SISAT Professor Thomas Horan Briefs US Transportation Secretary

Published on Monday, October 04, 2010

SISAT Professor Thomas Horan Briefs US Transportation Secretary

On Monday, January 25, SISAT professor Dr. Thomas Horan briefed U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and his senior staff on is a service that visually identifies the location of crashes through an online, searchable map.  Launched in June of 2009, SafeRoadMaps was developed by a team led by Dr. Horan in cooperation with the University of Minnesota and the Center for Excellence in Rural Safety. It has received close to 10 million hits since being launched, and have received international press coverage due to its innovative nature.

Dr. Horan noted, "We are honored that the leaders of the US Department of Transportation have taken the time to learn of and support our innovative visual system for traffic safety, developed right here at SISAT in collaboration with our partners at the University of Minnesota. "
SafeRoadMaps recently launched a 2.0 version of the service.  The research and development team includes SISAT Research Assistant Professors Dr. Brian Hilton and Dr. Benjamin Schooley as well as SISAT PhD students, Frank Moss, Roni McClintock, and Yoonmi Lee.
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Because almost no organization today—from corporations to schools to hospitals to government agencies to NGOs—can succeed without information systems and technology (IS&T), it is important that a graduate education include relevant IS&T content. These five courses help to provide such content.
All of these courses are accessible to non-technologists. Any CGU student might find them interesting, but they may be particularly relevant to students studying
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Digital media includes many of the most interesting uses of IS&T today. This course explores the evolution and development of internet-based systems, such as blogs, wikis, social media sites, and visual communication tools. This course should good for anyone with an interest in media studies, digital marketing and publishing, file sharing or social networking.
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