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CSCE Nooner – New Methods and Techniques to Evaluate Road Safety
October 18, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
It’s our 2nd Nooner of the 2017-2018 season! Join us at the Park Town for their excellent lunch buffet and a presentation by Emanuele Sacchi about making roads and transportation networks safer!
Parking is still free to attend our Nooners – just check in at the front desk.
Buffet starts at 12:00 pm; presentation ~12:30 pm.
The way transportation engineers study and evaluate road and traffic safety has remarkably advanced in recent years. Engineers can now employ a systematic and rigorous process to analyze safety at road sites that identifies opportunities to reduce collisions and implement potential safety countermeasures. This process mainly relies on a set of statistical techniques and models developed over several years of research.
Another area of advancement is related to the use of surrogate safety measures to gain insight into a variable, collision frequency, that is sometimes impractical or difficult to measure directly. Hence, surrogate safety data represents a promising and proactive alternative to the exclusive use of collision data in road safety analysis.
In this regard, the presentation will focus on recent case studies where the use of new statistical methodologies and surrogate safety measures has been employed to evaluate road safety.
Dr. Emanuele Sacchi is currently an assistant professor of transportation engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. His primary research interests focus on the relationship between traffic conflicts and collision events, as well as the use of advanced statistical techniques for determining the effectiveness of road engineering safety countermeasures. Before joining the University of Saskatchewan, he obtained a M.Sc. degree in 2008 and a Ph.D. in 2012 in transportation engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy. Between 2012 and 2016, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia on several research projects funded by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.