ITS News

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    Malcolm Dougherty, the director of Caltrans, told transportation faculty, researchers, and students that Caltrans must embrace new technologies and new options for mobility including transit, user-based fees, bicycling and walking to meet the needs of the state's growing population. 

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    Transportation faculty, staff and research engineers at UC Berkeley hosted an historic workshop last month that included federal and state transportation experts to tackle congestion on the state's most congested urban corridors.

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    Alexandre Bayen, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as well as the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been awarded the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize. The Huber Prize is awarded to ASCE members under the age of 40 who demonstrate notable achievements in research related to Civil Engineering.

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    The Journal of the American Planning Association has just published an award-winning article by UCTC Assistant Director Karen Trapenberg Frick on the effects of the Tea Party and property rights activists on transportation planning in the San Francisco Bay Area and Atlanta, Georgia. Frick suggests ways planners can find common ground. 

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    The new organization, North CAT, will provide information and assistance to vehicle fleet managers, city planners, policymakers, and first-responders so they may understand costs, benefits, and implementation issues for the newest vehicle technologies. The new initiative will receive more than $3 million to begin operation this summer.

  • Three CEE faculty, Steven Glaser, Raja Sengupta and Scott Moura, have created a new undergraduate design course, CE 186: Design of Cyber Physical Systems, that has won the Berkeley Energy and Climate lectures Curriculum Innovation Award. 

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    A data-rich study on bikesharing programs in the U.S. and Canada prepared by TSRC Co-Director Susan Shaheen and colleagues has recently been published by the Transportation Research Record, the Journal of the Transportation Research Board.

     

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    Carlos Daganzo, Chancellor Professor of the Graduate School and retired Robert Horonjeff Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Karl Hedrick, James Marshall Wells Academic Chair and Mechanical Engineering professor, have been elected to the NAE.

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    The Transportation Research Board has presented the Cunard Award for best paper across its Operations Section for a first author under the age of 35 to ITS Ph.D. student Jean Doig, ITS alum Vikash Gayah, now an assistant professor at Penn State University, and their professor, Michael Cassidy. Read the abstract

     

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    An updated and revised second edition of The Transportation Experience by former ITS director and Professor Emeritus William Garrison and ITS alum David Levinson, now a professor at the University of Minnesota, has been published by Oxford University Press. The authors contend that the planning and control of nonlinear, unstable processes is today's central transportation problem and true of all modes.