My TIMELI team and I just got back from the Iowa Department of Transportation in Ankeny, IA. This was a trip for which we have been planning for a long time.
The purpose of the trip to Iowa DOT was to interview one of the Traffic Incident Managers and run them through a few tests with our user interface to see if we are heading in the right direction. I can’t go into great detail on the meetings and tests themselves, but I can say that all in all it felt like a success. Before we interviewed the TIM, we took part in a meeting with some of our TIMELI research team and managers at Iowa DOT. I really enjoyed getting to hear the managers opinions on their current system and how they would like it to improve. An added bonus was that they seemed to like our prototype a good deal and definitely liked what our professor had to say.
On this end of it all, I’m really happy it went well, but I’m mainly glad it’s over. My introverted self will now go bury his head in his pillow to recharge.