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EVENTS IN 2013

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Integrated Planning of Bin Allocation and Vehicle Routing in Solid Waste Collection" - Vera Hemmelmayr, Vienna University

Northwestern University Transportation Center presents:

"Integrated Planning of Bin Allocation and Vehicle Routing in Solid Waste Collection"

Vera Hemmelmayr
Assistant Professor, WU Wien
Vienna University of Economics and Business

 

ABSTRACT:

The collection and treatment of waste is one of the most difficult and expensive problems faced by local authorities. We consider problems in the area of waste collection, which involve several types of waste to be collected. The service frequency over a given planning period has to be determined for a number of waste collection sites. The location of these collection sites is fixed and known a priori, but the bin configuration and sizing have to be decided. The problem is a combination of a vehicle routing and a bin allocation problem in which the trade-off between the associated costs has to be considered.

 

SPEAKER BIO:

Vera Hemmelmayr is assistant professor at WU Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Vienna. Before joining WU, she worked at University of Vienna and at CIRRELT (Montreal) as a post-doctoral fellow. She was a visiting researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Bologna. Her research interests include vehicle routing and location problems in the fields of waste collection and city logistics.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Thursday, May 16, 2013

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NU Transportation Center Seminar

"Road Safety Analyses using Data from Naturalistic Driving Studies: Challenges and Opportunities"

Speaker:

Paul P. Jovanis
Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Pennsylvania State University

Naturalistic driving studies seek to obtain information about driver behavior using onboard vehicle sensors and cameras with an experimental protocol that asks study participants to drive "naturally"; i.e. as they normally would. The technique has received much recent attention as a method to better understand driver behavior that contributes to crash events; the expectation is a better understanding of the role of the driver in crash occurrence.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Chambers Hall 600 Foster St Ruan Conference Center Evanston IL 60208

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

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

NU Transportation Center Icarus Event

"Domestic Airline Pilot Needs for the Next 10 to 20 Years"

Speaker:

Brant Harrison
First Officer, Skywest Airlines
Owner, Audries Aircraft Analysis, LLC

Currently there is great uncertainty and speculation regarding the demand for airline pilots in the United States. Multiple pilot shortages that have been predicted over the last forty years have rarely come to fruition. This research builds a model to identify an alternative probability of pilot supply over the next ten to twenty years.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Chambers Hall 600 Foster St Ruan Conference Center Evanston IL 60208

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

Thursday, May 30, 2013

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NU Transportation Center Seminar

"Monitoring Health Condition of Transportation Infrastructure: A Multivariate Statistical Framework to Process Real-time Measurement Data"

Speaker:

Yikai Chen
PhD Candidate in Civil & Environment Engineering; Transportation Center Dissertation Year Fellow
Northwestern University

Recent advancement in wireless and computing technologies has made long-term health monitoring of transportation infrastructure widely accepted and it hence prompted the need for state-of-theart methods to process and interpret data. The primary goal is to ensure the longevity and safety of infrastructure as well as to optimize resource allocation.

In this talk, we discuss two statistical methods to analyze deterioration measurement data from multiple distresses. Kalman filter serves as a rigorous tool to capture measurement errors and provide a structured look into the underlying fatigue patterns. In addition, Shewhart control charts and Hotelling T-square control charts are investigated to identify and quantify condition changes driven by unexpected causes, with an aim to reach reliable assessment of potential risks on structural performance. Empirical studies from a highway bridge on the border of Wisconsin and Michigan make an illustrative case to demonstrate the capability of the methods.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Chambers Hall 600 Foster St Ruan Conference Center Evanston IL 60208

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

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

NUTC Sandhouse Group presents: "CN's Acquisition of the EJE: The Story behind the Headlines" - Eric T. Jakubowski, Anacostia Rail Holdings

"CN's Acquisition of the EJE: The Story behind the Headlines"

Eric T. Jakubowski
Chief Commercial Officer
Anacostia Rail Holdings

 

SPEAKER BIO:

Eric is the Chief Commercial Officer for Anacostia and Pacific. A&;P owns the Chicago South Shore, Pacific Harbor Line, and New York &; Atlantic along with several other shortlines. Eric came to A&;P last Spring after 12 years at CN. He was the primary Negotiator for CN in the EJE transaction and he also managed the commercial integration. Eric managed US Strategic issues for CN including acquisitions, shortline relationships, and Class 1 partnerships. Prior to CN he worked in various Marketing, Operations, and Finance roles at Conrail. Eric is a graduate of the Transportation Center, and he also has an MBA from Kellogg and a BA from Harvard.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: DePaul Univeristy Law School, 25 E. Jackson Blvd Room 241 (2nd floor) Chicago IL 60604

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

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

NU Transportation Center Seminar

"A Reformulation-based Exact Algorithm for Solving a Recycling Districting Problem"

Speaker:

Roger Z. Ríos
Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the Graduate Program in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering; Professor, Operations Research
University of Texas at Austin; Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Territory design problems consist of grouping small geographic areas into larger geographic clusters called territories such that the latter fulfill relevant planning criteria. The decision-making problem addressed in this work is motivated by a real-world case arising in the recollection and recycling of waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE) in Europe. The WEEE Directive establishes that each company that sells electronic products in an European country has the obligation to recollect and recycle an amount of returned items proportional to the market share of the company. The decision making process involves assigning recollection units to companies subject to some planning requirements. In addition, the core of the law dictates that a regional monopoly by any company has to be avoided, that is, all basic areas allocated to the same corporation should be as geographically dispersed as possible. An integer programming modeling framework for this territory design problem is presented. From the computational standpoint, this discrete optimization problem is very hard to solve. Thus, several algorithmic strategies and model enhancements that effectively exploit the underlying mathematical structure of the problem are developed. Particularly, a dual bounding scheme and an improved problem reformulation based on a coverage location problem using a significantly fewer number of binary variables are proposed. An exact optimization  algorithm based on the problem reformulation is developed. Empirical evidence over a wide set of problem  instances illustrate the usefulness and positive impact of the proposed strategies resulting in dramatic speed-up of  solution times when compared to existing approaches and commercial methods.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Chambers Hall 600 Foster St Ruan Conference Center Evanston IL 60208

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

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Sandhouse Group presents: "Passenger trains on freight railroads:truth is a constant casualty" - Don Phillips, Transportation

"Passenger trains on freight railroads:truth is a constant casualty"

Don Phillips
Journalist, Transportation

 

ABSTRACT:

In addition to passenger trains on greight railroads (and truth), Don will cover these additional subjects:
-Despite happy-happy talk, what is Boardman really doing?
-Is oil by rail the beginning of a revolution, or a temporary expedient until piplines can be built?
Even the most skeptical railroaders now see a revolution. Why? What could go wrong?
-Are we really winning the battle to protect our right to take pictures of trains?

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Fred W. Turek, PhD: Genetics of Circadian Rhythms and Sleep

Fred W. Turek, PhD "Genetics of Circadian Rhythms and Sleep: Modern Life Battles Ancient Drives and Mother Nature"

Silverstein Lecture Series

Charles E. & Emma H. Morrison Professor of Biology, Departments of Neurobiology & Neurology and Director, Center for Sleep & Circadian Biology, Northwestern University

 

Note that the lecture is given twice:

November 19, 6:00 pm
Evanston Campus
Northwestern University
Abbott Auditorium
Pancoe Life Sciences Pavilion
2200 Campus Drive, Evanston

November 20, 6:00 pm
Chicago Campus
Northwestern University
Hughes Auditorium
Lurie Medical Research Center
303 E. Superior Street, Chicago

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Robert H Lurie Medical Research Center 303 E. Superior Hughes Auditorium Chicago IL 60611

Event URL: http://www.transportation.northwestern.edu/docs/20...