November 30, 2018
On November 30, 2018, the Fifth Annual Transportation Day was held at the Florida A&M University – Florida State University (FAMU-FSU) College of Engineering. Attendance included more than 110 faculty and students from the affiliated universities, as well as community members, including middle school students, and representatives from state and local agencies who work with transportation or the aging population.Read More»
December 8, 2017
The Fourth Annual Transportation Day was held at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE) on December 8, 2017. In spite of inclement weather, attendance included more than 80 faculty and students from the affiliated universities, along with community members and representatives from state and local agencies who work with transportation and/or aging populations.Read More»
The faculty and graduate students from the Center for Accessibility and Safety for the Aging Population (ASAP) at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, recently participated in the 5th Annual University Transportation Centers (UTC) Conference for the Southeastern Region.Read More»
The 6th Annual Florida Automated Vehicles (FAV) Summit was recently held in Tampa, Florida, on November 14 and 15, 2017. The FAV Summit was hosted by the Florida Department of TransportationRead More»
October 24, 2017
The Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population (ASAP), a University Transportation Center (UTC), on October 24, 2017, hosted a laboratory visit by members of the Women in Math, Science, and Engineering (WIMSE).Read More»
November 4, 2016
The ASAP Center held its Third Annual Transportation Day at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering on Friday, November 4, 2016. More than 125 community members, researchers, and K-12 students enjoyed presentations and demonstrations related to the Safety and Mobility in the Community theme.Read More»
ASAP participated in the STEM Outreach for At-Risk Youth (SOAR) program at Florida State University. The SOAR program facilitates the involvement of undergraduate students in developing and implementing mentoring programs that expose underrepresented youth to science and technology.Read More»
Chiles High School student Vivian Zhou and Vika Bommineni, from Trinity Prep in Orlando, worked together with ASAP’s Dr. Eren Ozguven’s group as part of the Young Scholars Program (YSP) at the Florida State University (FSU).Read More»
A group of students and faculty from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, including affiliates of the ASAP Center, constructed a wheelchair ramp for a local senior citizen with mobility issues. The ‘Ramp It Up’ project was coordinated through the Ability1st Center for...Read More»
The Center for Advancing Transportation Leadership and Safety (ATLAS Center) at The University of Michigan (U-M) hosted the Safe Transportation & Aging Symposium on September 14 through15, 2016, at the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) in Ann Arbor, Michigan.Read More»
October 25, 2016
On October 25, 2016, ASAP hosted a laboratory visit by some members of the FSU’s Women in Math, Science, and Engineering (WIMSE). WIMSE is a living-learning community (LLC) on campus that supports the growth and development of women in the STEM fields at the Florida State University (FSU).Read More»
March 04, 2016
Dr. Lily Elefteriadou,a Professor and Director, University of Florida Transportation Institute (UFTI) Engineering School for Sustainable Infrastructure and the Environment (ESSIE) University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, delivered a presentation as part of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar Series, also sponsored by the Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population (ASAP) and FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. Her presentation was titled "Driver Behavior and Characteristics and Their use in Traffic Modeling"Read More»
At the recent Annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) Meeting in Washington DC, Ms. Brittany S. Wood was honored as an Outstanding Student of the Year at a University Transportation Center (UTC) in the nation.Read More»
November 16, 2015
Dr. Essam Radwan,a Professor, College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the Executive Director, Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation, at University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, delivered a presentation as part of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar Series, also sponsored by the Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population (ASAP) and FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. His presentation was titled "Dynamic Flashing Yellow Arrow: A New Left Turn Treatment."Read More»
September 14th-19th 2015
The Center had organised a week-long event for the fall 2015 semester, with the theme: Transportation for a Lifetime!, from Monday September 14, 2015. The event was hosted by the Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population, together with FSU's Institute for Successful Longevity, and the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, as well as participation from Florida A&M University, University of North Florida, other agencies and organizations outside FSU, including the K-12 and the elder community.
Built around The Annual Transportation Day, which was held on Friday September 18, the activities that were organized included a Reception, Lectures, Career Fair, CarFit Training, Teens & Transportation Workshop, Aging & Mobility Symposium, Poster displays, Booths & Demonstrations. The week commenced with the ASAP Advisory Board Meeting on Saturday September 19. All events were open to the public.
An ASAP Researcher, Dr. Ozguven and his graduate students Mehmet Baran Ulak and Hidayet Ozel volunteered to sponsor two individual research projects (IRP) for the Young Scholars Program (YSP) at Florida State University. As a part of the program, two high school students were mentored for 6 weeks in order for them to learn a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software named ArcGIS.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based maps and visualizations were used to evaluate the accessibility of the hospitals with cancer facilities with respect to cancer populations, supported with several case studies using the spatial and population characteristics and the Florida roadway network.
The Center Director, John Sobanjo, visited StarMetro, the city-owned and operated public bus service for Tallahassee, Florida. This agency is responsible for special transportation needs for the aging and disabled citizens in the city.
Dr. Sobanjo toured the StarMetro facilities and had discussions with the agency staff about potential areas of collaboration between the Center and the transportation agency.
May 26th, 2015
As part of an ongoing ASAP research project titled "Biomechanics Models for an Aging Driver," ASAP hosted a seminar at the FSU's AeroPupolsion Mechatronics and Energy (AME) facility in the Conference Room 211 on May 26, 2015.
The speaker was David Poulard, Ph.D., a Research Associate at the University of Virginia's Center for Applied Biomechanics. The seminar was successful and well attended by faculty and graduate students from the Departments of Mechanical Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.
May 2nd, 2015
One of our ASAP Researchers, Dr. Lisa Spainhour participated in an outreach event at a local high school. The event was the third in a series of Super Science Saturdays, sponsored by Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Florida.
In an effort to encourage more students to take science classes in high school and consider careers in science, engineering, & technology, Lincoln invites students from their feeder middle schools to learn about a science field, and compete against one another in a related event.
March 26th & 27th, 2015
The Center participated in the University Transportation Center's (UTC) Conference for the Southeastern Region, hosted by University of Alabama at Birmingham and Mississippi State University. The event was held in Birmingham, Alabama.
February 18th, 2015
One of our UTC Consortium members, Florida A&M University (FAMU), hosted the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx at a town hall meeting held on the FAMU campus in Tallahassee, Florida.
The Secretary's visit was the first stop on his four-day, five state bus tour, The GROW AMERICA Express, to highlight the importance of investing in America's infrastructure and to encourage Congress to act on a long-term transportation bill.
February 4th and 5th, 2015
The Center participated in the 4th Annual Florida Forum for Minority Institutions of Higher Education (MIHE): Partnering in Transportation. This event was held at Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida. The theme was "The Road Beyond: How MiHes Can Support a Strong Transportation Future."
The center was represented by John Sobanjo and Doreen Kobelo. Dr. Kobelo was one of the hostesses while Dr. Sobanjo made a formal presentation and was involved in a round table panel discussion.
October 24th, 2014
The Center held its first Annual Transportation Day event at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. More than 100 community members, researchers, and K-12 students enjoyed presentations and demonstrations on the theme of Transportation for the K-12 and Elder Road User."Read More»
October 7th and 8th, 2014
Our Center participated in the FHWA's State Planning and Research (SPR) National Review (Florida was one of 4 randomly chosen states). The meeting was hosted by Florida DOT and our Center at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. Present at this meeting were the three FHWA visitors (Shakira Crandol, Carl Mikyska, and Tom Byron), the FDOT staff (Gail Holley and Darryll Dockstader) as well as the Directors and Associate Directors of the Center (John Sobanjo, Neil Charness, and Mark Horner).
A recent roadway crash in Florida involving an aging passenger in paratransit bus resulted in minor injuries to the passenger while the bus driver had no injuries. The passenger compartment of the bus was proven to be safe. Compared to typical crashes, the reduced injuries in this case can be attributed to the improved design of paratransit buses based on the computational mechanics technology developed by researchers at the Center for the Accessibility and Safe Transportation for the Aging Population (ASAP).Read More»