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NEXT 10 EVENTS ON OR AFTER February 19, 2018

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Safety Implications of the Transition to CAVs: Getting at the S-Curve Parameters" - Reg Souleyrette, University of Kentucky

Northwestern University Transportation Center presents:

"Safety Implications of the Transition to CAVs: Getting at the S-Curve Parameters"

Reg Souleyrette
University of Kentucky

 

SPEAKER BIO:

Souleyrette is Chair, Department of Civil Engineering and Commonwealth Professor of Transportation Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He also serves as Program Manager for Planning and Decision Analytics for the Kentucky Transportation Center. Reg has over 30 years of experience in transportation research, focusing on highway safety applications and data analysis for over 20 of those years. He has led sponsored research for USDOT, State DOTs, local transportation agencies, foundations and private transportation firms. These include studies for the AAAFTS and Roadway Safety Foundation (usRAP, Safety Benefits of Infrastructure Investments), as well as studies of older and younger drivers, NHTSA/FHWA National Model for crash data location, collection and analysis, human factors and highway safety analytics. Reg is a Fellow Member of the Association of Traffic Safety Information Systems Professionals, and a Member of both ASCE and the National Academies' Transportation Research Board (TRB). For TRB, he is an at-large member of the Safety and Systems Users Group Executive Board and is Communications Coordinator and past Chair of its Data and Information Systems Section. Reg received his PhD from the University of California with Bill Garrison, and MS from the University of Texas with Hani Mahmassani and Mike Walton. Reg enjoys playing basketball and camping with his family and rough-coat collie, April.

Contact Info: Joan Pinnell

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

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

Thursday, March 1, 2018

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Seminar: "The 4th National Climate Assessment: Maintaining Hope While Assessing the Science" - Don Wuebbles, University of Illinois

Northwestern University Transportation Center presents:

"The 4th National Climate Assessment: Maintaining Hope While Assessing the Science"

Donald J. Wuebbles
University of Illinois

 

ABSTRACT:

As Volume I for the 4th National Climate Assessment, the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) has been developed to provide a comprehensive assessment of the science underlying the changes occurring in the Earth's climate system, with a special focus on the United States. CSSR serves as the scientific foundation for Volume II of NCA4, which is an assessment of climate-related impacts, risks, and adaptation in the United States. Volume II is scheduled for release in late 2018.

Over 50 scientists and other experts contributed to the writing of the CSSR assessment, including representatives from the Federal government, national laboratories, universities, and the private sector. The CSSR was subjected to 6 stages of rigorous review, including by Federal agencies, the general public, and an external expert review panel convened by the National Academies of Sciences.

New observations and new research have increased our understanding of past, current, and future climate change. The CSSR confirms prior assessments in concluding that the climate on our planet, including the United States, is changing, and changing rapidly. Observational evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans. Documented changes include surface, atmospheric, and oceanic temperatures; melting glaciers; disappearing snow cover; shrinking sea ice; and rising sea level. Many lines of evidence demonstrate that human activities have been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. Changes in the characteristics of extreme events are particularly important for human safety, infrastructure, agriculture, water quality and quantity, and natural ecosystems. Some extremes have already become more frequent, intense, or of longer duration, and many extremes are expected to continue to increase or worsen, presenting substantial challenges. Heatwaves have become more frequent in the United States since the 1960s, while extreme cold temperatures and cold waves have become less frequent. Heavy rainfall is increasing in intensity and frequency across the United States and globally. These and other trends in severe weather are expected to continue. The Earth's climate is projected to continue to change over this century and beyond. As a result, global average sea levels are expected to continue to rise. This presentation provides an overview of the findings from the CSSR, while also touching on the need for maintaining hope.

 

SPEAKER BIO:

Donald J. Wuebbles is the Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Illinois where he has been since 1994. He is also a Presidential Fellow at the University of Illinois, with the aim of helping the university system develop new initiatives in urban sustainability. From 2015 to early 2017, Dr. Wuebbles was Assistant Director with the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the Executive Office of the President in Washington DC, where he was the White House expert on climate science. He was Head of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois for many years. Dr. Wuebbles led the development of the School of Earth, Society, and Environment, and was its first director. While Department Head, he led the development of two highly successful undergraduate programs, one in Atmospheric Sciences, and the other, an interdisciplinary major, in Earth, Society and Environmental Sustainability (ESES).
Dr. Wuebbles is an expert in atmospheric physics and chemistry, with over 500 scientific publications related to the Earth's climate, air quality, and the stratospheric ozone layer. However his work goes well beyond that through providing analyses and development of metrics used in national and international policy and in developing analyses for understanding climate impacts on society and ecosystems, plus potential resilience and societal responses. He has co-authored a number of international and national scientific assessments, including several of the climate assessments led by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), that resulted in IPCC being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He was a leader in both the 2013 IPCC international assessment of climate science and the 2014 3rd U.S. National Climate Assessment. More recently, he has co-led the Climate Science Special Report, the 477-page first volume of the 4th U.S. National Climate Assessment published in November 2017 that assesses the science of climate change. Dr. Wuebbles has also led special assessments of the impacts of climate change on human society and ecosystems for the U.S. Midwest, the Northeast, and a special assessment for the city of Chicago.
Dr. Wuebbles has received many awards, including the Cleveland Abbe Award from the American Meteorological Society, the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and is a Fellow of three major professional science societies, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Meteorological Society.
Dr. Wuebbles has two degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois (1970, 1972) and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of California, Davis (1983). Don and his wife, Barbara, have three sons and four grandchildren.

Contact Info: Joan Pinnell

Location: Technological Institute 2145 Sheridan Road A230 Evanston IL 60208

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

Thursday, March 8, 2018

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Seminar: "The History of Road Safety in Industrialized Countries (and the Future of Road Safety in Developing Countries)" - Kavi Bhalla, UChicago

Northwestern University Transportation Center presents:

"The History of Road Safety in Industrialized Countries (and the Future of Road Safety in Developing Countries)"

Kavi Bhalla, PhD
University of Chicago

 

ABSTRACT:

The long-run trends in road traffic deaths in industrialized countries show a remarkably consistent pattern of rising traffic deaths until the 1960s followed by a decline until present day. Previous studies have attributed these trends to economic development (i.e. a Kuznets Curve). These studies hypothesize that as countries become richer they initially experience rising injuries with increasing income but they eventually reach a certain level of economic development after which they begin to invest in safety programs and reduce their traffic mortality rates. This logic of economic determinism creates the impression that many low-income countries may be too poor to invest in safety now.

We use a time-series cross sectional dataset of traffic deaths in 20 OECD countries from 1955-2015 to show that traffic deaths in these countries began to decline in 1970 even after controlling for income effects. We believe that the persistence of these time effects in the models after controlling for income is credible evidence of a transition to a road safety policy era in OECD countries. In fact, the 1960s was a period of paradigmatic change in which the prevailing view that accidents were caused by drivers behaving badly (“the nut behind the wheel”) changed to a more balanced understanding of how road users, vehicles, road infrastructure, and post-crash care contribute to safety. Thus, we argue that the key lesson for developing countries is that they need to stop focusing solely on interventions aimed at changing behaviors of road users and take a systematic approach to addressing the main risk factors.

 

SPEAKER BIO:

Kavi Bhalla, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences of the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago, and Affiliated Faculty at the Harris School of Public Policy. His research aims to develop transport systems that are safe, sustainable and equitable, with a central focus on road safety in low- and middle-income countries. His recent work has focused on the development of analytical tools for improving estimates of the incidence of injuries in information-poor settings using available data sources. Kavi co-led the injury expert group of the 2010 Global Burden of Disease Project. He is formally trained as a mechanical engineer and his PhD (Cornell, 2001) thesis research focused on the mechanics of material failure, which he later applied to the study of injury biomechanics and vehicle crashworthiness. He is broadly interested in the design of products, environments, and systems that are safe and have positive health impacts.

More information at:

http://health.bsd.uchicago.edu/PersonProfile/Kanwaljeet%20-Bawa%20Bhalla

 

Contact Info: Joan Pinnell

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

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

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

NUTC Sandhouse: Andrew Fox & Eric Jakubowski, Anacostia Rail Holdings

Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) &; Sandhouse Rail Group present:

Andrew Fox - Managing Director
Eric T. Jakubowski - Chief Commercial Officer
Anacostia Rail Holdings


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ABOUT SPEAKERS:

+ ANDREW FOX
Managing Director, Anacostia Rail Holdings Company

Andrew Fox joined Anacostia Rail Holdings Company in 1997 as the president of Pacific Harbor Line, Inc. In August 2010, Mr. Fox moved to the Chicago South Shore &; South Bend Railroad where he served as President until March 2016, and then CEO until July 2016. Mr. Fox has also held a variety of posts at the Southern Pacific Transportation Company, including assistant to the vice president of operations. Mr. Fox is a past president of the California Railroad Association and past director of the ASLRRA. Northwestern University (BS); (MBA).

+ ERIC JAKUBOWSKI
Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Anacostia Rail Holdings Company

Eric Jakubowski joined Anacostia Rail Holdings Company in March 2012. Prior to this position, he was director of network strategy - US, for Canadian National Railway. He previously held marketing and operating positions for more than 25 years with both CN and Conrail. Eric served on the STB's Rail Shipper Transportation Advisory Committee as well as Northwestern University's Transportation Center Business Advisory Committee. Harvard University (BA); Northwestern University (MBA); (MA).

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ABOUT ANACOSTIA:

Anacostia Rail Holdings Company owns and operates freight railroads in the United States. Our services provide our customers with neutral access to the larger Class 1 railroads. Our services also include car switching for intermodal terminals and various industries, track maintenance and repair, freight trans-loading, and train dispatching.

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ABOUT SANDHOUSE:

The Hagestad Sandhouse Rail Group began in 2002 as an effort to connect active and veteran rail practitioners with students and academics interested in rail-related issues. Named for Douglas Dean Hagestad, a primary group founder who passed away in 2007, the Sandhouse Group meetings typically feature presentations from field experts, followed by an open forum discussion.

Contact Info: Joan Pinnell

Location: METRA - 547 W. Jackson Blvd. 13th Floor Chicago IL 60661

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

Thursday, April 12, 2018

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Sandhouse: George Hamlin, Hamlin Transportation Consulting

Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) &; Sandhouse Rail Group present:

 

GEORGE W. HAMLIN
President, Hamlin Transportation Consulting

George W. Hamlin, President of Hamlin Transportation Consulting and previously Managing Director at ACA Associates has more than 40 years of experience in the commercial aviation and aerospace industries. His previous experience includes senior consulting positions at Global Aviation Associates (now InterVistas-ga2), MergeGlobal and Morten Beyer &; Agnew. His advisory expertise includes specialization in transport economics, marketing and strategic planning, aircraft requirements/fleet planning, economic analysis and forecasting for both passenger and cargo operations.

Prior to Global Aviation Associates, Mr. Hamlin was Director of Strategic Planning at Airbus Industrie of North America, Manager of New Business Development at Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company, and Director of Schedule Planning at Texas International Airlines. Mr. Hamlin began his career in commercial aviation as a Financial Analyst with Trans World Airlines, in New York, NY, and later was responsible for the scheduling of the carrier's freighter operations, after serving initially as a part-time Customer Service Agent at JFK Airport.

Mr. Hamlin holds a Master of Science in Transportation from Northwestern University. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science (double major) from Washington and Lee University. He is the author of four books, including the Skyliners series of pictorial airline histories; numerous articles; and has many published photographs of transportation subjects.

 

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ABOUT HAMLIN TRANSPORTATION CONSULTING:

Hamlin Transportation Consulting is an independent advisory and consulting service providing strategic counsel and analysis to the transportation industry, with an emphasis on commercial aviation and aerospace.

Based in Fairfax, Virginia, Hamlin Transportation Consulting provides value for clients by applying the experience and expertise gained during my 40-plus years of transportation and aerospace company management, as well as consulting engagements. A particular area of interest is airline and aircraft economics, including fleet planning.


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ABOUT SANDHOUSE RAIL GROUP:

The Hagestad Sandhouse Rail Group began in 2002 as an effort to connect active and veteran rail practitioners with students and academics interested in rail-related issues. Named for Douglas Dean Hagestad, a primary group founder who passed away in 2007, the Sandhouse Group meetings typically feature presentations from field experts, followed by an open forum discussion.

 

Contact Info: NUTC Admin

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

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

Thursday, April 26, 2018

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Seminar: Eric Gonzales, UMass

Northwestern University Transportation Center presents:

 

Eric Gonzales

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil &; Environmental Engineering

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 

RESEARCH TOPICS:

Public Transportation Systems

Demand Responsive Transportation (e.g., Paratransit, Taxis, TNCs)

Freight and Logistics Systems

Multimodal Network Modeling and Control

Urban Traffic Flow and Safety

Sustainability and Environmental impacts of Transportation

Pricing and Transportation Economics

 

 

Contact Info: Joan Pinnell

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

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

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

NUTC Patterson Lecture: Dennis Muilenburg - Chairman, President & CEO, The Boeing Company

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Northwestern University Transportation Center presents:

2018 William A. Patterson Transportation Lecture

FEATURED SPEAKER:

Dennis A. Muilenburg
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
The Boeing Company

 

SPEAKER BIO:

Dennis Muilenburg is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of The Boeing Company.

Muilenburg, 54, oversees the strategic direction of the Chicago-based, $94.6 billion aerospace company. With roughly 140,000 employees across the United States and in more than 65 countries, Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and top U.S. exporter. It is the leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes, military aircraft, and space and security systems, and a provider of global services; it supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 nations.

Muilenburg became chairman of the board in March 2016, chief executive officer in July 2015 and president in December 2013.

Until July 2015, Muilenburg served as vice chairman, president and chief operating officer of Boeing, where he supported the company's aerospace business operations and focused on specific growth enablers, including important global relationships, leadership initiatives and development program performance.

Before that, Muilenburg served as president and chief executive officer of Boeing Defense, Space &; Security (BDS).

Earlier, Muilenburg was president of BDS's Global Services &; Support business, vice president and general manager of the Boeing Combat Systems division, and program manager for Future Combat Systems. Prior to that, he served as vice president of Programs &; Engineering for Boeing Air Traffic Management and director of Weapon Systems for the proposed Boeing Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. He also held program management and engineering positions on F-22, Airborne Laser, High Speed Civil Transport and the Condor reconnaissance aircraft, among others.

Muilenburg, who joined Boeing in 1985, spent the first 15 years of his career in the Puget Sound region of Washington, where he held a number of program management and engineering positions in support of both the commercial airplanes and defense businesses.

Muilenburg is a member of the board of directors of Caterpillar Inc., the U.S.-China Business Council, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science &; Technology). He is past chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) board of governors and a current AIA executive committee member. He also is an executive committee member of Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies. He serves on the boards of trustees for the National World War II Museum and Washington University (St. Louis).

He is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

A native of Iowa, Muilenburg holds a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering and an honorary doctor of science degree from Iowa State University as well as a master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington.

 

PATTERSON LECTURE ORIGIN:

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: Joan Pinnell

Location: TBD TBD Evanston IL 60208

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

Thursday, May 17, 2018

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Forgiving Roads" - Michael G. Dreznes, International Road Federation (IRF)

Northwestern University Transportation Center presents:

 "Forgiving Roads" 

Michael G. Dreznes
Executive Vice-President
International Road Federation (IRF)

 

SPEAKER BIO:

Michael G. Dreznes assumed his current position of Executive Vice-President of the International Road Federation (IRF) in February of 2012.

Prior to accepting his position at IRF, Dreznes was Vice-President of Barrier Systems Inc. for four years. Dreznes served as the Deputy Director General of the Washington Program Center of the International Road Federation (IRF) from July 2006 to February 2008. He worked as Vice- President at Quixote Corporation (Energy Absorption Systems, Inc.) for twenty years starting in 1986, when he was hired to create an international department for Quixote Corporation.

Dreznes has spent the last thirty-one years working to make the roads safer around the world. He is recognized as one of the world's leading specialists on roadside safety promoting the concept of "Forgiving Roads," and has conducted multiple road safety training seminars on roadside safety, work zone safety, vulnerable user safety and road safety audit in more than sixty countries around the world.

Dreznes is the Co-Chairman of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) AFB20 (2) Roadside Safety Sub-Committee on International Research Activities, Co-Chairman of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) Decade of Action Pillar 2: Safer Roads and Mobility Project Group, a member of the PIARC Road Safety Technical Committee 3.2 Design and Operation of Safer Road Infrastructure, a member of TASK FORCE 13 Committee on Work Zone Safety, Staff Advisor to the IRF Road Safety Working Group as well as Immediate Past Chairman of the IRF Fellowship Educational Foundation (IREF).

In January 2015, Dreznes was named the winner of the TRB AFB20 Roadside Safety Design Kenneth Stonex Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dreznes lives in Chicago, Illinois with his wife of forty-four years, Margaret. They have three grown and married children, Mike, Laura and Sarah, five grandsons, Patrick, Benjamin, Michael, Brock and Connor and four granddaughters, Caitlin, Rieve, Sabela and Elizabeth.

 

Contact Info: Joan Pinnell

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

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

Thursday, May 31, 2018

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Statistical inference of probabilistic origin-destination demand using day-to-day traffic data" - Zhen (Sean) Qian, Carnegie Mellon University

Northwestern University Transportation Center presents:

“Statistical inference of probabilistic origin-destination demand using day-to-day traffic data"


Zhen (Sean) Qian
Assistant Professor, Civil &; Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

 

ABSTRACT:

Recent transportation network studies on uncertainty and reliability call for modeling the probabilistic O-D demand and probabilistic network flow. Making the best use of day-to-day traffic data that are collected over many years, this research develops a novel theoretical framework for estimating the mean and variance/covariance matrix of O-D demand considering the day-to-day variation of network flow induced by travelers' independent route choices. It also estimates the probability distributions of link/path flow and their travel cost where the variance stems from three sources, O-D demand, route choice and unknown errors. The framework estimates O-D demand mean and variance/covariance matrix iteratively, also known as iterative generalized least squares (IGLS) in statistics. Lasso regularization is employed to obtain sparse covariance matrix for better interpretation and computational efficiency. Though the probabilistic O-D estimation (ODE) works with a much larger solution space than the deterministic ODE, we show that its estimator for O-D demand mean is no worse than the best possible estimator by an error that reduces with the increase in the sample size. The probabilistic ODE is examined on two small networks and two real-world large-scale networks. The solution converges quickly under the IGLS framework. In all those experiments, the results of the probabilistic ODE are compelling, satisfactory and computationally plausible. Lasso regularization on the covariance matrix estimation leans to underestimate most of variance/covariance entries. A proper Lasso penalty ensures a good trade-off between bias and variance of the estimation.
I will also briefly discuss several other research projects regarding transportation system analysis and optimization at the Mobility Data Analytics Center (MAC) at CMU.

 

SPEAKER BIO:

Zhen (Sean) Qian is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (major) and Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy (minor) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He directs the Mobility Data Analytics Center (MAC) at CMU. Qian's research lies in the integration and optimization of civil infrastructure systems. The primary focus of his research is to manage aging and overcrowded transportation infrastructure systems, and to build sustainable and resilient infrastructure networks through large-scale data analytics. He is particularly interested in large-scale dynamic network modeling and big data analytics for multi-modal transportation systems, in development of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and in understanding infrastructure system interdependency. His research has been supported by multiple agencies and private firms, such as NSF, FHWA, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), IBM, Benedum Foundation, and Hillman Foundation. Prof. Qian serves in the editorial board of Transportation Research Part C and Transportmetrica B, and is an active member of the Network Modeling Committee of Transportation Research Board. He is the recipient of the 2017 Greenshields Prize from the Transportation Research Board. Qian was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University from 2011 to 2013, and received his PhD degree in Civil Engineering at the University of California, Davis in 2011 and his M.S. degree in Statistics at Stanford University in 2012.

 

Contact Info: Joan Pinnell

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

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