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Transportation and Communities Summit 2019 (September 19 - 20, 2019 at Portland State University) This annual event in Portland, Oregon connects national mobility-focused research to equitable practice and policy through breakout panels, Lightning Talks, student posters, skill-building workshops, and a keynote from urban data scientist Ben Wellington.

--Summit Day Pass (Sept 19): $250
------Nonprofit / Student Rate: $75
------Elected Official Rate: $95
--Workshop Half-Day Ticket (Sept 20): $95
--Workshop Full-Day Ticket (Sept 20): $190
Current members of our Community Partners get a $20 discount to the Summit Day. Contact us at asktrec@pdx.edu for a discount code. All sessions will be submitted for pre-approval to AICP, and are eligible for self-reporting to PDH for continuing education credits.

Hosted by the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University, and supported by our U.S. DOT grant-funded consortium: the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC).
Friday, September 20 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Workshop: Developing and Deploying New Planning Tools with the VisionEval Framework

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Workshops are open to anyone: You do not need to be registered for the main Summit Day in order to purchase a workshop ticket. This half-day workshop cost $95. If you are a student or employee of a nonproft, reach out to get a discount code for 50% off.

VisionEval is an open source framework for building and running disaggregate strategic planning models. VisionEval can be extended straightforwardly by researchers and other developers. The framework and models are currently in use by a number of State transportation agencies and metropolitan planning organizations. Researchers can benefit by leveraging existing VisionEval modules and models, and deliver their research products in a form that is potentially immediately practical. Workshop participants will learn about the features of VisionEval that lend themselves to “Open Science” practices. Discussions of the design of VisionEval code, embedded datasets and data structures will demonstrate how delivering research results and new analytic techniques can be straightforward. The workshop will use a recent extension developed by PSU researchers to test alternative approaches to VisionEval’s multi-modal travel module as a case study example. Github, associated application materials, and suggested pre-work will be made available beforehand so participants can get the most out of the training.
Trainers: Liming Wang/PSU, Jeremy Raw/FHWA, Brian Gregor/Oregon Systems Analytics
Learning Objectives
  • Welcome and Introductions (10 min)
  • Review of Open Science (10 min) Understand concepts and best practices for reproducible research and open science.
  • VisionEval Attributes supporting Open Science (30 min) Understand how VisionEval supports open science concepts, including documentation, open data and code, testing and reviewing research.
  • Setting up your VisionEval Development Environment (45 minutes) Everything you need to set up a VisionEval development environment and start exploring how to enhance the VisionEval models
  • VE Open Science Example – PSU Multimodal Model (2 hrs) Detailed review of a recent example project that extended the core VisionEval models. Discuss all the code and data requirements for building and integrating a new VisionEval module.
  • Resources/Wrap-up (10 min)
Expected Knowledge Base of afternoon Workshop Participants:  Expected Knowledge Base of Participants is everything requested for the Morning Workshop, plus is comfortable running R functions and writing simple scripts in the R programming language.
Participant “Homework” (Beforehand):
The following section outlines homework tasks that participants should complete in advance of the workshop. Hyperlinks to websites are included and relevant documents are attached and referenced by file name in bold text.
  • Be Familiar with All the Items from the Morning Workshop Homework. You should understand the “user level” characteristics of VisionEval in order to be able to make sense of how it is structured internally. You should expect either to take the 9/20 morning workshop, or already be able to do the things covered in that workshop.
Code Download & Install website (Required for Afternoon Workshop). Use the VisionEval installer* to download the latest version of the code and sample inputs. Your value from the training would be greatly facilitated by downloading, installing, and running the VE-RSPM model. For install/run-time questions, please contact Jeremy Raw at jeremy.raw@dot.gov.
  • VisionEval Model System Design Document. This document outlines the approach of how VisionEval modules are implemented in code, how modules work within packages, initialize data input checks, CPI deflators and data “types”, etc.
This half-day workshop is eligible for 3 hours of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We can provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.

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Brian Gregor

Principal, Oregon Systems Analytics
Brian Gregor has a broad range of transportation and land use planning and analysis experience. He has 16 years of experience in local and state land use and transportation planning and policy development. He has 23 years of experience in transportation and land use research, analysis... Read More →
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Jeremy Raw

Community Planner, Federal Highway Administration
Jeremy Raw, P.E., works in the FHWA Office of Planning where he has reviewed numerous traffic and land use forecasts for NEPA studies. He recently led a team that updated instructions for FHWA staff reviewing such forecasts. Jeremy also coordinates research and deployment of advanced... Read More →
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Liming Wang, PhD

Associate Professor, Portland State University
Liming Wang is an assistant professor in PSU's Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning. He teaches courses in Travel Demand Modeling, Transportation and Land Use, and Data Analysis Methods. His research takes a data-driven approach to address challenging issues in planning, in particular... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Smith Memorial Student Union at PSU 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201