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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.

 


NEXT WORKSHOP:

CONNECT. CARRY. CONQUER.

Freight Industry Game Changers

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2018
[1:00 - 4:30 PM]
Norris University Center, Evanston

Chicago-area companies are leading the business and technology innovations that drive freight and supply chain management today. On November 7, established leaders and rising upstarts from six of these leading companies will share a stage for NUTC’s Fall 2018 Industry Technical Workshop. The game changers will discuss the state of the freight industry and best practices for connecting customers to carriers, as well as how to improve the end-to-end user experience—all for the purpose of conquering the supply chain.

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2018

Freight by Air: Riding the Wings of Change

Freight by Air: Riding the Wings of Change

05/02/2018

The Northwestern University Transportation Center and the Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology co-hosted the Spring 2018 Industry Technical Workshop (#ITW2018), Freight by Air: Riding the Wings of Change, on May 2nd at the Hilton Orrington Hotel in Evanston.

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) co-hosted the Fall 2017 Industry Technical 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 the industry engaged attendees 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 3rd, 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.

Read more: Event recap

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.

Read more: Event recap

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. The 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.

Read more: Event recap

2015

The Internet of Things in Transportation and Logistics

The Internet of Things in Transportation & Logistics

10/17/2015

This Industry Technical Workshop, held in conjunction with the Fall 2015 meeting of the NUTC Business Advisory Council (BAC), 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 & 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, 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.

Read more: Event recap

2014

Autonomous Vehicle Technologies for Passenger and Freight Mobility

Autonomous Vehicle Technologies for Passenger & Freight Mobility

06/10/2014

On June 10, 2014, the Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) and the Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology presented Autonomous Vehicle Technologies for Passenger and Freight Mobility. This Industry Technical Workshop, co-chaired by NUTC director Dr. Hani Mahmassani and NUTC associate director 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

On October 29th, NUTC's Fall 2013 Industry Technical Workshop highlighted the competitive landscape surrounding the continual rise of e-commerce and direct delivery of goods to consumers and businesses alike. The Workshop 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

NUTC's Spring 2013 Industry Technical 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. The 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 2012 Industry Technical Workshop examined challenges and best practices in data-driven business. The keynote speaker and two panels discussed:

  • 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. NUTC's Fall 2011 Industry Technical Workshop featured case studies in airline travel, package delivery, urban transportation, and social media. The discussion focused 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 Fall 2010 Industry Technical Workshop, presented by the Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) and the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), featured speakers from influential US firms and government agencies sharing their practices in deploying alternative fuels. The Workshop offered attendees an excellent opportunity to learn about 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

The Spring 2010 Industry Technical Workshop was presented by Northwestern University Transportation Center and the Consulate General of Canada in Chicago.

2009

The "Greening" of Transportation

The "Greening" of Transportation

09/04/2009

At the Fall 2009 Industry Technical Workshop, leaders in rail, transportation logistics, trucking and energy production gathered to discuss trends, developments, strategies and goals for the “greening of transportation.” Speakers highlighted 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. A panel discussion moderated by Professor Diego Klabjan, an NUTC faculty affiliate followed each speaker presentation and panelists examined 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

At the Fall 2008 Industry Technical Workshop, attendees heard 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 were discussed in an effort to build successful applications for better decision making.

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