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Transportation and Logistics Student Wins Paper Contest

NDSU Ph.D. student Subhro Mitra was recently a winner in a student paper contest sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Mitra's paper suggests that satellite imagery used to assess crop conditions and predict yields also could be used to generate data and predictions on truck traffic. Current county-level crop reporting data is used to help generate a statewide freight movement model that transportation planners use in prioritizing highway improvement and repair projects. Satellite imagery may be more accurate and can provide more detailed information on traffic within counties, Mitra says.

He presented the paper, "Analyzing satellite imagery to develop freight generation data," at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' Geographic Information Systems for Transportation Symposium (GIS-T) in Nashville, Tenn., March 26. The paper is also available on the GIS-T website.

Mitra is a student in the transportation and logistics Ph.D. program coordinated by the Upper Great Plains Transportation institute at NDSU. He has been a graduate research assistant there since 2003. His research focuses on the development of statewide freight modeling and ways to optimize logistics networks for the agricultural industry.

Published in NDSU's staff newsletter
It's Happening at State
May 9, 2007

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