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EVENTS IN April 2015

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Modeling Driver Behavior in a Connected Environment: Integration of Microscopic Traffic Simulation and Telecommunication Systems" - Alireza Talebpour

Speaker:    Alireza Talebpour, PhD Candidate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University

Abstract   Connected and automated vehicles will change the future of our surface transportation system. Connected Vehicles Technology (CVT) provides the opportunity to create an interconnected network of moving vehicular units and stationary infrastructure units, in which individual vehicles can communicate with other vehicles (i.e. Vehicle-to-Vehicle communications) and other agents (e.g. a centralized traffic management center through Vehicle-to-Infrastructure communications) in a collaborative and meaningful manner. The real-time information provided by CVT allows drivers to become more aware of their surrounding traffic condition and to maneuver safely and more efficiently. Furthermore, in comparison with on-board sensing technologies, which provide the necessary information to myopically operate automated vehicles, CVT can improve the efficiency and reliability of the system-level performance of a driver-less transportation network. This presentation will introduce a comprehensive simulation framework to model driver behavior in a connected driving environment with connected and automated vehicles. The framework, which consists of a microscopic traffic simulator integrated with a discrete-event wireless communications network simulator, forms a basis for exploring the properties of the resulting traffic systems, and for assessing system-level impacts of these technologies. Special focus will be made on the effects of connected and automated vehicles on the stability of traffic flow, as well as the effectiveness of speed harmonization systems in controlling breakdown formation, preventing speed drop, maintaining higher flow rates, and reducing emissions.

 Bio   Alireza Talebpour is a PhD Candidate in Transportation Systems Analysis and Planning at Northwestern University. He specializes in traffic flow theory and safety analysis, with emphasis on topics related to connected and automated vehicles. Alireza received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Sharif University of Technology.


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, April 16, 2015

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Sandhouse: "Civil War Railroads" - Jack Barriger

The Sandhouse Gang (Rail Interest Group) of the Transportation Center presents:

John (Jack) Barriger, Retired Railroad Executive will deliver a talk on Civil War Railroads

The Civil War was the first major conflict in which railroads played an important role.

Men and supplies were moved quickly over long distances without foraging for themselves and their animals which revolutionized military strategy. Important battles were fought to control rail lines and junctions. The War brought about substantial improvements in railroading and trained the men who built America's post-Civil War national railroad network.

 Bio:   Jack Barriger is a third generation railroader and the great grandson of a Civil War Officer. After graduating from MIT and Yale Graduate School of Transportation Economics,  he began a 36-year career with the Santa Fe Railway. During the first 18 years, he served as Trainmaster in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, and as Superintendent of Transportation at Chicago headquarters.  For the next two years he managed the Transportation Control Systems Division of Sylvania Electric Products at Waltham, MA. For his last 18 year at Santa Fe he served in several positions in the Executive Department including Assistant to Chairman and President. After retiring from Santa Fe, Jack did Transportation Consulting for R. L. Banks Associates, PTSI and several railroads. He remains active in railroad affairs as a Trustee of the  John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library in St. Louis, which he founded in 1984, and as a member of AREMA, AARS, AAPRCO, IAROO and MofW Club of Chicago. 


Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Monday, April 20, 2015

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Workshop: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Applications and Emergent Technologies

This technical workshop will discuss the current and future potential of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as "drones." Speakers will provide insight into infrastructure monitoring and inspection, package and cargo delivery, the evolution of the UAV market, and policy developments.

Confirmed Speakers:

Joe Burns, CEO, Sensurion Aerospace 
Michael E. Drobac,  Executive Director, Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Coalition (Senior Policy Advisor, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer &; Feld LLP)
Sean McCann, President, MMIST Inc.

Registration Required.  Event is Free

To Register go to:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unmanned-aerial-vehicles-applications-and-emergent-technologies-tickets-16490593810

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/industr...

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines - featured speaker: 2015 Patterson Transportation Lecture

34th Annual Wm. A. Patterson Transportation Lecture will feature the CEO of the world's largest airlines - Doug Parker

Speaker Profile:

W. Douglas Parker is chairman and chief executive officer of American Airlines Group and American Airlines, its principal subsidiary company. Parker became CEO following the merger of US Airways and American Airlines in 2013.Previously, Parker was chairman and CEO of US Airways. Prior to the merger of US Airways and America West Airlines in 2005, he was chairman, president, and chief executive officer of America West. Parker became the CEO at America West just ten days before September 11, 2001, and led the carrier through the crisis.

Under Parker's leadership, US Airways achieved record revenue growth, operational performance, and profit margins that outpaced most industry peers. Parker has been one of the most vocal proponents of airline industry consolidation, which has provided a more stable and competitive industry for employees, customers, communities, and stockholders.

Parker's experience prior to joining America West in 1995 includes four years with Northwest Airlines as vice president and assistant treasurer, and vice president of financial planning and analysis. From 1986 to 1991, he held a number of financial management positions with American Airlines.

Parker received a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Albion College in 1984 and a master of business administration degree from Vanderbilt University in 1986. He serves on the board of directors for Valley of the Sun United Way.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Donald P. Jacobs Center 2001 Sheridan Road OLC Forum Evanston IL 60208

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

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

7:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Transportation Center Business Advisory Council Meeting

The Spring meeting of the Transportation Center's Business Advisory Commmittee

Closed meeting - open only to BAC members and other invited guests.

Contact Info: Diana F Marek

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

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

Thursday, April 23, 2015

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Transportation Seminar: Place Perception, Attractiveness, Meaning & Relationship to Activity & Travel

Speaker:    Konstadinos G. Goulias, Professor of Transportation,                             Geography Dept.,  University of California, Santa Barbara

Abstract:  Spatial choice models are increasingly becoming the focus of research for transportation applications.  Adding components of attitudes and perceptions to spatial discrete choice models allows building simulated agents that are more realistically heterogeneous.  One latent construct that can be quantified using attitudinal analysis and used in discrete choice models is Sense of Place (SOP) that we can define as a person's affective ties with the material environment.  Attitudinal analysis of SOP treats it as a multi-dimensional construct that includes place identity that is a person's identity with relation to the physical environment, place attachment that is the positive bond that develops between a person and the environment, place dependence that is defined as the strength of association between a person and a place, and a set of more focused attitudes that are application specific.  In this presentation we will explore SOP and its measurement in different contexts and different scales to also show its relationship to activity participation and travel.  The presentation will also illustrate a few related ideas in place familiarity, perception of opportunities available, perception of dangerous places, and attractiveness for the entire South Santa Barbara County and their relationship with objectively measured spatial attributes such as network centrality, number of business opportunities for activity participation, and remotely sensed land uses.  The final portion of the presentation is dedicated to the relationship between SOP and subjective well-being. 



Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center 2133 Sheridan Road ITW Room 1350 Evanston IL 60208

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