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NEXT 10 EVENTS ON OR AFTER March 29, 2017

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Multidimensional Network Analysis of Customer Preferences in Engineering Design" - Wei Chen, Northwestern University

NUTC Academic Seminar Series presents:

Multidimensional Network Analysis of Customer Preferences in Engineering Design

 Wei Chen, PhD
Wilson-Cook Professor in Engineering Design, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University

 

ABSTRACT:

Using network analysis for investigating complex social systems has gained increasing scientific support in many research disciplines. In this talk, we present a framework of multidimensional network analysis (MNA) for modeling customer preferences in supporting engineering design decisions. The research is motivated by overcoming the limitations of using Discrete Choice Analysis (DAC) for modeling consumer preference. In the proposed Multidimensional Customer-Product Network (MCPN), customer-product interactions are viewed as a socio-technical system where separate entities of “customers” and “products” are simultaneously modeled, and multiple types of relations, such as consideration and purchase, product associations, and customer social connections are considered. Beyond the traditional descriptive analysis that examines the network structure characteristics, we employ the Exponential Random Graph Model (ERGM) as a unified statistical inference framework to interpret complex preference decisions. The Our approach broadens the traditional utility-based logit models by considering dependency among complex customer-product relations, including the similarity of associated products, “irrationality” of customers induced by social influence, nested multi-choice decisions, and correlated attributes of customers and products. Examples of modeling customer vehicle preferences based on the New Car Buyers Survey (NCBS) of China's automobile market are presented to illustrate the benefits of network approach.

 

SPEAKER BIO:

Dr. Wei Chen is the Wilson-Cook Chair Professor in Engineering Design at Northwestern University. Directing the Integrated DEsign Automation Laboratory (IDEAL- http://ideal.mech.northwestern.edu/), her current research involves issues such as simulation-based design under uncertainty, model validation, stochastic multiscale analysis and design, robust shape and topology optimization, multidisciplinary optimization, consumer choice modeling and enterprise-driven decision-based design. She is the co-founder and Director of the interdisciplinary doctoral cluster in Predictive Science and Engineering Design (PSED) at Northwestern. She is also serving as the Chair of the research faculty council of the Segal Design Institution at Northwestern.

Dr. Chen received her Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1995. She served on the ASME Design Engineering Division (DED) Executive Committee (2009-2015) and was an elected Advisory Board member of the Design Society (2007-2013). She is a review editor of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization and served twice as an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. In addition, she serves as the Associate Editor of SIAM/ASA Journal on Uncertainty Quantification (JUQ) and the Department Editor for the IIE Transactions. Dr. Chen was the recipient of the 1996 NSF Faculty Early Career Award, the 1998 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal achievement award, the 2006 SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational award, and the 2015 ASME Design Automation Award. She is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and an Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Chambers Hall 600 Foster St Lower Level Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: http://www.transportation.northwestern.edu/

Thursday, April 13, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Using Automated Data Sources to Improve the Performance of Public Transport Systems: A Framework and Applications" - Nigel Wilson, MIT

NUTC Academic Semiinar Series presents:

Using Automated Data Sources to Improve the Performance of Public Transport Systems: A Framework and Applications

- Nigel Wilson, Professor, Civil &; Environmental Engineering, MIT

 

ABSTRACT:

Automatic data sources including automatic vehicle location systems, automatic passenger counting systems and electronic fare payment and ticketing systems are becoming ubiquitous in large public transport systems and are starting to have an impact on the quality and availability of information for both off-line and real-time functions needed for service provision. The off-line functions include service and operations planning, and performance monitoring and measurement, while the critical real-time functions include operations management and control, and customer information. While the impacts of these advances are already apparent in many systems, there is the potential for much deeper impact in the future. The power and cost-effectiveness of information technology continues to advance and will offer opportunities to develop and apply more ambitious models which should positively affect many facets of the performance of public transport systems. This talk will present a framework for assessing the various roles that automated data sources can play in public transport systems and will summarize recent applications of the resulting methods based on research at MIT for Transport for London and other transit agencies. The potential for further enhancement of critical public transport agency functions in the future making even greater use of these data sources will be discussed.

 

SPEAKER BIO:

Nigel Wilson is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research and teaching areas focus on urban public transportation, including topics related to the operation, analysis, planning and management of transit systems, and teaches MIT graduate subjects in public transport systems. Professor Wilson directs a major long-term collaborative research program with urban public transport agencies including Transport for London, MTR (Hong Kong), Chicago Transit Authority and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. He has written more than 100 articles and reports on the results of his research. During sabbatical leaves from MIT, Professor Wilson worked in three large transit agencies, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, London Transport, and Metro Transit in Minnesota, and has served as consultant to a number of other North American transit authorities. He has been a visiting faculty member at Stanford University, University College London, Napier University (Edinburgh), Delft University of Technology, and the University of Minnesota. Professor Wilson received the bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Imperial College, London and the master's and doctoral degrees, in civil engineering and transportation systems respectively, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Chambers Hall 600 Foster St Lower Level Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: http://www.transportation.northwestern.edu/

Thursday, April 20, 2017

ALL DAY

[APRIL 20-21] 58th Annual Transportation Research Forum (TRF) Meeting @ UIC

Transportation Research Forum (TRF)

Founded in 1958, the Transportation Research Forum (TRF) is an independent organization of transportation professionals. Its purpose is to provide an impartial meeting ground for carriers, shippers, government officials, consultants, university researchers, suppliers, and others seeking an exchange of information and ideas related to both passenger and freight transportation. The Forum provides pertinent and timely information to those who conduct research and those who use and benefit from research.

 

MEETING SCHEDULE:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

1:00 - 4:30pm - Special half day program for graduate students

5:00 - 7:00pm - Main Conference begins (Poster session &; networking reception)

Friday, April 21, 2017

8:30am - 5:00pm - Full Day Conference

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: 750 S. Halsted St. U. of Ill at Chicago - Student Center East Bldg Chicago IL

Event URL: http://sites.northwestern.edu/trf2017/

Thursday, April 27, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Delivering Sustainability: Transporting Goods in Urban Spaces" - Anne Goodchild, University of Washington

NUTC Academic Semiinar Series presents:

Delivering Sustainability: Transporting Goods in Urban Spaces

- Anne Goodchild, University of Washington
Allan &; Inger Osberg Associate Professor
SCTL Center Director

 

Research Interests: Analysis of logistic systems, with an emphasis on freight transportation

 

SPEAKER BIO:

Anne Goodchild joined the University of Washington faculty as an Assistant Professor in December 2005 after completing her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the UC at Berkeley. Her research interests lie in the analysis of logistic systems, with an emphasis on freight transportation. Her dissertation work examined the impact of a crane operating strategy on port terminal operations. Other research experience includes minimizing emissions in strategic routing and schedule planning in urban pick-up and delivery system, policy and technology implementations to improve intermodal interfaces, and the relationship between freight activity and the economy. Before attending Berkeley she worked in consulting for 5 years in Europe and North America, for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Applied Decision Analysis Inc., modeling business problems such as airline fleet maintenance scheduling. She holds an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the UC at Berkeley, and a BS (with High Honors) in Mathematics from the UC at Davis.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Chambers Hall 600 Foster St Lower Level Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: http://www.transportation.northwestern.edu/

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

NUTC Patterson Lecture: Lance Fritz - Chairman, President, CEO - Union Pacific Railway

36th ANNUAL PATTERSON LECTURE
Featuring LANCE FRITZ, UNION PACIFIC

WHEN: MAY 3, 2017 @ 7:30PM
WHERE: McCormick Foundation Auditorium - James L Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

SPEAKER:

Lance M. Fritz is Union Pacific chairman, president and chief executive officer. He became chairman of the board effective October 1, 2015. Fritz became president and chief executive officer February 5, 2015, when he also was elected to the corporation's board of directors.

 

LECTURE HISTORY:

The Annual Patterson Transportation Lecture is named for William A. "Pat" Patterson. A central figure in the United States air transport industry for more than four decades, Patterson served as president and chairman of United Airlines from 1934 until his retirement in 1966. He was a life trustee of Northwestern University and was instrumental in the establishment and strategic leadership of the Northwestern University Transportation Center.

In Patterson's honor, Northwestern established the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation in 1978. The Patterson Chair serves as an intellectual focal point for transportation research and education at Northwestern, most of which is coordinated through the NUTC.

In 1980, the NUTC established the Patterson Transportation Lecture as an integral part of the Patterson Endowment. It has since become an annual highlight at Northwestern University, drawing influential speakers from all facets of the transportation industry.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: James L Allen Center 2169 Campus Drive McCormick Foundation Auditorium Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: http://www.transportation.northwestern.edu/

Thursday, May 18, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "On-demand Personal Mobility Services in the Era of Mobile Computing: Physics, Economics & Management" - Hongyu Chen, Northwestern University Dissertation Year Fellow

NUTC Academic Semiinar Series presents:

On-demand Personal Mobility Services in the Era of Mobile Computing: Physics, Economics &; Management

- Hongyu Chen, Northwestern University Dissertation Year Fellow

 

SPEAKER BIO:

Hongyu Chen is a Ph.D. student and research assistant at Northwestern University, where focuses on modeling and analyzing transportation systems using various mathematical, statistical and optimization techniques.

His current research involves modeling the human dynamics and spatial equilibrium in on-demand personal mobility services with real data.

During leisure time, Hongyu enjoys traveling, badminton and Chinese calligraphy.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Chambers Hall 600 Foster St Lower Level Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: http://www.transportation.northwestern.edu/

Monday, May 22, 2017

ALL DAY

NUTC EXEC ED (Spring 2017) Freight Transportation & Logistics

Sign up NOW for Northwestern University Transportation Center's Freight &; Logistics Executive Education program for Spring 2017:

Navigating the Growing Challenges from the
First Mile to the Last Mile in Transportation

WHEN: MAY 22 - 24, 2017 [all day]
WHERE: NUTC ~ Chambers Hall: 600 Foster St., Evanston, IL 60208

REGISTER NOW!

Program Topics:

Overall Domestic Trends
North American Trucking
North American Railroads
North American Intermodal
Third Party Logistics (3PLs)
Transportation Management
Transportation Economics
International Logistics Trends
Air Cargo
Global Sourcing
Ocean / Maritime
eCommerce Trends
Package / Parcel Shipping
Data and Analytics
Supply Chain Network Optimization
Omni-Channel Retailing Logistics
eFulfillment Technology and Trends

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Chambers Hall 600 Foster St Lower Level Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: http://www.transportation.northwestern.edu/industr...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

ALL DAY

NUTC EXEC ED (Spring 2017) Freight Transportation & Logistics

Sign up NOW for Northwestern University Transportation Center's Freight &; Logistics Executive Education program for Spring 2017:

Navigating the Growing Challenges from the
First Mile to the Last Mile in Transportation

WHEN: MAY 22 - 24, 2017 [all day]
WHERE: NUTC ~ Chambers Hall: 600 Foster St., Evanston, IL 60208

REGISTER NOW!

Program Topics:

Overall Domestic Trends
North American Trucking
North American Railroads
North American Intermodal
Third Party Logistics (3PLs)
Transportation Management
Transportation Economics
International Logistics Trends
Air Cargo
Global Sourcing
Ocean / Maritime
eCommerce Trends
Package / Parcel Shipping
Data and Analytics
Supply Chain Network Optimization
Omni-Channel Retailing Logistics
eFulfillment Technology and Trends

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Chambers Hall 600 Foster St Lower Level Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: http://www.transportation.northwestern.edu/industr...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Research, Practice, and Future Directions of Dynamic Ridesharing" - Maged Dessouky, University of Southern California

NUTC Academic Semiinar Series presents:

Research, Practice, and Future Directions of Dynamic Ridesharing

- Maged Dessouky, University of Southern California

 

SPEAKER BIO:

His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, PATH, Caltrans, FTA, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security and its National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) among others. He was recipient of the 2007 Transportation Science &; Logistics Best Paper Prize ("Optimal Slack Time for Schedule-Based Transit Operations"). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. Dr. Dessouky was a recipient of IIE Operations Research Division Excellence in Teaching Award, the USC Associates Award in Teaching (Top University Award for Teaching), Alpha Pi Mu/Omega Rho Outstanding Teacher of the Year in Industrial Systems Engineering, the USC Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the TRW School of Engineering Teacher Award. He is area/associate editor of Computers &; Industrial Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, IIE Transactions, and Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, on the editorial board of Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, and previously served as Area Editor of ACM Transactions of Modelling and Computer Simulation, and is listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering. 

Dr. Dessouky received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 1984 and 1987, respectively. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Chambers Hall 600 Foster St Lower Level Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: http://www.transportation.northwestern.edu/