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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

METRA - Building on the Successes of 2015 for the Future

Sandhouse Rail Group Meeting at Metra Headquarters - Brown Bag Lunch

Speakers:

DONALD A. ORSENO, Executive Director, Metra
Jim Derwinski, Chief Mechanical Officer, Metra
Bruce Marcheschi, Chief Engineering Officer , Metra

January's Sandhouse meeting will give you an update on what lies ahead for Metra in 2016 as well as an inside look at recent engineering and mechanical activities. Don Orseno will talk about plans for 2016. Bruce Marcheschi will discuss the implementation of PTC and the issues confronting Metra and the railroad industry as a whole.
Jim Derwinski will take us on a virtual tour of Metra's shops discussing the locomotive and passenger car rehabilitation programs as you tour the facilities.

While you will be sitting in the Metra boardroom it will almost be like you are in the shops or on the job sites. Hopefully this program will give you an opportunity to better understand the leadership role that Metra is undertaking America's passenger railroad industry.

Speaker Bios

Donald Orseno: Metra's Executive Director has worked for the railroad industry for 41 years. Formerly Deputy Executive Director/COO, he provided executive direction and guidance to the Chief Officers of Engineering, Transportation and Mechanical as well as Safety, Operations Training and Certification and Regulatory Compliance. He also provided executive oversight and direction to Purchase of Service Agreement contract carriers (BNSF and Union Pacific) to ensure consistency with Metra's standards and practices. As Executive Director, Mr. Orseno now provides direction and oversight to all areas of Metra's Administrative and Operating program.

Bruce Marcheschi: As Chief Engineering Officer of Metra, Mr. Marcheschi provides overall leadership and direction to Metra's Engineering Operations to ensure that Metra achieves its vision, mission, goals and objectives. Responsibilities include all day to day Engineering functions: Track, Signal, Electrical, Telecommunications, Structural, B&;B, MOW, Construction and Station Design. Mr. Marcheschi began his career in 1987 at Metra and has held progressively responsible management positions prior to his current position. Mr. Marcheschi has worked in the railroad industry for over 28 years.

Jim Derwinski: Mr. Derwinski joined Metra in 1996 as a Diesel Locomotive and EMU Electrician. Over the years he held various positions including General Foreman, Director of Systems Maintenance, Director of the Rock Island and Milwaukee

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Metra Headquarters 547 W. Jackson Blvd. - 13th fl., Metra Board Room Chicago IL 60661

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

Thursday, January 21, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Beyond Transport Time: modeling time use, understanding time values

Speaker: Sergio Jara-Diaz, Professor of Transport Economics &; Provost, Universidad de Chile

Abstract:
Travel time has understandably received great attention in transport systems analysis, a field of study where time related data has been systematically collected for now many decades. In this presentation we argue that understanding travel time values requires a clear understanding of the value of leisure (and work), which in turn requires understanding how people allocate time to activities and what are the values that command those decisions. We begin by showing the origins of the connection between the wage rate and the value of travel time savings calculated from discrete choice models. After making a link with the theories of time use, we explain how the approach has evolved towards the formulation and estimation of general time use models where the identification of activity types and their relations with goods consumption plays a key role besides income and time constraints. This evolution is illustrated with time use models that we have estimated using data from different cities and countries on time allocation, income and expenditures for different socio-economic categories.

Bio
Sergio Jara-Diaz is Professor of Transport Economics and Provost at Universidad de Chile. Ph.D. and M.Sc. from MIT, M.Sc. in Urban Planning from U. Católica de Chile and Civil Engineer from U. de Chile. He is the founding member of the Transport Division at U. de Chile. Is author of Transport Economic Theory (Elsevier, 2007) and more than 80 research articles on users' behaviour, value and use of time, industry structure on transport networks, public transport, optimal pricing and transport project appraisal. He resides in Santiago, Chile, with his only wife with whom he shares two sons and four grandchildren.

 

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...

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Beyond Transport Time: modeling time use, understanding time values

Speaker:      Sergio Jara-Diaz, Professor of Transport Economics &; Provost, Universidad de Chile

Abstract:
Travel time has understandably received great attention in transport systems analysis, a field of study where time related data has been systematically collected for now many decades. In this presentation we argue that understanding travel time values requires a clear understanding of the value of leisure (and work), which in turn requires understanding how people allocate time to activities and what are the values that command those decisions. We begin by showing the origins of the connection between the wage rate and the value of travel time savings calculated from discrete choice models. After making a link with the theories of time use, we explain how the approach has evolved towards the formulation and estimation of general time use models where the identification of activity types and their relations with goods consumption plays a key role besides income and time constraints. This evolution is illustrated with time use models that we have estimated using data from different cities and countries on time allocation, income and expenditures for different socio-economic categories.

Bio
Sergio Jara-Diaz is Professor of Transport Economics and Provost at Universidad de Chile. Ph.D. and M.Sc. from MIT, M.Sc. in Urban Planning from U. Católica de Chile and Civil Engineer from U. de Chile. He is the founding member of the Transport Division at U. de Chile. Is author of Transport Economic Theory (Elsevier, 2007) and more than 80 research articles on users' behaviour, value and use of time, industry structure on transport networks, public transport, optimal pricing and transport project appraisal. He resides in Santiago, Chile, with his only wife with whom he shares two sons and four grandchildren.

 

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, February 4, 2016

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

An Integrated Urban Model of Transportation, Land-Use, Energy, and Environment

Speaker   Kouros Mohammadian, Professor of Transportation Systems
Department of Civil &; Materials Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago

Abstract: Transportation system is multifaceted and influenced by various other urban systems. Undeniably, transportation system, built-environment, urban logistics, public health, environment, and energy resources are fundamentally linked. Therefore, they must be explicitly captured if the full impacts of urban policies are to be assessed. In this seminar, we will review a comprehensive urban system framework that allows exploring the interactions and interrelationships between connected urban systems. At the core of the integrated urban framework, are two large-scale microsimulation models of ADAPTS and FAME. The ADAPTS model presents the next generation activity-based travel demand modeling paradigm that is developed specifically to address many limitations of practical activity-based models by retaining the link at the individual level between activities and travel. It models the processes by which activity-travel patterns are developed. In that sense, ADAPTS takes the activity-based paradigm one step further by explicitly and dynamically representing the process of activity planning rather than relying on a sequential series of models. This allows the direct impacts of policies in the decisions made during activity planning. The FAME model represents a pioneering effort in freight demand modeling that has a separate component for supply chain configuration and has a wide geographical and industrial coverage. The model incorporates firms' essential characteristics in replicating shipping behaviors, and aims at paving the way for more advanced behavioral freight microsimulation models. The models are currently further extended to include emission and dispersion models, as well as a public health impact model. In addition, the ADAPTS model is being expanded to include in-home activities that can help developing policy-sensitive and individual-level energy consumption and conservation models.

Bio: Kouros Mohammadian is a Professor of Transportation Systems at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2001. His research has covered various areas of transportation planning including travel behavior analysis, modeling of activity and travel patterns, travel surveys, computational analysis of transportation systems, agent-based microsimulation models, and freight and logistics modeling. Kouros has authored/co-authored over 240 scholarly publications. He is the co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Transportation Letters and currently serves as the Chair of TRB's “Traveler Behavior and Values” committee (ADB10). He has also chaired two subcommittees of the Behavioral Processes (ADB10-4), and New Technologies in Travel Surveys (ABJ40-4). He has received several paper awards, including Ryuichi Kitamura award, Fred Burggraf award, and Charley Wootan award from TRB, recognizing his contributions to transportation research.

 

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, February 11, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location-Based Social Network (LBSN) Data: Emerging Big Data Sources for Travel Demand and Activity Modeling

Speaker:  Jing (Peter) Jin, Assistant Professor, Civil &; Environmental Engineering, Rutgers School of Engineering

Abstract:  The combination of mobile devices and social network data has created a new type of secondary data that can be used in travel demand and activity modeling. Location-based social network (LBSN) services, e.g. Foursquare, Yelp, and Geo-tagged Twitter data records user-confirmed arrivals (checkins) at points of interests (POIs). Through geo-spatial analytics, such checkin data can not only be converted into valuable demand data in terms of trip attractions and OD matrices to serve conventional trip-based model but also microscopic data that can used to validate activity-based models. This seminar provides an in-depth discussion on the LBSN data characteristics and the advantages and limitations of modeling travel activities, and the corresponding data modeling techniques and enabling applications in traffic and travel demand management. 

 

Short Bio:
Peter J. Jin, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. He worked as a postdoc fellow with Dr. C. Michael Walton at Center for Transportation Research (CTR) at The University of Texas at Austin. His major research interests include transportation big data analytics, active traffic and demand management, and connected and autonomous vehicle applications. He has 10 years of experience in ITS sensor and data system development and deployment. He contributed to the deployment of cellphone based traffic monitoring system in Shanghai, the development of Wisconsin WisTransporTal ITS data hub, and Foursquare location-based social network data. His research has resulted in 30 journal and more than 50 conference papers.

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, February 25, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Modernizing Freight Rail Regulation— The 2015 Transportation Research Board Recommendation to Congress

Joint Sandhouse Rail Group and TC Seminar........

Speaker:  Kenneth Boyer, Professor of Economics,                                                       Michigan State University

Abstract: Congress requested that the National Acadamies' Transportation Research Board form a committee to evaluate the regulation of US freight railroads. Prof. Boyer was a member of this committee and will report on the findings of the report. Included in the findings are: The current method for regulatory costing is irreparably broken and should not be replaced with any other attempt to calculate the cost of an individual shipment; that the annual calculation of revenue adequacy of railroads is misleading and no longer serves a useful purpose; that the logic of rules inhibiting access of tenant carriers is no longer current and needs to be rethought; that the Standalone Cost Test currently used for rate disputes lacks a logical basis; that much data collected about railroads no longer has a useful purpose while data to evaluate common carrier obligations is currently not collected; that rates would be better evaluated against a benchmark of rates charged on comparable movements that are subject to competition rather than against any cost standard; and that arbitration would be a better method of settling rate disputes than the current extraordinarily expensive procedures for evaluating rate reasonableness.

KENNETH D. BOYER, Professor of Economics, Michigan State University. B.A. (economics), Amherst College, Ph.D. (economics), University of Michigan. His primary research interests are in the economics of transportation and the economics of regulation. He is a winner of the Michigan State University teacher-scholar award and has taught at the Sino-American Training Center in Shanghai, China and the University of Michigan. He has been a member of many committees of the National Academy of Sciences' Transportation Research Board, including those on truck sizes and weights, navigation on the Upper Mississippi River, the collection of freight statistics and most recently on the modernization of railroad regulation. He is the author of Principles of Transportation Economics. Dr. Boyer is past Chair of the Transportation and Public Utilities Group of the American Economic Association and has served for many years as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Industrial Organization Society, the trade group of researchers in the economics of antitrust and regulation. .

 

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, April 7, 2016

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Rail Photography " By Rail Across Quebec to the Gaspe Peninsula" and "A Look at Changes in Railroad Signaling"

The NUTC's Sandhouse Rail Group presents....

Speaker:  George Hamlin, President, Hamlin Transportation Consulting

Photography by rail enthusiasts typically looks at its subject matter from an external viewpoint: “from the outside in”, effectively. In “By Rail Across Quebec to the Gaspe Peninsula”, George reverses this, presenting the winter round trip from Montreal to Gaspe essentially “from the inside out”, utilizing the traveler's perspective on the journey.

In “A Look at Changes in Railroad Signaling”, he examines some of the historical context of this subject, which was reflected in a wide variety of approaches to these safety devices by different railroads, in some cases with systems exclusive to a single railroad. Greater standardization is coming to the industry now, however, particularly with the coming of PTC (Positive Train Control) on many routes in the U.S., which means that some long-standing railroad traditions are about to vanish.

Come along for the ride, and enjoy taking a look at diversity in signal systems!

Bio: Although George Hamlin has made his professional career in the commercial aviation and aerospace industries, with airlines, airframe manufacturers and as a consultant, he has had a lifelong interest in railroads, and has followed the industry closely for many years.

In addition to many publications in his professional field, George also has numerous published articles in rail-oriented magazines, including TRAINS, Classic Trains, Railfan &; Railroad and others. In addition, he also has hundreds of published rail photos, including two in TRAINS' “100 Greatest Railroad Photos” special issue. In 2012, his book Chicago Railroad Scenes, Volume 2 was published by The Railroad Press.

Mr. Hamlin received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Washington &; Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and a M.S. in Transportation from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois. He is also a member of the Lexington Group in Transportation History.

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, April 14, 2016

3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Energy Efficient Transportation Systems - Innovation Seminar

The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc. is presenting a series of Innovation Seminars focused on Energy Efficient Transportation Systems at four renowned university in the Midwest to create a transatlantic knowledge exchange on the topic.   Northwestern University has been selected as one of their target universities.  The Transportation Center is co-host of this  special seminar   

The seminar will include presentations by select German companies and institutions, and will feature an expert speakers from the transportation sector in Germany.  The goal of the event is to showcase  innovation in this areas of sustainability and energy-efficient technologies and promote connections between students, faculty and German-based companies  and think tanks.

The program will feature the following presentations :   

From Connected Vehicles towards Integrated Mobility and Transport
Speaker:   Prof. Dr. Christian Prehofer, Internet of Things &; Services, Research Group Leader, Fortiss GmbH  

Fortiss GmbH an academic Institute associated with the Technical University of Munich which acts as a technological think tank, facilitating research, technology transfer and innovation.  

DB Schenker Global Logistics Innovation: Industrial Case Study

Speaker:  Bernhard Kleine, Director, Trade Lane Development Trans Atlantic for EMEA and Indi an Subcontinent, Schenker Inc.
Schenker Inc. -  a leading global provider of integrated logistics solutions.

ATWS (Automatic Track Warning System) with limiting noise in residential areas
Speaker:  - Thomas Reinacher, Regional Manager North America, Zöllner Sig-nal GmbH

 Zöllner Signal GmbH –  manufactures acoustic signaling systems for ships and trains.www.zoellner.de/en/

Under the Hood of Intelligent Transportation in Germany Today –
Speaker:  Jeremy Goldstein, Logistics Coordinator, Peapod LLC and/or TAP-YTL Alumnus 2012: Intelligent Communication &;  Transportation Systems

Peapod LLC is America's leading Internet grocer, delivering more than 23 million orders across 24 U.S. markets. 

A Panel Discussion and Q&;A session will follow the presentation.

A Networking Reception will be held at the end of the event from 4:50 – 5:30 pm

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

Event URL: http://www.gaccmidwest.org/initiativen/energy-effi...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Industry Technical Workshop: BioLogistics in a Changing Healthcare World

The Northwestern University Transportation Center and the Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology will present an industry workshop, BioLogistics.

Free - but Registration Required (Register here)

The emergence of environmentally sensitive pharmaceuticals and medical products, as well as industry and security regulations, are driving change in the transport of products in the healthcare industry  – for carriers, third-party suppliers, those in the Pharma business who manage the distribution of their product, and for the end customers who need these critical goods.  A distinguished roster of speakers, including senior executives representing the Health Care Industry, and transportation professionals representing companies that provide specialized services for these products will address the many pressing issues releavant to the transport of "pharma." 

Workshop Program:
2:00 - 3:05 pm – Welcome
Bret Johnson, Associate Director, Northwestern University Transportation Center

2:05 - 3:25 pm – Speaker Presentations

Mr. Dave Bode, Vice President, Health Care Solutions, DSC Logistics
Mr. Bill Spillane, Executive Director, Health Care Solutions, Astellas Pharma  
Mr. Andrew Boyle, Co-Owner, Boyle Transportation
Mr. Jerry Beyl, Vice President, Health Care Sales, Fedex

3:25 - 3:45 pm – Networking Break

3:45 - 4:45 pm – Panel Discussion
Mr. David Torma, Director, Logistics &;  Global Transportation, Baxter Healthcare (Moderator)

Mr. Jerry Beyl, Vice President, Health Care Sales, Fedex

Mr. Dave Bode, Vice President, Health Care Solutions, DSC Logistics

Mr. Andrew Boyle, Co-Owner, Boyle Transportation

Mr. Ron Chomiuk, Senior Business Analytics Consultant, Teradata

Mr. Gary Fennessy, Vice President Corporate Supply Chain and Hospital Operations, Northwestern Memorial Healthcare

Mr. Bill Spillane, Executive Director, Health Care Solutions, Astellas Pharma

Event Co-Chairs
Dr. Hani Mahmassani
William Patterson Professor of Transportation and Director of the Northwestern University Transportation Center

Mr. Bret Johnson
Director of the Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: James L Allen Center 2169 Campus Drive McCormick Fnd. Auditorium Evanston IL 60208

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

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

2016 William A. Patterson Transportation Lecture - Jeff Silver, CEO, Coyote Logistics

Speaker:  Jeff Silver, CEO of Coyote, A UPS Company 

"No Excuses. Technology and culture meet a new era of expectation"

JEFF SILVER is the cofounder and chief executive officer of Chicago-based Coyote Logistics, one of the most innovative, fast-growing third-party logistics (3PL) service providers in North America. Under Silver's leadership, Coyote became a UPS subsidiary in 2015. Prior to founding Coyote in 2006, Silver transformed the 3PL industry in the 1980s and 1990s with American Backhaulers, the second-largest North American freight brokerage at the time.

Crain's Chicago Business named Silver to its 2015 Who's Who in Chicago Business for the fourth consecutive year. Silver was also recently named to the Supply &; Demand Chain Executive 2015 Pros to Know Awards for the third consecutive year.

Silver serves on the board of the Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) and the MIT School of Engineering Dean's Advisory Council, and he is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

Full Bio:

Prior to founding Coyote in 2006, Jeff Silver worked at American Backhaulers (ABH), a company he joined in 1984 after graduating from the University of Michigan. Using a Rolodex and a pen and paper, he matched trucks with available loads by hand, a system that prompted him to write the truck-matching software that eventually grew ABH to be one of the largest freight brokerages in North America at the time. After ABH was sold to C.H. Robinson in 1999, Jeff took a five-year hiatus to pursue his MBA from the University of Michigan and a master of engineering in logistics from MIT. He had always known there was a need for a stronger service commitment in the industry, so in 2006, armed with industry experience and advanced education, Jeff and Chief People Officer Marianne Silver founded Coyote, a company that has been changing the industry and service expectations ever since.


Jeff was recently named to the Supply &; Demand Chain Executive 2015 Pros to Know Awards for the third consecutive year. In 2013 Chief Executive magazine named Silver the Mid-Market CEO Award winner in the Overall Excellence category, and in 2011 Ernst &; Young named him Entrepreneur of the Year in the Midwest category. Jeff serves on the board of the Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) and the MIT School of Engineering Dean's Advisory Council, and he is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.
Coyote provides truckload, less-than-truckload, and intermodal brokerage services for shippers and carriers and transportation management services to more than 14,000 shippers, from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses. Under Silver's leadership, Coyote became a UPS subsidiary in 2015.

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Thursday, April 21, 2016

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Transportation Center Business Advisory Council Meeting

Spring meeting of the NUTC Advisory Council  - closed meeting - by invitation

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Memorial Tribute for Dr. Aaron J. Gellman

The Transportation Center and Northwestern University Communicty will hold a Memorial Tribute to honor the life of Dr. Aaron J. Gellman who passed away on Jan. 11, 2016 at the age of 85.

Memorial Service will be held at the Vail Chapel of Northwestern's Alice Millar Chapel.

Reception to follow from 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Location:  Harris Hall, 1881 Sheridan Road, Rm 108

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Alice Millar Chapel 1870 Sheridan Road Vail Chapel Evanston IL 60208

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

Thursday, April 28, 2016

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

The Air Transport Industry: Structure, Economics, Operations - An overview of the Industry and its Key Players

Icarus Society Aviation Group presents:

Peter L. Smith Former Project Director, Customer Value of Aviation Services, Marketing &; Business Strategy, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Topics to include: airline operations; airline economics and aftermarket services; and insights into landing a career in aviation!

Bio:   Peter L. Smith had a 40-year professional career as an analyst in urban and regional transportation, telecommunications, and aviation before retiring from Boeing Commercial Airplanes in July of 2013.


Smith graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Social Relations (anthropology, sociology, economics) in 1971. His first professional jobs were in urban and regional transportation planning and operations, in upstate New York and New England. Wanting to improve his knowledge and credentials in transportation analysis, he entered Northwestern University's Master of Science in Transportation (MST) program, finishing his coursework in 1980.
His first position after graduating from the MST program was an 18-month assignment in the city of Lille, in the north of France. In Lille he performed ridership and economic analyses for the Metro de Lille, an interurban light rail transit system which was then under construction.


After returning to the U.S. and working for AT&;T Communications analyzing telecommunications markets, he joined the Boeing Company and shortly relocated to Seattle, Washington, where he has lived ever since. His first assignments at Boeing were strategic planning for a startup telecommunications business, then designing and implementing quality assurance practices for Boeing's internal IT processes, and managing IT development projects.
Moving to the Marketing organization in Boeing's Commercial Aviation Services division, Mr. Smith analyzed the economic value that airlines receive from services such as OEM-supplied spare parts, turnkey maintenance support, automated airplane diagnostic services, and airplane retrofits to enhance aerodynamic performance. Along the way, he developed a business plan for an executive airline mediation service, and earned an MBA at the University of Washington's Foster School of Business. His last, and he feels his most rewarding assignment, was to analyze markets and competition for the suite of information-based commercial services that Boeing provides to airlines.

 

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/docs/20...

Thursday, May 5, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Transit Accessibility, Last Mile Issues & Equity: Assessment using Chicago as a Case Study

Transportation Seminar:

Speaker:  Dr. Nebiyou Y. Tilahun, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Urban Planning &; Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago

Abstract:

Public Transit addresses the transportation needs of those with mobility disadvantages in many urban areas. Low income persons, households without vehicles, persons who cannot operate vehicles due to disability or other reasons, are often reliant on transit systems for their daily travel needs. A transit system that fills these mobility gaps should ensure easy access to stations as well as connect users to desirable destinations. This talk addresses both types of access - to stations and destinations - by examining the determinants of last-mile transit problems using a Stated Preference survey, assessing the prevalence of last-mile transit problems, and measuring transit access to different types of destinations. It then looks at the equity implications of the geographic distribution of last-mile problems and transit accessibility using the Chicago area as a case study.

 Bio:Nebiyou Tilahun is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2010. His research interests are in the areas of travel behavior, the study of travel for social activities, transit accessibility and equity. He directs the Urban Transportation &; Behavior Research Group and also manages the Metropolitan Chicago Accessibility Explorer.

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 19, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

"Simulating the Dynamic Effects of Horizontal Mergers: U.S. Airlines"

Speaker:  Dr. John Lazarev, Assistant Professor of Economics, New York University (Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University)


Abstract:

We propose a new method for studying the medium and long run dynamic effects of horizontal mergers. Our method builds on the two-step estimator of Bajari, Benkard, and Levin (2007). Policy functions are estimated on historical pre-merger data, and then future industry outcomes are simulated both with and without the proposed merger. In our airline entry model, an airline's entry/exit decisions are made jointly across route segments, and depend on features of its own route network as well as the networks of the other airlines. We also allow for city-specific profitability shocks that affect all route segments out of a given city, as well as segment-specific shocks. Using data for 2003-2008, we apply our model to three recently proposed airline mergers. We find that a merger between two major hub carriers leads to increased entry by the other hub carriers, and can lead to substantial increased entry by low cost carriers, both effects offsetting some of the initial concentrating effects of the merger. Our model also suggests that a merger between two hub carriers can in certain cases lead to dismantling of a hub.

 BIO:  JOHN LAZAREV, Assistant Professor of Economics, New York University.  B.Sc. (economics), Moscow State University, M.A. (economics), New Economic School, Ph.D. (economic analysis and policy), Stanford University. His primary research interests are in the economics of industrial organization. In his research, he develops game theoretic models and applies them to the empirical study of individual industries. His current projects include “The Welfare Effects of Intertemporal Price Discrimination: An Empirical Analysis of Airline Pricing in U.S. Monopoly Markets”; “Simulating the Dynamic Effects of Horizontal Mergers: U.S. Airlines,” and “Getting More from Less: Understanding Airline Pricing”. Dr. Lazarev is visiting the Department of Economics of Northwestern University during the spring of 2016.

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...

Monday, May 23, 2016

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Mobility 2050: A Vision for Transportation Infrastructure and How We Get There

Symposium:

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the Northwestern University Transportation Center have partnered to produce a comprehensive study into future trends and opportunities that will determine how U.S. transportation infrastructure will look in the year 2050. The Mobility 2050 symposium will review these findings and seek perspectives from different consumers of infrastructure on how we proceed in pursuit of crafting a national, comprehensive plan for the future of U.S. infrastructure.


The Mobility 2050 symposium will feature:
Victor Mendez, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

Randall S. Blankenhorn, Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation

Ronald M. De Feo, CEO, Kennametal; Chair, AEM's Infrastructure Vision 2050 Task Force

Dr. Julio M. Ottino, Dean, Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University

Hani Mahmassani, Director, Northwestern Transportation Center

Joseph L. Schofer, Associate Dean, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Technological Institute 2145 Sheridan Road Cohen Commons Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: https://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/news/articl...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

The Role of the Media in Covering Aviation

Transportation Center Aviation Program (Icarus Society)

U.S. news consumers have a near-insatiable desire for airline news. They want to know where to find deals, which airlines offer the best legroom and entertainment and what carriers are safest. But should the journalists give readers and viewers only what they crave? Or should they go beyond the headlines and offer a more complete view of the airline industry? Medill Professor Clarke Caywood will moderate a panel discussion of three communications experts on journalism's coverage of the aviation industry. Our panelists include:

BRIAN SUMERS, Transport Editor, Americas, Aviation Week
MICAH MAIDENBERG, Reporter, Crain's Chicago Business
STEVE NOLAN, Vice President, Communications &; PR, GoGo

Speaker Bios:

BRIAN SUMERS is a Los Angeles-based journalist covering airports and airlines. Sumers regularly writes for Conde Nast Traveler and Aviation Week and also has contributed to the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Skift and L.A. Weekly. Previously, he worked as a reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Los Angeles Daily News. Sumers is a magna cum laude graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and he holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School.

MICAH MAIDENBERG is a reporter covering transportation, aviation and manufacturing for Crain's Chicago Business. He also spent nearly three years writing about commercial and residential real estate for the publication. Maidenberg's journalism experience includes a stint as editor of two weekly newspapers in Chicago, reporting positions at publications in Virginia and Northern California and freelance work for outlets such as WBEZ-FM/91.5 and the Jewish Daily Forward. Maidenberg, 36, is a native of Marion, Ind. and a 2003 graduate of Indiana University.

STEVE NOLAN joined Gogo in 2011 and currently serves as the company's vice president of corporate communications. Steve is responsible for managing all aspects of Gogo's external and internal communications including social media. During his career at Gogo, he supported a complete rebranding of the company from Aircell to Gogo. He also helped guide the company public thorough its IPO and has supported the company's growth into a global organization. Steve has more than 20 years of communications and journalism experience and has served in leadership roles in both PR agency and corporate communications, supporting some of the most recognizable brands in the world. He started his career as a television reporter and writer. Steve earned his Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Iowa and a Master's Degree in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Donald P. Jacobs Center 2001 Sheridan Road Room 276 Evanston IL 60208

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

Thursday, May 26, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Simulating and Visualizing Planning for Sustainable Development: Transportation Seminar

Speaker: Dr. Paul Waddell, Professor of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley

This seminar will address a case study of developing an integrated land use and transportation plan within the San Francisco Bay Area using UrbanSim integrated with an Activity-Based Travel Model, and using 3D visualization to help engage citizens in understanding the scenarios being evaluated.

Bio:

Paul Waddell is a professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches and conducts research on modeling and planning in the domains of land use, housing, economic geography, transportation, and the environment. He has led the development of the UrbanSim model of urban development, now used by Metropolitan Planning Organizations and other local and regional agencies for operational planning purposes in a variety of U.S. metropolitan areas such as Detroit, Houston, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Seattle, as well as internationally in a growing list of cities in Europe, Asia, and Africa. His current research focuses on the assessment of the impacts of land use regulations and transportation investments on outcomes such as spatial patterns of real estate development and prices, travel behavior, emissions, and resource consumption. He is also working on ways to engage public participation in making complex policy choices.

Over the past five years, Professor Waddell has served as PI or Co-PI on numerous research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Highway Administration, and state and local governments.

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Life is Hard and the Train is Easy, along the South Shore Line

A Special Brown Bag Luncheon Meeting of the NUTC Sandhouse Rail Group.
The speakers will discuss rail service on the South Shore Line and the possible impact on the economic development of The Calumet Region.

Speakers:

* Michael Noland, General Manager, NICTC – Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District

* Donald Orseno, Executive Director, METRA

NICTD is looking at significant strategic advances including reducing travel time on the historic railroad between South Bend and Chicago and a new railroad to serve Hammond, Munster and Dyer. A major project is double-tracking the railroad between Gary and Michigan City. Working in concert with Metra, the strategic needs of the Metra Electric from Kensington North are being studied. A major question is “what role can the railroad play in the economic development of the Calumet Region?” This will be a presentation about the issue as well as an opportunity for those present to participate in the conversation.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: 14 East Jackson, 16 th fl DePaul University - Dublin Room Chicago IL 60604

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

Thursday, August 18, 2016

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

PhD Summer Seminar Series - View from the Corner Office: A Business Perspective of Industry

This presentation is a forum for McCormick PhD students to learn more about what working in industry actually looks like from the perspective of high-level managers. The talk will include information about industry, what happens when a larger company purchases a smaller company or start-up, and mergers and acquisitions from a business perspective.

Presenters: Randy Harvey, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at IHS Markit

Lunch will be provided! Register in McCormickConnect. Registration ends 8/16.

 

Contact Info: MCD Staff

Location: Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center 2133 Sheridan Road 1-350, ITW Classroom Evanston IL

Event URL: https://www.myinterfase.com/mccormick_northwestern...

Monday, August 29, 2016

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

PPG Industries Info Session

NOTE: This event is being handled through the Chemistry department - please contact Gerri Pipersburgh at 847-491-2967 if you have questions.

Join PPG Industries for their Information Session regarding open positions for PhDs and Post-docs in ChE, MSE, and Chemistry!

PPG Industries is a leader in its markets; is a streamlined, efficient manufacturer; and operates on the leading edge of new technologies and solutions. It is our vision to continue being the world's leading coatings and specialty products and services company, serving customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. PPG has manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in more than 60 countries around the globe.

Contact Info: Engineering Career Development Staff

Location: Technological Institute 2145 Sheridan Road LR5 Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: https://www.myinterfase.com/mccormick_northwestern...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

NUvention Info Session 1

Ever wanted to learn what it takes to build a startup? Interested in networking with successful entrepreneurs? Take a NUvention class! Join the Farley Center to learn more about our NUvention course offerings this fall and meet other interested students. Food and drinks will be served.

NUvention Medical

NUvention Transportation

NUvention Advanced Materials

NUvention Therapeutics

Contact Info: Elizabeth K Lukehart

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

Event URL: http://www.farley.northwestern.edu/we-teach/nuvent...

Thursday, September 8, 2016

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

PhD Resume Walk-in Hours

For McCormick PhD students: Come have your resume reviewed by a career advisor and ensure that you are putting your best foot forward in your job search!

Appointments will last about 15-minutes and are first-come, first-served.

Contact Info: MCD Staff

Location: Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center 2133 Sheridan Road 2-350 (MCD Office) Evanston IL

Event URL: https://www.myinterfase.com/mccormick_northwestern...

Friday, September 9, 2016

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

New Student Orientation - Master of Engineering Management

The Master of Engineering Management program has an annual orientation event for new students at the beginning of every fall quarter. It is manadatory for all new full-time and part-time students starting the program. Part-time students who joined the program in Winter, Spring or Summer quarter of the same year are also required to attend the orientation.

Contact Info: Stephen Tilley

Location: North Campus Parking Garage/Academic Building 2311 N Campus Drive Evanston IL 60208

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

New EECS MS Student Orientation

Mandatory orientation for new MS students to learn about the EECS department.

Contact Info: EECS Graduate Student Affairs Office

Location: Technological Institute 2145 Sheridan Road Room L211 Evanston IL 60208

Monday, September 12, 2016

ALL DAY

Wildcat Welcome (New Student Orientation)

Wildcat Welcome (New Student Orientation)

Contact Info: Office of the Registrar

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUvention Info Session 2

Ever wanted to learn what it takes to build a startup? Interested in networking with successful entrepreneurs? Take a NUvention class! Join the Farley Center to learn more about our NUvention course offerings this fall and meet other interested students. Food and drinks will be served.

NUvention Medical

NUvention Transportation

NUvention Advanced Materials

NUvention Therapeutics

Contact Info: Elizabeth K Lukehart

Location: North Campus Parking Garage/Academic Building 2311 N Campus Drive The Garage Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: http://www.farley.northwestern.edu/we-teach/nuvent...

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Engineering Management Minor Information Session

Are you a McCormick Masters students interested in managment or business?  Attend the Engineering Management Minor Information Session on Monday, September 12.  The minor consists of 3 courses in the Master of Engineering Management Program.  View the website for more information:  http://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/academics/graduate/programs/interdepartmental-minors.html

Contact Info: Stephen M Tilley

Location: North Campus Parking Garage/Academic Building 2311 N Campus Drive Suite 1400/Krebs Classroom Evan

Event URL: http://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/academics/gr...

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

ALL DAY

TGS Graduate Student Orientation

TGS Graduate Student Orientation

Contact Info: Office of the Registrar

Thursday, September 15, 2016

3:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Sandhouse Group presents: "Representations of Railroading" w/ Scott Lothes

Speaker: Scott Lothes, president and executive director of the Center for Railroad Photography &; Art and editor of its journal, Railroad Heritage.

As one of the world¹s most transformative technologies, railroads are frequent subjects of all forms of art. Beginning with the first paintings of steam locomotives from the 1820s and moving all the way through to digital photographs of today¹s trains, we will consider the long relationship between railroads and visual media. Featured works will include highlights from the collections of the Center for Railroad Photography &; Art, whose mission is to preserve and present significant images of railroading. The late Aaron Gellman, former director of the Northwestern Transportation Center, was a longtime member of the Center and regular attendee of its annual conference at Lake Forest College.

Bio: Scott Lothes is president and executive director of the Center for Railroad Photography &; Art and editor of its journal, Railroad Heritage.
An accomplished freelance photographer and author, he has published more than 300 photographs and 50 articles in books and magazines including Trains and Railroad History. He grew up watching coal trains in West Virginia and received a B.S. degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He and his wife Maureen reside in Madison, Wisconsin

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Chambers Hall 600 Foster St Evanston IL 60208

Friday, September 16, 2016

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Welcome for New Full-Time Graduate Students

MGLC and the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science invite you to attend the 

Welcome &; Luncheon 
for New Full-Time Graduate Students

Enjoy a welcome from Dean Julio M. Ottino and MGLC leaders.  Receive a Northwestern Engineering t-shirt and a free lunch on the Tech East Plaza will follow.

Contact Info: McCormick Events

Location: Technological Institute 2145 Sheridan Road Ryan Auditorium Evanston IL 60208

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

ALL DAY

Fall Classes begin 8 a.m.

Fall Classes begin 8 a.m.

Contact Info: Office of the Registrar

Thursday, September 22, 2016

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

NUTC & CMAP present: #ONTO2050 Big Ideas Forum

Have we reached peak driving? Planning for future travel in the Chicago region

After a half-century of increases in car ownership, solo auto commuting, and roadway congestion across the Chicago region, the last decade has seen auto use stall or decline according to most measures. Have we truly passed “peak driving,” or did recent economic conditions merely hit the pause button? CMAP and the Northwestern University Transportation Center invite you to a panel in which transportation experts will discuss this question and its implications for planning, policy, and infrastructure decisions through 2050.

#2050BIGIDEAS

Contact Info: Elizabeth Irvin

Location: McCormick Foundation Center 1870 Campus Drive Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eve...

Thursday, September 29, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC presents Dr. Marta C. Gonzalez: "Big Data to Tackle Urban Mobility Challenges"

Dr. Marta C. Gonzalez, Associate Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Department of Civil &; Environmental Engineering discusses using Big Data to address mobility issues in urban settings.

 

Publications: http://humnetlab.mit.edu/wordpress/publications/

Research Website: http://humnetlab.mit.edu/

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Career Exploration Day: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (& more)

Meet a variety of companies to informally talk with engineers and recruiters about career paths, the company's work environment, key skill sets, and where your engineering degree might take you. Find out what engineers do in the transportation industry!

When: Tuesday, October 4 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: Tech Institute on Northwestern's Evanston campus
Cost: Free but registration is required.

Contact Info: MCD Staff

Location: Technological Institute 2145 Sheridan Road Tech Lobby Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: https://www.myinterfase.com/mccormick_northwestern...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

ITA Tech Challenge (Test your Coding Skills, Get Recruited, and Compete for Prizes!)

The ITA Tech Challenge is a programming and coding skills competition for students at targeted Midwest universities, led by the Illinois Technology Association. This event is brought to you by Engineering Career Development.

Step 1: Take the #itatechchallenge on Wednesday, October 5 at 4:30 PM in Ford, 1-350 (ITW)
• Eat some food!
• Listen to a presentation from an awesome tech company – Allstate!
• Complete the ITA Tech Challenge qualifying exam in any coding language for a chance to win!

Step 2: Win up to $5,000 and interview with top tech companies!
The Top 50 scorers out of all initial exams at the 21 participating universities, will be invited to stay in downtown Chicago and compete in the Final Challenge,
November 4-5, 2016 for cash prizes and bragging rights.

Sign up to compete at itatechchallenge.com!

Contact Info: Engineering Career Development Staff

Location: Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center 2133 Sheridan Road Ford, 1-350 (ITW) Evanston IL 6

Event URL: https://www.myinterfase.com/mccormick_northwestern...

Thursday, October 6, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

"Public-Private Partnership for Transportation Safety: Case Studies in Air & Rail"

Laurence Audenaerd, Lead Engineer Center for Advanced Aviation System Development, The MITRE Corporation

ABSTRACT:
Noting a continuous decline in accidents, the aviation industry during the mid-1990s viewed itself as an extremely safe mode of transportation. However, a number of high-profile accidents by U.S. carriers called into question whether the accident record of aviation safety could reliably stand as the measure of safety health and culture within the industry. As a result, the government undertook a unique approach to collaborating with industry by developing rigorous safety management systems culminating in a highly successful public-private partnership for aviation safety.

Given the many similarities between air and rail systems, recent high-profile railroad accidents raise questions of whether the rail industry may benefit from a similar collaborative structure for safety. This paper begins by describing the structure of the aviation system's collaborative safety culture through successful public-private partnership, the safety management system (SMS) framework, an evolving regulatory and legal framework, and data-sharing environment. To understand the evolution of this approach, the historical context of the necessary socio-technological elements is also presented along with an analysis of how the industry-government trust relationship evolved into the current culture. Drawing parallels between the aviation and rail systems, the opportunity space is explored for applying an equivalent approach to rail safety.

BIO:  Laurence Audenaerd, PhD, is a transportation engineer/economist with a focus primarily on urban and intercity passenger transportation and the influence of geography. He has an extensive background providing national and regional transportation research and policy analysis for federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Transportation, NASA, and the Department of Defense, as well as state and local units, such as the Illinois Governor's Office, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, and New York City MTA. Audenaerd has an extensive publication record and holds membership appointments on several transportation-related committees, including the Transportation Research Board. Additionally, Audenaerd volunteers his time advising members of the Illinois General Assembly on transportation issues. He holds a PhD from Northwestern University and master's degrees from Princeton University and Rutgers University.

 

 

Professional CV: http://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/project-management/documents/faculty/audenaerd.pdf

 

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/

Monday, October 10, 2016

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Economics 501: Graduate Student Seminar

Jose Carreno-Garcia (Northwestern University):

"Untangling and Understanding Unobserved Total Factor Productivity"

Contact Info: Eddie Dekel

Location: Donald P. Jacobs Center 2001 Sheridan Road 3245 Evanston IL 60208

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Workshop in Macroeconomics

Cosmin Ilut (Duke University): "Learning, Confidence, and Business Cycles"

Contact Info: Sarah Muir Ferrer

Location: Donald P. Jacobs Center 2001 Sheridan Road 3245 Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: https://sites.google.com/site/cosminilut/docs/ilut...

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

McCormick Advising Walk-In Hours

McCormick First-year Advisers are available every weekday to answer questions about courses, changing majors, transferring into/out of McCormick, and other academic topics.

Contact Info: Ken Gentry

Location: Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center 2133 Sheridan Road 1.200 Evanston IL 60208

Thursday, October 13, 2016

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

2016 Climate Change Symposium: Perspectives at the Water-Energy-Climate Nexus

The symposium is open to the entire campus community and the public, and has drawn large audiences interested in climate and energy issues. The 2016 focus on Water-Energy-Climate interconnections will appeal to a larger audience, as it tackles a number of pressing issues of high interest to the public: How can we continue to meet our essential water and energy needs? How can we ensure safe and reliable resource provision to cities while protecting residents from adverse impacts, such as flooding? How can we simultaneously increase the efficiency and resilience of energy and water use? How can local communities and governments best work together to solve these challenges?

We are offering this symposium as part of the 2016-17 One Book One Northwestern series since several of the topics discussed are dependent on data analysis and forecasting.

PRESENTATIONS:

Keynote Address,
Mike Quigley,
U.S. Representative, 5th Congressional District (Illinois)
Against the Tide, Climate Action in the Face of Climate Denial

Plenary Talk,
Mark Johnson, PhD,
Director, Advanced Manufacturing Office,
U.S. Department of Energy

Diana Bauer, PhDOffice of Energy Systems Analysis and Integration
U.S. Department of Energy

Speakers:

Joseph Ryan, PhD,
Director, Air-Water-Gas Sustainability Research Network,
University of Colorado

Jessica Hellmann, PhD,
Director, Institute on the Environment,
Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Professor of Ecology and Evolution and Behavior
University of Minnesota
The Ecology of Climate Change Adaptation

Andrew Gronewold, PhD,
Physical Scientist,
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory,
Climate Change and Water Resources Across the Great Lakes,

Thomas Kunetz, PhD,
Assistant Director of Engineering,
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (Chicago),
Regional Solutions: Going with the Flow,

Harriet Festing,
Director of Climate Resilience and RainReady,
Center for Neighborhood Technology (Chicago),
Community Preparedness for Urban Flooding Under Climate Change

 

 

Contact Info: Susan Black

Location: Norris University Center 1999 Campus Drive Louis Room South (Room 205B) Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: http://isen.northwestern.edu/2016-climate-change-s...

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

EECS Seminar: Prof. Minghua Chen, Professor, Dept. of Information Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, "Greening a Top-20 Economy: Energy-Efficient Timely Transportation of Heavy-Duty Trucks"

The EECS Department welcomes Prof. Minghua Chen, Professor, Dept. of Information Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Chen will present a talk entitled "Greening a Top-20 Economy: Energy-Efficient Timely Transportation of Heavy-Duty Trucks", on Thursday, October 13 at 2:30 PM in the Tech Room L440.

Abstract: In 2015, the US trucking industry hauls 70.1% of all freight tonnage and collects $726.4 billion in gross freight revenues. This impressive number corresponds to 2.3x of the Hong Kong GDP and would rank 19 worldwide if measured against countries. Meanwhile, only 4% of total vehicle population, heavy-duty trucks consume 17.6% of energy in transportation sector (including cars, trucks, airplanes, pipelines, and railways). This alerting observation, together with that fuel cost is the largest operating cost (34%) of truck operators, makes it critical to reduce fuel consumption for cost-effective and environment-friendly heavy-duty truck operation.
In this work, we consider a key yet under-explored problem in heavy-duty truck operation: timely transportation, where a heavy-duty truck travels between two locations across the national highway system subject to a hard deadline constraint. The objective is to minimize the total fuel consumption of the truck, by optimizing both route planning and speed planning. The problem is important for cost-effective and environment-friendly truck operation, and it is uniquely challenging due to its combinatorial nature as well as the need of considering hard deadline constraint. We first show that the problem is NP-Complete; thus exact solution is computational prohibited unless P=NP. We then design a fully polynomial time approximation scheme (FPTAS) that attains an approximation ratio of 1+ \epsilon with a network-size induced complexity of O(mn^2/\epsilon^2), where m and n are the numbers of nodes and edges, respectively. While achieving highly-preferred theoretical performance guarantee, the proposed FPTAS still suffers from long running time when applying to national-wide highway systems with tens of thousands of nodes and edges. Leveraging elegant insights from studying the dual of the original problem, we design a fast heuristic solution with O(m+ n log n) complexity. The proposed heuristic allows us to tackle the energy-efficient timely transportation problem on large-scale national highway systems. We further characterize a condition under which our heuristic generates an optimal solution. We observe that the condition holds in most of the practical instances in numerical experiments, justifying the superior empirical performance of our heuristic. We carry out extensive numerical experiments using real-world truck data over the actual U.S. highway network. The results show that our proposed solutions achieve 17% (resp. 14%) fuel consumption reduction, as compared to a fastest path (resp. shortest path) algorithm adapted from common practice.
Overall, we believe that de-carbonizing heavy-duty truck operation is important for the sustainable development of the trucking industry. Our work serves as a call for participation.

This is a joint work with Lei Deng and Mohammad Hajiesmaili in CUHK and Haibo Zeng in Virginia Tech.

Bio: Prof. Minghua Chen received his B.Eng. and M.S. degrees from the Department of Electronic Engineering at Tsinghua University in 1999 and 2001, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University of California at Berkeley in 2006. He spent one year visiting Microsoft Research Redmond as a Postdoc Researcher. He joined the Department of Information Engineering, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in 2007, where he currently is an Associate Professor. He is also currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in Tsinghua University, Institute of Interdisciplinary Information Sciences. He received the Eli Jury award from UC Berkeley in 2007 (presented to a graduate student or recent alumnus for outstanding achievement in the area of Systems, Communications, Control, or Signal Processing) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong Young Researcher Award in 2013. He also received several best paper awards, including the IEEE ICME Best Paper Award in 2009, the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia Prize Paper Award in 2009, and the ACM Multimedia Best Paper Award in 2012. He serves as a TPC Co-Chair of ACM e-Energy 2016 and a General Co-Chair of ACM e-Energy 2017. He is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. His recent research interests include energy systems (e.g., smart power grids and energy-efficient data centers), intelligent transportation, distributed optimization, multimedia networking, wireless networking, network coding, and delay-constrained network information flow.

Hosted by: EECS Prof. Dongning Guo

Contact Info: Lana Kiperman

Location: Technological Institute 2145 Sheridan Road L440 Evanston IL 60208

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: Carole Morey, CTA - "CTA Red & Purple Modernization (RPM): A Core Capacity Expansion"

NUTC Seminar Series presents Carole A. Morey, Chief Planning Officer, CTA to discuss "CTA Red &; Purple Modernization (RPM): A Core Capacity Expansion."

RED &; PURPLE MODERNIZATION (RPM)

CTA is undertaking the largest capital improvement project in CTA history: the Red and Purple Modernization Program (RPM). This major initiative will completely rebuild the nearly century old North Red Line from Belmont to Howard and the Purple Line from Belmont to Linden in Wilmette. As the CTA rebuilds, much needed capacity will be added in this growing residential corridor to accommodate current and future riders, and to deliver faster and smoother rides with less crowding and more frequent service.

Speaker Bio: Carole is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Illinois College of Law. Prior to joining the CTA, Carole practiced corporate, real estate and construction law at Sidley &; Austin and Fagel &; Haber (currently Thomson Cobum). Since joining the CTA in 2006, she has served the CTA in both the legal and infrastructure departments including three years as Vice President, Infrastructure, overseeing the CTA's capital construction program. She currently serves as CTA's Chief Planning Officer.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

Event URL: http://www.transitchicago.com/rpmproject/

Thursday, October 20, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Some Parking Economics" - Richard Arnott, Prof. of Economics, University of California, Riverside

NUTC presents Richard Arnott, Prof. of Economics for the Universirty of California, Riverside to discuss "Some Parking Economics."

SPEAKER BIO:
Professor Arnott received his S.B. in Urban Studies from MIT in 1969 and his Ph.D. from Yale in 1975. He was on the faculty at Queen's University, Canada from 1975 to 1988 and at Boston College from 1988 to 2007, and has visited many universities, including Oxford, Stanford, Princeton, UBC, Canterbury (NZ), Melbourne, Munich, and DELTA (Paris). While he has published in several areas of microeconomic theory, he is primarily an urban economic theorist. He has published over 100 articles, edited several books, served on over twenty editorial boards, and edited two journals. His current research focuses on the economics of downtown parking and traffic congestion and on urban transportation/land use/environmental forecasting.

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Career Exploration Day: Trading, Gaming, and Finance Industry

Meet a variety of companies to informally talk with engineers and recruiters about career paths, the company's work environment, key skill sets, and where your engineering degree might take you. Find out what engineers do in the trading, gaming, and finance industry.

When: Tuesday, October 25 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: Tech Institute on Northwestern's Evanston campus
Cost: Free but registration is required.

Contact Info: MCD Staff

Location: Technological Institute 2145 Sheridan Road Tech Front Lobby Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: https://www.myinterfase.com/mccormick_northwestern...

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Fall 2016 Industry Workshop: Machine Learning in Transportation

FALL 2016 INDUSTRY TECHNICAL WORKSHOP

On October 26, 2016, the Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) and the Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology (CCITT) will co-host Machine Learning in Transportation, a technical workshop featuring industry practitioners and Northwestern faculty. The speakers listed below will present case studies of machine learning applications in transportation, either completed or currently deployed. Following the presentations, the speakers will participate in a moderated panel discussion about the impacts, opportunities, challenges, and benefits of integrating machine learning techniques into transportation operations and applications.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 [2:00 - 5:00pm]
Northwestern University Norris Center, Evanston IL

This event is open to the public &; free with registration.

REGISTER NOW!

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Norris University Center 1999 Campus Drive McCormick Auditorium Evanston IL 60208

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

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

NUTC presents: "Supply Chain Dynamics Impacting North America's Containerized Trade" - Gene Seroka, Executive Director, Port of LA

Mr. Gene Seroka will provide an update on the continually changing dynamics of the containerized shipping sector, including the 2017 mega-alliance compositions among the world's major ocean carriers. He'll talk about strategies ports and marine terminal operators are pursuing to accommodate larger ships and increase cargo movement efficiency through the nation's largest port complex.

The Port of Los Angeles is America's Port® — the nation's #1 container port and global model for sustainability, security, and social responsibility.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Norris University Center 1999 Campus Drive McCormick Auditorium Evanston IL 60208

Thursday, October 27, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Connecting e-Hailing to Mass Transit Platform" - Yu (Marco) Nie, Assoc. Prof. Civil & Environmental Engineering

NUTC presents Yu (Marco) Nie, Associate Professor of Civil &; Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University to discuss "Connecting e-Hailing to Mass Transit Platform"

 

SPEAKER BIO:

Nie's research covers various aspects of transportation systems analysis, ranging from developing specialized routing algorithms to designing Pareto-improving congestion pricing schemes. Despite their diversity, most problems that he has been working on address research questions that not only are of theoretical interest but also promise relevant real-world impacts.

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

Saturday, October 29, 2016

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Chicago Humanities Festival Lecture - Hasan Elahi: Art and Surveillance

Members: $10
Public: $12
Students and Teachers: $5


How do our lives translate to data? After 9/11, Bangladeshi-born American interdisciplinary artist Hasan Elahi was the subject of an intensive, erroneous FBI investigation. He responded by putting his entire life online, from his financial data to transportation logs. The resulting project, “Tracking Transcience,” explores the relationship between location, repetition, technology, and surveillance in the media age.

The annual Richard Gray Visual Art Series recognizes a significant gift from founding CHF board member and distinguished art dealer Richard Gray. This program is presented in partnership with the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art.

PRESENTERS:

Hasan Elahi is an interdisciplinary artist working with issues in surveillance, privacy, migration, citizenship, technology, and the challenges of borders. Elahi has spoken at Tate Modern, the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, International Association of Privacy Professionals, TED Global, and the World Economic Forum. He is currently the Associate Professor of Art at University of Maryland.

Contact Info: Lindsay Bosch

Location: Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh 40 Arts Circle Drive Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: http://tickets.chicagohumanities.org/shows/209 - a...

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Transit lines on a general parametric city: Feasible heuristics or strategic optimal?" - Prof. Sergio Jara-Diaz, Universidad de Chile

Sergio Jara-Diaz, Professor of Transport Economics, Universidad de Chile
"Transit lines on a general parametric city: feasible heuristics or strategic optimal?"

 

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SPEAKER BIO:
Sergio Jara-Diaz is Professor of Transport Economics at Universidad de Chile. Ph.D. and M.Sc. from MIT, M.Sc. in Urban Planning from U. Cat61ica de Chile and Civil Engineer from U. de Chile. He is the founding member of the Transport Division at U. de Chile. Is author of Transport Economic Theory (Elsevier, 2007) and more than 80 research articles on users' behavior, value and use of time, industry structure on transport networks, public transport, optimal pricing and transport project appraisal. He resides in Santiago, Chile, with his only wife with whom he shares two sons and four grandchildren.

PRESENTATION ABSTRACT:
In this research we first propose a parametric description of cities for the normative analysis of transit systems with an emphasis on the role of centers and subcenters and the associated road network. This is achieved after a synthesis of different ways to describe a city's urban form that can be found in the literature, assessed with the help of topological indicators and synthetic information regarding real cities. The parameters characterize the underlying network, the zones involved and the spatial pattern of transport demand, such that the design of public transport systems can be studied normatively for different city shapes. Examples describing three very different real cities are given.

Using this parametric description we find the optimal spatial arrangement of transit lines out of four basic strategic competing options: direct, exclusive, hub-and-spoke and feeder-trunk. We identify clearly the relation between the characteristics of both the urban setting (mostly monocentric, polycentric or dispersed) and the users (perceived transfer penalty, patronage) with the line structure that shows the best response.

Finally, transit lines structures obtained with selected heuristics are compared against optimal strategic designs. We show that the ample space where direct-type lines dominate admit improvements with the help of one of the heuristics.



Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

Thursday, November 10, 2016

3:30 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Sandhouse Group presents: "A Transportation Miracle" - Norman Carlson, Carlson Consulting Intl. LLC

NUTC Sandhouse Rail Group presents Norman Carlson, Carlson Consulting LLC to discuss "A Transportation Miracle" - JOIN US!

In June 1926, the Archdiocese of Chicago hosted the 28th International Eucharistic Congress. Over 1,000,000 people, coming from around the world, participated. In the words of Gary Johnson, President of the Chicago History Museum, “the Congress was one of the three great events that put Chicago on the map as an international city.”

The logistics of moving 600,000 people to and from Chicago as well as moving them within the city and to and from Mundelein Seminary for the closing ceremonies is testimony to the vision and planning George Cardinal Mundelein. During the three days of meetings Chicago Surface Lines provided 15 million rides. The North Shore Line borrowed 3,936 Chicago Rapid Transit trainmen and 932 cars to provide over 275,000 trips on June 24, 1926. North Western, Milwaukee Road and Soo Line joined in this effort to move people to and from the closing ceremonies at Mundelein Seminary.

Samuel Insull, who represented the “non-Catholics” of Chicago, provided a virtual army of employees from his utility entities to assist. New York Central operated a Cardinals Special from New York City to Chicago, as did the North Shore Line from Wilson Avenue to Mundelein. Marshall Field and Company provided the fabric and personnel to decorate North Shore's train.

Five years of research and over 100 photos are presented in A Transportation Miracle. This 100-page publication will be available at the presentation for a donation of $20.00 to the Shore Line Interurban Historical Society. The editor will be happy to sign your copy.

BIO: Norm is Sandhouse Group's moderator and a member of the Transportation Center's Business Advisory Committee. He is the Managing Editor of First &; Fastest, the quarterly magazine of the Shore Line Interurban Historical Society of which serves as the president. He and his wife actively support Catholic Charities and Norm serves as a pro bono advisor to the City of Lake Forest on transportation matter. After graduating from the University of Illinois, Norm served in Vietnam and joined Arthur Andersen &; Co. For 11 year of his 34 years at Andersen he served as the Worldwide Managing Partner of its Transportation Industry Practice. He was recently elected to a four-year term as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Metra, the commuter rail authority in the Chicago region.

 

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Thursday, November 17, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Planning Service Facilities Under Continuous Traffic Equilibrium" - Yanfeng Ouyang, Prof. Engineering, UIUC

NUTC presents "Planning Service Facilities Under Continuous Traffic Equilibrium" with Yanfeng Ouyang, Prof. Engineering, UIUC.

Abstract: Many service systems are composed of interrelated facilities that jointly serve spatially distributed demand. It is well-known that establishment of such facilities could induce or alter customer traffic that exacerbates congestion in the neighborhood, as customers often choose their own service facility and access path. This talk presents models for service facility location/layout design under traffic equilibrium in a continuous space. We first discuss solution methods for a class of nonlinear partial differential equations (PDE) that describe continuous traffic equilibrium. We show that under certain conditions the PDE can be solved, either exactly or approximately, in closed analytical forms. We then develop a discrete design model in the form of a mixed-integer program, and embed the PDE solution method into a Lagrangian relaxation solution approach. Alternative models, including one under the continuum approximation scheme, will also be discussed. Numerical experiments are conducted to illustrate applicability of the proposed models and to draw managerial insights.

SPEAKER BIO:

Bio: Yanfeng Ouyang is Professor, P.F. Kent Endowed Faculty Scholar of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and D.B. Willett Faculty Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 2005. His research mainly focuses on modeling transportation, logistics, and infrastructure systems, and applications to military, energy, and agricultural industries. He currently serves as a Department/Area/Associate Editor of IIE Transactions, Networks and Spatial Economics, Transportation Science, Transportation Research Part C, and Transportmetrica B. He has received a few awards including an ASCE Walter L. Huber Research Prize and an NSF CAREER Award.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

Event URL: http://web.engr.illinois.edu/~yfouyang/

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

NUTC Holiday Party | NOV. 30th @ 5PM | Stadium Club, Ryan Field

YOU'RE INVITED... to join the Northwestern University Transportation Center's staff, students, faculty &; associates for a festive, fun-filled gathering at the Ryan Field Stadium Club on Nov. 30th at 5PM.

RSVP by 12pm, NOV. 22nd to Diana Marek: d-marek@northwestern.edu

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Ryan Field 1501 Central Street Stadium Club Evanston IL 60208

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

Thursday, December 1, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "An Overview of Regional Transportation Planning in Chicago"

Speaker:  Kermit Wies, PhD, Senior Research Fellow &; Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University Transportation Center

Abstract: Transportation planning at the metropolitan scale has been a prerequisite of receiving federal transportation dollars for over forty years. Chicago was a pioneer in establishing the systematic and scientific method for developing regional transportation plans that became the standard approach both nationally and internationally. This presentation will give an overview of how transportation planning has evolved in the Chicago region and its continued influence on standard practice.

Bio: Kermit Wies recently joined NUTC as Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor after retiring from Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS) after 30 years of service. Kermit remains active in the advanced travel modeling research community and serves on several oversight panels for research efforts being conducted by USDOT and TRB.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

"North American Freight Rail in the 'Post-Coal' Era: A Year 1 Report Card" -

Transportation Center Sandhouse Rail Group Luncheon

Speaker: Anthony B. Hatch, Senior Transportation Consultant, ABH Consulting

SPEAKER BIO:

Tony Hatch has been a senior transportation analyst on Wall Street for over twenty years, starting at Salomon brothers; proceeding to Argus, Painewebber, and most recently at NatWest Markets (USA) prior to starting his independent analyst/consultantcy in 1999 and working with partner Miller Tabak beginning in 2009. Mr. Hatch's coverage has been focused on the freight transportation segment, particularly surface transportation. Mr. Hatch is known for his knowledge of the intermodal area, where the various modes of freight transport converge, on which he has held several dozen specialized conferences.

Recently, Mr. Hatch has been providing not only “traditional” institutional transport research but also providing due diligence and other services to “new” forms of transport investment such as private equity, infrastructure and hedge funds in such areas as intermodal, rail maintenance and construction, rail cars and 3pls. He has a research partnership with PLG Consulting and an equity marketing partnership with CV Securities. Along with Progressive Railroading magazine he co-founded, co-presents and leads “railtrends”, the most comprehensive railways conference every fall in New York City.

With over a quarter century's experience in the field, Mr. Hatch has been active as an independent analyst and consultant, doing work for major railroads such as Norfolk Southern, CSX, Union Pacific, BNSF, Kansas City Southern, Canadian National as well as the Association of American Railroads, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, the United Transportation Union, the Canadian Transportation Agency, the Railway Association of Canada, the Intermodal Association of North America, the North American Association of Rail Shippers, AREMA/NRC/RSI, the Railway Association of the UK, Australian Railways, Railinc/Steelroads, various other freight shipper and supplier organizations (including NITL, NGFA, and NEARS/SEARS/MARS/SWARS, etc), and management consulting firms such as Oliver Wyman/ Mercer Management, and Mitchell Madison Group / USWeb. He has also worked with an extensive list of private equity firms in the space, both here and in or involving Europe, Brazil, China and Australia.

Mr. Hatch, when directly on “The Street”, was named to various honor rolls, including the Institutional Investor (“ii”) and Wall Street Journal All Star Teams and he has garnered the top spot in the prestigious Greenwich Poll. He is a Past President of the Motor Carrier Analysts Association. He was just recently named to the board of Axion, a recycled-materials rail tie manufacturer. His career highlight had been testifying before Congress on railroads, starting in 1998, among other testimonies.

Mr. Hatch graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in American History in 1982. He lives in New York City, and enjoys baseball (watching LA Dodgers! - and playing), English soccer (Spurs) and history, US politics, and sports cars.

 Registration Required

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Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: 111 West Grand Ave. Maggiano's Little Italy Chicago IL 60654