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Barnes highlights spatial data and GIS tools at NTSB conference

December 16, 2012

UMTRI senior research engineer Michelle Barnes was among the participants at a recent, two-day conference on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Transportation Safety. The public conference, held December 4-5 in Washington, D.C., was sponsored by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

GIS is a rapidly expanding group of technologies and analytical techniques that uses geographically referenced data to support complex data integration as well as advanced statistical analysis, precise investigation, and effective visualization of data.

The NTSB conference brought researchers and practitioners in transportation safety and GIS together to discuss how GIS data, technologies, and techniques are applied to improve safety in all modes of transportation. Barnes was one of a four-member panel to discuss multimodal application and analysis. Her presentation was titled "Employing Spatial Data and GIS Tools to Support Transportation Safety Research."

Photo: UMTRI senior research engineer Michelle Barnes (bottom left) is shown with members of the Multimodal Application and Analysis Panel and NTSB members. Credit: NTSB