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EVENTS IN 2017

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

TRB Reception & NUTC Alumni Reunion (Washington, DC)

Join NUTC &; TRB for our Winter Reception &; Alumni Reunion! This event is held in conjunction with the TRB Annual Meeting.

Marriott Marquis ~ Washington, DC
(Marquis Ballroom Salon 6 - Level M2)
901 Massachusetts Ave. NW | Washington, DC

For more information, please call 847.491.7287.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Marriott Marquis Washington 901 Massachusetts Ave NW Marquis Ballroom Salon 6 Washington DC 2000

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

Thursday, January 19, 2017

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

NUTC Sandhouse Group & Chicago Transportation Research Forum (TRF) Brown Bag Luncheon @ Metra Headquarters

“Metra – Loking Ahead to 2017 and Beyond”

EVENT OVERVIEW:

For the January 2017 Sandhouse meeting, Don Orseno will talk about Metra's plans for 2017. Bruce Marcheschi will provide an update on PTC implementation and discuss the replacement of Elgin's Fox River Bridge on the Milwaukee District West Line. Components of this bridge were built in the late 1880s. Lynnette Ciavarella will present the strategic studies that are underway that will help define Metra's future.

 

IMPORTANT:
Pre-registration REQUIRED. Visit the link below for more details.
*Attendees will need to present a GOVERNMENT ISSUED ID for access to Metra's Headquarters.

SPEAKER BIOS:

Donald Orseno: Metra's Executive Director has worked for the railroad industry for 42 years, starting his career on the Rock Island Railroad and later the Chicago &; North Western before joining Metra's Transportation Department when Metra was formed 32 years ago. 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/CEO, 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, Bridge &;Building, Maintenance of Way, 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 29 years.

Lynnette Ciavarella: Ms. Ciavarella has over twenty-two years of experience in the Public Transit industry in both operations and administration. She began her career as a bus operations planner at Pace Suburban Bus. For the past eleven years, she has been a member of Metra's Senior Staff Departments reporting to her include Program Development, Long-Range Planning, and Systems Performance Data. In her current capacity, she oversees the development and administration of the agency's long-range plans, capital program, performance statistics, fares, and mobile ticketing. Ms. Ciavarella also acts as Metra's liaison for planning issues with other transportation and planning agencies. She is a graduate of Indiana University with a B.S. in Public Affairs Management with a concentration in Urban Studies (land-use and transportation planning), graduate of 2012 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Leadership Program and the inaugural LEAD program for transit executives.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Metra Headquarters - 547 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago IL 60661

Event URL: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jan-19-2017-sandhouse...

Thursday, February 9, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Effects of the Light Rail Transit Development & Neighborhood Design on Travel Behavior" - Jason Cao, University of Minnesota

NUTC Academic Seminar Series presents:

Effects of the Light Rail Transit Development &; Neighborhood Design on Travel Behavior

- Jason Cao, Associate Professor, Univesity of Minnesota

 

Jason Cao is an associate professor with the regional policy and planning area. His current research mainly focuses on land-use and transportation planning in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. He seeks to answer interrelated questions about how transportation investments influence urban development, how land-use patterns shape individuals' behavior, and how land-use and transportation policies can be used to mitigate traffic congestion and improve our environment.

Cao previously worked as an associate research fellow with the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University. His work has appeared in journals spanning urban planning, public health, and transportation. He has been published in Environment and Planning, Journal of the American Planning Association, American Journal of Health Promotion, Transportation Research, and others.

Cao received an M.S. in statistics and a Ph.D. in civil and environment engineering with a specialization on transportation planning from the University of California-Davis. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. In 2006, he received the Wootan Award from the U.S. Council of University Transportation Centers for the best transportation policy/planning dissertation in the United States.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Transportation Center Seminar

Jason Cao (University of Minnesota): "Effects of the Light Rail Transit Development &; Neighborhood Design on Travel Behavior"

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

Thursday, February 16, 2017

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

"Chicago: America's Railroad Capital" - David Lassen & Jim Wrinn, Trains Magazine (@ METRA)

NUTC Sandhouse Rail Group presents [Brown Bag Luncheon @ METRA]:

Chicago: America's Railroad Capital

- David Lassen &; Jim Wrinn, Trains Magazine

 

>> REGISTRATION &; GOVT-ISSUED ID REQUIRED <<

 

EVENT OVERVIEW:

Trains Magazine Journalists, Lassen and Wrinn, willl present a talk on Chicago Rail Operations and Importance.

Chicago's importance as a railroading center has long been a topic of interest for Trains Magazine, the world's largest-circulation railroading publication. For the first time since 2003, Trains has devoted an entire magazine to the topic, and this time, the special issue is accompanied by a DVD look at operations in the city. Trains editors will discuss the project and the ongoing importance of documenting events in Chicago.

 

SPEAKER BIOS:

David Lassen, an associate editor at Trains, directed production of the magazine's Chicago special issue and accompanying DVD. He joined Trains in 2014 after almost 30 years as a sportswriter in Southern California.
He is a native Californian and a graduate of the University of Denver.

Jim Wrinn has been editor of Trains since 2004. A lifelong steam fan, he is a qualified locomotive engineer at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, N.C. Before joining the magazine, the North Carolina native and University of North Carolina graduate worked at several newspapers in his home state.

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Metra Headquarters - 547 W. Jackson Blvd. 13th Floor Chicago IL 60661

Event URL: http:// tiny.cc/SandhouseFEB2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Exploring Millennials' Adoption of Shared Mobility & Attitudes Towards Vehicle Ownership in California" - Giovanni Circella, UC Davis; Georgia Tech

NUTC Academic Semiinar Series presents:

Exploring Millennials' Adoption of Shared Mobility &; Attitudes Towards Vehicle Ownership in California

 

Abstract: This study investigates millennials' mobility choices through the analysis of a dataset collected in California among 2155 young adults and members of the preceding Generation X, as the first stage of a panel study of millennials' residential choices, lifestyles, travel behavior and adoption of technology. We find that, compared to Gen Xers, millennials own fewer cars, drive less and more often use alternative travel modes. Independent millennials, who have already established their households, are found to live in more accessible residential locations, which are conducive to the adoption of travel multimodality and the use of non-auto modes. Dependent millennials, who still live with their parents, also adopt multimodal travel, even if they often live in less accessible locations. Millennials are heavy adopters of shared mobility services: however, and somewhat concerning from an environmental and health-related perspective, we find that a non-trivial amount of Uber/Lyft trips substitute for trips that would otherwise be made by walking or cycling. Finally, the zero- or low-vehicle ownership status of many independent millennials might be short-lived: millennials show higher propensity to purchase vehicles as they age, especially if they plan to have a child in the near future.

- Giovanni Circella, UC Davis; Georgia Tech

Giovanni Circella is a Senior Research Engineer at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Georgia Institute of Technology, who currently shares his time with the University of California, Davis, where he is a researcher at the Institute of Transportation Studies and the National Center for Sustainable Transportation.

His research interests include travel behavior, transportation planning, travel demand modeling, land use modeling, travel survey methods, transportation sustainability, shared mobility, energy consumption, and policy analysis. He is an expert in the collection and analysis of behavioral data and the estimation of discrete choice models and other quantitative methodologies.

Dr. Circella has been the principal investigator for several research projects. His recent research has focused on the impact of individual attitudes on travel, land use and transportation, the impact of shared mobility and on-demand ride services (e.g. Uber/Lyft) on travel and auto ownership, the impact of ICT, and the mobility of specific population segments (e.g. “millennials”) and in various geographic regions (United States, EU countries, South America and emerging economies from the Middle East/Gulf Area). He speak English, Spanish and Italian fluently.

He is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committees on
ADB20: ICT and Transportation, Member and Research Coordinator
ADD40: Transportation and Sustainability, Member and Communication Coordinator
ABE50: Transportation Demand Management, Member
ADA10: Statewide Multimodal Transportation Planning, Member

He serves in the panel for the NCHRP projects 20-102, 20-102(01) and 20-102(09) on the Impacts of Connected and Automated Vehicles, and he is a member of the Research Faculty Senate of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Thursday, March 2, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

"The Right to Travel—Little Recognized Aspects & Impediments"

NUTC Academic Semiinar Series presents:

The Right to Travel—Little Recognized Aspects &; Impediments

Speaker:   Richard Sobel, Visiting Scholar and Faculty Affiliate,
The Transportation Center - Northwestern University

 ABSTRACT:
As a fundamental and little recognized right of American citizenship essential to a broad federal union, the right to travel in the United States is basic to the nature of American society and politics. The right first appeared in the Articles of Confederation and continues under the U.S. Constitution, where the U.S. Supreme Court recognizes the right for domestic and international travel. Though the travel right supports privacy and domestic movement without governmental impediment, in the era of surveillance, requirements for official photo identification for travel, watchlist prescreening programs, and airport searches burden the right. Regulations for air, train and bus transportation may not require citizens to relinquish one fundamental right of privacy in order to exercise another fundamental right of travel. Transportation policy needs to preserve travel rights in addressing policy goals as broadly based and including all modes of transportation.

SPEAKER BIO:  Richard Sobel is a political scientist, and author and editor of eight books and numerous scholarly, law and policy articles. He graduated from Princeton University, New Jersey and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has taught at Princeton University, Smith College, Massachusetts, the University of Connecticut, Harvard University, and Northwestern University. At Harvard, he is an Associate in African-American Studies, and has been a Lecturer in Government, Research Associate of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, Fellow of the Hutchins Center, Shorenstein Center, and Berkman Center, and member of the Program in Psychiatry and Law. At Northwestern, he is a Visiting Scholar and faculty affiliate at the Transportation Center, and has been a Senior Lecturer in Political Science, a Visiting Professor at the Medill School, and a Visiting Scholar at the Buffett Institute. He is also director of Cyber Privacy Project. He has contributed to Supreme Court amicus briefs on voting rights and identification. His most recent publications on The Right to Travel are "The Right to Travel and Privacy: Intersecting Fundamental Freedoms," John Marshall Journal of Information Technology and Privacy Law, Summer 2014, and Citizenship as Foundation of Rights (Cambridge, 2016).

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Thursday, March 9, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

"Anticipatory Pricing to Manage 'Flow Breakdown'" - Ian Savage, Northwestern University

NUTC Academic Seminar Series:

Anticipatory Pricing to Manage "Flow Breakdown"

Speaker:   Dr. Ian Savage,Associate Chair, Department of Economics ;
Professor of Instruction, Weinberg School of Arts and Science
Northwestern University

 Abstract:

This presentation is an economist's response to “flow breakdown.” This phenomenon occurs when a highway that is close to, but less than, its maximum theoretical capacity suddenly deviates downward off of the standard density-flow relationship. The presentation discusses the desirability of adopting anticipatory congestion tolls that are greater than those necessary to internalize any “regular” congestion because there is the probability of extra congestion when breakdown occurs. The pricing discussed is an anticipatory reliability toll that is set in advance to manage the inflow to a highway in the presence of probabilistic breakdown. This paper is joint work with Jonathan Hall at the University of Toronto, and a former visiting scholar at the Transportation Center.

Speaker Bio:

Ian Savage has been a member of the faculty of both the Department of Economics and the Transportation Center at Northwestern University since 1986. His research has been concentrated in two areas: urban public transportation, and transportation safety. He has published widely on the economics of transit finances and operations. He has conducted research into the safety performance, and the effectiveness of safety regulations, in most modes of transportation -- with particular emphasis on the trucking and railroad industries.
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Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Multidimensional Network Analysis of Customer Preferences in Engineering Design" - Wei Chen, Northwestern University

NUTC Academic Seminar Series presents:

Multidimensional Network Analysis of Customer Preferences in Engineering Design

 Wei Chen, PhD
Wilson-Cook Professor in Engineering Design, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University

 

ABSTRACT:

Using network analysis for investigating complex social systems has gained increasing scientific support in many research disciplines. In this talk, we present a framework of multidimensional network analysis (MNA) for modeling customer preferences in supporting engineering design decisions. The research is motivated by overcoming the limitations of using Discrete Choice Analysis (DAC) for modeling consumer preference. In the proposed Multidimensional Customer-Product Network (MCPN), customer-product interactions are viewed as a socio-technical system where separate entities of “customers” and “products” are simultaneously modeled, and multiple types of relations, such as consideration and purchase, product associations, and customer social connections are considered. Beyond the traditional descriptive analysis that examines the network structure characteristics, we employ the Exponential Random Graph Model (ERGM) as a unified statistical inference framework to interpret complex preference decisions. The Our approach broadens the traditional utility-based logit models by considering dependency among complex customer-product relations, including the similarity of associated products, “irrationality” of customers induced by social influence, nested multi-choice decisions, and correlated attributes of customers and products. Examples of modeling customer vehicle preferences based on the New Car Buyers Survey (NCBS) of China's automobile market are presented to illustrate the benefits of network approach.

 

SPEAKER BIO:

Dr. Wei Chen is the Wilson-Cook Chair Professor in Engineering Design at Northwestern University. Directing the Integrated DEsign Automation Laboratory (IDEAL- http://ideal.mech.northwestern.edu/), her current research involves issues such as simulation-based design under uncertainty, model validation, stochastic multiscale analysis and design, robust shape and topology optimization, multidisciplinary optimization, consumer choice modeling and enterprise-driven decision-based design. She is the co-founder and Director of the interdisciplinary doctoral cluster in Predictive Science and Engineering Design (PSED) at Northwestern. She is also serving as the Chair of the research faculty council of the Segal Design Institution at Northwestern.

Dr. Chen received her Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1995. She served on the ASME Design Engineering Division (DED) Executive Committee (2009-2015) and was an elected Advisory Board member of the Design Society (2007-2013). She is a review editor of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization and served twice as an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. In addition, she serves as the Associate Editor of SIAM/ASA Journal on Uncertainty Quantification (JUQ) and the Department Editor for the IIE Transactions. Dr. Chen was the recipient of the 1996 NSF Faculty Early Career Award, the 1998 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal achievement award, the 2006 SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational award, and the 2015 ASME Design Automation Award. She is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and an Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Thursday, April 13, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Using Automated Data Sources to Improve the Performance of Public Transport Systems: A Framework and Applications" - Nigel Wilson, MIT

NUTC Academic Semiinar Series presents:

Using Automated Data Sources to Improve the Performance of Public Transport Systems: A Framework and Applications

- Nigel Wilson, Professor, Civil &; Environmental Engineering, MIT

 

ABSTRACT:

Automatic data sources including automatic vehicle location systems, automatic passenger counting systems and electronic fare payment and ticketing systems are becoming ubiquitous in large public transport systems and are starting to have an impact on the quality and availability of information for both off-line and real-time functions needed for service provision. The off-line functions include service and operations planning, and performance monitoring and measurement, while the critical real-time functions include operations management and control, and customer information. While the impacts of these advances are already apparent in many systems, there is the potential for much deeper impact in the future. The power and cost-effectiveness of information technology continues to advance and will offer opportunities to develop and apply more ambitious models which should positively affect many facets of the performance of public transport systems. This talk will present a framework for assessing the various roles that automated data sources can play in public transport systems and will summarize recent applications of the resulting methods based on research at MIT for Transport for London and other transit agencies. The potential for further enhancement of critical public transport agency functions in the future making even greater use of these data sources will be discussed.

 

SPEAKER BIO:

Nigel Wilson is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research and teaching areas focus on urban public transportation, including topics related to the operation, analysis, planning and management of transit systems, and teaches MIT graduate subjects in public transport systems. Professor Wilson directs a major long-term collaborative research program with urban public transport agencies including Transport for London, MTR (Hong Kong), Chicago Transit Authority and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. He has written more than 100 articles and reports on the results of his research. During sabbatical leaves from MIT, Professor Wilson worked in three large transit agencies, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, London Transport, and Metro Transit in Minnesota, and has served as consultant to a number of other North American transit authorities. He has been a visiting faculty member at Stanford University, University College London, Napier University (Edinburgh), Delft University of Technology, and the University of Minnesota. Professor Wilson received the bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Imperial College, London and the master's and doctoral degrees, in civil engineering and transportation systems respectively, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

ALL DAY

[APRIL 20-21] 58th Annual Transportation Research Forum (TRF) Meeting @ UIC

Transportation Research Forum (TRF)

Founded in 1958, the Transportation Research Forum (TRF) is an independent organization of transportation professionals. Its purpose is to provide an impartial meeting ground for carriers, shippers, government officials, consultants, university researchers, suppliers, and others seeking an exchange of information and ideas related to both passenger and freight transportation. The Forum provides pertinent and timely information to those who conduct research and those who use and benefit from research.

 

MEETING SCHEDULE:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

1:00 - 4:30pm - Special half day program for graduate students

5:00 - 7:00pm - Main Conference begins (Poster session &; networking reception)

Friday, April 21, 2017

8:30am - 5:00pm - Full Day Conference

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: 750 S. Halsted St. U. of Ill at Chicago - Student Center East Bldg Chicago IL

Event URL: http://sites.northwestern.edu/trf2017/

Thursday, April 27, 2017

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Rail/Air Competition in the New York-Chicago Market: 1045-1970

Joint NUTC Sandhouse Rail Group &; Icarus Aviation Group Speaker....

George Hamlin, President, Hamlin Transportation Consulting

This presentation reviews the post-World War II changes in the New York-Chicago passenger market up to the coming of Amtrak. While the rail mode started with a commanding lead in 1945, improvements in speed and comfort in the air transportation mode allowed the airlines to dominate the market by the end of this time period. Service by both railroads and airlines is examined comparatively, and the impact of the Interstate Highway system is considered, as well.


Speaker Bio:
George Hamlin has over forty-five years' experience in the commercial aviation and aerospace industries, including management positions with two airlines (TWA and Texas International), two airframe manufacturers (Lockheed-Georgia and Airbus North America) and has been active as a consultant in these fields since 1996, as President of Hamlin Transportation Consulting, based in Fairfax, Virginia.


He is the author of four books (the Skyliners series of pictorial airline histories and Chicago Railroad Scenes, Volume 2); numerous articles for both industry and general publications; and is a frequent speaker on commercial aviation and aerospace topics in professional and academic venues. He also writes a semi-monthly blog for TRAINS magazine's “Observation Tower”.


Mr. Hamlin received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and a M.S. in Transportation from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Norris University Center 1999 Campus Drive Lake Room - Rm 203 Evanston IL 60208

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

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Delivering Sustainability: Transporting Goods in Urban Spaces" - Anne Goodchild, University of Washington

NUTC Academic Seminar Series presents:

Delivering Sustainability: Transporting Goods in Urban Spaces

Anne Goodchild, University of Washington
Allan &; Inger Osberg Associate Professor
SCTL Center Director

 Abstract: The movement of freight in urban areas has a major impact on the economic power, quality of life, and accessibility and attractiveness of the local community, but it receives little attention in comparison to passenger movements. With the ongoing increase in urban freight, there is increased concern about goods movements and their consequences. What is the urban freight system? What are the problems presented by the urban freight system? And what role does it play in developing more sustainable cities?

This talk presents a view of the role of freight in developing sustainable cities, and some of the pioneering work of the Urban Freight Lab; one of the current research thrusts of the Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center; for which Dr. Goodchild is the Founding Director.

Dr. Goodchild will share the approaches the Urban Freight Lab has taken to quantify emissions from different goods delivery systems, and their findings to date.

SPEAKER BIO:

Anne Goodchild joined the University of Washington faculty as an Assistant Professor in December 2005 after completing her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the UC at Berkeley. Her research interests lie in the analysis of logistic systems, with an emphasis on freight transportation. Her dissertation work examined the impact of a crane operating strategy on port terminal operations. Other research experience includes minimizing emissions in strategic routing and schedule planning in urban pick-up and delivery system, policy and technology implementations to improve intermodal interfaces, and the relationship between freight activity and the economy. Before attending Berkeley she worked in consulting for 5 years in Europe and North America, for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Applied Decision Analysis Inc., modeling business problems such as airline fleet maintenance scheduling. She holds an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the UC at Berkeley, and a BS (with High Honors) in Mathematics from the UC at Davis.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

NUTC Spring 2017 Industry Workshop: "Bridging the Future: Innovation in Large-Scale Infrastructure Development"

Bridging the Future: Innovation in Large-Scale Infrastructure Development

Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) and the Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology (CCITT) will co-host the Spring 2017 Industry Workshop, Bridging the Future: Innovation in Large-Scale Infrastructure Development, MAY 3, 2017 to advance dialogue for strategic transportation infrastructure investments and development.

The Workshop will feature infrastructure developers, financiers and operators who will highlight several large-scale transportation infrastructure projects through a case study presentation format, emphasizing financial strategies, stakeholder engagement, public-private partnerships, lessons learned, and legal and regulatory challenges, among others.

FREE EVENT / REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Confirmed participants include...

Joseph L. Schofer - Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs; Professor, Civil &; Environmental Engineering; McCormick School of Engineering
Jamie McCurry - Senior Director, Administration &; Government Affairs, Georgia Ports Authority
Robert L. Peskin - PhD, M.ASCE, Senior Consulting Manager, Strategic Planning Services, Planning, Americas Transportation, AECOM
Dr. Robert Martínez - Vice President, Business Development and Real Estate, Norfolk Southern Corporation
David Pennington - CFA, Managing Director, Power, Energy &; Infrastructure, BMO Capital Market

 

EVENT CO-CHAIRS:

Dr. Hani Mahmassani - William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation; Director, NUTC
Bret Johnson - Director, CCITT


PARKING:

Northwestern North Parking Garage

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

NUTC Patterson Lecture: Lance Fritz - Chairman, President, CEO - Union Pacific

36th ANNUAL PATTERSON LECTURE
Featuring LANCE FRITZ, UNION PACIFIC

WHEN: MAY 3, 2017 @ 7:30PM
WHERE: McCormick Foundation Auditorium - James L Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

SPEAKER:

Lance M. Fritz is Union Pacific chairman, president and chief executive officer. He became chairman of the board effective October 1, 2015. Fritz became president and chief executive officer February 5, 2015, when he also was elected to the corporation's board of directors.

 

LECTURE HISTORY:

The Annual Patterson Transportation Lecture is named for William A. "Pat" Patterson. A central figure in the United States air transport industry for more than four decades, Patterson served as president and chairman of United Airlines from 1934 until his retirement in 1966. He was a life trustee of Northwestern University and was instrumental in the establishment and strategic leadership of the Northwestern University Transportation Center.

In Patterson's honor, Northwestern established the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation in 1978. The Patterson Chair serves as an intellectual focal point for transportation research and education at Northwestern, most of which is coordinated through the NUTC.

In 1980, the NUTC established the Patterson Transportation Lecture as an integral part of the Patterson Endowment. It has since become an annual highlight at Northwestern University, drawing influential speakers from all facets of the transportation industry.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Thursday, May 18, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "On-demand Personal Mobility Services in the Era of Mobile Computing: Physics, Economics & Management" - Hongyu Chen, Northwestern University Dissertation Year Fellow

NUTC Academic Semiinar Series presents:

On-demand Personal Mobility Services in the Era of Mobile Computing: Physics, Economics &; Management

Hongyu Chen, Ph.D. Candidate in Civil Engineering, Northwestern University;  2017 Northwestern Transportation Center Dissertation Year Fellow

 Abstract:
Mobile computing have significantly reduced the transaction cost and information asymmetry in the personal mobility market that is traditionally dominated by taxi services. These innovations have, within a very short period of time, created the likes of Uber, Lyft and the China-based Didi Chuxing, known collectively as Transportation Network Companies (TNC), that are literally threatening the very existence of the taxi industry. There are heated debates among policy makers, academics and entrepreneurs about how the ride-sourcing/e-hail services offered by TNCs might co-evolve with the existing taxi services. In order to understand the impacts of these services, a model is developed to not only discover the underlying physical mechanism of passenger waiting process, but also estimate passenger waiting times for taxi services solely using taxi-side GPS traces. An economics model is then proposed to analyze the impact of TNCs' entrance to the market, both for when they first enter the market and when they start to pursue profit. Finally, we explore models to improve the matching process used by TNCs.

Speaker Bio:
Hongyu Chen is a Ph.D. student studying in Civil Engineering at Northwestern University. His current research focuses on characterizing, evaluating and improving on-demand personal mobility services with real data. He previously worked on modeling and design of congestion pricing schemes with respect to welfare and environmental effects. Hongyu Chen lives in Evanston, Illinois.

 

 

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Monday, May 22, 2017

ALL DAY

NUTC EXEC ED (Spring 2017) Freight Transportation & Logistics

Sign up NOW for Northwestern University Transportation Center's Freight &; Logistics Executive Education program for Spring 2017:

Navigating the Growing Challenges from the
First Mile to the Last Mile in Transportation

WHEN: MAY 22 - 24, 2017 [all day]
WHERE: Jacobs Center - 2001 Sheridan Road, Room #101, Evanston, IL 60208

REGISTER NOW!

Program Topics:

Overall Domestic Trends
North American Trucking
North American Railroads
North American Intermodal
Third Party Logistics (3PLs)
Transportation Management
Transportation Economics
International Logistics Trends
Air Cargo
Global Sourcing
Ocean / Maritime
eCommerce Trends
Package / Parcel Shipping
Data and Analytics
Supply Chain Network Optimization
Omni-Channel Retailing Logistics
eFulfillment Technology and Trends

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Donald P. Jacobs Center 2001 Sheridan Road #101 Evanston IL 60208

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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

ALL DAY

NUTC EXEC ED (Spring 2017) Freight Transportation & Logistics

Sign up NOW for Northwestern University Transportation Center's Freight &; Logistics Executive Education program for Spring 2017:

Navigating the Growing Challenges from the
First Mile to the Last Mile in Transportation

WHEN: MAY 22 - 24, 2017 [all day]
WHERE: Jacobs Center - 2001 Sheridan Road, Room #101, Evanston, IL 60208

REGISTER NOW!

Program Topics:

Overall Domestic Trends
North American Trucking
North American Railroads
North American Intermodal
Third Party Logistics (3PLs)
Transportation Management
Transportation Economics
International Logistics Trends
Air Cargo
Global Sourcing
Ocean / Maritime
eCommerce Trends
Package / Parcel Shipping
Data and Analytics
Supply Chain Network Optimization
Omni-Channel Retailing Logistics
eFulfillment Technology and Trends

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Donald P. Jacobs Center 2001 Sheridan Road #101 Evanston IL 60208

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

Thursday, May 25, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Research, Practice, and Future Directions of Dynamic Ridesharing" - Maged Dessouky, University of Southern California

NUTC Academic Semiinar Series presents:

Research, Practice, and Future Directions of Dynamic Ridesharing

- Maged Dessouky, University of Southern California

 

SPEAKER BIO:

His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, PATH, Caltrans, FTA, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security and its National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) among others. He was recipient of the 2007 Transportation Science &; Logistics Best Paper Prize ("Optimal Slack Time for Schedule-Based Transit Operations"). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. Dr. Dessouky was a recipient of IIE Operations Research Division Excellence in Teaching Award, the USC Associates Award in Teaching (Top University Award for Teaching), Alpha Pi Mu/Omega Rho Outstanding Teacher of the Year in Industrial Systems Engineering, the USC Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the TRW School of Engineering Teacher Award. He is area/associate editor of Computers &; Industrial Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, IIE Transactions, and Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, on the editorial board of Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, and previously served as Area Editor of ACM Transactions of Modelling and Computer Simulation, and is listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering. 

Dr. Dessouky received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 1984 and 1987, respectively. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Monday, July 24, 2017

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

ISTTT22 hosted by NUTC: JULY 24 - 26, 2017

The 22nd International Symposium on Transportation &; Traffic Theory

REGISTRATION CLOSES JULY 6, 2017

Since its launch in 1959 by the late Robert Herman, the International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory (ISTTT) series has remained the primary venue for discussing advances in the theoretical and methodological aspects of the interdisciplinary field of transportation and traffic systems science. Many key concepts and methods saw their origins in the Proceedings of these symposia.

Special appreciation is extended to the members of the International Advisory Committee and the local organizing committee in the review and selection process of the papers included in this volume. Particular gratitude is owed to the referees who contributed considerable time and effort to the review process. Only through their dedicated and thoughtful effort can the ISTTT maintain its high standards of intellectual excellence.

Contact Info: Cynthia Ross

Location: Norris University Center 1999 Campus Drive Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: http://sites.northwestern.edu/isttt22/

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

ISTTT22 hosted by NUTC: JULY 24 - 26, 2017

The 22nd International Symposium on Transportation &; Traffic Theory

REGISTRATION CLOSES JULY 6, 2017

Since its launch in 1959 by the late Robert Herman, the International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory (ISTTT) series has remained the primary venue for discussing advances in the theoretical and methodological aspects of the interdisciplinary field of transportation and traffic systems science. Many key concepts and methods saw their origins in the Proceedings of these symposia.

Special appreciation is extended to the members of the International Advisory Committee and the local organizing committee in the review and selection process of the papers included in this volume. Particular gratitude is owed to the referees who contributed considerable time and effort to the review process. Only through their dedicated and thoughtful effort can the ISTTT maintain its high standards of intellectual excellence.

Contact Info: Cynthia Ross

Location: Norris University Center 1999 Campus Drive Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: http://sites.northwestern.edu/isttt22/

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

ISTTT22 hosted by NUTC: JULY 24 - 26, 2017

The 22nd International Symposium on Transportation &; Traffic Theory

REGISTRATION CLOSES JULY 6, 2017

Since its launch in 1959 by the late Robert Herman, the International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory (ISTTT) series has remained the primary venue for discussing advances in the theoretical and methodological aspects of the interdisciplinary field of transportation and traffic systems science. Many key concepts and methods saw their origins in the Proceedings of these symposia.

Special appreciation is extended to the members of the International Advisory Committee and the local organizing committee in the review and selection process of the papers included in this volume. Particular gratitude is owed to the referees who contributed considerable time and effort to the review process. Only through their dedicated and thoughtful effort can the ISTTT maintain its high standards of intellectual excellence.

Contact Info: Cynthia Ross

Location: Norris University Center 1999 Campus Drive Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: http://sites.northwestern.edu/isttt22/

Thursday, September 28, 2017

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

This is event is brought to you by Engineering Career Development.

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: Thursday, September 28 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: Tech Front Lobby

Check back often to see what companies will be joining us!

Contact Info: Engineering Career Development Staff

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

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

Thursday, October 5, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Seminar: "A Tale of Two Stations: Construction challenges associated with the new CTA Wilson and 95th street stations" - Chris Bushell, CTA

Northwestern University Transportation Center &; NUTC's Sandhouse Rail Group present:

"A Tale of Two Stations:  Construction challenges associated with the new CTA Wilson and 95th street stations"

Chris Bushell
Chief Infrastructure Officer,  Chicago Transit Authority

CTA's Red Ahead program — a comprehensive initiative for maintaining, modernizing, and expanding Chicago's most-traveled rail line — includes two large-scale and challenging capital projects at each end of the route. The unique and complex construction challenges associated with two of the program's projects, the new CTA Wilson and 95th street stations, will be explored.

At the north end, the $203 million Wilson Station Reconstruction Project is modernizing a 94-year-old stationhouse and about a quarter-mile of more than 100-year-old track structure. The project includes about 2,200 feet of elevated tracks, signals and supporting infrastructure, engineering a long clear-span of Broadway at a severe angle, and maintaining service on a four-track line and busy rail station throughout the project. When the project is complete later this year, riders will have a modern, spacious and ADA-accessible station that will be a new transfer point for Red and Purple Line Express trains.

Meanwhile, at the south end of the Red Line, the $280 million 95th Street Terminal Improvement Project is one of the largest station reconstructions in CTA's history, creating a signature station featuring a modern design and myriad customer amenities. The project reconstructs the existing station and bus terminal, while building a second stationhouse and bus terminal across 95th St, linked by an overhead pedestrian bridge and at platform level. This work must be completed not only without unduly affecting Red Line service (including access to the train yard beyond the station), and within the constraints of the expressway median where the line is located, but also over the lanes of one of Chicago's busiest freeways.

The presentation will focus on the basic logistics of building major stations, as well as the particular challenges of these projects, while still providing adjacent rail service and how these logistics impact cost and schedule.

Speaker Bio:
Christopher Bushell, Chicago Transit Authority, Chief Infrastructure Officer/Senior Vice President is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he received his Masters Degree in Architecture. Chris' career prior to CTA included design and construction management as a consultant to the Chicago Public Schools and later as the Director of Capital Renovations in the Chicago Public School's Department of Operations. In May 2004 Chris was appointed as the First Deputy Executive Director for the City of Chicago's Department of Construction and Permits. Since 2007 Chris has overseen the maintenance, construction, and engineering related to the CTA's rail infrastructure.

 

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Thursday, October 12, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Efficiency from User-driven Service Order Adjustments in Collaborative Consumption of Supply in Transportation" - R. "Jay" Jayakrishnan

Northwestern University Transportation Center presents:

"Efficiency from User-driven Service Order Adjustments in Collaborative Consumption of Supply in Transportation"

R. "Jay" Jayakrishnan
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering &; Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California at Irvine

 

ABSTRACT:

Newer technologies and high market penetration of personal communication systems along with the advent of autonomous and connected vehicle systems bring up many new possibilities for different paradigms of operation in transportation systems. Facilitated by significantly more peer-to-peer (P2P) communication, users in the future can consume transportation supply with more complete information on individual heterogeneity in utility satisfaction. Several possibilities exist in such a world of shared economy, with regard to using road and vehicle space in a temporally efficient manner. Breaking the traditional First-Come-First-Served paradigms with P2P monetary exchanges to compensate for utility disparities can improve system and user level efficiency. Car-sharing and ride-sharing are two of the more well-known systems of relevance. Autonomous vehicles bring up another dimension in terms of shared ownership as well. There is also recent research in collaborative negotiated consumption of other elements of transportation supply such as signal timings, and lane space availability. This presentation focuses on the possibilities, and discusses recent research into such mechanisms for signal and lane usage, and ride-matching in shared-ride systems. It also describes the associated pricing and behavioral issues where economic concepts such as envy-freeness are introduced as a basis for such schemes to be user-driven and equitable, without system level mandates.

 

SPEAKER BIO:

Prof. R. Jayakrishnan has been in the faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California at Irvine since 1991, after receiving his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests are in a variety of topics such as Traffic Flow Theory and Simulation, Transportation Systems Analysis, Network Modelling, Decision Theory, Intelligent Transportation Systems and Public Transit Design. Prof. Jayakrishnan has been a member of several professional committees, has served in the editorial committees of journals such as the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering and Transportation Research Part-C, and has served in several committees of the Transportation Research Board. He was a chair of the TRB subcommittee on Route Choice and Spatio-Temporal Processes. A paper co-authored by him received the Pyke Johnson Award for the best paper in planning submitted to the Transportation Research Board in 2009. Twenty doctoral students have graduated under his advice and he has over 100 refereed publications to his credit. He has been a visiting professor at other institutions such as the Ajou University in South Korea and the Amrita University in India.

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Dynamic Clustering and Perimeter Control in Large-scale Urban Networks" - Nikolas Geroliminis, EPFL

Northwestern University Transportation Center presents:

"Dynamic Clustering and Perimeter Control in Large-scale Urban Networks"

Nikolas Geroliminis
Associate Professor, Urban Transport Systems Laboratory, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL

 

ABSTRACT:

Traffic is a strongly time-variant process and it needs to be studied in the spatiotemporal dimension. Investigating the clustering problem over time help us reveal the hidden information during the process of congestion formation and dissolution. The primary motivation of this seminar is to study the spatiotemporal relation of congested links in large networks, observing congestion propagation from a macroscopic perspective, and finally identifying critical congestion regimes to aid the design of peripheral control strategies and improve mobility. This is not a straightforward task as transport networks despite spatial correlations in congestion are in principle heterogeneous due to road hierarchy and spatial distribution of demand. Thus, it is not always possible to treat congestion as a continuum in space. An example is directional flows towards a city center in the morning peak. The dynamic clustering framework will be capable of replicating how clusters expand or shrink in the process of congestion formation and dissolution. Moreover, it will be able to find new pockets of congestion and merge clusters with similar traffic conditions. In this framework, we will be able to chase where congestion originates and how traffic management systems affect its formation and the time it finishes. To achieve these goals, first we formulate the problem of partitioning networks to a desired number of regions as mixed integer linear optimization. Connectivity of clusters is explicitly enforced by imposing some constraints and the homogeneity of clusters is maximized in the objective function. In the 2nd part of the presentation, different perimeter control strategies are developed based on principles of control theory. The validation of the clustering methodologies and the perimeter control schemes are conducted in various and complex city structures scenarios using data from field experiments and micro-simulations.

 

SPEAKER BIO:

Prof. Nikolas Geroliminis is an Associate Professor at EPFL and the head of the Urban Transport Systems Laboratory (LUTS). Before joining EPFL he was an Assistant Professor on the faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He has a diploma in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and an MSc and Ph.D. in civil engineering from University of California, Berkeley. He also serves as an Associate Editor in Transportation Research part C, Transportation Science and IEEE Transactions on ITS and in the editorial board of Transportation Research, part B, and of many international conferences. His research interests focus primarily on urban transportation systems, traffic flow theory and control, on-demand transport and shared mobility, Optimization and Large Scale Networks. He is a recipient of the ERC Starting Grant “METAFERW: Modeling and controlling traffic congestion and propagation in large-scale urban multimodal networks”

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Technological Institute 2145 Sheridan Road L211 Evanston IL 60208

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

NUTC Industry Workshop: "Making the Customer Happy: Innovation & Best Practices"

 Northwestern University Transportation Center presents:

INDUSTRY TECHNICAL WORKSHOP [FALL 2017]


MAKING THE CUSTOMER HAPPY: INNOVATION &; BEST PRACTICES

Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) and Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology (CCITT) are co-hosting the Fall 2017 Industry Workshop—Making the Customer Happy: Innovation &; Best Practices—on October 18th, to examine and investigate innovations and best practices in customer service, customer experience and customer loyalty in travel and transportation. Speakers from Northwestern University and the industry will engage the audience through case study presentations and a panel discussion.


EVENT CO-CHAIRS:

Hani S. Mahmassani
William A. Patterson Distinguished Professor of Transportation; Director, NUTC

Breton Johnson
Associate Director, NUTC; Director, CCITT


ABOUT NUTC:

Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) is one of the world's leading interdisciplinary education and research institutions, serving industry, government and the public sectors. Founded in 1954 to generate substantive and enduring contributions for the better movement of materials, people, energy, and information, NUTC stands at the forefront of transportation research and education. NUTC brings together academic researchers, students and business affiliates in a joint open exploration of transportation and supply chain operations. NUTC aims to influence national and international transportation policy, management and technological developments, with the goal of making transportation and supply chain operations more productive, efficient, safe, secure, environmentally friendly and socially beneficial.


ABOUT CCITT:

Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology (CCITT) fosters the implementation of innovative technologies for all modes of surface transportation, including but not limited to railways, mass transit, highways and waterways.

 

WORKSHOP SPEAKERS:

Frank Bush
Lead Consultant - Teradata

Tom Collinger
Associate Professor &; Executive Director, Medill IMC Spiegel Digital &; Database
Research Center - Northwestern

Walter Herbst
Charles Deering McCormick Distinguished Clinical Professor; Clinical Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Director, Master of Product Development Program
- Northwestern

Bret Johnson
Associate Director - NUTC

Julius Jung
Entrepreneur &; Consultant

Hani Mahmassani
Director - NUTC

Jodi Navta
Chief Marketing Officer - Coyote Logistics, A UPS Company

Jarvis Schultz
Associate Director, MS in Robotics; Assistant Professor of Instruction,
Department of Mechanical Engineering - Northwestern

Thomas O'Toole
Clinical Professor, Marketing; Senior Fellow, Kellogg School of Management
- Northwestern

 

 

 

 

WORKSHOP AGENDA:

1:30 PM    WELCOME
Hani Mahmassani - Director, NUTC


1:35 PM    OPENING REMARKS
Frank Bush - Analytic Business Consulting Practice Director, Travel &; Transportation, Teradata


1:45 PM    SESSION 1

Owning The End-To-End Customer Experience with Internet-of-Things (IOT)
Julius Jung - Managing Director, FeedbackNow USA

There's a customer engagement eco system. Does it inform you today?
Tom Collinger - Associate Professor &; Executive Director, Medill IMC Spiegel Digital &; Database Research Center, Northwestern

The digital transformation of customer experience in the travel industry
Thomas O'Toole - Clinical Professor of Marketing, Senior Fellow, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern


3:00 PM    NETWORKING BREAK


3:20 PM    SESSION 2

Aspirational Design Drives Consumption
Walter Herbst - Charles Deering McCormick Distinguished Clinical Professor; Director, Master of Product Development Program, Northwestern

Customer, I Hear You! Do You Hear Me?
Jodi Navta - Chief Marketing Officer, Coyote Logistics, A UPS Company


4:00 PM    PANEL DISCUSSION

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

NUTC Leon Moses Lecture: "Outlook for the US Economy: Is this as good as it gets?" - Martin Eichenbaum, Northwestern

Northwestern University Transportation Center presents:

THE 2017 LEON N. MOSES TRANSPORTATION LECTURE:

"Outlook for the US Economy: Is this as good as it gets?"

Martin Eichenbaum

Charles Moskos Professor Of Economics, Northwestern
Co-Director, Center For International Macroeconomics

 

**REGISTRATION REQUIRED**

 

ABOUT FEATURED SPEAKER

Martin Eichenbaum is the Charles Moskos Professor of economics at Northwestern University and the co-director of the Center for International Economics at Northwestern University. He has been at Northwestern University since 1988. He has also taught at the University of Chicago and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Eichenbaum earned his PhD in economics from the University of Minnesota. He served as the co-editor of the American Economic Review from 2011-2015 and is currently the co-editor of the NBER Macro Annual. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the Econometric Society, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is currently a consultant to the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and San Francisco. In addition he serves on the advisory council of the Global Markets Institute at, Goldman Sachs and the academic advisory council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Finally, he is on the Board of Directors of the Bank of Montreal.

 

ABOUT LEON N. MOSES

Leon N. Moses started at Northwestern University in 1959 as an Associate Professor of Economics. In 1993, he was appointed the Robert E. and Emily King Professor of Business Institutions, after serving as Professor of Economics with a joint appointment to the Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) since 1963. Moses retired as an Emeritus Professor in 2005. His work focused primarily on the economics of firm location and the critical roles of transport and transportation costs.

In his earlier years, Moses served in the armed forces and was discharged in 1945. He started at Ohio State University majoring in agriculture, but later switched to economics and graduated in 1947 with honors. He further pursued economics at Harvard University where he earned an MA in 1950 and PhD in 1955. After receiving his doctorate, Moses became an Assistant Professor at Harvard.

At Northwestern, Moses served as Chair of the Economics Department, and held a joint appointment at the J. L. Kellogg School of Management. Over the years, he reportedly served on nearly every university committee available.

At NUTC, Moses held a number of positions, including Director of Research and Director of Education. From 1976 to 1980, he served as NUTC's Director. Under the leadership of Moses, NUTC gained national recognition particularly for conferences focused on transportation deregulation prospects.

Leon N. Moses passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the age of 88.

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Thursday, October 26, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "The Marginal Congestion of a Taxi in New York City" - Alejandro Molnar, Vanderbilt University

Northwestern University Transportation Center presents:

"The Marginal Congestion of a Taxi in New York City"

Alejandro Molnar
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University

 

ABSTRACT:

We exploit the introduction of a new class of restricted taxi medallion in New York City to provide a causal estimate of the impact on congestion from the addition of taxis to the city. In August 2013 the City of New York introduced a restricted class of “boro” (or “green”) taxis. Boro taxis provide an equivalent service to that of “yellow” medallion taxis, but are restricted from pickups in Manhattan south of a boundary along East 96th St and West 110th St. We document a large spike in taxi cab activity north of the restriction boundary, driven entirely by entry from boro taxis and partially offset by retrenchment from traditional yellow medallion taxis, which face additional, localized competition. This variation allows us to study the effect of taxi supply on congestion: we construct a database of historical street-
level speed from taxi trip records by isolating the trips that consist of uptown or downtown “runs” along a North-South avenue, and projecting travel time onto street intervals. We find that the roll-out of the boro taxi program caused a localized 8% decrease in traffic speed. We then relate speed changes to taxi supply, by employing satellite and aerial orthoimagery to construct a novel data set of the location of taxis over time and space. We derive an empirical congestion curve between car speed and taxi activity.

[In progress: Additionally, we document a substantial slowdown in traffic speed throughout NYC since 2013, and are applying our estimate to attribute the share of this slowdown that can be explained by app-based rideshare providers.]

 

SPEAKER BIO:

Alejandro Molnar is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University. His research focuses on market structure, competition and regulation in transportation and ecommerce industries. His dissertation research was on airline incentives in scheduling and a resulting "tragedy of the commons" outcome in the allocation of runway capacity at US airports. He received his PhD in Economics from Stanford University, and undergraduate degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Thursday, November 2, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Agent-Based Activity/Travel Microsimulation: What's Next?" - Eric Miller, University of Toronto

Northwestern University Transportation Center presents:

"Agent-Based Activity/Travel Microsimulation: What's Next?"

Eric Miller
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering - Director, University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute (UTTRI), University of Toronto

 

ABSTRACT:

Activity/tour-based models of urban travel demand are increasingly be used in operational planning practice. These are generally implemented within a microsimulation framework, in which out-of-home activity participation and the associated travel are modelled for individual trip-makers (agents). These operational model systems are the product of over 40 years of research and development, dating back at least to calls in the 1970's for an activity-based approach to modelling travel demand. They are also built upon the tremendous advances that have been made over this same time period in disaggregate, random utility modelling, computer hardware and software, and GIS-based spatial-temporal datasets, among other factors.

The rapidly growing availability of “big data” concerning travel behaviour from a variety of sources, continuing growth in computing capabilities, and ever-changing (and increasingly challenging) policy analysis issues (autonomous vehicles, new services such as car/bike sharing, increasing emphasis on active transportation, etc.) create both the opportunity and the need to continue to develop more advanced, robust travel demand modelling methods to help guide the continuing explosive growth of urban regions in Asia and worldwide along more sustainable paths.

Agent-based microsimulation (ABM) provides an extremely flexible, powerful and efficient means for modelling complex spatial-temporal, socio-economic behaviour such as travel. The current operational models represent a sound “first generation” of such methods, but they are far from realizing the full potential of the ABM concept. After first briefly characterizing the ABM approach and the current state of art/practice, this presentation explores a number of needs and opportunities for future evolution of ABM activity/travel modelling.

Topics discussed will include:
• Dynamics (memory, inertia, state dependencies, adaptation, etc.).
• Heterogeneity.
• Inter-agent interactions (within household and between households).
• Mode and route choice modelling (transit, active transportation, new modes).
• Activity episode utility (why do we travel?).
• Issues in modelling spatial choice (activity episode locations).
• Modelling intercity (long-distance) travel.

 

SPEAKER BIO:

Professor Eric J. Miller has BASc and MASc degrees from the University of Toronto and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He been a faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto since 1983, where he is currently Director of the University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute. He served as Acting Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering during 1998-99, 2003 and 2007 and was the inaugural Director of the University of Toronto Cities Centre (2008-2012). He is also Director of the University's Data Management Group, which is responsible for the largest travel survey data collection and management program in Canada, and the Travel Modelling Group, which works closely with transportation agencies in the Toronto region in improving the operational state of travel demand modelling practice in the region. He is past-Chair of the U.S. Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Travel Behavior and Values, the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research and the TRB Sub-Committee on Integrated Transportation – Land Use Modeling. He is a Member Emeritus of the TRB Transportation Demand Forecasting Committee. He served on the TRB Task Force on Moving Activity-Based Approaches to Practice and the US National Academy of Sciences Committee for Determination of the State of the Practice in Metropolitan Area Travel Forecasting. He has chaired or been a member of numerous intercity travel demand modelling peer review panels throughout North America, including current membership on the California High-Speed Rail Authority's Ridership Technical Advisory Panel. Professor Miller is the recipient of the 2009 Wilbur S. Smith Distinguished Educator Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the inaugural winner of the University of British Columbia Margolese National Design for Living Award (2012). Professor Miller is the developer of GTAModel, a state-of-the-art activity-based microsimulation regional travel demand modeling system used by the Cities of Toronto and Mississauga to forecast travel demand in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area (GTHA) and ILUTE, an integrated land use – travel demand model system for the GTHA. His international experience includes transit planning in Cairo, travel demand model development in Mumbai and Hyderabad, and currently he is working on urban mobility solutions for Latin American cities in Paraguay and Uruguay. He is co-author of the textbook Urban Transportation Planning: A Decision-Oriented Approach, the third edition of which was recently released in e-book format.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Thursday, November 9, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Models and Approaches to Multi-Objective Arc Tour Problems with an Application to Marathon Course Design" - Mehmet Basdere, Northwestern University

Northwestern University Transportation Center presents:

"Models and Approaches to Multi-Objective Arc Tour Problems with an Application to Marathon Course Design"

Mehmet Basdere
PhD Candidate, Industrial Engineering &; Management Sciences
Northwestern University


ABSTRACT:
Motivated by marathon course design, our study introduces a novel tour finding problem, the Lock-Free Arc Tour Problem (LFATP), which ensures that the resulting tour does not block access to certain critical vertices. The LFATP is formulated as a mixed integer linear program. Structurally, the LFATP yields excessive subtour formation, causing the standard branch-and-cut approach to perform poorly even with valid inequalities derived from locking properties of the LFATP. For this reason, we introduce path-based reformulations arising from a provably stronger disjunctive program, where disjunctions are obtained by fixing the visit orders in which must-visit edges are visited. In computational tests, the reformulations are shown to yield up to 100 times improvement in solution times. Additional tests demonstrate the benefits of using lock elimination inequalities and the value of reformulations for more general tour finding problems with visit requirements and length restrictions. To solve LFATP in a multi-objective environment, we develop a new Interactive Weight Region-Based Approach (IWRA) that iteratively reaches a most preferred solution of the corresponding linear or integer program after exploring a few nondominated solutions. Practical insights from the Bank of America Chicago Marathon are presented along with extensions of reformulations for various types of objective functions.

 
SPEAKER BIO:
Mehmet Basdere is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University. He received his bachelor's and master's degree in industrial engineering from Bogazici University, Turkey. His research interests include continuous and discrete optimization, multi-objective decision making and disjunctive programming with applications to logistics, routing, scheduling and wireless sensor network problems. During his PhD studies, Mehmet received Arthur P. Hurter Award, awarded to the most successful first-year graduate students at Northwestern University IEMS Department, Nemhauser Best Student Paper Award, awarded to the most successful graduate student paper at Northwestern University IEMS Department, and Dissertation Year Fellowship, awarded by Northwestern University Transportation Center to fund the most successful dissertation projects.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Digitalization of Transport Management—a voyage not a destination" - Gunnar Stefansson, University of Iceland

Northwestern University Transportation Center presents:

"Digitalization of Transport Management—a voyage not a destination"

Gunnar Stefansson
Professor, School of Engineerng &; Natural Sciences, Industrial Engineering and Computer Science, University of Iceland

Abstract:
Digitalization of business processes have in recent years been revolutionizing various industries aiming at making services more effective, efficient and customer centric. Industrial examples, including service and retail industries, are numerous but unfortunately bringing about very few such from the transport industry. This may sound somewhat contradictory, given the fact that transportation and distribution is a major enabler of efficient business transactions, providing the business industry with the customer value crucial for sustainable future operations.


The seminar will focus on the voyage toward a connected transport industry, where issues linked to the facilitation of information exchange between various industrial partners and the transportation industry, that is at this point of time still stumbling, a situation completely unacceptable in today's era of easy access and exchange of data and information. The envision of providing a digital ecosystem for the transport industry in order to support more efficient collaboration within logistics supply chains will be presented. The digital ecosystem is not only capable of enabling and facilitates information exchange in more effective and efficient way, but is aimed at providing the transport industry with means to take the leap towards the digital arena that the customers command and at the same time a sustainable business operation entails today.

Bio
Dr. Gunnar Stefansson completed his engineering degree at University of Iceland and later earned his PhD at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden: His work is on the topic of collaborative logistics management and the use of information technology to support logistics activities with main focus on transport management and third parties' logistics service providers. The work was to great extend carried out in the US with support from many of the NUTC's faculty. To this day, Gunnar divides his time between the two universities, University of Iceland and Chalmers University of Technology, working on transport and logistics management and the digitalization of the transport industry.

In recent years the research focus has been on collaboration issues within supply chains, tracking and tracing, development of smart transport management frameworks, resource utilization and digitalization of transport management for increased efficiency in the industry. The underlying research has its base in many Icelandic, Swedish as well as European Union financed projects in recent years. Publications of the research has been included in journals such as International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Business Logistics, International Journal of Physical Distribution &; Logistics Management, International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management, World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research, Research in transportation Economics, International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, among others.

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "A Universal Methodology for Learning Cascading Failure Dynamics in Interdependent Networks" - Cynthia Chen, University of Washington-Seattle

Northwestern University Transportation Center presents:

"A Universal Methodology for Learning Cascading Failure Dynamics in Interdependent Networks"

Cynthia Chen
Professsor, Civil &; Environmental Engineering, University of Washington-Seattle
Director, THINK (Transportation-Human Interaction-and-Network Knowledge) Lab


ABSTRACT:
A modeling framework to infer the cascading failure process that leads to the observed cascading failure outcomes is proposed and tested in simulation-based case studies. With only the failure time of each node given, the proposed methodology demonstrates the capability of learning the underlying failure propagation mechanisms, and reconstructing the cascading failure process in both case studies. Considering the diverse failure propagation mechanisms involved in the two cascading failure instances, the proposed methodology presents a potential channel to modeling, understanding and controlling cascading failures in a variety of networks.


Cascading failures are a universal phenomenon in all types of networks, but methodologies devised to learn their dynamics so far are mostly domain-constrained and demonstrate limited universal applicability. This paper tackles this issue from a reverse perspective of how cascading failures happen: it takes cascading failure outcomes as inputs and seeks to infer the failure propagation process that gives rise to the outcomes, instead of the reserve way as the prevalent approaches do. Since cascading failure outcomes are commonly observed and share similarities among different systems, we envision that this approach presents universal applicability to different systems, and will potentially unify cascading failure research across disciplines.

 
SPEAKER BIO:

Cynthia Chen is a professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle (UW). At UW, she directs the THINK (Transportation-Human Interaction-and- Network Knowledge) lab (http://depts.washington.edu/thinklab) where she and her students study the sustainability and resilience of a city through the lens of human beings' interacting with the physical infrastructures and the built environment. The work of THINK lab is highly interdisciplinary, drawing on the latest methods and ideas in disciplines from social and natural sciences to engineering. Dr. Chen graduated from University of California, Davis with a PhD in civil and environmental engineering in 2001 and prior to joining UW, she had taught at City College of New York as an assistant professor from 2003 to 2009. Dr. Chen has served on a variety of TRB (Transportation Research Board) committees including for example, Travel Behavior and Values and Travel Survey committees. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=dtaR0JYAAAAJ) and her work has been supported by many federal and local agencies. She is an associate director of the USDOT-supported TOMNET (Teaching Old Models New Tricks) center (http://www.tomnet-utc.org/) and an associate editor for Transportation (https://link.springer.com/journal/11116). Since December 2016, Dr. Chen has also been serving as the program director leading the Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13352&;org=ENG&;from=home) for the National Science Foundation.

 

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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