ITS News

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    Several ITS Berkeley faculty and researchers were recently involved in the “Designing Innovative Transportation Systems Solutions: Starting with the Data” workshop put on by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) May 9-10, 2017 at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, UC Berkeley.

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    Co-Director of the University of California Transportation Center (UCTC) and Assistant Director of the University of California Transportation Center on Economic Competitiveness in Transportation (UCCONNECT) and City and Regional Planning Adjunct Assistant Professor Karen Trapenberg Frick's paper “Citizen Activism, Conservative Views & MegaPlanning in a Digital Era,” has been shortlisted.

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    Mention infrastructure and what comes to mind are the physical components that hold a society together, the roads, bridges and dams, power lines, railroad tracks, cell-phone towers and all the rest. But soon the word will mean something much bigger and much smaller: a resilient infrastructure that can manage the energy, water, transportation and other human needs on scales from individual homes to whole cities and entire states.

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    Congratulations to the winners of this year’s ITS Awards. With a number of stellar nominations, and it was an invigorating experience to see all the great work ITS and its Centers are doing. Thank you to everyone who contributes to making ITS Berkeley so strong.

     

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    Institute of Transportation Studies faculty and students were recently invited to participate in a National Science Foundation workshop Advancing The Science Of Transportation Demand Modeling April 20-21, 2017 at UC Berkeley.

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    Co-Director of the University of California Transportation Center (UCTC) and Assistant Director of the University of California Transportation Center on Economic Competitiveness in Transportation (UCCONNECT) Karen Trapenberg Frick blogs about recent history of major infrastructure — often called megaprojects — in the United States and worldwide tells us that infrastructure cannot be delivered quickly, on time and on budget, even for projects cloaked with the guise of “shovel ready”.

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    ITS affiliates Professor Francesco Borrelli (lead PI), Professor Scott Moura and Professor Robert Horowitz won an ARPA-E grant on "Predictive Data-Driven Vehicle Dynamics and Powertrain Control." The 3-year project is also in collaboration with Hyundai American Technical Center and Sensys Networks.

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    Kenichi Soga, Chancellor's Professor, recently delivered the 15th Jennings Memorial Lecture hosted by the South African Institution of Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Division, at the University of Pretoria, Cape Town, South Africa.

     

     

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    Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley Dolf May and the pioneer of ramp meters and HOV lanes recently made the news as LA celebrates getting its first freeway onramp meter 50 years ago. See how they changed traffic.

     

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    Congratulations to the UAV @ Berkeley team who came in second in the University Team competition at the first collegiate drone competition held at Purdue University, fully sanctioned by MultiGP, the largest professional drone racing league in the world, and The Academy of Model Aeronautics.