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Industry Workshops

Every year, NUTC and the Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology (CCITT) co-host two Industry Technical Workshops in conjunction with each of the Fall and Spring Business Advisory Council (BAC) meetings. These Workshops are co-chaired by Hani Mahmassani, NUTC director, and Breton Johnson, NUTC associate director and CCITT director.

 

2018

Freight by Air: Riding the Wings of Change

5/2/2018

NUTC will host the Spring 2018 Industry Workshop, Freight by Air: Riding the Wings of Change, featuring Northwestern University faculty and industry experts speaking on air freight issues including current industry trends and their impacts on general air freight, how demand is outpacing supply, best practices in accessing and managing capacity, and last-mile delivery.    Register Now!

Mr. Shawn McWhorter, President, Nippon Cargo Airlines

  • Demand is Growing Faster than Capacity

Ms. Sedef Albrecht, Managing Director, Strategy and Operations, Boeing Horizon X

  • Future of Mobility

Mr. James Bellinder, Vice President, Cargo Sales, United Airlines

  • United Cargo Leading the Change

Mr. Michael Steen, Chief Commercial Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings

  • eCommerce – presenting a paradigm shift for the global air cargo supply chain

Mr. Wayne Tyndall, Sales Manager US & Northern Europe, WebCargoNet by Freightos

  • Bringing Front-end Rate Management, Quotations & Airline Bookings into the Future

2017

Making the Customer Happy

Making the Customer Happy

10/18/2017

Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) and the Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology (CCITT) are co-hosting the Fall 2017 Industry Workshop—Making the Customer Happy: Innovation & Best Practices—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 industry will engage the audience through case study presentations and a panel discussion.

Innovation in Large-Scale Infrastructure Development

Bridging the Future: Innovation in Large-Scale Infrastructure Development

05/03/2017

Hosted by NUTC and the Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology (CCITT) on May 3, 2017, “Bridging the Future: Innovation in Large-scale Infrastructure Development” addressed how P3s can bridge the growing gap in federal funding required to update the country’s aging bridges, highways, and other transit systems. While state and local municipalities have attempted narrow the shortfall through gasoline taxes and highway tolls, the need for new infrastructure projects continues to exceed the available funding.

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2016

Machine Learning in Transportation

Machine Learning in Transportation

10/28/2016

The Northwestern University Transportation Center and the Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology co-hosted the Fall 2016 Industry Technical Workshop, Machine Learning in Transportation. In two panel sessions, industry and University experts will present case studies of: (1) applications of machine learning in personal (consumer) travel, and (2) applications of machine learning in commercial aviation and freight transportation.

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BioLogistics in a Changing Healthcare World

BioLogistics in a Changing Healthcare World

04/20/2016

On April 20, 2016, the Northwestern University Transportation Center and the Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology co-hosted Biologistics in a Changing Healthcare World. This technical workshop examined changes occurring across the supply chain in the biologistics industry, including impacts from: the change in landscape of and with the healthcare providers; the establishment of group buying organizations forming distribution centers to service affiliated hospitals; communication protocols, or lack thereof, across the healthcare supply chain; evolving cold chain supply chain management requirements; and the use of analytics to better stage (store) products for deliveries to the right location at the right time.

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2015

The Internet of Things in Transportation and Logistics

The Internet of Things in Transportation and Logistics

10/17/2015

This technical workshop, held in conjunction with the Fall 2015 meeting of the NUTC Business Advisory Council, discussed the current applications of the Internet of Things (IoT) in transportation and logistics settings. IoT describes a network of physical and mobile objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity. In a transportation system, dynamic interaction between these “things” enables vehicular communication, smart traffic control, logistics and fleet management and optimization, intelligent port operations, vehicle control, and energy, maintenance and safety management, among others. The workshop featured speakers from transportation firms, internet infrastructure companies, and technology providers for the transportation industry, and will describe applications in trucking, rail, and port operations, and more.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Applications and Emergent Technologies

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Applications and Emergent Technologies

04/20/2015

On April 20, 2015, the Northwestern University Transportation Center and the Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology presented Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Applications and Emergent Technologies. This industry technical workshop, which was co-chaired by Dr. Hani Mahmassani and Mr. Breton Johnson, brought to light the current and future potential of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as "drones." Speakers provided insight into infrastructure monitoring and inspection, package and cargo delivery, the evolution of the UAV market, and policy developments.

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2014

Autonomous Vehicle Technologies for Passenger and Freight Mobility

Autonomous Vehicle Technologies for Passenger and Freight Mobility

06/10/2014

On June 10, 2014, the Northwestern University Transportation Center and the Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology presented Autonomous Vehicle Technologies for Passenger and Freight Mobility. This industry technical workshop, which was co-chaired by Dr. Hani Mahmassani and Mr. Breton Johnson, brought together speakers from the automobile industry, trucking industry, and technology community to discuss technology readiness, innovations on the horizon, target markets, and insights into near and long term rollout of autonomous vehicle and mobility enhancing technologies. It discussed the convergence and integration of software, hardware, communications, sensing, and positioning technologies, all of which are moving the possibility of autonomously-driven road vehicles beyond science fiction and closer to reality.

2013

The Fight for the Last Mile

The Fight for the Last Mile

10/29/2013

Our fall 2013 Industry Workshop highlighted the competitive landscape surrounding the continual rise of e-commerce and direct delivery of goods to consumers and businesses alike. The program emphasized that the “Fight for the Last Mile” is not only about the last mile itself, but the complete design of the supply chain and the technology that enables a first-in-class user experience.

Smarter Cities / Smarter Mobility

Smarter Cities / Smarter Mobility

04/24/2013

The spring 2013 Industry Workshop highlighted several visions for "smarter cities and smarter mobility" for both passengers and goods movement. The presentations examined how the deployment and use of sensor and wireless technologies are poised to impact the urban mobility experience.
This special workshop preceded and complemented the 2013 Patterson Transportation Lecture featuring Dr. Irwin Jacobs, Founder and Chairman of Qualcomm.

2012

Data-Driven Business

Data-Driven Business

10/30/2012

Transportation companies are confronted with growing – some may say exploding – and diverse sources of data. This data may be mined from social media, obtained from customer surveys, collected from environmental sensors, and gleaned from geo-positioning radios, among others. Looking through the lens of the transportation industry, the Northwestern University Transportation Center’s fall Industry Workshop will examine challenges and best practices in data-driven business. In the workshop a keynote speaker and two panel discussions will address questions, such as:

  • Why "data-driven" is a different way of competing?
  • What does it take to unlock opportunity in data?
  • What are the organizational implications for being "data-driven?"

The Electrification of Transportation

The Electrification of Transportation

04/18/2012

With ever growing concerns regarding the diversification of our country’s energy resources and the recent emergence of consumer and fleet electrical vehicles (EV), this workshop will explore opportunities and challenges facing the implementation of electric vehicles, the current state of the EV market, factors impacting the user experience and user adoption, and transport electrification in the context of other energy choices.

2011

Improving the Customer Experience in Travel and Transportation Using Information Technology

Improving the Customer Experience in Travel and Transportation Using Information Technology

10/25/2011

Information technology increasingly is driving the travel and transportation experience for the customer. This workshop features case studies in airline travel, package delivery, urban transportation, and social media. The discussion will focus on experiences and/or unique ways of using information technology and data management that could be cross-pollinated across other modes, and offer a vision of how the service experience could benefit from industry and academic collaboration.

2010

The "Greening" of Transportation 2: Sustainability via Alternative Fuels

The "Greening" of Transportation 2: Sustainability via Alternative Fuels

10/05/2010

Alternative fuels from ethanol and biodiesel to compressed natural gas and electricity are penetrating all transportation modes. Despite the absence of a carbon price, progressive corporations are discovering economic benefits of using alternative fuels for their logistics and transportation operations.

The workshop, presented by the Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) and the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), will feature speakers from influential US firms and government agencies sharing their practices in deploying alternative fuels. This venue is an excellent opportunity to hear about the adoption levels of various alternative fuels, the underlying economics, financial risks, and challenges moving forward.

Border Crossing Issues & Prospects for Freight

Border Crossing Issues & Prospects for Freight

04/14/2010

A Workshop presented by The Transportation Center and the Consulate General of Canada in Chicago

2009

The "Greening" of Transportation

The "Greening" of Transportation

09/04/2009

Leaders from rail, transportation logistics, trucking and energy production will discuss trends, developments, strategies and goals for the “greening of transportation.” Speakers will discuss various actions being undertaken by their firms to achieve sustainable operations for the benefit of their bottom lines, their commitments to energy and environmental sustainability and their corporate social responsibilities. Presentations by each of the speakers will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Professor Diego Klabjan, a Transportation Center faculty affiliate. The moderator and panelists will examine the issues and challenges in the adoption of green technologies and operational strategies.

2008

The Value of Business Intelligence

The Value of Business Intelligence

10/21/2008

Learn and hear the latest trends and developments in business intelligence from the leading experts in the field. Success stories and major impediments for widespread adoption of centralized data warehouses and the underlying business intelligence tools will be discussed. Gain knowledge and share your experience in building successful applications for better decision making.

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