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EVENTS IN February 2018

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Research, Planning, & Lessons Learned in Evacuation & Transportation Resilience" - Brian Wolshon, Louisiana State University

Northwestern University Transportation Center presents:

"Research, Planning, &; Lessons Learned in Evacuation &; Transportation Resilience"

Brian Wolshon, Ph.D., P.E., PTOE
Edward A. and Karen Wax Schmitt Distinguished Professor
Director, Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

 

ABSTRACT:

The 2017 mass evacuation of Florida associated with Hurricane Irma, like those of the New Orleans and Houston for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, was among the largest in U.S. history. Though not routine transportation events, evacuations are more common than commonly realized. Similarly, the methods used to plan and manage evacuations are similar to, and can be used for, more routinely occurring events.

The presentation will include an overview and history of the general concepts and practices used for evacuation in the United States, including how evacuation is also a key component of transportation resilience. Included in this will be the history and development of the Louisiana evacuation plan, particularly how research conducted at LSU was able to support and improve the development the New Orleans freeway contraflow plan. It will also highlight a recent U.S. DOT supported project to apply state-of-the-art traffic simulation modeling for future evacuation plan assessment and improvement. As part of this work, a regional multimodal model for the southeast Louisiana highway network was developed to replicate the temporal and spatial travel movements of metropolitan New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The goal of this information is to highlight the state of evacuation planning practice in America, lessons learned from Katrina and Gustav, and what professionals from other regions of the world can learn from practices in Louisiana and the United States.

 

SPEAKER BIO:

This presentation will feature Brian Wolshon, Ph.D. P.E., PTOE, the Edward A. and Karen Wax Schmitt Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at Louisiana State University and the founding Director of the US DOT sponsored Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency. Dr. Wolshon is an internationally recognized expert on evacuation, emergency, and resilience traffic planning and management. In 2001, Dr. Wolshon founded and has since chaired Transportation Research Board of the National Academies Committee on Emergency Evacuation and is one of the founding organizers of the National Evacuation Conference, held biennially in New Orleans. He has authored dozens federal reports and book chapters as well as more than 60 scientific journal papers on topics related to evacuation planning and engineering. He has also served as an expert consultant to dozens of federal, state, and local government agencies; national laboratories; and engineering firms throughout the United States and abroad. He also been interviewed by more the 100 media outlets including The New York Times, the Science and Discovery Channels, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, USA Today, Time Magazine, the Times of London among many others and has served as a commentator on several television programs.

Contact Info: Joan Pinnell

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

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

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Research, Planning, & Lessons Learned in Evacuation & Transportation Resilience" - Brian Wolshon, Louisiana State University

Northwestern University Transportation Center presents:

"Research, Planning, &; Lessons Learned in Evacuation &; Transportation Resilience"

Brian Wolshon, Ph.D., P.E., PTOE
Edward A. and Karen Wax Schmitt Distinguished Professor
Director, Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

 

ABSTRACT:

The 2017 mass evacuation of Florida associated with Hurricane Irma, like those of the New Orleans and Houston for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, was among the largest in U.S. history. Though not routine transportation events, evacuations are more common than commonly realized. Similarly, the methods used to plan and manage evacuations are similar to, and can be used for, more routinely occurring events.

The presentation will include an overview and history of the general concepts and practices used for evacuation in the United States, including how evacuation is also a key component of transportation resilience. Included in this will be the history and development of the Louisiana evacuation plan, particularly how research conducted at LSU was able to support and improve the development the New Orleans freeway contraflow plan. It will also highlight a recent U.S. DOT supported project to apply state-of-the-art traffic simulation modeling for future evacuation plan assessment and improvement. As part of this work, a regional multimodal model for the southeast Louisiana highway network was developed to replicate the temporal and spatial travel movements of metropolitan New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The goal of this information is to highlight the state of evacuation planning practice in America, lessons learned from Katrina and Gustav, and what professionals from other regions of the world can learn from practices in Louisiana and the United States.

 

SPEAKER BIO:

This presentation will feature Brian Wolshon, Ph.D. P.E., PTOE, the Edward A. and Karen Wax Schmitt Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at Louisiana State University and the founding Director of the US DOT sponsored Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency. Dr. Wolshon is an internationally recognized expert on evacuation, emergency, and resilience traffic planning and management. In 2001, Dr. Wolshon founded and has since chaired Transportation Research Board of the National Academies Committee on Emergency Evacuation and is one of the founding organizers of the National Evacuation Conference, held biennially in New Orleans. He has authored dozens federal reports and book chapters as well as more than 60 scientific journal papers on topics related to evacuation planning and engineering. He has also served as an expert consultant to dozens of federal, state, and local government agencies; national laboratories; and engineering firms throughout the United States and abroad. He also been interviewed by more the 100 media outlets including The New York Times, the Science and Discovery Channels, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, USA Today, Time Magazine, the Times of London among many others and has served as a commentator on several television programs.

Contact Info: Joan Pinnell

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

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

Thursday, February 8, 2018

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Seminar: "The role of space in design, scale economies and optimal pricing in public transport" - Sergio Jara-Diaz, University of Chile

Northwestern University Transportation Center presents...

 

“The role of space in design, scale economies and optimal pricing in public transport”

Sergio Jara-Diaz
University of Chile

 

ABSTRACT:

We examine the spatial sources of scale economies in public transport and their impact on optimal pricing, by looking at the variation of design when minimizing users' plus operators' costs as patronage increases. The point of departure is the classical analysis of scale economies induced by the optimal frequency adjustment (the so-called Mohring effect), and the diseconomies provoked by the increasing effect of patronage on boarding and alighting time (Jansson, 1984). Then we introduce lines spacing by generalizing Chang and Schonfeld's (1991) model, showing that it generates a new source of scale economies as density increases with patronage, diminishing access and egress times while keeping the properties of the basic one-line model. From this we move into the general area of optimal transit networks, where we show that increasing patronage induces a series of changes in the optimal design of transit lines: essentially the reduction of transfers, distances travelled and number of stops, elements that emerge in favor of scale economies which we summarize under the concept of "directness" in route structures. We conclude that spatial effects are indeed a source of scale economies as patronage increases; further analysis including changes in technology and congestion is needed.

Contact Info: Joan Pinnell

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

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

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Researcher's Toolkit: ICPSR: Resources and Services

Instructor: Anne Zald, Assistant Head for Government, Business &; Geospatial Services, Northwestern University Libraries


ICPSR, a data archive for the social and behavioral sciences, is a core resource for quantitative (and increasingly for qualitative) researchers. This workshop will highlight the resources and services available to you through Northwestern's ICPSR membership (maintained by the University Libraries). NU students, faculty, and staff have access to raw data from more than 10,000 studies, support for teaching with quantitative data, training in statistical methodologies and data management through the annual Summer Program, and a repository for sharing datasets for secondary analysis by other researchers.

Contact Info: Melanie Wilson

Location: Seeley G. Mudd Library 2233 Tech Drive Classroom 2210 Evanston IL 60208

Thursday, February 22, 2018

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Safety Implications of the Transition to CAVs: Getting at the S-Curve Parameters" - Reg Souleyrette, University of Kentucky

Northwestern University Transportation Center presents:

"Safety Implications of the Transition to CAVs: Getting at the S-Curve Parameters"

Reg Souleyrette
University of Kentucky

 

SPEAKER BIO:

Souleyrette is Chair, Department of Civil Engineering and Commonwealth Professor of Transportation Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He also serves as Program Manager for Planning and Decision Analytics for the Kentucky Transportation Center. Reg has over 30 years of experience in transportation research, focusing on highway safety applications and data analysis for over 20 of those years. He has led sponsored research for USDOT, State DOTs, local transportation agencies, foundations and private transportation firms. These include studies for the AAAFTS and Roadway Safety Foundation (usRAP, Safety Benefits of Infrastructure Investments), as well as studies of older and younger drivers, NHTSA/FHWA National Model for crash data location, collection and analysis, human factors and highway safety analytics. Reg is a Fellow Member of the Association of Traffic Safety Information Systems Professionals, and a Member of both ASCE and the National Academies' Transportation Research Board (TRB). For TRB, he is an at-large member of the Safety and Systems Users Group Executive Board and is Communications Coordinator and past Chair of its Data and Information Systems Section. Reg received his PhD from the University of California with Bill Garrison, and MS from the University of Texas with Hani Mahmassani and Mike Walton. Reg enjoys playing basketball and camping with his family and rough-coat collie, April.

Contact Info: Joan Pinnell

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

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