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Chicago Area Travel Model User Group

CATMUG (Chicago Area Travel Model User Group) was formed in 1997 as a forum to share and discuss travel model research and application efforts among the Chicago area transportation planning community. CATMUG is a multidisciplinary group of over 100 members including engineers, planners, professors, and researchers. CATMUG normally meets at noon on the first Wednesday of each month at CMAP. It is coordinated by Nick Ferguson. Please contact him to be added to the e-mail distribution list.

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2016 Meetings

June 1, 2016
Topic
 – Analyzing Truck Probe Data
Presenter – Tom Murtha, CMAP

2015 Meetings

December 2, 2015
Topic – Using Big Data (Passive Cellular Signaling) to Determine Movement Patterns of People
Presenter – Bill King, AirSage

November 4, 2015
Topic – The Test of Fire: A Comparison of Adapted Four-Step MPO Modeling Results to Actual Experience for Wildfire Evacuation in Colorado Springs
Presenter – Mary R. Lupa, Parsons Brinckerhoff

October 8, 2015
Topic – Capacity Allocation in Vertically Integreated Rail Systems: A Sequential Bargaining Approach
Presenter – Bo Zou, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

September 2, 2015
Topic – Updating the American Community Survey
Presenters – Ellisa Johnson, U.S. Census Bureau & Jon Hallas, CMAP

August 5, 2015
Topic – How Far We've Come: A 30-year retrospective on regional travel modeling and planning in Chicago
Presenter – Kermit Wies, CMAP

June 3, 2015
Topic FTA STOPS Transit Modeling: Chicago Regional Calibration
Presenter – Will Gillespie, RTA

April 8, 2015
TopicCMAP's experience with the National Performance Measurement Research Data Set (NPMRDS)
Presenters – Tom Murtha & Todd Schmidt, CMAP

2014 Meetings

November 5, 2014
Topic – Application of CMAP's Pricing Model for IL-53/120
Presenter – Matt Stratton, Parsons Brinckerhoff

October 1, 2014
TopicDevelopment of External Truck Trips for North Carolina MPOs
Presenter – Carlee Clymer, Parsons Brinckerhoff

August 6, 2014
Topic – The Development and Use of a Rail Freight Commodity Model for the Iowa DOT
Presenter – Ron Eash, Parsons Brinckerhoff

June 4, 2014
TopicVisualization and Analysis of Transportation-Specific Datasets
Presenter – Michael Hope, Argonne National Laboratory

May 7, 2014
Topic – Citilabs solutions on the Cloud – Benefits and workflows
Presenter – Mauricio Jaimes, Citilabs

April 2, 2014
TopicIntegrated Modeling of Higher Speed Passenger and Freight Train Operation Planning on a Shared-track Corridor
Presenter – Bo Zou, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

2013 Meetings

November 6, 2013
Topic – High Speed Railroad Passenger Services: Ridership Projections for the Northeast Corridor of the United States
Presenter  David Boyce, Ph.D., Northwestern University

October 2, 2013
Topic  The Application of Transportation Modeling for USACE Flood Risk Management Projects
Presenters  David Bucaro & Bob Jarzemsky, US Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District

September 1819, 2013
Topic  CMAP Advanced Modeling Peer Exchanges
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June 5, 2013
Topic  POLARIS: Planning- and Operations-modeling Language for Agent-based Regional Integrated Simulations
Presenters  Josh Auld, Hubert Ley, Michael Hope, and Vadim Sokolov, Argonne National Laboratory

April 3, 2013
Topic  Network Microsimulation Extension to CMAP's Activity-Based Travel Model
Presenters  Kermit Wies, Craig Heither, and Matt Stratton, CMAP

March 6, 2013
Topic  Reducing Energy Use in Multimodal Transportation System
Presenter  Lili Du, Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology

2012 Meetings

November 14, 2012
Topic – Enumeration of Households for Trip Generation
Presenter – Ron Eash, Parsons Brinckerhoff

October 3, 2012
Topic – The Weather Impact on Travel Behavior in Chicagoland
Presenter – Zhenyu Zhao, Northwestern University

August 31, 2012
Topic – CMAP Advanced Modeling Symposium
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August 24, 2012
Topic – Pre-Symposium Webinar, CMAP Advanced Travel Modeling Symposium
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June 6, 2012
Topic – A Two-Part Presentation: An Overview of the New American FactFinder and Census Data Sets Currently Available from CMAP
Presenters – Jon Hallas and Xiaohong Zhang, CMAP

April 4, 2012
Topic – Predicting Road Traffic Route Flows and Multi-Class Link Flows Uniquely for Urban Transportation Planning
Presenter – David Boyce, Ph.D., Northwestern University

March 7, 2012
Topic – Development, Calibration, and Application of Simulation-Based Dynamic Traffic Assignment to the Greater Chicago Network Using DYNASMART-P
Presenters – Ali Zockaie K. and Meead Saberi, Northwestern University

February 1, 2012
Topic – Vulnerability and Adaptation Options of European Transport Systems towards Weather Extremes – Intermediate Findings from the EU-Funded Research Project WEATHER
Presenter – Claus Doll, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI

2011 Meetings

October 5, 2011
Topic – CMAP's Activity-Based and Freight Models
Presenters – Matt Stratton and Kermit Wies, CMAP

September 7, 2011
Topic – Localized Application of Texas Transportation Institute's Cost of Congestion Methods
Presenter – Max Shmaltsuyev

July 6, 2011
Topic – Using Toll Plaza Transaction Data for Model Calibration
Presenter – Zubair Ghafoor, Wilbur Smith Associates

June 1, 2011
Topic – Validation of CMAP's 2010 Travel Demand Model Results
Presenter – Craig Heither, CMAP

May 4, 2011
Topic – Diverging Diamond Interchanges
Presenter – Xin Tian, Regina Webster & Associates

April 6, 2011
Topic – Evaluating the Economic Impact of Improvements in Freight Infrastructure: An Input-Output Approach
Presenter – Ethan Halpern-Givens, UIC

March 2, 2011
Topic – TCRP H-37: Characteristics of Premium Transit Services that Affect Choice of Mode
Presenter – Maren Outwater, Resource Systems Group

February 18, 2011
Symposium on Surveying Hard-To-Reach Populations with an emphasis on Latino Households
Topic – Presentation and panel discussion about conducting travel surveys among the Latino community in Chicago
Moderator – Kermit Wies, CMAP

February 11, 2011
Peer Exchange on Advanced Travel Models
Topic – Presentation and panel discussion about Pricing and Freight Models under development at CMAP
Moderator – Kermit Wies, CMAP

2010 Meetings

October 6, 2010
Topic – An Introduction to TRANSIMS: Core Components and New Developments
Presenter – Mike Hope, Argonne National Laboratory

September 1, 2010
Topic – CTA Rider/Non-Rider Behavior and Attitudes Survey
Presenter – Tara P. O'Malley, Market Research Coordinator, CTA

August 4, 2010
Topic – UIC's Vehicle Transaction Timing Model
Presenter – Taha Hossein Rashidi, UIC

June 2, 2010
Topic – Development of UIC's ADAPTS (Agent-based Dynamic Activity Planning and Travel Scheduling) Model
Presenter – Josh Auld, UIC

May 5, 2010
Topic – A Road Network Design Method Revisited: Expressway Spacing and Economic Evaluation
Presenter – David Boyce, Ph.D., Northwestern University
A paper on this subject, presented at a symposium in Germany in 2005, and published in 2007, can be found here.

April 12, 2010
Topic – Computing Environment for CMAP's Advanced Travel Model
Presenter – Peter Vovsha, Ph.D., Parsons Brinckerhoff

April 7, 2010
Topic – Arriving On Time? Finding Reliable Shortest Paths in a Stochastic Network
Presenter – Yu (Marco) Nie, Ph.D., Northwestern University

March 10, 2010
Topic – CMAP's Advanced Travel Model Cadre Project
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