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2013 Visualization Symposium

7th International Symposium on Visualization in Transportation - Preliminary Program

The 7th International Visualization Symposium Preliminary Program is available! Click here to view the many exciting sessions planned.

The theme of this year’s conference is Visualization for Big Data. As big data has exploded onto the scene in the last few years, the need for transportation agencies and companies to visualize this data is more critical than ever. Come join us in California where industry leaders will exchange ideas on best practices and new techniques in visualization.

Conference tracks include:

  • Probe: Visualizing the oceans of probe data from travelers’ mobile devices.
  • Mobile: Usability techniques for presenting and collecting information from mobile devices.
  • Performance Measures: Discovering and communicating congestion, mobility, safety, and operations information with novel visual analytics.
  • Operations: Working to visualize transportation data for operations and planning purposes.
  • Design: Visualizing projects from conceptualization, through design and construction.
  • Safety: Enhancing vehicular safety through better data discovery tools.
  • Asset Management: Increasing efficiency of asset management through better visualization.
  • Modeling and Simulation: New tools to enhance the presentation of transportation models.

Click here for more information and to register. The 'Early Bird' registration ends September 7, so be sure to register asap!



Symposium Keynote Speakers

Exciting keynote addresses have just been announced for the 7th International Symposium on Transportation Visualization. They include: 

  • Walt Disney Imagineer for Environmental Design and Engineering, Eddie Moreno
  • MIT Media Lab Alum, Author of “Visualizing Data” and principal of Fathom, Ben Fry
  • RITA Deputy Administrator, Greg Winfrey (invited)
  • FHWA Chief Scientist, Office of Research, Development, and Technology, Jonathan Porter
  • US DOT, Bureau of Transportation Statistics Director, Patricia Hu

We have also added an exciting new panel discussion session on “The Role of Visualization in Entertainment and Engineering” with panelists that include:

  • Phil Tippet, Tippett Studios
  • Craig Barron, Matte World Studios
  • Bart Ney, Public Involvement Officer for Caltrans on the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge East Span Replacement

This is in addition to the many other great sessions, industry exhibitors, interactive poster sessions, and demonstrations already scheduled for the 2.5 day symposium. Registration is rapidly filling up with only a limited number of attendee slots remaining. Early bird registration ends soon! We encourage you to register today (

We hope to see you in Irvine in October!


Michael Pack
Co-Chair, TRB Visualization Committee


IEEE Computer Special Issue on Cutting Edge Research in Visualization

We can live with many of the uncertainties of big data for now, with the hope that its benefits will outweigh its harms, but we shouldn't blind ourselves to the possible irreversibility of changes—whether good or bad—to society. Read the full article here.

Computer magazine cover



2013 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering

The 2013 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE IWCCE 2013), which will be held from June 23 to 25, 2013 at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, will have a visualization component. Please see below for the details on the visualization track, and click here for a full listing of all workshop tracks.

Visualization, Information Modeling, and Simulation
This track will include research in the areas of data visualization, information modeling (e.g., BIM), simulation, human-computer interaction, system dynamics, infrastructure data visualization, and software interoperability in civil engineering.


ABJ95 Midyear Agenda

Wednesday June 12 from 11:30 to 1PM

  1. Introduction of New Committee Members, Friends, and TRB Staff
  2. Preview of October International Symposium
  3. Discussion and follow up on Submitted Research Needs Statements
  4. Committee Business Updates and Discussion
    1. Glossary of Visualization Terms
    2. Bi-monthly Visualization Webinar  
    3. Visualization Resource Database
    4. Blue Ribbon Committee Application Process
    5. 2014 Annual Meeting Planning

We will continue to work towards the goals that we set at the annual meeting.  Some of which may still need volunteers—others may just need more prodding.  We also continue to flush out RNS. 

Please click here for the minutes from the 2013 Annual Meeting. They include:

  • 2 page summary (official “minutes”)
  • Mind Map of meeting notes
  • Minutes of VDC-CIM subcommittee
  • Members of VDC-CIM subcommittee
  • Attendee list of the members and friends at the ABJ95 Committee Meeting
  • Greg Harrington Award info
  • FHWA Working Group notes
  • Mid-Year Meeting announcement
  • 7th International Symposium Call for Presentations
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.



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