 11, 2009
Dr. Scott Washburn from University of Florida visited the STAR Lab and we had a great discussion over our research. (Dr. Scott Washburn Visit)
January 11-15, 2009
Seven STAR Lab members (Dr. Yinhai
Wang, Mr. Yao Jan Wu, Mr. Yegor Malinovskiy, Mr. Runze Yu, Mr. Kenneth
A. Perrine, Mr. Yunteng Lao and Mr. Xiaolei Ma) attended the 88th Annual
Meeting of Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Washington D.C. and
presented nine papers. These papers covered a board range of issues in
freeway operations, safety, travel analysis methods and pedestrians. And
we also had a STAR Lab a gathering event in TRB. (TRB1)
December 3, 2008
Dr. Lawrence A. Klein, an internationally recognized
expert in traffic detection and operations, came to deliver lectures in
the CEE 590 Traffic System Operations class and STAR Lab, and
STAR Lab members briefly
demonstrated our research work. Then, we enjoyed the dinner together. (Bayesian
Data Fusion1) (Bayesian
Data Fusion2) (Sensor
October 22, 2008
Today, Dr. Guohui Zhang gave a training and lecture on VISSIM in STAR
Lab's Seminar. And also, it was the farewell party for Dr. Guihui Zhang,
he contributed a lot for STAR lab, and his expertise will be a precious
treasure for STAR Lab. Prof. Yinhai Wang awarded Dr. Guihui Zhang as the
Shining STAR Award. We firmly believe Dr. Guohui Zhang will have a
bright outlook in his future! (Farewell
October 7, 2008
The City of Lynnwood held a traffic control workshop for the STAR lab,
and the technicians gave us instructions in using all the controllers
and cabinets in the STAR Lab. At noon, we together enjoyed the lunch in
UW Club. (Workshop1)
September 22, 2008
The STAR Lab held a farewell party
for Aivis Grislis. He had contributed a lot to the lab, we enjoyed the
pizza together. (Farewell1)(Farewell2)(Farewell3)
June 13, 2008
Lunch/event. We enjoyed a wonderful Korean Grill lunch, and then, we
watched traffic-related movie "The Italian Job" in the STAR lab. (Lunch1)(Lunch2)
June 10, 2008
Guohui Zhang passed his final Ph.D. exam successfully!
Congratulations to Guohui! He had been so HOT recently. (Guohui's
June 6, 2008
The STAR lab award committee formally announced that
Guohui Zhang was awarded the Guiding STAR Award and the Shining STAR
Award. Congratulations to to Guohui! and thanks the committee!
(Ken, Runze and Aivis) (Shining
STAR Award) (Guiding
Shining STAR Award is for the
person who published most journal papers and the impact factor of these
papers are taken into account. Thereafter, the person who beats Guohui's
record can be granted this award. Guiding STAR Award is for
the person who contributes most to this lab in many aspects within an
academic year. This award is determined by lab member's voting.
June 4, 2008
Patikhom Cheevarunothai (Num) did a descent
job in his PhD defense and passed the final exam. Congratulations to
May 13, 2008
In the ITE Student night, Yao-Jan was awarded the ITE
outstanding graduate student award. In addition, Yegor’s team won the
second place award and Runze’s team won the third place award for the
project "Traffic Calming" design competition. Congratulations to them! (Photo-award1)
May 12, 2008
delivered a lecture on "Analysis of
Drivers’ Offsetting Response to Vehicle Safety Features"
Transportation & Construction
Seminar. And later on, he also visited STAR Lab, after briefly
demonstrating our work, Prof. Fred Mannering gave us several very
valuable comments. (Photo-lecture)
April 30, 2008
Research and Innovative Technology
Administration (RITA) visited the STAR Lab. STAR
Lab members demonstrated our research and lab resources. (Photo-visit1)
April 25~26, 2008
The College of Engineering's Open
House was held for two days. The Star Lab demonstrated our works, including
Traffic Operation Simulation, Advanced Driver Assistance System,
Automated Video Detection, Traffic Signal Control, Interactive On-line
Urban Traveler Information System and Jumping Car (Speed and Slope). (Photos)
April 21, 2008
Prof. Chris Monsere, from
Portland State University, presented the topic on "Safety Effects of
Reducing Freeway Illumination for Energy Conservation" in the CEE500
Transportation & Construction Seminar, and later on, Prof. Chris Monsere
visited the STAR Lab. (Photo-visit1)(Photo-visit2)
April 5, 2008
The faculty and graduate students,
including STAR Lab members, from the transportation group went kayaking
with the prospective transportation graduate students at Portage Bay.
this calorie-burning event, we had pizza with other prospective
students in More Hall and then had a department building and campus tour
April 4, 2008
Today, the prospective graduate
students visited our department and the STAR Lab. Prof. Wang and STAR Lab members introduced
them to our research and lab resources.
Later on, we had a nice dinner in the UW faculty club, enjoying the
terrific atmosphere. (Photo-dinner)
March 14, 2008
his Ph.D. final defense today.
In addition to his P.E. title, he has a new title, Ph.D.
March 4, 2008
Prof. Ping Yi, from University of Akron, gave all
students and STAR lab members a wonderful data fusion lecture in
CEE412/599. In the Lab demonstration, we received valuable comments from
Prof. Yi Later on, he joined our weekly badminton practice and we all
had a joyful time. (Photo-lecture) (Photo-dinner) (Photo-meeting).
March 4, 2008
Today we had a welcome lunch with Prof. Lee, who is the
visiting scholar from Busan
KyungSang College, Korea. He will be with us for the following two
January 8, 2008
Guohui Zhang passed his Ph.D.
general defense. Congratulations!
December 27, 2007
Ryan Avery passed his PhD
final defense at about 12:30pm today. Ryan is the first PhD student graduated from the STAR Lab. His dissertation is titled "Video Image Processing
for Improved Freeway Traffic Operations". Congratulations to Ryan!
December 5, 2007
Dr. Hojjat Adeli , from Ohio State University, delivered a
lecture in CEE320. He also visited STAR Lab and gave us several valuable
November 29, 2007
Today was Gretar's farewell party.
It was also a good chance for all the STAR Lab members to take a photo
together (photo). Dr. Wang fulfilled his promise to pay for Gretar's pizza.
Therefore, Gretar would be happily flying back to Iceland to fulfill his
new mission of his life - getting married and have a baby asap. BTW, he
is an efficient guy :P
November 21, 2007 - Gretar's
Gretar finished his thesis
defense. His thesis is titled "Field Data Based Capacity Analysis on
Two-sided Freeway Weaving Sections: A Case Study on Ship Canal Bridge.
Due to his early accomplishment before thanksgiving holidays, Dr. Yinhai
Wang would buy him a pizza to celebrate.
November 16, 2007 - TransNow
Ten students form the University
of Washington attended the conference, which successfully encouraged
student interaction between schools and allowed students to present
their research. STAR Lab members, including Yegor Malinovskiy, Ken
Perrine and Yao-Jan Wu, presented at the conference. Ken’s presentation:
“RateMyRoads.org: A Place to Give Feedback on Roads” tied for 1st place
for Best Presentation. Yegor Malinovskiy also participated in the poster
November 6, 2007
USDOT visited the STAR Lab. STAR
Lab members demonstrated our the strength in developing practical
applications that help solve transportation problems.
October 3, 2007
Dr. Ben Coifman from Ohio State
University visited STAR Lab. We had a good time exchanging our
experience in the ITS field. After briefly demonstrating our work, we
went to one of the most famous salmon restaurant in Seattle, enjoying
the terrific dishes and having a wonderful conversation (Photo-meeting1)(Photo-meeting2)(Photo-dinner)
September 30~ October 3, 2007
The 10th International IEEE
conference on Intelligent Transportation System was held in Seattle.
STAR Lab member volunteered to assist the conference. Yao-Jan Wu
presented his preliminary version of the Google-Map-Based Arterial Traveler Information (GATI)
System (ppt). Patikhom Cheevarunothai presented his paper titled
"Statistical and Queuing Analyses of Freeway Incidents in Washington
August 18, 2007
STAR Lab member, Gretar Aevarsson,
conquered Mt. Rainier. (Photo-
- On the summit), (Photo
August 16, 2007
Ngan Ha Thi Nguyen passed her
master's thesis defense. Her thesis is titled "Quantitative Safety
Analysis for Intersections on Washington State Two-Lane Rural Highways."
Congratulations to Ha ! (Photo)
August 10, 2007
STAR Lab members joined the
BCC badminton tournament in Bellevue and won the second place.
As shown in (Photo),
everyone is happily showing their own prize, a picnic chair.
June 11, 2007
STAR Lab held an
end-of-quarter lunch. We enjoyed a terrific Greek meal!(Photo-1)(Photo-2)
June 6, 2007
Congratulations to the STAR Lab
team (Num, Cyrus, Jonathan, Mike, etc.) who won the 3rd place in the CEE
Open House Exhibit contest . They worked hard on the demo about
"racing car: speed and slope". Congratulations to all of the other Star
Lab exhibitions as well. We received a lot of positive feedback from
attendees, faculty, staff, and students, even from other departments!
April 27~28, 2007
The College of Engineering's Open
House was held today. The Star Lab demonstrated our work, including
Traffic Operation Simulation, Automated Video Detection, Traffic Signal
Control, Interactive on-line urban traveler information system and
Racing Car: Speed and Slope. (photos)
April 13, 2007
Our department sponsored Professor
Brian L. Smith from the University of Virginia to deliver a speech at
the CEE 500 Transportation & Construction Seminar. He also visited the
STAR Lab and join our meeting in which he provided us with valuable
comments. Afterward, we had a wonderful dinner and sharing our
April 12, 2007
The Star Lab members had worked
for days to set up the
i-dome surveillance camera. The camera is now on
the roof of the More Hall (CEE building). We also thank Yiming's
April 9, 2007
The Star Lab received the donation
i-dome camera from
Camera through the WSDOT.
April 3, 2007
In today's STAR Lab seminar, we
utilized this opportunity to hold a small farewell party to thank Dr.
Qian's help in the past six months. We really enjoyed this relaxing
seminar and the refreshments. Again, all STAR Lab members gratefully
thank Dr. Qian's assistance in our research. We also look forward to
having more collaboration between us in the near future.
April 2, 2007
The STAR Lab presented the
Google-Map-Based Arterial Traffic Information System
(GATI) system (Ver.1.0) for urban streets in the City of Bellevue,
Washington State. Users can access the webpage from the STAR Lab
homepage. This system provides the real-time and historical information.
This GATI system, though presented and demonstrated by using Bellevue’s
data, is a general technology that can be applied to any arterial
March 19, 2007
The STAR Lab held a farewell party
for Atli. He had contributed a lot to the lab. We were glad to have him.
We think he will contribute to his country, Iceland. Bon voyage!
Feb 22, 2007
Dr. Wang, Dr. Muench, Dr. Lowes
and the STAR Lab Ph.D. students toured the
Alaskan Way Viaduct project office. Explicit explanation and a big
“sand box” with actual toys showed the hardship of this project.
We also toured Company 39 to see their cutting-edge visual simulation
tools. This trip gives us a view of what they use, how they do it, and
how it might fit into the plans for educating future engineers.
December 15, 2006
All STAR Lab members went together
for lunch in an Indian restaurant on U-Way to enjoy the end of Fall
quarter. After that, we had a interesting group seminar with delicious
refreshments and a fantastic movie. We also talked about major
accomplishments have been achieved in 2006 and brainstormed for the
future goals for 2007. As usual, the group seminar was followed by
exciting badminton games in IMA. This event was a wonderful ending of
this year. (photos)
November 16, 2006
The STAR Lab established a test
base in Olympia. This test base is resulted from the cooperation between
the STAR Lab and the WSDOT main office in Olympia. WSDOT had approved
about $50,000 to set up this test base.The main objective of setting up
this test base is to verify new traffic device (including sensors,
controllers, e.g.). The test base consists of two locations: one on I-5
and another one on SR 101.(photos)
October 20, 2006
Prof. Qian Dalin, a visiting
scholar from Beijing Jiaotong University, joined our group meeting held
in the StarLab. She will be a significant asset of the Starlab in the
following six months. Welcome Prof. Qian !
September 25~26, 2006
Vissim Advanced II training
courses were held in More Hall, UW. This training helped Star Lab members
familiar with the powerful application in different respects. (photo)
September 13, 2006
Mr. Matt Neeley of WSDOT came to
the STAR Lab to discuss possible collaborations with the STAR Lab for
evaluating advanced traffic detection devices.
September 12~14, 2006
STAR Lab members attended 3-day
Vissim training courses provided by PTV Vision in More Hall, UW. The
courses were mainly based on Introductory and Advanced I sections.
August 3, 2006
Mr. Shane Johnson from Siemens
came to the STAR Lab and provided all members a 4-hour training session
about the i2 system.
July 20, 2006
Mr. Dick Adams, transportation
engineer at the City of Lynnwood, visited the STAR Lab and loaned
two surveillance video cameras to the STAR Lab for research and
July 14, 2006
Prof. Yasuo Asakura and Prof.
Kohji Michioku from KOBE University visited the STAR Lab and
saw the demonstrations of several traffic detection and analysis systems
developed by the STAR Lab.
July 12, 2006
Dr. Wang and Mr. Yao-Jan Wu meet
traffic engineers at the City of Bellevue to discuss setting a data link
to receive Belleveu's local arterial data regularly.
July 10, 2006
Mr. Gordon Dale, president of
Kar-Gor, Inc., delivered a VIP 3.2 video detection system and a video
monitor to the STAR Lab. This system was donated by Trafficon, Inc.
July 6, 2006
Dr. Wang attended a meeting held
at the Puget Sound Regional Council to discuss the directions of the
traffic simulation center. TransNow and the WSDOT jointly funded a
traffic simulation center in response to the surging need in simulation
research and training. Mr. Mark Hallenbeck and Dr. Wang are co-PIs of
the simulation center project.
June 8, 2006
All STAR members went together for
lunch at a Mongolian restaurant on U-Way to enjoy the end of Spring
quarter 2006 and talk about each member's future plan.
June 6, 2006
Mr. Yao-Jan Wu arrived in Seattle.
He will pursue a PhD degree at the University of Washington under the
supervision of Dr. Wang. Yao-Jan has a master degree in civil
engineering from National Taiwan University. His master thesis focuses
on video image processing. Welcome Yao-Jan to join the STAR Lab!
June 1, 2006
Mr. Tony Woody and Mr. Joshua
Johnson successfully defended their master studies. They will complete
their master's studies by the end of spring.
June 1, 2006
Dr. Wang presented the most recent
findings from three STAR Lab research projects: dual-loop tune up, video
traffic counter, and incident induced delay at the WSDOT research
meeting held on campus in the electrical engineering building. Over 40
people from the WSDOT and the University of Washington attended the
May 16, 2006
STAR Lab members presented their
research at the Washington ITE Student Night event. Mr. Jianyang Zheng
won the first place award, Yegor Malinovskiy won the second place
award, and Guohui Zhang received the third place award. Congratulations
to our shining stars!
May 15, 2006
STAR Lab member, Mr. Ryan P. Avery, passed his general exam today.
Ryan's PhD study will focus on
video image processing for traffic data collection.
April 28, 2006
At the 2006 Engineering Open
House, several novel traffic applications from STAR Lab were shown to
students of all ages from grades K-12, prospective
high school & college transfer students, teachers, and all others that
are interested in learning more about traffic engineering.
April 25, 2006
Mr. Jeff Wolf delivered an
Autoscope SOLO Pro II video detection system to the STAR Lab. This
system was donated by Econolite, Inc.
April 21, 2006
Professor Kegui Xin, associate
dean of school of civil engineering at Tsinghua University, and Dr.
Fatang Qiu, associate professor of Tsinghua University visited the STAR
April 20, 2006
Dr. Wang went to the City of
Lynnwood to meet Mr. Paul Coffelt, project manager of the City of
Lynnwood DOT, to discuss the plan for setting a video data link from the
City of Lynnwood to the STAR Lab.
April 6, 2006
Ms. Andrea King and Ms. Christine
Fish will leave TransNow for new jobs. Dr. Wang hosted a farewell lunch
to appreciate their helps to the STAR Lab.
March 13, 2006
Dr. Wang went to the WSDOT
Northwest Region to meet Mr. Vinh Dang for details of setting up the
STAR Lab test-bed. The STAR Lab and the WSDOT will work together to
establish a test-bed for advanced traffic detection technologies.
March 6, 2006
Dr. Wang and Mr. Mark Hallenbeck,
director of Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC) visited Inrix,
Inc. to discuss the possibilities of using Inrix's arterial GPS data for
measuring arterial performance.
March 3, 2006
Mr. Mark Newman, WSDOT Northwest
Region ITS supervisor, came to the STAR Lab to evaluate possible
installations of video cameras on the top of More Hall.
February 24, 2006
Professor Bing Zhu and Mr. Zhihua
Li from Tsinghua University visited the STAR Lab.
February 17, 2006
Mr. Saeed Nowkhasteh, a traffic
signal control expert at the WSDOT came to the STAR Lab to see our
current research projects and future WSDOT needs. Mr. Nowkhasteh highly
commented our traffic signal research and also commented future research
February 14, 2006
Mr. John Shearer, regional sales
manager of Iteris Inc., came to the STAR Lab to help set up Vantage
Express. Vantage Express is a video based data collection system
developed by Iteris, Inc. Iteris Inc. has been very supportive to the
STAR Lab research and training.
February 9, 2006
Mike Lowry, our UW ITE Student
Chapter president, won the 1st-place best presentation and the 1st-place
best poster at the TransNow Student Conference in Oregon on Thursday,
February 9. Additionally, Guohui Zhang, a STAR Lab member, won the
2nd-place best poster award. There were over 40 students attended the
conference. Congratulations to Mike and Guohui
January 21-26, 2006
Except Ryan Avery, who is
currently studying in KTU at Sweden as a Valle Scholar, all PhD students
at the STAR Lab went to the 85th Annual Meeting of Transportation
Research Board to present their papers at this important conference. The
STAR Lab members also demonstrated their recently developed
applications, including the Advanced Loop Event Data Analyzer (ALEDA),
the Video-Based Vehicle Detection and Classification (VBVDC)
System, LOOP detector data SIMulator (LOOPSIM), Intersection Cycle
Failure Detection System, etc, at the TransNow hospitality room on Jan.
January 13, 2006
The Transportation and
Construction Division at the University of Washington had a lunch
meeting with senior students interested in our graduate program. All
STAR Lab members went to the lunch to answer student questions about
graduate courses and research topics in the STAR Lab.
January 6, 2006
Mr. Ted Trepanier, the Washington
State Traffic Engineer, and Mr. Doug Brodin visited the STAR Lab and
listened to our presentations about the WSDOT funded research projects.
December 29, 2005
Mr. Dick Adams, Mr. Paul Coffelt,
and Mr. Albert Becerra from the City of Lynnwood visited STAR Lab and
attended the presentation of ITS systems developed by STAR Lab members.
December 15, 2005
Quarter end dinner! This year we
went to a Vietnamese restaurant recommended by Ha. In the past two
years, we had our quarter end dinners at American, Mexican, Korea,
Chinese, and Thai restaurants.
November 30, 2005
STAR Lab member, Mr. Jianyang
Zheng, passed his general exam today. Jianyang's PhD study will focus on
November 17, 2005
Dr. Nagabhushana Rao Sanakkayala,
director of the Engineering Staff College of India, visited the STAR Lab
and made a presentation about current transportation scenario in India.
November 12, 2005
Professor Qixin Shi from Tsinghua
University and Dr. Ryosuke Anto, Chief Research Engineer, from
Toyota Transportation Research Institute (TTRI) visited the STAR Lab and
discussed potential collaborations in ITS research.
November 9, 2005
Dr. Wang and Patikhom
Cheevarunothai attended the 12th World Congress on ITS in San Francisco
to present a scientific paper of Advanced Loop Event Data Analyzer (ALEDA)
October 13, 2005
The STAR Lab at the University of
Washington hosted a demonstration session at the TransNow regional
meeting. Members of the STAR Lab showed recent progress of our ITS
research. (click for a picture)
September 6, 2005
Mr. Morgan Balogh, Mr. Micheal
Forbis, and Mr. Vinh Dang from the WSDOT's
NorthWest Regional Office visited the STAR lab and watched the demos of
all the advanced transportation systems developed by the STAR members.
(click for a
August 29, 2005
Dr. Wang visited Tsinghua
University and watched traffic detection demos from Dr. Xiqin Wang's
research group. Dr. Wang also met Dr. Huapu Lu, Dr. Kegui Xin, Dr. Qixin
Shi, Dr. Jing Shi, Dr. Ruimin Li, and Dr. Danya Yao. Dr. Wang also met
Dr. Shouqing Wang and Mr. Shu Yang and talked about possible cooperation
in remote education between the University of Washington Educational
Outreach (UWEO) and Tsinghua University Institute of International
Engineering Project Management.
August 28, 2005
Dr. Wang and Dr. Wei (University
of Cincinnati) met professors at Beijing University of Technology for
academic exchange and future cooperation. Beijing University of
Technology is one of the leading universities in transportation
August 25, 2005
Dr. Wang visited Harbin Institute
of Technology and delivered a lecture titled "Traffic Detection Research
at the STAR Lab."
August 15, 2005
Mr. Paul Coffelt and Mr. Albert
Becerra at the City of Lynnwood kindly held an intensive traffic signal
training for STAR Lab members. This training provided vital hand-on
experience of traffic signal systems.
(click for pictures)
August 4, 2005
A delegation seeking for effective
solutions to the deteriorating traffic congestion in Beijing visited the
STAR Lab. Visitors and researchers in the STAR Lab exchanged opinions on
countermeasures against traffic congestion.
June 22, 2005
Ryan Avery presented STAR Lab
research at the Northern Plains-Pacific Freight Mobility Center meeting.
People from the Washington State Department of Transportation, U.S.
Department of Transportation, University of Washington, Washington State
University, and North Carolina State University attended this meeting.
June 21-27, 2005
Dr. Wang visited the University of
Tokyo and Kobe University. He presented his research research on traffic
detection systems at the ITS committee of the Japan Society of Civil
Engineers (JSCE). He also exchanged research findings with colleagues in
Kobe University at the Second Kobe University - University of Washington
International Symposium on Design Strategy towards Safety and Symbiosis
of Urban Space.
June 17, 2005
Mr. John Shearer, regional sales
manager of the Iteris, Inc, loaned a Video Image Processor (VIP) to the
STAR Lab for ITS related training. This VIP is the latest video
detection product of Iteris.
June 13, 2005
Mr. Jianyang Zheng, Mr. Guohui
Zhang, and Dr. Wang attended the 2005 Annual Meeting of Washington ITE.
The meeting was held in the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
June 4-7, 2005
Dr. Wang went to Kansas City for
the joint meeting of the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning; the
AASHTO Subcommittee on Systems Operations Management; the TRB Freeway
Operations Committee; and the TRB Regional Transportation Systems
Management Operations Committee.
June 1-2, 2005
Dr. Wang attended the "ABC's of
Integrating Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Public Safety,
Security, and Emergency Management Symposium - II" in Las Vegas and
presented STAR Lab's recent research work about multi-purpose
applications of roadway surveillance video cameras.
May 26, 2005
Ryan Avery, Patkhom
Cheevarunothai, and Dr. Wang went to the Transportation Data Office of
the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to report the
progress on two WSDOT-funded research projects and demonstrate the video
data collection system and the Advanced Loop Event Data Analyzer (ALEADA).
May 18, 2005
Ryan Avery won the
ITE Student Scholarship offered by
May 4, 2005
Patikhom Cheevarunothai (Num)'s
demonstration project: Count Cars with Inductance Loop Detectors won the
second place Best Teaching Presentation Award
for the 2005 Engineering Open House Event!
April 22-23, 2005
The STAR Lab held six
demonstrations for the Engineering Open House Event. Approximately
15,000 people visited this event. The STAR Lab's traffic signal control
system demonstration attracted many people. A
picture about this
demonstration was published on the cover page of the
a faculty and staff newspaper at the University of Washington.
April 17, 2005
The research team at the STAR Lab
finished collecting data for the Phase I test of the Phase I test of the
Transit Signal Priority (TSP) System in south Snohomish County. The data
set contained two-week data: one week data with the TSP system on and
the other week data with the TSP system off.
April 8, 2005
Dr. Takamasa Iryo visited the STAR
Lab. Dr. Iryo is a faculty member at Department of Civil Engineering in
Kobe University in Japan.
April 5-7, 2005
Dr. Wang went to San Diego, CA, to
attend the NSF CMS Infrastructure & Information Systems (IIS) Proposal
Workshop. This workshop was held concurrently with 2005 the ASCE
Construction Research Congress.
April 4, 2005
Representatives from Siemens and
Western Traffic Systems, Inc., came to install i2 TMS, a popular traffic
management system used by many transportation agencies in Washington
March 28, 2005
Data collection for the Phase I
test of the Transit Signal Priority (TSP) System in south Snohomish
County restarted today after the TSP hardware problems were fixed.
March 19-22, 2005
Mr. Jianyang Zheng went to Tucson,
Arizona, to attend the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Networking,
Sensing and Control conference and presented a paper about data
collection using GPS.
March 4, 2005
Representatives from Western
Traffic Systems, Inc. came to the STAR Lab to install ACTRA, a popular
traffic management system developed by Siemens. A Model EPAC3408M52 Nema
ATC Controller (Dual RS232 unit) and a 2070L controller will be
connected to this system for related research.
February 24-25, 2005
Dr. Wang attended the
"Transportation Leadership Forum: Breaking Gridlock With Technology"
conference at the Microsoft Conference Center. This conference was
organized by the Cascadia Center of Discovery Institute. Transit and
freight transportation issues were discussed at the conference.
February 17, 2005
Ms. Zohreh Zandi came to the STAR
Lab for a meeting regarding the Phase I test of the Transit Signal
Priority (TSP) System in south Snohomish County. Due to the mistakes in
timestamps of the TSP logged data, all our data collected since January
25 will be wasted. The research team at the STAR Lab have to wait to
resume our data collection work until the hardware problem is fixed.
January 25, 2005
Phase I test for the Transit Signal
Priority (TSP) System in south Snohomish County is scheduled to start
today. The research team at the STAR Lab have put 12 VCRs in four
intersection control cabinets for recording video images at the test
intersections. These video data will be used to extract import
information for calculating the primary Measures of Effectiveness (MOEs),
such as link travel time and vehicle delay.
January 16, 2005
Four STAR Lab members (Dr. Yinhai Wang, Mr.
Ryan Avery, Mr. Patikhom Cheevarunothai, and Mr. Jianyang Zheng) attended
the 84th Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board (TRB) in
Washington D.C. and presented six papers. These papers covered a board
range of issues in traffic control, freeway operations, and traffic
January 6, 2005
Ryan Avery won the Tom Ballard
December 16, 2004
Mr. Joon-Ki Kim has successfully passed the
final exam of his MSCE. He is the first STAR launched from the STAR Lab.
Mr. Kim will go to Washington University for his Ph.D. study in January
December 2, 2004
The City of Lynnwood donated three 2070L
controllers to the STAR Lab for traffic control research. Transportation
engineers (Mr. Dick Adams, Mr. Paul Coffelt, and Mr. Mike Taylor) at the
City of Lynnwood have been long time supporters to the STAR Lab research
and teaching. We sincerely appreciate the helps from the City of
November 19, 2004
Mr. Ryan Avery, Mr. Patikhom
Cheevarunothai, Mr. Guohui Zhang, and Mr. Jianyang Zheng attended the
TransNow Graduate Student Conference hosted by Portland State
University. Each of them made at least one presentations at the
The STAR Lab presented its latest
research findings to visitors from the U.S. Department of Transportation
(please visit USDOT Site Visit for details)
and received great comments.
The STAR Lab is relocated to More
112, a larger room than More 110A, previous home of the STAR Lab. A live
video feed fiber is connected to the STAR Lab. The STAR Lab is able to
access full motion video streams from all surveillance cameras deployed
by the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Guohui Zhang joined the STAR Lab as a
Ph.D. student with Research Assistant appointment. Mr. Zhang received
his master's degree in automation from Tsinghua University in 2003.
The City of Bellevue
donated a newer NEMA cabinet to replace an older cabinet of the same
model in the STAR Lab. Mr. Mike Whiteaker, transportation
engineering at the City of Bellevue, came to the STAR Lab for the
donation and attended our STAR Lab seminar.
May 22, 2004
Dr. Robert Bertini and several ITS Lab
members at Portland State University visited the STAR Lab at the
University of Washington for a study exchange meeting. This event was
sponsored by TransNow. Students from PSU and UW had a join
BBQ event and
watched a Mariner's game together. Students found it very helpful to
exchange research information between the two universities.
STAR Lab website preliminary
Washington State Department of
the 170-Type Cabinet and the Traffic Signal Plate.
UW Engineering Open House
March 26, 2004
The paper "Can Single-Loop Detectors
Do the Work of Dual-Loop Detectors?", co-authored by Dr. Yinhai Wang
and Dr. Nancy Nihan, won the ASCE Journal
of Transportation Engineering Best Paper Award for 2003.
February 27, 2004
The STAR Lab received its first
donation from the City of Bellevue. It was a retired NEMA cabinet
(fully loaded). Mr. Mike Whiteaker and two of his colleagues
delivered the cabinet to the STAR Lab and explained to students how
the cabinet works. Now, the STAR Lab has its first piece of traffic
control device for research and education!
January 29, 2003
Washington State Department of
Transportation (WSDOT) has decided to make the STAR Lab its remote
training center. Training provided in the STAR Lab will help WSDOT
cut down the training period for interns and new employees from the
University of Washington.
September 16, 2003
The STAR Lab is founded. Following
Dr. Yinhai Wang's proposal, TransNow and the CEE Department decided
to establish the Smart Transportation Applications & Research
Laboratory (STAR Lab). The STAR Lab is located in More 110A on the
University of Washington's main campus in Seattle.