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EVENTS IN February 2016

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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...