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vi I N N O VAT I O N S I N T R AV E L D E M A N D M O D E L I N G , V O L U M E 1 Emerging traffic microsimulation applications; Volume 2: Papers Innovations in traffic assignment and improve- ments of forecast speeds; Volume 2 contains 31 individual authored papers from Institutional, monetary, staff, data, hardware, and the breakout sessions. training resources needed to move innovative ap- proaches to practice; and The role of models in decision making in the con- ACKNOWLEDGMENTS temporary decision-making context. This volume has been reviewed in draft form by indi- The final versions of these papers are reproduced in viduals chosen for their diverse perspectives and techni- Volume 2. cal expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council's Report Review Committee. The purposes of this independent review CONFERENCE FORMAT are to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as The conference opened with two workshops: Innovations sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets in Practice and FTA Findings for Meaningful Forecasts. institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and Two plenary sessions held at the beginning of the confer- responsiveness to the committee's charge. The review ence framed the underlying policy issues that drive model comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to development and the issues associated with moving inno- protect the integrity of the deliberative process. vative modeling techniques into practice. Following these TRB thanks the following individuals for their review plenary sessions, 11 breakout sessions were held. These of this report: Kenneth J. Cervenka, North Central breakout sessions were largely based on the papers, Texas Council of Governments, Arlington, Texas; although several non-paper-based presentations were Maren L. Outwater, Cambridge Systematics, Inc., Sam- included in areas where the committee felt that additional mamish, Washington; and Erik E. Sabina, Denver information was required to cover the topic. The break- Regional Council of Governments, Denver, Colorado. out sessions were designed to provoke lively discussion. A Although the reviewers listed above provided many final plenary session focused on the institutional issues to constructive comments and suggestions, they did not see be addressed in moving research into practice. the final draft of the report before its release. The review of the final draft of this report was overseen by C. Michael Walton, University of Texas at Austin. CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS FORMAT Appointed by the National Research Council, he was responsible for making certain that an independent Volume 1: Session Summaries examination of this report was carried out in accor- dance with institutional procedures and that all review This volume contains summaries of the plenary and comments were carefully considered. breakout sessions. The workshops are not summarized The conference planning committee thanks the TRB because they were very informal training sessions. How- Transportation Demand Forecasting Committee, the ever, a background paper used in Workshop 1, Innova- Traveler Behavior and Values Committee, the Travel tions in Practice, has been included in Volume 2. The Survey Committee, and the Moving Activity-Based conference summary was prepared by Katherine Turn- Modeling into Practice Task Force. The leadership and bull, Texas Transportation Institute. A list of all confer- members of these committees and task force were ence participants can be found at the end of this volume. important contributors to the conference.