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Volpe-Developed Algorithms Help in Mining Large Driver Datasets

Photo of connected vehicles

November 30, 2012

Researchers who conduct naturalistic driving studies to understand driver performance face the proverbial needle-in-the-haystack problem. Cars outfitted with sensors and video cameras record driver behavior and road and traffic conditions, providing massive amounts of...

Volpe Supports Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts, Helps Overcome Transportation Challenges

Photo of a flooded street from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

November 30, 2012

During Hurricane Sandy, Volpe community planner Terry Sheehan assisted in disaster relief efforts. Sheehan, a part of Volpe's Center for Transportation Logistics and Security, was responsible for coordinating the transportation of life saving and life sustaining supplies such as...

Wake Turbulence Research: An Esoteric Field of Study That Pays Big Dividends

Plane taking off with person in foreground

November 30, 2012

The findings from a decade of wake turbulence research are helping reduce airport delays, shorten final approaches to airports, and reduce fuel burn and emissions. Wake turbulence, the movement of air created by an aircraft in motion, may be an esoteric field of study, but the...

Partnerships with Japan, EU Accelerate ITS Development

Group photo of members of the U.S.-Japan ITS Task Force at Shonan Parking Area in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, to view the installation of an ITS Spot dedicated short-range communications roadside unit.

November 29, 2012

International cooperation between the United States, Japan, and the European Union is helping accelerate the research and development of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) standards and technologies by fostering collaboration between professionals on three continents. Volpe...

Federal Highway Administrator Visits Volpe, Discusses Innovation

FHWA Administrator visits Volpe

November 6, 2012

Victor M. Mendez, U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway (FHWA) administrator, recently spent a day at Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center, to learn about Volpe's FHWA work portfolio and talk to staff about innovation.

DOT Senior Executives Convene to Address Traffic Incident Safety

U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood speaks at the summit. (Volpe photo)

October 26, 2012

The need for improved traffic incident management is urgent. Each year, dozens of emergency responders, highway workers, and tow operators are killed while responding to traffic incidents; countless more are injured or experience near-miss situations. Moving traffic threatens the...

Big Data Analytics: Driving Value Beyond the Hype

Volpe Director Bob Johns discusses big data

October 26, 2012

We are currently experiencing an explosion of "big data." Big data is "a collection of digital data sets so large and complex that it is beyond the capabilities of current database management tools," said Robert C. Johns, associate administrator and director of Volpe, The...

Federal Research Program Levels the Playing Field for Small Business

Migma Systems pedestrian detection device installed at a roadway intersection

October 9, 2012

It's no secret that small businesses are critical to the U.S. economy. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reports that small businesses represent more than 99 percent of all U.S. firms and create more than 60 percent of the net new jobs in the U.S. The entrepreneurial...

Website Aims to Reduce Fatigue Among Railroaders

Railroader's Guide to Healthy Sleep Slideshow

October 5, 2012

When sleep takes a back seat for a railroader, the on-the-job consequences can be fatal. A new interactive, multimedia website educates railroad employees about the importance of healthy sleep and helps them make informed decisions about sleep to improve workplace performance.

Volpe Featured on New Cable TV Series

Volpe's airplane simulator is part of Volpe's Human Factors Lab

October 5, 2012

Volpe was recently showcased on a new cable TV series, Your Federal Government. The 30-minute episode features Director Robert Johns discussing Volpe's history and its unique role in the federal government, functioning as both a consultant and a federal agency.


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