ITS News

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     A sprawling business park, near a patchwork of former salt ponds on the Hayward shoreline, houses more than its share of biotech and energy startups bent on changing the world. Tucked inside these nondescript boxes are companies making innovative batteries to store power from solar and wind farms, ingestible sensors called smart pills to help patients monitor medication intake and, at the offices of Berkeley-born Alphabet Energy, devices to convert wasted exhaust heat into clean, renewable power.

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    Transportation students gathered in the ITS Library Tuesday to have a little fun and play a traffic game that routed flows through a transportation network in the name of research.


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     Beginning in 2017, CEE Professor Kenichi Soga will be the co-lead of a new journal launched by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). The journal, Smart Infrastructure and Construction, will provide a forum for documenting changes caused by the global adoption of emerging digital technology in the design, construction and management of infrastructure assets.

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    UC Berkeley professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Claire Tomlin has been selected to receive the 2017 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Transportation Technologies Award, which recognizes advances in technologies applied in transportation systems.



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    Karen Trapenberg Frick, Adjunct Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning, Paul Waddell, Professor of City and Regional Planning, and David Weinzimmer, recent Transportation Engineering Master of Science/Master of City Planning alumnus‘s article has been named to the Urban Studies top five shortlist for best article of the year. 

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    Four undergraduates from CEE capstone design class, CE 153: Transportation Facility Design, placed second at the 2015-2016 Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs.

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     While the new Bay Bridge is finally functional, it stands more as a symbol of dysfunction than anything else. From the start it seemed born under a bad sign, down since it began to crawl—like, if it wasn’t for bad luck, it wouldn’t have no luck at all. Karen Trapenberg Frick weighs in on the conversation.

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     Remember pneumatic tubes, those compressed-air pipelines that whisked plastic canisters from basement mailrooms to penthouse boardrooms? Imagine being in one, traveling at more than 700 mph. You could make the round-trip from San Francisco to LA in a little over an hour. That may sound like science fiction, but it could one day be a reality thanks to the efforts of engineering students at UC Berkeley and elsewhere.

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     Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Samveg Saxena has developed a new app, MyGreenCar, that allows drivers to virtually test drive green vehicles so they can decide what's best for them.

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    Miss the Smart Cities Final Pitch live stream on June 9? Watch San Francisco's pitch video here, with Transportation Sustainbility Research Center Co-Director Susan Shaheen.