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The Research Connection

The Caltrans Division of Research and Innovation is hosting monthly webinars on various topics. The presentations are designed to bring researchers and practitioners together to exchange information and transfer knowledge.

California PATH Traffic Operations Research:

State of the Research Presentation:

Traffic Safety

Presented By:
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
9:30am - 11:30am
Veteran Affairs Building - 5th Floor - Room #518
1227 "O" Street, Sacramento Ca.

Jim Misener

James A. Misener is currently the Executive Director of the California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH) at UC Berkeley.  In his fourteen years at PATH, he has led numerous Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) projects, with sponsorship from US DOT (FHWA, FTA, FMCSA), Caltrans, the US Army, DARPA and a host of vehicle manufacturers.  For six years, Mr. Misener served as the Transportation Safety Research Program Leader at PATH, and he has established and continues to lead the FHWA- and Caltrans-funded CICAS “signalized left turn assistance” project.   Recently, Mr. Misener has led the PATH research and engineering aspects of the VII (now IntelliDrive) deployment test bed in California, which has served as part of the award of the SafeTrip-21.  Mr. Misener currently co-leads the PATH research efforts in of the  RITA-, Caltrans- and privately-sponsored SafeTrip-21 research efforts at PATH, Networked Traveler.

Ching-Yao Chan

Ching-Yao Chan is a Researcher and the Program Leader for Transportation Safety Research at the California PATH Program.  After graduating from Berkeley in 1988, he worked in the field of passenger restraint systems and accident reconstruction for six years.  Chan joined PATH in 1994 and has since worked on a wide range of research projects spanning from sensing and control technologies to transportation safety evaluation and assessment.   Over the course of his career, he has been dedicated to the understanding of safety issues and design for vehicles and highways.   Chan led projects that won the Best of ITS Research Award from the ITS America Annual Meeting in April 2004 and the award of Excellence in Applied HOV Research from TRB in 2008.  His main research interests are in the areas of traffic safety and technologies for transportation systems.

On Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM, Dr. Ching-Yao Chan and James Misener presented "Traffic Safety."

This included:

  1. A summary of key results from task orders in safety research area.
  2. Relate the projects and findings to Caltrans' safety research needs.
  3. Discussion of research direction.


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