Traffic Simulation Lifetime Achievement Award for Jaume Barceló

The award for Jaume Barceló was presented by Kaan Ozbay and Dr. Mohammed Hadi at the TRB annual meeting in January 2019.

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We are very proud that the Transport Research Board (TRB) Committee has honoured our strategic advisor, Jaume Barceló, for his lifetime achievement in the field of transport simulation.

The “Traffic Simulation Lifetime Achievement Award” recognises an extended series of scientific and/or professional contributions over the course of at least 20 years.

Jaume Barceló was honoured based on his contributions to the development of microscopic traffic simulation. During the official ceremony, the chairman of the TRB Committee explicitly mentioned Barceló’s contributions to the development and dissemination of microscopic simulation and his active role in the community organising workshops and seminars on traffic modelling and simulation.

Jaume Barceló was co-founder of the company TSS-Transport Simulation Systems and worked for many years as Professor and Scientific Director at the Technical University of Barcelona. Today, he is an important strategic advisor for the PTV Group.

The prize is awarded by the Joint Traffic Simulation Subcommittee, which was founded in 2005; the first prize was awarded in 2007. Therefore, the award is well-known within the TRB community. Most people who are members of the academic and professional community in the field of traffic simulation and related topics are aware of the prize and its significance.

Jaume Barceló was so kind as to answer three questions:

Compass: What does the price mean to you?

Jaume Barceló: This is a great honour for me, but what is most important is the recognition from the community of traffic simulators that I have done something that has been useful for them. That my work has helped the community of researchers and practitioners and has been beneficial to society, since its practical application produces better solutions. The prize just recognises that contribution; my greatest satisfaction comes from the feeling of have helped others.

Compass: What is a current transportation topic in your current and future activities?

Jaume Barceló: Dynamic models require dynamic inputs. This is an old problem that has not yet been solved efficiently for practical applications. The availability of data from new technologies presents a new panorama with plenty of challenges and expectations for suitable solutions.

Changes in mobility do not just depend on technological evolution; cities are complex, dynamic, living entities. Societal changes are also changing the way people travel. Accounting for these changes and planning for a better future are exciting challenges.

Nevertheless, we should not forget how technology shapes our lives and how to properly include these influences in our models, namely by looking for the transitional scenarios in the years to come, examining how the new technologies penetrate, smoothly or disruptively. PTV software provides superb support for incorporating the potential answers to these challenges and finding solutions.

Compass: What is an upcoming challenge for you?

Jaume Barceló: The coexistence of connected autonomous vehicles with conventional vehicles in the transition scenarios and the proper way to integrate them with changes in society and mobility.

Related article: Virtual Barcelona Mobility Lab, supported by Jaume Barceló