Call for Presentation Abstracts


Submit By September 23, 2019

The bi-annual National Travel Monitoring Exposition and Conference (NaTMEC) provides travel monitoring professionals and transportation data users from around the world with opportunities to share knowledge and good practices, exchange ideas, revisit fundamental concepts, learn new processes, procedures and techniques, and see the latest advancements in policy, technology, and equipment. The goal of the conference is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of multimodal traffic monitoring programs covering motorist, bicyclist, and pedestrian movements to enhance data driven decisions in areas of performance management, planning and design, asset management, safety, and program administration. The theme for the 2020 conference encourages an exploration of the relationship between safety, travel monitoring, and the usage of traffic data applications and visualizations to engage practitioners in more holistic systems-thinking.


Call for Abstracts

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Practitioners, researchers, and students are encouraged to submit an abstract for consideration for presentation.  Several presentation formats (see descriptions below) will be offered, including lectern, poster, lightning talk, workshop, or mobile workshop/tour. You will need to indicate which format you propose for presentation. The review committee will consider a submitter’s desired presentation format; however, the committee reserves the right to organize accepted presentations in a way that best forms sessions for the conference program around key topic areas.

Key Topic Areas*:

  • Safety, Travel Monitoring, and Relating the Two Through Data Applications and Utilization

  • Transportation Data Collection, Processing, and Tools

  • Program Development, Performance Measures, Communicating Reports, and Ensuring Data Requirements and Quality Standards Meet Program Needs

  • Emerging Equipment, Technologies and Capabilities to Address Travel Monitoring Basics and Beyond

See below for detailed information on the different key topic areas.


Submitting an Abstract

To be considered for inclusion, abstracts must be submitted using this Google form

Please note that abstracts:

  • must be submitted by 5pm EDT on September 23, 2019

  • should not exceed 500 words

  • may be as text or as a PDF file

If you are unable to respond via the Google form or have issues completing it, please contact Sarah O’Brien.


*Key Topic Area Details

Safety, Travel Monitoring, and Relating the Two Through Data Applications and Utilization

Share experiences, innovations, and best practices in using motorist, bicyclist, or pedestrian traffic data for various applications to explore their use in understanding and addressing transportation safety:

  • Highway Performance Monitoring Systems

  • Asset management and infrastructure design

  • Performance management, measurement, and reporting

  • Program development and administration, operations, planning, and safety

  • Environmental impacts

  • Safe systems assessments

  • MIRE (Model Inventory Roadway Elements) fundamental data elements, development, applications, and utilization   HOT topic

  • Freight movement

Transportation Data Collection, Processing, and Tools

Motor vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic and travel monitoring fundamentals and innovations and tools that aid in collecting, processing, and managing basic data needs:

  • Traffic volume, speed, classification, weight (Weigh-in-Motion)

  • Trip data (mode, purpose, origin-destination)

  • Reliability and use of software, specialized products, vendor tools and technologies   HOT topic

  • Data integration and analytics, quality controls, and storage   HOT topic

  • Low volume facilities (roads, sidewalks, bikeways)

Performance Measures, Communicating Reports, and Ensuring Data Requirements and Quality Standards Meet Program Needs

  • Data privacy, data sharing between agencies, accessing and using third party data, and considerations with open data and portals   HOT topic

  • Program development

  • Data reporting

  • Geospatial analysis techniques

  • Interactive mapping

  • Congestion management

  • Air quality/conformity

  • Travel time reliability

  • Transportation planning

  • National Performance Management Research

Emerging Equipment, Technologies and Capabilities to Address Travel Monitoring Basics and Beyond

  • Collecting, managing and using connected and autonomous vehicle data   HOT topic

  • Accessing, using, and integrating emerging or nontraditional data sources for travel monitoring, including but not limited to bikeshare, rideshare, scooter-share data   HOT topic

  • Innovative uses and best management practices for interactive mapping and other data visualization tools

  • Non-intrusive equipment and data collection methods

  • Portable WIM

  • Big data analysis

  • Data visualization


Presentation Formats

Lightning Talk: 5- to 6-minute oral presentation with accompanying visual aids; presenter must articulate insight in a concise, clear, and efficient manner.

Lectern: longer oral presentation with accompanying visual aids. Speaking time will be determined upon acceptance of abstract and facilitated by the session moderator based on the total number of presentations within the session. 

Poster: paper poster to be exhibited; the presenter is expected to attend for a portion of the display time to answer questions posted by passing viewers. More details on poster size will be provided upon acceptance.

Workshop: 2- to 3.5-hour session for presentations, extended discussion between speakers and participants, and questions and answers on a workshop topic.  When proposing a workshop, you must be prepared to list all speakers, facilitators, and presenters or panelists to conduct the workshop; describe your plan for the session including interactive participation time; and identify learning objectives and an estimated number for attendance. 

Mobile Workshop/Field Tour: 1 to 1.5-hour session for a mobile tour where presentations, extended discussion between speakers and participants, and questions and answers on a topic are conducted in the field or to/from a destination of interest.  Mobile workshop organizers will be responsible for preparing all travel arrangements for the tour in conjunction with the NaTMEC organizers. 


Call for Student Presentations

Students are invited to showcase ongoing research, capstone and community projects related to a topic area above.  While students are also welcomed to submit a presentation idea to the general call for abstracts, these specific student presentations of ongoing work will be organized to kick off each breakout session using the lightning talk format.  More details on the presentation format will be given upon acceptance of abstract.


For more information about presenting at the conference, please contact:

Sarah O’Brien, Senior Research Associate
UNC Highway Safety Research Center
(919) 843-1845
swobrien@hsrc.unc.edu

 

To participate as an exhibitor at the Expo, please contact:

Jennifer Palcher-Silliman, Communications Manager
UNC Highway Safety Research Center
(919) 843-4859
silliman@hsrc.unc.edu