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EVENTS IN March 2017

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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

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


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.


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



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.



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/