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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

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

TRB Roundup: EVs and Equity

Researchers explore community cost-sharing, road use charges.

Attoh-Okine Named UMD CEE Chair

University of Delaware Professor, ASCE Fellow to lead department.

New Research Showcased at TRB

Transportation safety, impact of telecommuting among topics covered by UMD experts.

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.

New Data Shows States Not Meeting Reopening Benchmarks

University of Maryland’s SERA Metrics Track Readiness Indicators

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.

UMD Presents New Research at TRB Annual Meeting

Papers and poster sessions addressed topics ranging from crash data analysis to tracking the outcomes of major highway projects.

CEE Shows Strong Presence at TRB 98th Annual Meeting

Department faculty, staff, and students were highly active at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting.

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.

UMD Experts Tackle Critical Topics at Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting

Faculty, staff, and student involvment exemplified the theme "Transportation Innovation: Leading the Way in an Era of Rapid Change."

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.

CEE Transportation Researchers Tackle Critical Topics at 95th TRB Annual Meeting

Areas include visualization, resilience, high-speed rail, and green vehicles.

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.

UMERC Researchers Came Out in Force at the ARPA-E Summit

UMERC Faculty promoted their transformative energy research last week at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

UMD Transportation Engineers Tackle Key Topics during TRB 94th Annual Meeting

UMD hosts post-TRB workshops to further discussions on transportation trends, challenges.

Clark School Faculty Recognized at Celebration of Innovation and Partnerships

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

Pack joins Campus Visualization Partnership at UMD

CATT Lab director Michael L. Pack is a part of this new lecture series on the use of visualization in research and education.

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

CATT Lab Director Gets Published

Michael Pack writes article on regional situational awareness through transportation systems

Clark School Tech Assists in Snow Emergency

Advanced visualization and data fusion system helped emergency management officials.

Lego League Kids get to play and learn with CATT Lab Technology

CATT Lab gets a visit from Lego League Team

CATT Lab receives $1.3 million Urban Area Security Initiative Grant from DHS

Collaboration Will Help Ease Local Traffic Congestion Through Better Communications

CATT Lab Speaks Out

CATT Lab director Michael Pack presents at numerous conferences.

CATT Lab is a Highlight of ITSA

CATT Lab shows off impressive research at the 2009 ITS America Annual Meeting

CATT Lab Director to Speak at Conference

Michael Pack will be speaking at the 3D Training, Learning and Collaboration Conference

CATT’s John Binks and Michael Pack Featured on UM’s Between the Columns

CATT’s John Binks and Michael Pack are featured in Between the Columns, UM’s community publication.

CATT Lab Director Michael Pack Featured on CNN

Michael Pack speaks on CNN about tools that may help with traffic predictions on inauguration day.

CATT Lab Researchers Win Award

The formal presentation of the award will take place on January 14th at the 2009 TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

CATT Lab Employees win Serious Games Initiative

CATT Lab Employees win Serious Games Initiative “Games for Health Game Jam” Competition

CATT Researchers Won 2008 UMD GRID Award

Michael VanDaniker's research came in 1st place, and Darya Filippova's research came in 3rd place.

Modern Marvels to Feature CATT Lab

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

History Channel's Modern Marvels to Feature CATT Lab

The Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATT Lab) will be highlighted in an upcoming episode of Modern Marvels which will air on the History Channel on February 28, 2008 at 8PM.

Preparing for Real-Life Disasters, Virtually

Clark School develops online training environment for emergency responders.

CATT's Michael L. Pack, Sujal Bista And Phillip B. Weisberg Win The Charley V. Wootan Award

This award is given each year for the best paper in the area of transportation policy and organization.

Giving Rubberneckers Less to See

New transportation technology seeks to improve information, traffic flow.

Dr. Gang-Len Chang receives $500,000 grant from DHS for the I-495 project

The goal is to explore the potential for deploying a real-time traffic management and travel time prediction system.

Michael Pack And Philip Tarnoff From CATT On ABC 7

Center for advanced transportation technology (CATT) on ABC 7

Undergraduate Student Selected to Showcase Research

Undergraduate Jason Ellison selected to showcase his research.