ITS News

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    This issue of the newsletter examines how ITS students and faculty have transformed good ideas into marketable products and how UC Berkeley's partnership with Hyundai has yielded positive results for the University and its students as well as the automaker.

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    TSRC Co-Director Dan Kammen recently attended the UN Climate Summit in New York City. In a National Geographic blog post he calls for a national movement by and for consumers to combat climate change. He writes that better health and lower costs are among the public benefits of climate protection.

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    A new UC Berkeley program designed to introduce students from around the world to Silicon Valley's unique success in innovation and entrepreneurship took another step forward with the signing of an agreement with the French engineering school, École Polytechnique.

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    ITS Director Alexandre Bayen describes technology advances that are changing mobility, and explains how these new tools will be used on a 20-mile stretch of freeway in southern California as part of a Connected Corridors pilot project. The article was posted recently by the New Cities Foundation.

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    In a UCTC working paper, Lisa Rayle and colleagues reveal for the first time how app-based ride services, Lyft, Uber, and Sidecar, affect taxi service, transit use, and traffic congestion in San Francisco. The researchers discovered wait times are far longer for taxis than the new on-demand ride services.

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    Professor Samer Madanat, who led ITS for 10 years, first as acting director and then director, was honored on August 25 for creating new research centers, mentoring young faculty, and guiding the institute through a difficult period of financial cutbacks. Madanat currently heads the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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    UC Berkeley graduate students, Jesus Barajas, Frank Proulx and Lisa Rayle, have won coveted 2014 Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowships for their research in transportation planning. 

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    Orientation for incoming transportation graduate students will take place August 25 at 1 p.m. in room 412 McLaughlin Hall as part of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering's all-day orientation program. Incoming City and Regional Planning students with an emphasis on transportation are urged to attend. 

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    In a blog published by the London School of Economics and Political Science, Karen Trapenberg Frick describes how opposition to a little-known, non-binding U.N. resolution intended to help governments understand and undertake measures to cope with climate change has derailed city and regional planning efforts.

     

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    Scott Moura, an ITS-affiliated faculty member, has been awarded a research grant through the National Science Foundation's Energy, Power, Controls, and Networks program. The project is aimed at maximizing performance of lithium-ion batteries in applications that include smart phones, electric vehicles, and grid-scale energy storage.