National Transportation Data Challenge Summit
Nov
9
9:00 AM09:00

National Transportation Data Challenge Summit

  • General Services Administration Headquarters (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Nov. 9 2017, 9am ET

The summit will highlight innovations and public-private partnerships that are currently leveraging or could benefit from leveraging transportation safety data.  

Join us to hear exciting updates from industry, academia, nonprofits and government stakeholders, meet thought leaders and practitioners, and recognize the Challenge teams across the country who have been working on projects since the May 2017 initiative launch. 

Learn more at our blog: https://www.bigdatahubs.io/blog/overview

Register for the Summit at: http://bit.ly/NTDCNov9Summit

Join via livestream: http://bit.ly/NTDClive

AGENDA

9am           Networking Breakfast + Icebreakers

9:30am      Category Huddles: Meet in your topic category with mentors, potential funders, and collaborators.  Facilitators will help the small groups map Challenges, Potential Solutions (projects represented in the room and through our networks), and Ideas for Collaboration:

  • Distracted Driving (Edgar Fuller, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Renata Rawlings-Goss, Georgia Tech + South Hub)
  • Connected Vehicles (Melissa Cragin, University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign + Midwest Hub, and Elizabeth Zeitler, National Academies)
  • Weather/Emergency Response (Amy Unruh, Google, and Aaron Mannes, U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
  • Bike/Pedestrian Safety (Rene Baston and Katie Naum, Columbia University + Northeast Hub)
  • Multiple Data Streams (Dave Goodsmith, DataScience.com and Lea Shanley, UNC Chapel Hill + South Hub) 
  • Education/Curriculum Development (Sarah Stone, University of Washington + West Hub, and Jane Zanzig, University of Chicago / Data Science for Social Good)
  • Other / Wildcard Topic 

11am          Hands-on Tech Demonstrations / Posters and Lunch: featuring University of Central Florida, University of Nebraska, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and more!

12pm          Livestream Starts: Welcome Keynotes

  • Meredith Lee, Executive Director, West Big Data Innovation Hub
  • Daniel Morgan, Chief Data Officer and Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Amen Ra Mashariki, Former Chief Analytics Officer of New York City; Urban Analytics Lead at Esri; Fellow at the Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

1pm             Distracted Driving | Connected Vehicles | Weather + Emergency Response

  • Edgar Fuller, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, U.S. Department of Homeland Security 
  • Charles Fay, SHRP 2 Research Manager, Federal Highway Administration Safety Data and Analysis Center, U.S. Department of Transportation 
  • Marc Starnes, Statistician, Office of Safety, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Dan Langford, Innovation Director, Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility; Connected Vehicles Manager, Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development
  • Mike Branch, Vice President of Business Intelligence, GEOTAB
  • Lauren Smith, Policy Counsel, Future of Privacy Forum
  • Scott Phillips, Founder, Civic Ninjas
  • Amy Unruh, Developer Programs Engineer, Google
  • Kevin Jorissen, Research & Technical Computing, Amazon
  • Dave Goodsmith, Director of Strategic Partnerships, DataScience.com
  • Hyon Kim, Program Director for data.gov, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Lea Shanley, Co-Executive Director, South Big Data Hub
  • Roundtable discussion moderated by Melissa Cragin, Executive Director, Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub, including Jason Carter, Oak Ridge National Laboratory 

2:30pm        Break

3pm             Bike/Pedestrian Safety | Multiple Data Streams | Education/Curriculum

  • Lilian Coral, Director of National Strategy, Community and National Initiatives, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Daniel Lai, City of Bellevue
  • K. Shankari, UC Berkeley
  • Francois Orsini, Chief Technology Officer, Satori
  • Terry Bills, Global Transportation Industry Director, Esri, with Alberto Nieto, Solutions Engineer, Esri
  • Jane Zanzig, Data Science for Social Good
  • Sarah Stone, University of Washington + West Big Data Innovation Hub
  • Roundtable discussion moderated by Rene Baston, Executive Director, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, including Bill Gouse, SAE International

4:30pm         Next Steps / Reflection

  • Meredith Lee, Executive Director, West Big Data Innovation Hub
  • Ben Levine, Executive Director, Metro Lab Network
  • Jonathan Rogers, Policy Analyst, District Department of Transportation
  • Renata Rawlings-Goss, Co-Executive Director, South Big Data Hub

5:30pm         (Optional) Walk + Happy Hour: Woodward Table, 1426 H Street NW   

View Event →
Community Call: Multiple Data Streams
Oct
30
1:00 PM13:00

Community Call: Multiple Data Streams

To effectively address safety issues requires the integration of multiple disparate data sources, some historic, some drawn from real time data, and in many cases, to integrate multiple technologies to analyze and understand crash data.  This call will focus on how we can address and solve these issues:

  • Introduction: Terry Bills, Global Transportation Industry Director, Esri

  • An example from New York: Amen Ra Mashariki, Esri

  • B2G Collaboration:  Meeting at the Open Source.  Dave Goodsmith of DataScience.com will share how ESRI, DataScience.com and other industry data leaders are interconnecting open source technologies to provide actionable analytics for Transportation Challenge participants.  

To join the call TDC Community Call: www.uberconference.com/westhub

Dial in: 510-925-0403 | No PIN needed

Remember to register for the Transportation Data Challenge Summit (Nov 9, Washington, D.C.) at bit.ly/NTDCNov9Summit

 

Speakers

Terry Bills

Global Transportation Industry Director, Esri

Terry Bills is responsible for all transportation segments worldwide.  He has over 25 years experience in transportation planning and policy, information technology and GIS.  

Mr. Bills has been a Principal Planner for a large regional transportation planning agency, as well as the President of a GIS and transportation consulting firm during his career.  He was a Doctoral Candidate at UCLA, where he was also awarded two Masters’ degrees.
 

Amen Ra Mashariki, Esri

 

Alberto Nieto

Solution Engineer, Esri

Alberto Nieto is a geographer, python developer, and spatial analyst who helps GIS users find innovative solutions to important spatial problems.

Prior to joining Esri, Alberto accumulated a decade of experience that includes working at the Census Bureau, NOAA’s Office of Satellite and Product Operations, the NWS Climate Prediction Center, and Capital One. His work focused on the automation of data pipelines for spatial data derived from weather forecast models, and developing predictive supply and demand models for consumer behavior in the finance sector to drive multi-million dollar decisions.

Alberto currently advises the US Department of Transportation and other national government agencies on applying GIS and spatial analysis to make informed decisions. His BA is from the University of Florida.

Dave Goodsmith

Managing Data Scientist and Director of Strategic Partnerships, DataScience.com

Dave Goodsmith is a reformed neuroeconomist who speaks and writes about collaborative data science.  He has over a decade of experience in NLP and machine learning and has consulted with scores of global organizations.  His data visualizations and analytics on data science topics ranging from national campaign finance to online gambling have garnered millions of views in outlets including VentureBeat, the Los Angeles Times, and Forbes.  Dave is data science faculty at General Assemb.ly, and led DataKind’s Data Corps.   His MBA is from CUNY and his BA is from Harvard College. Full bio at linkedin.com/in/goodsmith

View Event →
10/12 PyData (SoCal) Meetup/Live Stream: AI for Good — Disaster Relief 
Oct
12
6:30 PM18:30

10/12 PyData (SoCal) Meetup/Live Stream: AI for Good — Disaster Relief 

Please join PyData SoCal and Dr. Meredith Lee as we look as we live stream discussions, and take shared actions, to use our technology skills to support immediate and long-term disaster relief.  Dr. Lee, Executive Director and former lead of the White House Innovation for Disaster Response & Recovery Initiative under the Obama Administration, will be discussing bigdatahubs.io and the inner workings of federal disaster relief efforts.   The group will also be participating in the Humanitarian Open Street Map Team’s #prmapathon efforts to provide immediate digital assistance to the Red Cross efforts in Puerto Rico.

View Event →
Hackathon at the Nebraska Transportation Center
Oct
1
8:30 AM08:30

Hackathon at the Nebraska Transportation Center

Test your skills and work to improve transportation safety at the Transportation Data Challenge Hackathon. Hosted by the Midwest Big Data Hub and Bridging Big Data Project Team, the hackathon takes place at the Nebraska Transportation Center (University of Nebraska-Lincoln).

Focus areas for this hackathon include:

  • How might we improve bike/pedestrian safety in our communities? 
  • How might we improve transportation safety in extreme weather? In cases of crises?  

This hackathon is intended to create and strengthen collaborative data science projects that advance transportation safety. Students will work in teams in an open and creative thinking format. Mentors will be available to consult with teams and share best practices for data hacking! Travel support and prizes will be sponsored by the Midwest Big Data Hub.

Register and find more information on the Transportation Data Challenge Hackathon website.

View Event →
Challenge Community Call: Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
Sep
20
1:00 PM13:00

Challenge Community Call: Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

Wednesday, Sept. 20 Challenge Community Call focused on Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

10am PT/ 1pm ET

  • Led by Katie Naum and Rene Baston (Northeast Big Data Hub), and Robert Hoffer and Joyce Morrell (Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Category co-Chairs)
  • Join the call:  https://uberconference.com/westhub or dial 510-925-0403
  • This is the first community call for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety topic of the National Transportation Data Challenge.  Join us as the West Coast and East Coast co-chairs team up to discuss how we might promote bike sharing, improve Bike Share safety, security and availability.  
  • We'll talk about the benefits of bike sharing, partnership ideas and how Live Data offers solutions to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety.
  • Get more information on bike share feeds published on Satori.com at https://www.satori.com/smart-cities
  • You can learn more about the National Transportation Data Challenge, including ways to get involved and resources available to participants, at https://bigdatahubs.io
  • We'll use this as a whiteboard space / place to share ideas on data, tools, and other resources: http://bit.ly/NTDCBikePed
View Event →
Challenge Community Call: Connected Vehicles
Sep
8
9:00 AM09:00

Challenge Community Call: Connected Vehicles

9am Pacific Time / 12pm Eastern


This is the first community call for the AUTONOMOUS OR CONNECTED
VEHICLES topic of the National Transportation Data Challenge:  "How might
we leverage autonomous or enhanced vehicles to improve our constituents’
safety? How might we navigate technological, policy, and social
considerations involved?"


During the first part of the call, we will go over what we mean by
‘connected vehicle’ and then we will have some special guest experts in this
domain: 


* Bruno Fernandez-Ruiz, Chief Technology Officer, Nexar Inc., and
* Mike Branch, Vice President Business Intelligence, GEOTAB


They will talk about the types of data their customers generate, what they
currently do with it (existing use cases and internal R&D) and future plans
including availability for R&D. This will also be a good chance to discuss
specific data needs and opportunities for collaboration.

Participants will have an opportunity to share current or proposed projects using connected vehicles to improve safety or using the data generated by CVs to improve road user safety.


Join the call: https://www.uberconference.com/dan6126
Optional dial in number: 401-283- 2722, PIN: 92241

We'll use this as a whiteboard space / place to share ideas on data, tools, and other resources: http://bit.ly/NTDC_CV 


Contact: Dan Langford, Connected Vehicle Category Chair
dan@nevadacam.org

View Event →
JupyterCon Lunch Roundtable: Regional Big Data Innovation Hubs
Aug
24
12:35 PM12:35

JupyterCon Lunch Roundtable: Regional Big Data Innovation Hubs

Thursday Lunch Roundtable Aug 24: Regional Big Data Innovation Hubs: opportunities for partnerships across industry, government, academia, and nonprofits

Join us to discuss regional, national, and global initiatives in areas including smart cities, health, and data science education. Meet with Hub leadership and partners including:

  • Rene Baston, Executive Director, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, Columbia University
  • Dave Goodsmith, Director of Strategic Partnerships, DataScience Inc
  • Meredith Lee, Executive Director, West Big Data Innovation Hub and RISE Lab, UC Berkeley
  • Andreas Mueller, Columbia University 
View Event →
"Driving Jupyter": Hands-On Jupyter Demos and the National Transportation Data Challenge
Aug
23
5:00 PM17:00

"Driving Jupyter": Hands-On Jupyter Demos and the National Transportation Data Challenge

Presented by DataScience.com, the Regional Big Data Innovation Hubs, and partners

Demonstration stations will feature donated cloud computing resources from DataScience.com, Amazon Web Services, GoogleCloud, Satori, and other partners in live executable Jupyter-based notebooks. Come by the posters/demo stations to chat with us about:

  • How to leverage cloud computing resources and Waze data to analyze the impact of traffic safety interventions
  • Examples for using U.S. Department of Transportation crash statistics to create predictive models of risk factors
  • Projects using tensor flow and neural networks to evaluate video information for early warnings of distracted driving
  • How to get involved in the National Transportation Data Challenge -- a series of community problem-solving sessions, hackathons, and activities across the U.S. aiming to reduce traffic fatalities.
View Event →
Challenge Community Call: Weather/Emergency Response
Aug
17
12:00 PM12:00

Challenge Community Call: Weather/Emergency Response

12pm Pacific Time / 3pm Eastern

This is the first community call for the WEATHER / EMERGENCY RESPONSE topic of the National Transportation Data Challenge: "How might we improve transportation safety in extreme weather? In cases of crises?"

During the first part of the call, we'll have some special guest experts in this domain: 

* Alicia Johnson, Resilience & Recovery Manager, San Francisco Emergency Management and West Hub Steering Committee Member, and

* Stephen Dennis, Director, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) Data Analytics Engine. 

They'll talk about some relevant projects in progress, and share their thoughts on some of the open questions and important use cases in this area.  This will also be a good chance to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

We'll also have some special guests from the Google Cloud Public Datasets Program attending. 

In the second part of the call, we'll give an overview of some of Google's public data sets and tools that might be useful for this Challenge topic, and I'll give some short demos if time permits.

A document listing some of the resources we'll talk about in the call is at http://bit.ly/ntdc_hazard_resp.

We'll add meeting notes to this doc after the call.

You can connect to the community call on Google Hangouts here:
https://meet.google.com/ojw-jwqm-fxe
Or dial: +1 361 360 8463 PIN: 2764# 

In the unlikely event that the Hangouts call becomes too full, and you have trouble connecting, you can try this Uberconference backup number for audio: 510-925-0403 

 -Amy Unruh, Weather and Emergency Response Category Chair
( 'amy' on the #transport_challenge slack channel at bigdatahubs.slack.com, @amygdala on Twitter)

View Event →
Challenge Community Call: Distracted Driving
Jul
21
9:00 AM09:00

Challenge Community Call: Distracted Driving

Note the time is 9am PT / 12 noon ET

Friday July 21 Challenge community call focused on Distracted Driving

Led by Edgar Fuller, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Onthis call we will discuss potential projects and needed data sets. Anyone interested in working on projects related to areas ranging from the use of connected vehicle data to mitigate instances of distracted driving to creating apps to increase social awareness of the impacts of distracted driving are encouraged to call in. Existing teams or those interested in forming/joining teams will have an opportunity to connect.

View Event →
Challenge community call: Education / Curriculum Development
Jul
20
9:00 AM09:00

Challenge community call: Education / Curriculum Development

Note the time is 9-9:30AM PT / 12-12:30pm ET

Challenge community call focused on Education / Curriculum Development

Led by Jane Zanzig, University of Chicago

 

Join us for the second Education / Curriculum Development focused call, to hear about projects underway, resources available, and how to get involved. 

View Event →
Jun
22
to Jun 23

Big Data for Transportation and Mobility Workshop: Ann Arbor, MI

The “Big Data for Transportation and Mobility” symposium, sponsored by the NSF-supported Midwest Big Data Hub, focused on the current and future challenges of using data to address society’s evolving transportation capabilities and needs.

The symposium featured presentations from researchers from institutions associated with MBDH; tours of research facilities on the U-M campus; breakout sessions; and a poster session.

Read this announcement for a short synopsis. View this document to see who registered for the symposium.

View Event →
Boulder, CO Challenge Session
Jun
5
to Jun 6

Boulder, CO Challenge Session

Overviews from Category Chairs + Pitches/ Mentoring Session: Boulder (Denver area), CO

Join us June 5-6 as part of the West Hub Annual All Hands Meeting open to all. The Challenge will be mentioned during the Livestream June 5, 9am-12:30pm MT (8am Pacific Time) and Category Chairs will host a dedicated session June 6, 11am-12:30pm MT (10am Pacific Time) via Zoom videoconferencing:

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/j/5334564408

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +14086380968,5334564408# or +16465588656,5334564408#

Or Telephone:
    Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
    Meeting ID: 533 456 4408
    International numbers available: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=OFkjqWjw5h9HoFNTFlWbKVx3YNxBuq4x

View Event →
1st Category Chair Call: Education/Curriculum
Jun
2
11:00 AM11:00

1st Category Chair Call: Education/Curriculum

Join Education Category Chair Jane Zanzig for the first Transportation Challenge monthly call: https://www.uberconference.com/jzanzig

11am  Pacific Time / 12pm Mountain Time / 1pm Central Time / 2 pm Eastern Time

Optional dial-in number: 857-216-2449 PIN: 03120

Agenda:

  • Introduction of the Challenge and Different Categories
  • Spotlight on Education Category and Category Chair Role
  • Initial Curated Resources and Existing Projects: How You Can Contribute
  • Round Robin Introductions, Q&A
View Event →
Fireside Chat
May
2
4:30 PM16:30

Fireside Chat

Join us at the UW eScience Institute, 3910 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98195 a welcome reception and a Fireside Chat with Dan Morgan, Chief Data Officer of the U.S. Department of Transportation; Meredith Lee, Executive Director of the West Big Data Innovation Hub; Andrew Lumsdaine, UW-PNNL Distinguished Faculty Fellow; and Sarah Stone, co-Executive Director of the eScience Institute. Hear what your colleagues have learned at the cloud demos/trainings, and meet Challenge participants and supporters!

View Event →
AWS Lunch + Learn
May
2
1:00 PM13:00

AWS Lunch + Learn

Visit Amazon Web Services’ offices for lunch and demonstrations of how massive transportation datasets are being shared and analyzed in the cloud. Learn how the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission uses Amazon S3 to make over 1 billion trip records publicly available and how Amazon Athena can be used to query those records in seconds. Amazon will also share how Amazon Athena can now be used to query OpenStreetMap. The demos will be followed by an open discussion about sharing large datasets in the cloud and guidance on how participants can receive promotional credits to experiment with AWS on their own.UPDATE: We are at capacity, but others are welcome to join remotely via WebEx (415-655-0003 | PIN: 648 123 667 | password AMAZON).

View Event →
Microsoft Azure Training
May
2
9:30 AM09:30

Microsoft Azure Training

The Azure workshop will familiarize researchers and data scientists with big data storage, machine learning and advanced analytics, cognitive intelligence, container and batch services. Instruction is hands-on; participants will spend most of the day working on proctored labs. Each attendee will receive an Azure Pass with a $500 Azure credit that can be used up to one month after the workshop.

View Event →