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EVENTS IN October 2015

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

"The Digitally Connected Commuter: Is Growing Reliance on Personal Electronic Devices Increasing the Demand for Public Transit?"

 Seminar Speaker:  Joseph P. Schwieterman, Professor and Director, Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development DePaul University


This presentation reviews newly-collected data about the growing dependence on  personal electronic devices  (PEDs) among commuter rail travelers in the Chicago region.  Drawing upon DePaul's Technology in Travel project, it explores whether the growing importance of these devices to travelers is stimulating the demand for rail transit.  The report compares observation of 4,700 passengers at randomly chosen points on 45 Metra trains in early 2015 with more than 14,000 observations between 2010 and 2014.   The results show that more than three times as many riders are engaged in electronic tasks that are illegal while driving—such as reading emails on phones—than five years ago.   Schwieterman postulates that the value of travel time made possible by PEDs helps explain some of the recent ridership increases in the wake of significant fare increases

 Bio: Joseph P. Schwieterman, PhD, a professor in the School of Public Service at DePaul University and director of the school's Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, is a noted authority on transportation, and a long–standing contributor to the Transportation Research Board. He holds an M.S. in Transportation from Northwestern University and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.  Schwieterman spent eight years working in yield management for United Airlines and is president of the Chicago chapter of the Transportation Research Forum.  

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, October 8, 2015

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Estimation of Airline Initnerary Choice Models Using Deisaggregate Ticket Data

Seminar Speaker Laurie Garrow, Associate Professor of Transportation Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Airline itinerary choice models support many multi-million dollar decisions, e.g., they are used to evaluate potential route schedules and inform aircraft purchase decisions. Classic itinerary choice models suffer from major limitations, most notably they use average fare information but to not correct for price endogeneity. In 2013, Dr. Garrow established the first (and to date only) academic partnership with the Airlines Reporting Corporation. Through this partnership, she has access to six years of ticketing data for U.S. carriers. We use this database of airline tickets to estimate itinerary choice and compare these to classic itinerary choice models that use aggregate fare information but correct for price endogeneity. We describe how we plan to extend our approach to evaluate consumer welfare impacts of recent U.S. airline mergers.

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, October 15, 2015

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Neglected Impact of Measurement Error on Disaggregate Transportation Demand Models"

 Seminar Speaker: David Brownstone, Professor of Economics, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Irvine

Abstract:  Econometricians have known for almost a century that using variables subject to measurement errors in regression models always biases inference and frequently leads to inconsistent estimation.  Nevertheless disaggregate transportation modelers frequently use variables with substantial measurement error.  Route choice, mode choice, and vehicle choice models all require information about non-chosen alternatives, and these data are frequently imputed (e.g. from network skims) with substantial error.  This talk reviews work in economics on measurement error in income (a common exogenous variable in transportation models), and then gives some results from attempts to model the measurement process in route choice and vehicle choice.

Bio: David Brownstone is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Irvine, and he is also a member of UCI's Institute of Transportation Studies and Institute of Mathematical Behavioral Sciences.  Before coming to UCI in 1984, Brownstone taught economics at Princeton University and the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden.  Professor Brownstone has studied the impacts of tax reform on housing demand, the impacts of measurement errors in economic surveys, the impacts of carpool lanes and road pricing, the impacts of urban form on household vehicle choice and utilization, and the demand for alternative-fueled vehicles.  His current research is using new detailed data to build a new model to analyze the impacts of the recently increased Federal light vehicle fuel economy standards. Professor Brownstone has served as an expert consultant for toll road, high speed rail, and other major transportation projects in Orange County, California, Australia, and The Netherlands. He has recently consulted with the Volpe Center and the California Energy Commission on vehicle demand modeling.  In addition to his applied work, Brownstone was one of the first econometricians to apply bootstrapping and multiple imputations to generate valid inferences in complex models.  Together with Kenneth Train and David Bunch he was one of the first to apply mixed logit models in household vehicle demand and transportation mode choice models.  Brownstone has published many articles in top economics and transportation journals, and he currently serves on the editorial boards of Transportation Research (Part B: Methodological), Economics of Transportation, and The Journal of Choice Modeling.   

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, October 22, 2015

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Forecasting Urban Travel: Past, Present and Future - Book Launch Symposium

The Northwestern Transportation Center is pleased to announce and celebrate the publication of

"Forecasting Urban Travel: Past, Present and Future"  the new book by

David Boyce, Professor Emeritus of Transportation and Regional Science, University of Illinois at Chicago  

&; Huw Williams, Emeritus Professor of Transport and Spatial Analysis, Cardiff University

This special event will include a presentation by the authors followed by a panel discussion featuring the following distinguished transportation experts: 

Anna Nagurney, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Ram Pendyala, Georgia Institute of Technology

Kermit Wies, Former Deputy Executive Director, Chicago Metropolital Agency for Planning (CMAP)

 Reception to follow at 4:30 pm



Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: University Library 1970 Campus Drive VerSteeg Faculty Lounge, 3rd fl, South Tower Evanston IL 6

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

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The Internet of Things in Transportation and Logistics

This technical workshop, held in conjunction with the Fall 2015 meeting of the NUTC Business Advisory Council, will discuss the current applications of the Internet of Things (IoT) in transportation and logistics settings. IoT describes a network of physical and mobile objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity. In a transportation system, dynamic interaction between these “things” enables vehicular communication, smart traffic control, logistics and fleet management and optimization, intelligent port operations, vehicle control, and energy, maintenance and safety management, among others. The workshop features speakers from transportation firms, internet infrastructure companies, and technology providers for the transportation industry, and will describe applications in trucking, rail, and port operations, and more.

Contact Info: Bret Johnson

Location: 1710 Orrington Avenue Evanston IL 60201

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