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Thursday, February 27, 2014

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Distributed Coordinated in-Vehicle Online Routing Using Mixed-Strategy Congestion Game

NU Transportation Center Seminar

Speaker:   Lili Du, Assistant Professor, Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering, IIT Armour College of Engineering

Abstract: Among a number of approaches for in-vehicle routing, there are two groups that are rather accessible to both academia and practitioners. One is independent routing, which simply disseminate the information of instantaneous traffic conditions of an interested network to equipped vehicles, and expect each driver to independently make their own route choice. The second is systemic routing, which collects all drivers' origin-destination information for a centralized decision unit to systemically make an overall route decision for all involved vehicles. It is well known that independent routing leads to selfish routing and results in oscillated traffic conditions in the network, while systemic routing is for the best interest of the whole network, but not necessarily individual vehicles. Moreover, the computational load in the second approach is too high to be feasible for a real application. To address the dilemma between the above two group of approaches, this study proposes a novel coordinated online in-vehicle routing mechanism (CRM), assuming smart vehicles equipped with wireless communication and local computation facilities.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Chambers Hall 600 Foster St Evanston IL 60208

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

Thursday, October 2, 2014

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Transportation Seminar: "Paying for Access, but Getting Immobility:

Speaker:  Elliott Sclar, Professor of Urban Planning, Columbia University

Rethinking Finance and Governance Models for 21st Century Urban Transportation

Abstract:  Urban centers are increasingly concentrated spaces for living and working in socially segregated metropolitan regions. Urban transport, however, is still largely conceived, financed and organized as a fragmented set of modally based services intended to serve lower-density metropolitan regions. Overcoming this disconnect between transport and land use requires a major rethinking on three dimensions: the definition of the required service, the methods of finance and the institutional structure.  


Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Technological Institute 2145 Sheridan Road Rm A230 Evanston IL 60208

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

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Transportation Center Welcome Back Reception

A Welcome Back Reception for transportation students, faculty and staff.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Prairie Moon Restaurant Evanston

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

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Seminar: Making Sense of the Future Market for Electrified Powertrains

Vehicle Choice Modeling Efforts at the U.S. Department of Energy

 Speakers:    Jacob Ward, Program Manger, for the Vehicle Technologies Office of the US Dept. of Energy and Thomas S. Stephen, Principal Transportation Systems Analyst for Argonne National Laboratories

Abstract:  The market for plug-in electric vehicles in the U.S. is inherently uncertain; analysts have projected market penetrations ranging from near-nothing to near-market saturation over time.  One useful analytical framework for making sense of this broad future uncertainty is a vehicle choice model, which estimates consumer willingness-to-pay at the interface of advanced vehicle characteristics and driver preferences.  This presentation will introduce and discuss a suite of six U.S. Department of Energy and National Laboratory vehicle choice models designed and used to explore technology and policy options to facilitate an electric mobility future.  Special focus will be made on the past application—including structure comparison, input standardization, and policy analysis—and future potential application (both by DOE and its national labs, as well as through potential external collaborations) of these models

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Technological Institute 2145 Sheridan Road A230 Evanston IL 60208

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

Thursday, October 16, 2014

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

American Railroads: Decline & Renaissance in the 20th Century

Sandhouse Gang (Rail Group) presentation:

Robert E. Gallamore, The Gallamore Group; Former Director, NUTC Transportation Center

Once an icon of American industry, railroads fell into a long decline beginning around the turn of the twentieth century. Overburdened with regulation and often displaced by barge traffic on government-maintained waterways, trucking on interstate highways, and jet aviation, railroads measured their misfortune in lost market share, abandoned track, bankruptcies, and unemployment. Today, however, rail transportation is reviving, rescued by new sources of traffic and advanced technology, as well as less onerous bureaucracy.

Robert Gallamore will discuss his recently released book, “American Railroads:  Decline and Renaissance in the Twentieth Century” written with distinguished economist John R. Meyer (1927-2009).  The book is a comprehensive history and analysis of the American Railroad industry throughout the last century.  It covers the initial years of regulation by the Interstate Commerce Commission, antitrust prosecution of the James J. Hill and E. H. Harriman empires, Federal control of railroads during World War I, and the efforts to consolidate railroads into fewer and larger systems in the 1920s.  The book also follows the rise in rail traffic during World War II, the deteriorating conditions in the 1970s and the sweeping changes brought on by deregulation and the Staggers Act.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Transportation Center 60th Anniversary Reception in DC

A Special reception in Washington DC for Alumni, Business Advisory Council Members, Friends and Colleagues of the Transportation Center to celebrate the Transportation Center's 60th Anniversary.

2014 marks the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of the Transportation Center at Northwestern University as a world class academic transportation institution.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Longworth Office Building U.S. House of Representatives Washington DC

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

Thursday, October 23, 2014

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Metra - The Way to Really Fly - Career Info Session

Come by and hear from the Chief Engineering Officer, Bruce Marcheschi and Chief Mechanical Officer, Jim Derwinski.  They will talk about the interesting projects Metra is undertaking as well as the challenging and long-term opportunities for Northwestern students at Metra – Internships and full-time opportunities.  Also speaking will by the Chief HR officer  Brenda Smith to answer questions about career opportunities at Metra. 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Technological Institute 2145 Sheridan Road M345 Evanston IL 60208

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

Thursday, October 30, 2014

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Advances in Data Collection & Analysis to Enhance Road Safety

Speaker:   Linda Ng Boyle, Professor and Chair, Industrial &; Systems Engineering, University of Washington

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Thursday, November 13, 2014

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Transportation Technical Symposium -

This special Technical Symposium is part of the Transportation Center's 60th anniversary celebration. The Symposium will identify the future of transportation , particularly from a researcher's point of view, and will focus on four broad areas:  Travel Demand &; Behavior; Logistics and Supply-chain Management; Economics and Policy; and Networks and Operations

Registration Required - Contact :  Diana Marek d-marek@northwestern.edu

Contact Info: Diana F Marek

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

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

Friday, November 14, 2014

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Transportation Summit - Transportation Center 60th Anniversary Celebration

The one-day Transportation Summit will bring together influential executives in the transportation industry, as well as the best and most noted minds in the fields of supply chain and logistics sustainability, transportation finance and innovation to address major challenges and themes effecting 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/news_ev...

Thursday, December 4, 2014

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

CANCELLED - Flexible Transit for Low-Density Communities

Transportation Seminar

SpeakerCharlotte Frei, PhD Candidate, Transportation Systems Analysis &; Planning, Civil &; Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University

Abstract: Demand for transport in low-density areas can be highly variable over time, and quality (or absence) of transit service may reinforce existing mode choices among travelers. Transit services that can flex with demand have been explored to address this variation. This paper describes a method to identify bus stop locations for a flexible service with characteristics of both fixed-route and demand-responsive transit. Once stops are identified, vehicle tours using actual origin-destination demand are constructed to evaluate relative operational efficiency. Simulations for a case study area in metropolitan Denver, Colorado and demand estimation results will be presented.  The methodology is appropriate to determine checkpoint locations and evaluate fleet allocation to structure flexible. The method can be extended to evaluate design of flexible transit in other low-density area; such future extensions will be discussed, particularly in the context of evolving vehicle technology and customer service expectations.

 Bio:   Charlotte Frei is a PhD Candidate in Transportation Systems Analysis and Planning at Northwestern University. Her research interests include travel behavior and public transit, with emphasis on topics related to transit mode choice. Charlotte earned a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.


Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

The Race is on - Can Rails Restore Service & Confidence before....?

Transportation Center Rail Group (Sandhouse Gang) Luncheon Meeting

Anthony B. Hatch, Senior Transportation Analyst &;, Financial Consultant, ABH Consulting

As freight traffic on the nation's railroads continues to grow -- the result of the improving economy, systemic transfers from the trucking industry, more crude oil and a record corn crop -- the ability to move traffic efficiently is becoming increasingly challenging. Service delays are creating serious delays for Amtrak; agriculture, coal and other shippers resulting in increasing complaints to Washington,  the Surface Transportation Board and members of Congress. Meanwhile the railroads are making record capital expenditures in order to increase capacity. Tony will summarize all of these factors in his usual cogent manner and give us his vision of what will occur in 2015. It promises to be a most interesting presentation that you will not want to miss. 


Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Maggiano's Restaurant , 516 N. Clark St. Chicago

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