A particular area of passion for Kirk was analyzing probe data. This data is a form of traffic flow data, collected by third-party companies, using GPS-enabled vehicles travelling in the traffic stream over pre-defined road segments. DOTD gets probe data from INRIX through the RITIS platform of the University of Maryland’s CATT Lab.
“Kirk was a champion for DOTD. He was constantly asking for help in educating folks around the state on how to better use data to solve their own problems. He wanted to enable people. In a world where many just want to help themselves solve their own problems, it was refreshing to meet someone who cared about empowering others. He wanted what was best for the state. He wanted to make a difference, and he wanted to encourage others to do the same,” said Director of CATT Lab and friend, Michael Pack.