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Jacobs Winter Design Showcase, Dec 7-8

December 8, 2016 - 11:37pm
On Wednesday, December 7, and Thursday, December 8, join the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation for its semesterly showcase of student work in Jacobs Hall. Featuring project displays and demos — along with conversation and refreshments — this lively open house is an opportunity to meet student makers, explore new creations, and take part in Jacobs Hall's richly interdisciplinary community.

Over the course of two days, students in 17 courses, along with Jacobs Hall artists-in-residence and other student designers, will share their work. With projects spanning a wide range of experience levels, academic departments, and areas of interest, the showcase will highlight the diversity of the design innovation ecosystem at Jacobs Hall and at Berkeley. All are welcome to attend — the showcase is free and open to the public.

See the full schedule at: http://bit.ly/2fjb9aX

Jacobs Winter Design Showcase, Dec 8

December 8, 2016 - 11:37pm
On Wednesday, December 7, and Thursday, December 8, join the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation for its semesterly showcase of student work in Jacobs Hall. Featuring project displays and demos — along with conversation and refreshments — this lively open house is an opportunity to meet student makers, explore new creations, and take part in Jacobs Hall's richly interdisciplinary community.

Over the course of two days, students in 17 courses, along with Jacobs Hall artists-in-residence and other student designers, will share their work. With projects spanning a wide range of experience levels, academic departments, and areas of interest, the showcase will highlight the diversity of the design innovation ecosystem at Jacobs Hall and at Berkeley. All are welcome to attend — the showcase is free and open to the public.

See the full schedule at: http://bit.ly/2fjb9aX

The Airport of the Future - Design and Operations, Dec 7

December 7, 2016 - 10:37pm
Eleven groups of students from the highly popular CE153 Airport Design Class, taught by Jasenka Rakas, will present their final term projects. Project themes cover an interesting spectrum of real-world and real-time aviation problems, and range from topics such as relieving delays and congestion, airport environmental evaluations, location of drone stations at airports, airport passenger experience optimization, and seal level risk and adaptation.
The design projects are focused on San Francisco International (SFO) airport, Los Angeles International (LAX) airport, Denver International (DEN) airport, and small airports in the LA Basin.

Jacobs Winter Design Showcase, Dec 7-8

December 7, 2016 - 10:37pm
On Wednesday, December 7, and Thursday, December 8, join the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation for its semesterly showcase of student work in Jacobs Hall. Featuring project displays and demos — along with conversation and refreshments — this lively open house is an opportunity to meet student makers, explore new creations, and take part in Jacobs Hall's richly interdisciplinary community.

Over the course of two days, students in 17 courses, along with Jacobs Hall artists-in-residence and other student designers, will share their work. With projects spanning a wide range of experience levels, academic departments, and areas of interest, the showcase will highlight the diversity of the design innovation ecosystem at Jacobs Hall and at Berkeley. All are welcome to attend — the showcase is free and open to the public.

See the full schedule at: http://bit.ly/2fjb9aX

Smarter Transportation: The cyberphysical systems perspective, Dec 2

December 2, 2016 - 11:37pm
We have entered the era of Cyberphysical Systems (CPS), i.e., very large networks in which collaborating intelligent agents possessing sensing, communication and computation capabilities are interconnected for controlling physical systems via complex real-time operations. The design of such systems imposes many challenges, most notably: a) decentralized coordination, b) efficient resource allocation and c)mining information from big data generated by thousands, possibly millions of nodes.

In this talk, I will present implications of CPS design to Smarter Transportation Systems, namely: a) Distributed algorithms for collaborative localization and clock synchronization, b) Software-defined architecture for Transportation, and c) data mining from inexact big data.

The Green Initiative Fund 2017 Spring Grants Info Session, Nov 30

November 30, 2016 - 11:37pm
Join TGIF for an info session on the 2017 Spring Grants! Learn about TGIF's mission and goals, application materials, and important deadlines.

Are Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles for Real?, Nov 18

November 18, 2016 - 10:41pm
Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) have been under development for over 20 years and are now finally entering the market in the U.S., Europe, Japan, Korea, and other countries. These vehicles offer the advantages of electric drive and zero tailpipe emissions, along with rapid refueling in 4-5 minutes that is similar to conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles. However, historically they have been hindered by high manufacturing costs and lack of a hydrogen-fueling infrastructure.

This talk will examine the current status of hydrogen FCEV commercialization and will include discussion of: 1) fuel cell applications for transportation; 2) system manufacturing cost trends; 3) the cost and availability of hydrogen refueling infrastructure, 4) the environmental impacts of hydrogen production; 5) lessons learned from building and operating a 700-bar (10,000 psi) hydrogen refueling station at the Berkeley Global Campus in Richmond; and 6) results from a multi-year research program at TSRC where hundreds of participants have now driven FCEVs by Toyota, Hyundai, and Daimler in real-world conditions in a research study environment.

CAISO Regionalization Panel, Nov 16

November 16, 2016 - 10:42pm
To discuss the proposed CAISO led, WECC-wide regional energy market. The western regional energy market would coordinate electricity systems across the West, utilizing the CAISO’s infrastructure to develop one western grid with the intent of increasing renewable energy supply, while creating disincentives to send coal-generated energy to California.

Economics of Carpooling, Nov 4

November 4, 2016 - 9:39pm
Empty car seats are the largest unharvested resource. Why is carpooling not ubiquitous? I will discuss the economics of carpool in the context of market design theory.

Specification and Synthesis of Networked Control Systems with Application to Autonomous Vehicles, Oct 28

October 28, 2016 - 10:37pm
Richard Murray, from the California Institute of Technology, will present "Specification and Synthesis of Networked Control Systems with Application to Autonomous Vehicles" October 28 in the Banatao Auditorium, 310 Sutardja Dai, at 4 p.m. Join us for beverages and cookies at 3:30 p.m.

This talk is part of the Resilience Seminar Series, which is co-presented by CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS), The Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST) and FORCES (Foundations Of Resilient CybEr-physical Systems).

Abstract: Design of modern control systems involves the analysis and synthesis of feedback controllers at multiple levels of abstraction, from fast feedback loops around actuators and subsystems, to higher level decision-making logic in supervisory controllers and autonomous systems. One of the major challenges in design of complex networked control systems -- such as those arising in aerospace, computing, robotics, critical infrastructure and manufacturing systems, to name a few -- is insuring that the combination of dynamical behavior and logical decision-making satisfy detailed safety and performance specifications. In many of these areas, verification and validation are now dominant drivers of schedule and cost, and the tools available for design of such systems are falling behind the needs of systems and control engineers, particularly in the area of systematic design of the mixed continuous and discrete control laws for networked systems.

Bio: Richard M. Murray received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology in 1985 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988 and 1991, respectively. He is currently the Thomas E. and Doris Everhart Professor of Control & Dynamical Systems and Bioengineering at Caltech. Murray's research is in the application of feedback and control to networked systems, with applications in biology and autonomy. Current projects include analysis and design biomolecular feedback circuits, synthesis of discrete decision-making protocols for reactive systems, and design of highly resilient architectures for autonomous systems.

Developing Large Simulation Models for Real-Time Applications, Oct 21

October 21, 2016 - 9:46pm
As part of the Caltrans-sponsored Connected Corridors Program, PATH is managing the design and deployment of a pilot Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) system on a 12-mile section of I-210 in Los Angeles County. This effort involves the development of a large-scale traffic simulation model that is to be used in a real-time context to support the development of traffic management plans in response to incidents and events. To effectively accomplish its role, the developed model must not only cover the section of freeway at the center of the project but also the various nearby arterials that may be used as detours during incidents and the various transit services that may be used as alternate transportation modes. This seminar will present various issues that had to be addressed regarding the development of the model, such as which sections of the network to model microscopically and mesoscopically to achieve adequate performance, how to model traffic demand and driver routing behavior using available and emerging data sources, and how to calibrate a large network with different types of modeling approaches and unequal data availability and quality across various elements.

Big data, the fundamental relationship, and loop detectors: Achieving precision out of a blunt instrument by asking the right questions of the data, Oct 14

October 14, 2016 - 10:39pm
On the surface, this talk will discuss subtle empirical nuances of the fundamental relationship of traffic flow and how these nuances were discovered via an unexpected source. In the broader context, this talk will present the challenge of questioning universally held assumptions to find far-reaching answers hiding in plain sight.

People rarely question the first things they learn, and so you never have a second chance to make the first impression. Within the traffic flow domain, few stop to question how empirical vehicle data were aggregated, or even what should be measured in the first place. So while many seek to build higher order cathedrals to model traffic flow, they do not realize they are doing so on a shaky foundation of inappropriate data aggregation that was arbitrarily chosen generations ago.

After setting the context, this talk will seek to ask the right questions of empirical loop detector data in search of deeper insights. While everyone knows that loop detector data are a noisy mess (a blunt instrument at best), this work used big data and a new approach to reveal remarkably clean emergent relationships from the very same loop detector data. By asking the right questions, the relatively simple technique is able to uncover important dependencies that are absent from contemporary traffic flow models. This process of setting aside commonly held assumptions and carefully asking the right questions of the raw data is something that transcends any specific discipline or topic area.

Rail~Volution: Bigger and Bolder: Preparing California Cities for High-Speed Rail, Oct 12

October 12, 2016 - 10:45pm
Rail~Volution will be holding a special session on Wednesday, October 12, 2pm to 5pm in San Francisco with Cal alumni Therese McMillan of Los Angeles Metro, Ratna Amin and Egon Terplan of SPUR, and Jessica Zenk of City of San Jose, and Professor Robert Cervero participating on High Speed rail in California.

Kate White, Deputy Secretary for Environmental Policy and Housing Coordination, California State Transportation Agency will moderate the event.

Bigger and Bolder: Preparing California Cities for High-Speed Rail
California has begun its ambitious investment in high-speed rail. Throughout the world, high-speed rail stations have had transformational impacts on cities and regions. How is California building its high-speed rail stations and what can we learn from France and other places around the world? In this session we will hear from national and global experts on issues related to design, governance, and balancing major new transit infrastructure with the land use and development opportunities created by high speed rail. We will focus on solving specific issues in Fresno, San Jose, and Los Angeles.

For more information, please see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bigger-and-bolder-preparing-california-cities-for-high-speed-rail-tickets-27222875353

Overall conference details are available at http://railvolution.org/the-conference/conference-information/2016-conference-schedule/

Data Visualization, Oct 12

October 12, 2016 - 10:45pm
A well-designed figure can have a huge impact on the communication of research results. This workshop will introduce key principles and resources for visualizing data:

- Choosing when to use a visualization
- Selecting the best visualization type for your data
- Choosing design elements that increase clarity and impact
- Avoiding visualization issues that obscure or distort data
- Finding tools for generating visualizations
- Concepts and guidelines to follow when creating maps

Low Car(bon) Communities: Inspiring car-free and car-lite urban futures, Sep 30

September 30, 2016 - 10:35pm
With increasing awareness of the urgent need to respond to global warming by reducing carbon emissions and recognition of the social benefits of car-free and car-lite living, more and more city planners, advocates, and everyday urban dwellers are demanding new ways of building cities. In Low Car(bon) Communities, authors Nicole Foletta and Jason Henderson examine seven case studies in Europe and the United States that aim explicitly to reduce dependency on cars. Innovative and inspirational, these communities provide a rich array of data and metrics for comparison and analysis. This book considers these low car(bon) communities’ potential for transferability to cities around the world, including North America. In this seminar, Nicole will discuss highlights from the seven case studies in the book and will present lessons learned and applications for US cities.

School of Public Health's State of the School, Sep 29

September 29, 2016 - 10:36pm
Dean Bertozzi invites all SPH affiliates to join him for a presentation of topics relevant to the School.