Friday, November 23, 2018

Big Data Analytics and Applications & Intelligent Transport Systems

On November 19, 2018, the Transportation Engineering Division of the Civil Engineering Department in cooperation with the Transportation Science Society of the Philippines (TSSP) held a seminar entitled, Big Data Analytics and Applications & Intelligent Transport Systems at 20F Multipurpose Hall of Br. Andrew Gonzales Hall of De La Salle University. Dr. Mario de Leon, OIC Chair of the Civil Engineering Department welcomed the participants while Ms. Rachel Habana provided the opening remarks in lieu of Engr. Raul Salubarse, OIC Director, DOST-PCIEERD. Around 100 participants including students, transportation academics and experts attended the seminar. The seminar highlighted various researches on different ways to address the current traffic congestion problems especially in Metro Manila. There were a total of 18 presentations including a presentation of Dr. Alexis Fillone on Big Data Analytics and Applications for Metro Manila. It featured presentations and a panel discussion with transportation experts: Dr. Alexis Fillone, Engr. Alben Bagabaldo, Mr. Jordan Beja, Felipe Ramo and Dr. Ricardo Sigua where they answered questions from the participants regarding their concerns on different issues in transportation.

Panel Discussion
(From Left: Dr. Alexis Fillone. Engr. Alben Bagabaldo, Mr. Jordan Deja, Felipe Ramo, Dr. Ricardo Sigua)

The presentations were divided into two sessions which included specific studies on current traffic situations in the country such as the Traffic Impact Study and Conceptual Engineering Design for the Improvement of NLEX San Fernando Interchange and the Modelling of EDSA as a High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Corridor. Software such as those developed by PTV (Vistro, Vissim, Visum, etc.), DYNAMEQ, and LocalSim which are used for traffic modelling were also introduced to the participants during the seminar. All studies and papers presented during the event gave the participants a better perspective on the different ways in which we can tackle the current problems in transportation that we are experiencing in our country. This also presents a bright future for the transportation industry headed by experts and professionals as well as students that all participated in this event.

The seminar was hosted by Dr. Marlon Era of the Behavioral Science Department while Dr. Nicanor Roxas Jr. and Dr. Maria Cecilia Paringit were the session chairs during the presentations.

Prepared by Mr. John Vincent Palmes, Research Assistant, TRE Division