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Pack, Michael

Pack, Michael

Director, Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory
Research Engineer
Civil and Environmental Engineering
2206 Technology Ventures Building
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Michael Pack is the founder and director of the CATT Laboratory where he sets the strategic vision for his team of 100+ data scientists, software developers, systems integrators, and transportation professionals to make federal, state, and local transportation data easily accessible and usable by diverse user communities. Through the development of innovative applications and data visualization tools, Michael’s team enables informed decision-making, better response to emergencies, insight discovery, and increased productivity. 

Michael has been honored at the White House as a 'Champion of Change' for his leadership in integrating vast amounts of data from around the country into the Regional Integrated Transportation Information System (RITIS), for his performance management applications, and for his efforts in breaking down the barriers within agencies that prevent data from being leveraged to its fullest potential.

Michael is the 2007 winner of the Charley V. Wootan Award for outstanding paper in the field of policy and organization presented at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board. He is also the winner of the 2009 and 2013 Greg Herrington Award for Excellence in Visualization Research.  Mr. Pack has been featured on the History Channel’s “Modern Marvels” television program, CNN, NPR, the Washington Post, CBS, and other national and international television, radio, web, and print media.

Mr. Pack has previously worked at the Center for Transportation Analysis at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory under Patricia Hu, the University of Virginia's Smart Travel Laboratory under Brian L. Smith, and is a member of the multi-disciplinary Human Computer Interaction Laboratory—a partnership of the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies in the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences and the College of Information Studies.  He also advises the Leadership of the I-95 Corridor Coalition, a 15-state alliance of transportation agencies, toll authorities, and public safety agencies from Maine to Florida including affiliate members in Canada.

  • Information VIsualization
  • Visual Analytics
  • Transportation Systems Management & Operations (TSMO)
  • Transportation Planning
  • Dashboard Design
  • Performance Management
  • Data Fusion

Data-Driven Research, Pandemic Impact Highlighted at TRB

UMD researchers presented new findings, tools, and technologies, including a COVID-19 Impact Dashboard that leverages mobile device data.

Big Data for Decision Makers

Since April 2020, the COVID-19 Impact Analysis Platform has provided decision makers with a clear view of how the current epidemiological situation affects our society, economy, mobility, and public health.

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BIOE Capstone Class Virtually Presents 24 Novel Projects

BIOE seniors present Capstone projects and celebrate winners virtually.

New Data Shows States Not Meeting Reopening Benchmarks

University of Maryland’s SERA Metrics Track Readiness Indicators

Quarantines Increasingly Ignored as Some States Partially Reopen

Social Distancing Index declines 12 points nationwide

Social Distancing: Drop Seen for First Time Since Outbreak

“Quarantine fatigue” is recorded in 48 states.

Shelter-in-place Compliance Remains Low, UMD Research Finds

Data Analysis Shows Erratic Response to COVID-19 Restrictions

COVID-19 Decision Making Gets a Big Data Boost

UMD’s Maryland Transportation Institute and CATT Lab are analyzing data gleaned from mobile devices.

MTI Briefs World Bank Representatives on New Transportation Research

A World Bank delegation visited campus to learn more about transportation initiatives being developed at UMD.

Tapping into the Largest Transportation Big Data Archive Is Easier than Ever

AASHTO members now have direct access to CATT Lab tools.

CEE Experts Active at TRB 97th Annual Meeting

Faculty, staff, and students gave more than 50 presentations during the four-day event.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx Headlines University of Maryland Transportation Summit

The National Transportation Center at Maryland hosts nearly 200 transportation experts for innovation and policy summit.

UMD has Largest University Showing at 2016 ARPA-E Summit

UMD researchers showcase transformative energy research at ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

Voice of America Spotlights CATT Lab's Traffic Management Technologies

Report highlights how CATT Lab is using visualization tools to help authorities manage and respond to traffic incidents.

Transparent, Interactive Nanopaper Uses Touch to Generate Electricity

New material described in ACS Nano, featured in Nanowerk and C&EN.

Pecht Receives 2016 IEEE Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Award

Professor Michael Pecht awarded the 2016 IEEE Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Award.

Dasgupta Receives 2015 USM Regents' Faculty Award

University System of Maryland recognizes mechanical engineering faculty for excellence in scholarship.

Clark School Faculty Recognized at Celebration of Innovation and Partnerships

Clark School researchers sweep three categories for 2013 Invention of the Year

Ohadi Awarded USM Regents’ Faculty Award

Mechanical Engineering Professor Michael Ohadi recognized for Excellence in Innovation.

Pack Receives "Champion of Change" Award from White House

Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Director Michael Pack recognized by the White House for leadership.

CATT Lab Celebrates Data Innovation Day

CATT Lab will provide demonstrations during Data Innovation Day

$2.3 Million for Transportation Lab Project

Department of Homeland Security boosts funding for D.C.-area information-sharing network.

CATT Game Builders Win with "scrEWEd"

Researchers who make training games for first responders win local Global Game Jam.

Electronics Institute Honors Reliability Expert Pecht

IEEE recognizes ME professor, CALCE director with Exceptional Technical Achievement Award.

Clark School Tech Assists in Snow Emergency

Advanced visualization and data fusion system helped emergency management officials.

Pecht Elected SAE Fellow

Society of Automotive Engineers cites professor's work in reliability of automotives, avionics.

"Lego League" Kids Visit CATT Lab

Future engineers learn about "smart" traffic tech, use accident training simulator.

CATT Lab Receives $1.3M Grant

Collaboration will help ease local traffic congestion through better communications.

Educating the World's Kids One Laptop at a Time

ChBE undergraduate brings One Laptop Per Child program to Madagascar.

CATT's Michael Pack Featured on CNN

Traffic systems expert also featured in NPR, ABC News Inauguration traffic stories.

CATT Lab Researchers Recognized

National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board honors visualization research.

Modern Marvels to Feature CATT Lab

CATT Lab will be highlighted on the History Channel February 28 at 8 p.m. (EST).

Pecht Receives IEEE Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognition is most prestigious award from Reliability Society of IEEE.

Preparing for Real-Life Disasters, Virtually

Clark School develops online training environment for emergency responders.

Giving Rubberneckers Less to See

New transportation technology seeks to improve information, traffic flow.

DHS to Fund Chang I-495 Study

Traffic research nets $500,000 from Department of Homeland Security.

UM Announces $50K Business Plan Competition Winners

2D-Security Mark, Electronic Receipts, Affiliate Marketing Companies Take Top Prizes

$50K Business Plan Competition Semifinalists Announced

The 16 semifinalist teams include university faculty, students, and young alumni.

Clark School Accomplishments Spring 2002

A list of Clark school accomplishments for Spring 2002