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Catherine Lawson

Urban Transportation Data and Information Systems; freight planning; travel behavior and time use; water transport; hazardous materials transport; microsimulation and GIS applications; Big Data

The World Within Reach
Catherine Lawson, **
Associate Professor
 

College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Geography and Planning

Address:
AS 218
Phone:
518-442-4775

 

Introduction

Geography and Planning Associate Professor Catherine Lawson examines Urban Transportation Data and Information Systems, hazardous materials transport, transportation and land use connection, and microsimulation and GIS applications.

She is currently leading a team of researchers and students in the AVAIL (Albany Visualization And Informatics Lab) project, which seeks to empower a new generation of graduates to assimilate computer science knowledge and subject-matter expertise in the mining and dissemination of "big data," as they create groundbreaking web-based solutions for government and business.

The AVAIL team is tackling a range of open source and open data projects. Working with New Jersey Transit, AVAIL is incorporating U.S. Census household data into microsimulations of bus transit ridership to provide travelers with ultra-efficient open source trip-planning. Lawson’s team is also developing a Cloud-based decision support system for New York’s Mesonet, a statewide network of automated weather stations. Through an AVAIL-produced interactive web-based map, Mesonet stakeholders will select evidence-based sites that best serve New York. Overseas, AVAIL is transforming an academic study on community gardens by University of Glasgow colleagues into an interactive map to increase community participation in agriculture network expansion.

CEHC Courses Taught

Transportation Planning - PLN 544
Transportation Technology Practicum - PLN 545
Advanced Transportation Technology Practicum - PLN 645

CEHC Areas of Expertise

Emergency Preparedness
Homeland Security

CEHC Research Interests

Emergency Preparedness

  • Transportation and Land Use Planning Short and Long Range Action Plans for Emergency Preparedness
  • Ferry Safety
  • Extreme Weather Responsiveness for transportation operations
  • Agile Web-based Open Source Tool Suites for Emergency Preparedness

Homeland Security

  • Hazardous Materials Hauls: Security Aspects

Relevant Background

Panel Member of the Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program HM-1 (2007 – 2011)
Member of the TRB Committee on Military Transportation (February 1999 - 2008)
Member of the UAlbany Homeland Security Research Initiative (2003 – 2006)

Special Opportunities for Students

• Hands-on transportation research in transportation resiliency
• Internships in the Albany Visualization and Informatics Lab (AVAIL)
• Mentoring for students interested in freight impacts and emergency preparedness

Relevant Publications

Emergency Preparedness

Weisbrod, Roberta E. and Catherine T. Lawson, “Safety:  Engaging in the Responsible Realm for Preventing Ferry Fatalities”, presented at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting, January 22 – 26, 2006, in Washington, D. C.

Lawson, Catherine T. and Roberta E. Weisbrod.  Ferry Transport:  The Realm of Responsibility for Disasters in Developing Countries, Journal of Public Transportation, 8(4): 17 – 31.  2005.

Weisbrod, Roberta E., Catherine T. Lawson and Len Roueche, “Ferry Transport:  The Realm of Responsibility for Disasters in Developing Nations”, presented at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting, January 9 – 13, 2005, in Washington, D. C.

Lawson, Catherine T., “Workshop 2:  Safety and Security”, Proceedings of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Technology for Public Transit Conference on May 19, 2004, in New York City, NY, (19).

Homeland Security

Lawson, Catherine T. and Roberta E. Weisbrod, “Homeland Security and the Bulk Liquid Supply Chain:  Strengthening the Role of the Private Sector”, presented at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting, January 12 – 16, 2003, Washington, D. C.

Lawson, Catherine T., “Security:  Who, What, Where & How”, presented at the Transportation Research Board Conference on Using Spatial Information Technologies to Improve Security, Safety, and Mobility in Seattle, Washington, June 13-14, 2002.

Lawson, Catherine, “Critical Problems in Transportation:  Challenges for Spatial Information Technologies – Security”, presented at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Multimodal Transportation Requirements for Spatial Information Infrastructure Workshop in Seattle, WA, June 13 – 14, 2002.

Lawson, Catherine, “West Coast Border Crossing”, presented at the 2001 ITS-NYS Eighth Annual Meeting, June 27, 2001, in Buffalo, NY.