ITS News

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    Alexandre Bayen, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, has co-authored Viability Theory: New Directions, the second edition of a seminal book first written in 1991. Viability theory designs and develops mathematical methods and algorithms used to investigate the adaptation of systems to constraints.



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    The Federal Aviation Administration awarded four undergraduates from Dr. Jasenka Rakas' airport design class a first prize for their proposal to improve airport efficiency. CEE students Andy Chou, Edmund Tam and Xia Xiao along with IEOR student Kevin Leung contributed to the paper, "Collaborative Gate Assignment."


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    The aviation research consortium, NEXTOR, has recently been awarded a new seven-year contract that will provide up to $60 million for aviation research. On average, 10 ITS graduate students each year work on aviation projects provided through the NEXTOR program.


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    Ken Kurani of UC Davis, Susan Shaheen and Alexandre Bayen of UC Berkeley, Matt Barth of UC Riverside, and Wenlong Jin of UC Irvine discussed the future of eco-driving at an all-day conference held May 18. New, improved eco-driving techniques could cut fuel use and emissions by 10 to 20 percent.


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    More than 30 panelists from academia, public agencies, and industry placed California's high-speed rail project under the microscope at a two-day conference held at UC Berkeley May 2-3 to examine more thoroughly its potential as well as its possible pitfalls.


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    A tri-national commission established as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement released its recommendations for reducing freight emissions in the US, Canada and Mexico on March 21. Transportation Sustainability Research Center co-director Susan Shaheen contributed to the study. Recommendations include a range of solutions, from improving supply chain management to training eco-drivers.



  • Transportation engineering and planning students have won eight Eisenhower awards this year. Awardees are Tierra Bills, Andrea Broaddus, Ian Carlton, Robert Campbell, Vikash Gayah, Julia Griswold, Aude Hofleitner, and Rebecca Sanders.

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    The Transportation Sustainability Research Center will test 10 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrids as part of a research program involving Toyota, the cities of Berkeley and San Jose, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), and others. Standing beside one of the new vehicles are (l. to r.) Tom Devany, general manager of Toyota Motor Sales, Tim Lipman of TSRC, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, and Jack Broadbent, Executive Officer of BAAQMD. 

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    Larry Burns, ITS alumnus, former vice president of research and development for General Motors, and a champion of alternative fuel systems for vehicles, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional honors bestowed upon an engineer. Burns served on the ITS advisory board for many years.


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     Public transit has received government subsidies for decades, but a USC transportation professor told an overflow crowd at the Faculty Club on February 3 that transit has failed to meet its basic objectives. Genevieve Giuliano (right) was the guest speaker at the fifth annual Wachs Lecture, named for former ITS Director Marty Wachs (left). There are multiple reasons transit hasn't lived up to all its promises, she said, including its failure to pay adequate attention to its core riders.