ITS News

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    Tierra Bills and Carrie Makarewicz will be awarded scholarships by the Women's Transportation Seminar at a cocktail reception in San Francisco on March 3. The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of WTS makes four awards annually, two to graduate students and two to undergraduates.


  • The California Center for Innovative Transportation (CCIT) is merging with the California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH). The merge has been in the planning stages for many months and is effective January 18, 2011, with the opening of the spring semester. “The PATH-CCIT union is a positive and exciting development for the two merging centers and for ITS Berkeley as a research organization,” said Thomas West, CCIT’s director for the past four years, and the co-director, along with Professor Roberto Horowitz, of the newly merged center. Read the full story.

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    The 19th International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory, the premier gathering for the world’s leading transportation and traffic theorists, will be held at the University of California, Berkeley, from July 18 to July 20, 2011. The conference will take place at the nearby Claremont Hotel Club and Spa. A limited number of discounted rooms at the Claremont Hotel will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, please see the ISTTT website


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    Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, Riverside, and Davis, this week launched a study to determine how much drivers change their behavior in response to instantaneous feedback on the fuel efficiency of their driving habits. This efficiency-conscious style of driving, known as “eco-driving,” refers to changing specific driving behaviors to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. Devices that give users instant, real-time feedback on their driving behavior through a color-coded display will be installed in the study subjects’ cars... Read the full story.

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    ITS student Eric Gonzales, whose work has focused on how to manage multimodal transportation systems and street space in cities, has been named the 2010-2011 UCTC Outstanding Student of the Year Award, UCTC Director Robert Cervero announced. Gonzales is a PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. He was nominated by Carlos Daganzo, professor of civil and environmental engineering, with whom he is doing research. 



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    Professor Joan Walker, along with students David Gaker and Yanding Zheng, were the first winners of the Transportation Research Board's Ryuichi Kitamura Award for the Best Paper by a Student Co-Authored with a Mentor. The title of their paper is "Experimental Economics in Transportation: A Focus on Social Influences and the Provision of Information."


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    ITS Director Samer Madanat presented his review of ridership forecast models for California high-speed rail to the California State Senate Transportation and Housing Committee in Sacramento Wednesday, November 4). Report co-author David Brownstone, professor of economics at UC Irvine, also presented. See the video and read the presentation.


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    Alexandre Bayen, Associate Professor of Systems Engineering, has won the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), it was announced late Friday, Nov. 5. Bayen won for his mobile sensing work on both the Mobile Millennium project and the Floating Sensor Network. PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.


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    The cost of domestic flight delays puts a $32.9 billion dent into the U.S. economy, and about half that cost is borne by airline passengers, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. The research was commissioned by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the final report was delivered to the agency Monday, Oct. 18. 

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    ITS Berkeley news editor Christine Cosgrove has won the 2009 Science and Society Journalism Award from the National Association of Science Writers. Cosgrove, along with co-author Susan Cohen, a former faculty member at Berkeley's School of Journalism, won the Book category for Normal at Any Cost: Tall Girls, Short Boys, and the Medical Industry's Quest to Manipulate Height, their history of medical attempts to alter height in children, published by Tarcher in 2009.