April General Meeting – Mock Traffic Bowl

Four teams of two battled it out in 1233 Newmark in a mock Traffic Bowl competition!  Okay, maybe it was not that dramatic, but nevertheless, everyone took part in a Jeopardy-style game where traffic signal- and transportation-related knowledge was tested.  Questions ranging from traffic detector terminology to bus stop locations were given and answered.  The real pressure came when the Student Chapter’s advisor and professor of a Traffic Capacity Analysis class of which some participants were a part of, Dr. Benekohal, came in to watch.

We also introduced the Midwestern District Conference (where Traffic Bowl will take place) to gauge student interest.  It should be exciting, especially because there will be plenty of other activities then!

Kelly Dunne, President of the UIUC Student Chapter, talks about the Midwestern District Conference to gauge student interest.
Mock Traffic Bowl

February General Meeting – Dan Work + Traffic Turk

We are very excited to have Professor Dan Work come and speak to us about his recent endeavor, Traffic Turk (http://www.trafficturk.com/), a new way of traffic sensing using smartphones.  He tested it with UIUC students during homecoming weekend and in New York City after Hurricane Sandy.  His main areas of interest include intelligent transportation systems and mobile systems.   We will also be discussing EOH, interest in a field trip to CUMTD’s operations center, and Illinois ITE’s Student Day at the Illinois Institute of Technology in March.  Free pizza and drinks, as always.

Wednesday, February 13, 5 P.M. in 1233 Newmark (Crane Bay)

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We started off the evening with announcements from Kelly, our President, on Engineering Open House, our field trip ideas, and ITE Student Day.  Dan Work, Transportation Systems professor at Illinois, stopped by and gave a talk about the technology, methodology, and limitations of intelligent transportation systems, with specific application to monitoring traffic with smartphones.  He briefly went through some of the formulations of the cell transmission model.  He also provided some anecdotes about his own project, TrafficTurk, and its two runs – once during the Illinois Homecoming game last October, and again in New York City after Hurricane Sandy.

Kelly Dunne, president, discusses our upcoming events.

Dan Work presents on Traffic Monitoring with Smartphones.


Dan Works discusses the Cell Transmission Model.

Dan Work introduces his own project, TrafficTurk.

Second General Meeting Recap

Thanks to all who came to Thursday’s meeting!

In case you missed Kruti’s fascinating presentation on CCRPC’s University District Traffic Circulation Study, you may view the powerpoint here:

Also, if you are interested in holding the position as Engineering Council Representative or in purchasing an ITE T-shirt for $8, email iteuiuc@gmail.com

Second General Meeting – Kruti Barot

Our next General Meeting will be held Thursday, November 8th, from 5 – 6:30 PM in 1233 Newmark (near Crane Bay) and will feature Transportation Engineer Kruti Barot from the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC).  Ms. Barot is a graduate of the University of Illinois and will be presenting on the University District Circulation Study and the Campus Area Transportation Study (description below).  Pizza and drinks will be provided, and we will elect a representative for Engineering Council.
What are the transportation needs in the University of Illinois campus area? How should travel be accommodated among pedestrians, bicycles, transit, and vehicles? And which transportation projects should receive priority for future funding? In a collective effort with the Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study (CUUATS), the City of Champaign, the City of Urbana, the University of Illinois, and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD) have completed two phases of the Campus Area Transportation Study (CATS) to answer these questions.
Over the past several years much effort has been spent identifying transportation/circulation deficiencies and issues that exist within the campus area. Out of this process have come reports such as the Campus Safety Task Force Report and the Campus 2000 Report, which detail many of these deficiencies. While these studies have set forth concerns about specific problems, there was not previously a study which looked comprehensively at transportation issues in the Campus area, included all of the jurisdictions and agencies serving the campus area, or which recommended integrated solutions for all transportation modes.
The CATS represents the first transportation study that all agencies have participated together to address campus area transportation problems. It is the intent of the CATS to identify a comprehensive approach to address transportation issues within the study area. The study addresses the following issues:
·         Pedestrian safety
·         Community traffic flow needs
·         University-oriented traffic
·         Interaction among travel modes
·         The role of non-auto travel modes including pedestrian, bus, bike and travel by persons with disabilities
·         Truck traffic, freight deliveries and loading issues
·         Traffic calming
·         Interaction between parking supply and traffic circulation
·         Identifying projects, priorities and cost estimates