Past Seminars

For over 30 years, ITS Berkeley and the Transportation Student Organizing Committee have hosted weekly Friday Seminars featuring distinguished leaders, academics and alumni in Transportation

Seminars

Sustainable Transportation and Smart Cities: 2021 Transatlantic Conversations Series

June 1, 2021

Panel Discussion | May 26 | 10-11 a.m. | Online

Speakers/Performers: Günter Emberger, TU Wien; Alexander Keimer, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Berkeley; Susan Shaheen, Civil & Environmental Engineering / Transportation Sustainability Research Center, UC Berkeley

Sponsors: Institute of European Studies, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, Office of Science &...

Changes in Travel and Air Quality in California During COVID-19

May 13, 2021
DATE: May 13, 2021
EVENT OVERVIEW: Measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, such as stay-at-home orders, have significantly impacted travel across California. The impacts of COVID-19 on travel coupled with shifts in purchasing behavior (e.g., e-commerce) and work policies (e.g., telecommuting) have implications for the environment, public health, safety, air quality, and other considerations. This webinar will share new research from the UC Institute of Transportation on quantifying the influence COVID-19 has had on travel and what this means in terms of meeting the...

Trust in Transportation Technology

April 30, 2021

Laryssa ParkerLaryssa Parker, Siemens ITS Digital Lab Americas VP presented Trust in Transportation Technology, reflecting The Big Company Perspective April 30, 2021 at the UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies Zoom seminar series on "Applications of Data Science and AI to Equity, Race, and Inclusion in Mobility and Transportation" with the College of Engineering and The Center for...

The Perils of Learning from Biased Data

April 23, 2021

Judy HoffmanGeorgia Tech University Assistant Professor Judy Hoffman presented The Perils of Learning from Biased Data at the Applications of Data Science and AI to Equity, Race, and Inclusion in Mobility and Transportation Seminar on April 23, 2021, co-sponsored by ITS Berkeley, the College of Engineering, and CITRIS. This topic brings a unique and innovative perspective to existing discussions around...

Roadway Safety Townhall: Equitable Solutions for Traffic Safety

April 19, 2021

Oakland Workshop PosterSafe Transportation Research and Education Center Co-Director Offer Grembek spoke with Assemblymember David Chiu, Oakland Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan, Council President Pro Tempore Thao and other representatives from Bay Area community organizations on how to make our roads safer at the Roadway Safety Townhall: Equitable Solutions...

Designing the Inclusivity Quotient: Making core services and economic opportunities more accessible to underserved populations through transportation technologies and policies

April 2, 2021

Mouchka HellerWorld Economic Forum's Automotive and Autonomous Mobility Project Lead Mouchka Heller talked about Designing the Inclusivity Quotient: Making core services and economic opportunities more accessible to underserved populations through transportation technologies and policies during the Applications of Data Science and AI to Equity, Race, and Inclusion in Mobility and Transportation Seminar...

Oxford Battery Modelling Symposium: Scott Moura

March 31, 2021

Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Scott Moura presented at the Oxford Battery Modelling Symposium, which was held as an online format at the last minute due to Covid. The event was a success, and again attracted a sizeable number of attendees and some great speakers over two days. He presented: Unleashing the Full Potential of Batteries: Modelling, Learning and Control

Webinar: Part II – Key Considerations for Public Transit Moving Forward

March 24, 2021
part 2DATE: March 24, 2021


EVENT OVERVIEW: This webinar is the second in a two-part series exploring the challenges and opportunities facing public transit. UC ITS experts will share key considerations for the recovery of public transit and for achieving the state’s broader vision for more sustainable, equitable, and cost-effective transportation. Topics to be addressed include: better serving the...

Webinar: Part I – Challenges Facing Public Transit Before, During, and After COVID-19

March 22, 2021

Opening slideDATE: March 22, 2021

EVENT OVERVIEW: This webinar is the first in a two-part series exploring the challenges and opportunities facing public transit. UC ITS experts will review the challenges facing public transit operators leading up to and amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, including changes in ridership, deepening fiscal issues, and growing social challenges related to...

Race, Equity, Technology & Minneapolis; Future of Face Recognition Mitigating Bias to Get It Right

March 19, 2021

Elizabeth M. AdamsThe Start-up Perspective of Applications of Data Science and AI to Equity, Race, and Inclusion in Mobility and Transportation

In this two-presenter seminar, Race & Tech Fellow at Stanford University’s Institute of Human-Centered AI Elizabeth M. Adams will discuss Race, Equity, Technology & the City of Minneapolis and Paravision's CEO Doug Aley will...

Wachs Distinguished Lecture: Policing the Open Road

March 17, 2021

Presented as part of the UCLA Urban Planning and UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies Perloff Lecture Series. Each year the annual Wachs Lecture draws innovative thinkers to the University of California to address today’s most pressing issues in transportation. Created by students to honor Professor Martin Wachs upon his retirement from the University, the lecture rotates between Berkeley and UCLA, the campuses at which Marty taught.

Columbia Law professor Sarah Seo‘s book “Policing the Open Road” is a thought-provoking look at how the...

On-Demand Webinar: Energy Efficiency Innovations—Driving Prosperity, Slashing Emissions

March 12, 2021

Drawing on World Scientific’s new release, Energy Efficiency | Innovations: Driving Prosperity, Slashing Emissions, the ISE convened a panel of pioneers and leaders in mobility, aviation, buildings, and industrial energy efficiency who contributed to the book. The discussion is led by the editor, Henry Kelly, who is an ISE Senior Fellow. Audience Q&A with the panelists will follow....

On the Ground Look at Implementing Equity in City Transportation Planning

March 8, 2021

Ramses MadouApplications of Data Science and AI to Equity, Race, and Inclusion in Mobility and Transportation: The Urban Diverse City Perspective March 5, 2021

Abstract: The City of San Jose is implementing equity in all its transportation planning efforts. Come learn how the City has put equity into practice in its Citywide bike plan, emerging mobility plan, Citywide transportation...

COVID-19 Effects on the Mobility of Vulnerable Populations

February 26, 2021

February 25, 2021

COVID-19 has severely impacted the ability of vulnerable populations to access critical services and resources. Vulnerable populations face a number of risks and challenges when traveling during COVID-19 including increased exposure to COVID-19, less frequent public transit service, and unreliable paratransit and non-emergency medical transportation services. This webinar will discuss critical transportation challenges facing vulnerable populations through two research projects from the UC Institute of Transportation Studies, including one project examining healthcare...

Trōv Mobility: An Interview with Susan A. Shaheen, Ph.D from Berkeley

February 22, 2021
Susan ShaheenBrian Glynn, Director of Business Development at Trōv, and Susan Shaheen Ph.D., Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering & Co-Director, Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley (...

EquiTensors: Learning Fair Integrations of Urban Mobility Data

February 22, 2021

Bill HoweBill Howe, University of Washington Associate Professor in the Information School, Adjunct Associate Professor in Computer Science & Engineering, and Associate Director and Senior Data Science Fellow at the UW eScience Institute, presented EquiTensors: Learning Fair Integrations of Urban Mobility Data at the Applications of Data Science and AI to Equity, Race, and Inclusion in...

Future of Public Transit and Shared Mobility Scenario Planning for COVID 19 Recovery

January 6, 2021

Webinar on the Future of Public Transit and Shared Mobility: A Scenario Planning Study in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis Abstract: In 2020, the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) enveloped the world, leading to a public health crisis that profoundly changed all aspects of society, including transportation. With public transit and shared mobility at a critical juncture, the University of California’s Institute of Transportation Studies (UC ITS) and the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Executive Committee, with funding support from ClimateWorks, launched a scenario planning...

Public Webinar: 2019 State of the Industry – Shared Micromobility in North America

December 11, 2020

Susan Shaheen Receives Crum AwardOn Thursday, December 10th, 2020, NABSA and project partners discussed some of the vital information in the 2019 Shared Micromobility State of the Industry Report, its development, and its importance for the industry.

The 2019 Shared Micromobility State of the Industry Report for North America is the first report of...

Critical Transportation Issues in Wildfires

December 10, 2020

Critical Transportation Issues in Wildfires
Kenichi SogaThursday, December 10, 2020 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.

The 2020 wildfire season in the United States has been devastating, particularly in Western states. Together, wildfires in 2020 have burned millions of acres, required hundreds of thousands to evacuate, and destroyed thousands of structures. With the increasing...

A peak “under the hood” of the Connected Corridors ICM I-210 Pilot

December 9, 2020

Anthony PatireSeminar Abstract

Connected Corridors is a collaborative program to research, develop, and test an Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) approach to managing transportation corridors in California. ICM views the corridor as a total system to be managed as an integrated and cohesive whole; it seeks to address the corridor’s overall transportation needs...

Sexual harassment in transit environments: A focus on university students Description

December 4, 2020

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris

UCLA's Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Associate Dean, Luskin School of Public Affairs Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris will present Sexual harassment in transit environments: A focus on university students on Friday Dec. 4, 2020 at 12 p.m.


This study presents findings from a survey of university students in 18...

2020 UCLA Lake Arrowhead Series – Not ‘Back to Normal’: Mapping a Just Transportation Recovery from COVID-19

December 1, 2020

Lake Arrowhead conferenceWatch the 2020 UCLA Lake Arrowhead Series – Not ‘Back to Normal’: Mapping a Just Transportation Recovery from COVID-19 featuring key UC Berkeley faculty and researchers.

Mobility for Vulnerable Populations During COVID-19
Graduate...

Lessons from Rwanda: What Civil Engineers and Planners Should Know About Building Infrastructure in the Real World with Wirth Patricie Uwase

October 16, 2020

Patricie UwasePresented by the Department of City and Regional Planning, the Center for African Studies, Global Metropolitan Studies, and the Institute of Transportation Studies

Lecture | October 19 | 9:30 AM-11:00 AM
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Abstract: Over 25 years ago, Rwanda was almost on the brink of being wiped off the...

Road to Recovery Webinar: Double the Trouble: Evacuations DuringCOVID-19

August 27, 2020
This video was recorded August 26, 2020 1:15 pm to 2:00 pm ET

In this webinar, join a discussion about ongoing research and efforts to address evacuations from disasters and emergencies amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will provide summaries of critical transportation, sheltering, logistic, and communication challenges, as well as possible strategies for evacuating large populations from danger. In addition, the session will include several case studies of recent disasters and broader research directions...

A Re-Imagined American City? Urban mobility after covid-19

August 20, 2020

Transport planning has faced huge challenges since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. With lockdowns, social distancing measures, and strict hygiene regulations – all commuters and road users had to adjust.

The challenge is of course also affecting the persons in charge of transport planning. So on August 11, PTV hosted the Shaping Mobility Webinar “A re-imagined American City? Urban mobility after COVID-19”. This webinar is now available for...

Public Transportation in a Post COVID-19 World

August 20, 2020
About this webinar In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, mass transit ridership and fare revenues have plummeted by more than 90 percent at many agencies across the nation. While relief funds will address some of the short-term needs of these agencies, the long-term health and sustainability of the public transit system remains fragile.

As we begin to emerge from months of shelter in place and think about the future, it is paramount that the public transit system delivers safe riding conditions to the millions that depend on public transportation. But it won’t be...

Shared-Mobility & Micromobility in Reopening Cities

August 13, 2020

Northwestern University Transportation Center AVR Cities 4 - "Shared-Mobility & Micromobility in Reopening Cities"

July 30, 2020 - #Cities4 - The fourth in our new 'Reopening Our Cities' -themed series of asynchronous virtual roundtables (AVR) moderated by NUTC director, Professor Hani S. Mahmassani, features transportation industry professionals working toward the safe and...

Yulin Liu and Stephen Wong: ITS Berkeley Doctoral Candidate Presentations

May 1, 2020

Graduating doctoral students Yulin Liu and Stephen Wong presented their dissertation work May 1, 2020 at the ITS Berkeley Transportation Seminar.

Yulin LiuYulin Liu: Machine Learning for Trajectory Modeling in the National Airspace Systems: Data Mining, Inference, and Deep Generative Models

Abstract: In...

COVID-19: Shifting Gears in Mobility

April 30, 2020

Shifting Gears in MobilityUniversity of California Institute of Transportation Studies Resilient and Innovative Mobility Center Director, UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center Co-Director, Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Susan Shaheen shares her presentation focusing on the COVID-19 crisis and opportunities, highlighting social equity, public...

Human Mobility and Urban Resilience in America’s Cities

April 17, 2020

Ryan Qi WangRyan Qi Wang, from Northeastern University, presented Human Mobility and Urban Resilience in America’s Cities on Friday, April 17, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Abstract: Mobility, one of the basic human behaviors, is significantly influenced by environmental shocks and social stresses. In this talk, Wang will present the collaborative work on two interrelated areas: human movement perturbation under the...

NASA Berkeley Aviation Data Science Seminar: Data Analytics for Flight Trajectories and Trajectory Anomalies

April 15, 2020
Mark HansenProfessor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley, Mark Hansen presented the NASA Berkeley Aviation Data Science Seminar: Data Analytics for Flight Trajectories and Trajectory Anomalies April 15, 2020.
.Abstract: Trajectory analysis is one of the canonical applications of data science to aviation. In this talk, I will summarize some standard methods and...

Data Assimilation and Optimal Control in theContext of UAV-based Flash Flood Monitoring

April 10, 2020

Christian Claudel, Assistant Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at UT-Austin, presented Data Assimilation and Optimal Control in theContext of UAV-based Flash Flood Monitoring at the ITS Berkeley Transportation Seminar April 10, 2020.

Abstract: Flash floods are one of the most common natural disasters worldwide, causing thousands of casualties every year. The emergence of Unmanned...

Application of Machine Learning Techniques to Aviation Operations: NASA Case Studies

March 3, 2020

Banavar

Dr. Banavar Sridhar, Principal Engineer, University Space Research Association (USRA) at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, presented Application of Machine Learning Techniques to Aviation Operations: NASA Case Studies at the NASA Berkeley Aviation Data Science Seminar February 26, 2020.

There is an increasing interest in applying methods based on Machine Learning Techniques (MLT) to...

Revenue-Maximizing Dynamic Tolls

February 28, 2020

Robert Phillips

Global Head of Machine Learning & Science at Amazon Web Services Robert Phillips presented Revenue-Maximizing Dynamic Tolls on Feb. 28, 2020 at the ITS Transportation Seminar in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Abstract

In an era of tight government budgets, Private-Public Partnerships -- in which a private company finances all or part of a capital project...

BlaBlaCar: On the road... With a purpose

February 27, 2020

Frederic MazzellaFrédéric Mazzella, Founder & Chairman, BlaBlaCar, a European rideshare platform, presented BlaBlaCar: On the road... With a purpose at the ITS Transportation Seminar Thursday, Feb 27, 2020 from 1-2 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Abstract

Since its founding in 2006 by Frederic Mazzella, BlaBlaCar has become the world’s leading long-distance...

Driving the Wrong Way: Transportation Emissions and Climate Change

February 21, 2020

Ethan ElkindUC Berkeley/UCLA Center for Law, Energy & the Environment Climate Program Director Ethan Elkind presented Driving the Wrong Way: Transportation Emissions and Climate Change at the ITS Berkeley Transportation Seminar Feb. 21, 2020.

Abstract

California is making progress reducing greenhouse gas emissions overall, but the state's 2030 climate goals are threatened by rising...

Urban Computing for Planning Energy Efficient and Healthier Cities

February 12, 2020

Marta Gonzalez

Marta Gonzalezr, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley, presented Urban Computing for Planning Energy Efficient and Healthier Cities at the NASA Berkeley Aviation Data Science Seminar February 12, 2020.

Abstract: My work uses data science to characterize how humans interact with the built and natural environments, seeking to plan for more sustainable and livable cities...

Aerial Co-robots of the Future: Safety, Intelligence, Certification

February 7, 2020

Naira HovakimyanUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Naira Hovakimyan presented Aerial Co-robots of the Future: Safety, Intelligence, Certification at the ITS Transportation Seminar Feb. 7.

Abstract

This presentation discusses the key challenges of the 21st century and puts forward the right perspective for development of aerial co-robots of the future by emphasizing safety...

Building Principled Decision Procedures for Urban Transit and Emergency Response Services

January 31, 2020

Abhishek DubeyVanderbilt University's Abhishek Dubey will present Building Principled Decision Procedures for Urban Transit and Emergency Response Services at the ITS Transportation Seminar Jan. 31, 2020.

Abstract

Cities worldwide are dealing with a number of stresses whose outcomes will ultimately decide the ability of humanity to maintain a sustainable and resilient future. This is particularly...

Lyft’s Approach to Developing Self-Driving Technology

January 24, 2020

Kumar ChellapillaLyft's Kumar Chellapilla twill present Lyft’s Approach to Developing Self-Driving Technology at the ITS Transportation Seminar Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at 4 p.m. See the video.

Abstract

Lyft’s mission is to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. Self driving vehicles have the potential to deliver unprecedented improvements to...

Tech for Good: A French vision for the 4th industrial revolution

January 14, 2020

Philippe EtienneHis Excellency Philippe Étienne Ambassador of France in the US will present Tech for Good: A French vision for the 4th industrial revolution on January 14, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building for a Distinguished ITS Seminar. Hosted by the Institute of Transportation Studies.

Abstract

Philippe Étienne is the Ambassador of France to the United States. He...

Trustworthy Autonomy: Behavior Prediction and Validation

November 22, 2019

Katherine Driggs-CampbellUniversity of Illinois' Katherine Driggs-Campbell presented Trustworthy Autonomy: Behavior Prediction and Validation at 4 p.m. Nov. 22 at the ITS Transportation Seminar in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Abstract

Autonomous systems, such as self-driving cars, are becoming tangible technologies that will soon impact the human experience. However...

Learning for Robust Control and Optimization: Efficiency and Safety of Autonomous Transportation Systems

November 1, 2019

Fei MaoUniversity of Connecticut's Fei Mao presented Learning for Robust Control and Optimization: Efficiency and Safety of Autonomous Transportation Systems at 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at the ITS Transportation Seminar in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Abstract

Ubiquitous sensing in smart cities enables large-scale multi-source data collected in real-time, poses several challenges and requires a paradigm-shift to...

Modeling Human Distraction in the Car Due to Acoustic Annoyances

October 25, 2019

Ruzena BajcsyUC Berkeley's Ruzena Bajcsy will present Modeling Human Distraction in the Car Due to Acoustic Annoyances at 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at the ITS Transportation Seminar in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Abstract

In this presentation we shall review the predictability of safe driving with safety guarantees and investigate the effects of the driver state using a control theoretic driver’s model...

Watch Alum Juan Argote's Distinguished Lecture

October 21, 2019

Argote and Uber carJuan Argote (CEE MS '10; PhD '14) gave the CEE Fall Distinguished Lecture on Monday, Oct. 21. As the Transportation Research Lead at Uber Advanced Technologies Group, Dr.. Argote leads a team of data scientists with backgrounds in Transportation Engineering and Econometrics to inform Uber's self-driving vehicle strategies.

His lecture provided an overview of the current...

CEE Distinguished Lecture: The Pathway towards the Deployment of Self-Driving Vehicle Technology

October 21, 2019

Juan ArgoteJuan Argote (CEE MS '10; PhD '14) will give the fall CEE Distinguished Lecture on Monday, Oct. 21. Argote is the Transportation Research Lead within the Uber Advanced Technologies Group.

He will speak on "The Pathway towards the Deployment of Self-Driving Vehicle Technology."

The lecture will take place at 4-5pm (NEW TIME) in Sutardja Dai's Banatao Auditorium with a reception...

Strategic Initiatives for Inland Movement of Containerized Imports at San Pedro Bay

October 18, 2019

Rob LeachmanUC Berkeley's Rob Leachman presented Strategic Initiatives for Inland Movement of Containerized Imports at San Pedro Bay at 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at the ITS Transportation Seminar in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Abstract

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach (the “SPB Ports”) handle more containers of imported cargo than any other port complex in the United States. In 2015 over three-...

Insights into Why and How Cities are Planning for Autonomous Vehicles

October 18, 2019

Dan Chatman

UC Institute of Transportation Studies Webinar: Insights into Why and How Cities are Planning for Autonomous Vehicles

Friday, October 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT

Autonomous vehicles are being widely tested and piloted to carry passengers and freight. When these vehicles will be deployed more broadly and integrated into our current transportation...

Towards Robust Machine Learning for Transportation Systems

October 4, 2019

Justin DauwelsNanyeng Technological University's Justin Dauwels presented Towards Robust Machine Learning for Transportation Systems on Oct. 4, 2019 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at the ITS Transportation Seminar.

Abstract: The field of machine learning has progressed rapidly in the recent years, fueled especially by new developments in deep learning. While such...

Reliably Accurate State Estimation for Connected and Autonomous Highway Vehicles

September 27, 2019

Jay FarrellUC Riverside's Jay Farrell presented Reliably Accurate State Estimation for Connected and Autonomous Highway Vehicles on Sept. 27, 2019 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at the ITS Transportation Seminar.

Abstract:

Accurate and reliable awareness of world interactions is a key requirement for effective commercial deployment of autonomous and connected vehicles. Awareness...

Rethinking America's Highway Institutions

September 13, 2019

Robert PooleReason Foundation's Robert Poole will present Rethinking America's Highway Institutions on Sept. 13, 2019 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at the ITS Transportation Seminar.

Abstract:
In this talk, Robert Poole will suggest that the 20th century institutions that govern how we design, construct, maintain, and fund major highways are broken and in need of major revision....

Pricing Data Science for Uber Eats

September 6, 2019

Fera El ZarwiUber's Feras El Zarwi presented Pricing Data Science for Uber Eats on Sept. 6, 2019 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at the ITS Transportation Seminar.

Abstract:

UberEats, the food delivery platform at Uber, is currently a USD $13 billion gross bookings business that is present in hundreds of markets all around the world. At...

Diagnosis and prospects for transport infrastructure in Mexico

May 3, 2019

Edward SauriMexico's Undersecretary of Infrastructure Ing. Cedric Iván Escalante Sauri presented Diagnosis and prospects for transport infrastructure in Mexico at the ITS Transportation Seminar May 3 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Abstract

This talk will explore the communications and transportation infrastructure of Mexico. Learn about the major infrastructure projects...

Is That Hoverboard Whizzing By Supposed to be on the Sidewalk?

April 26, 2019

Asha Weinstein AgrawalAsha Weinstein Agrawal, of San Jose State University, presented Is That Hoverboard Whizzing By Supposed to be on the Sidewalk? Regulating All Types of Personal Transportation Devices to Balance Transportation and Safety Concerns at the ITS Transportation Seminar April 26, 2019 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

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Open Traffic Models: A Platform for Large-scale Hybrid Traffic Simulation

April 19, 2019

Gabriel GomesGabriel Gomes, of UC Berkeley PATH, presented Open Traffic Models: A Platform for Large-scale Hybrid Traffic Simulation at the ITS Seminar April 19, 2019 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Abstract

Dr. Gomes is a research engineer at ITS, and also a lecturer with the Mechanical Engineering department. He came to Berkeley in 1999 as a graduate student in control theory,...

Transforming Transportation: The AV Opportunity

April 12, 2019

Mark RosekindMark Rosekind, of Zoox, presented Transforming Transportation: The AV Opportunity at the ITS Transportation Seminar on Aprl 12, 2019 in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at 4 p.m.

Presenter In April 2017, Dr. Rosekind joined the executive team at Zoox as the Chief Safety Innovation Officer. He leads efforts to safely develop, test, and deploy autonomous...

Lagrangian and Sparse Control for Multi-agents Dynamics and Traffic

April 5, 2019

Benedetto PiccoliBenedetto Piccoli, of Rutgers University - Camden, presented Lagrangian and Sparse Control for Multi-agents Dynamics and Traffic at the ITS Berkeley Transportation Seminar April 5 at 4 p.m. in Banatao Auditorium, 310 Sutardja Dai Hall.

Abstract

Autonomous and connected vehicles allow unprecedented possibilities in influencing and controlling...

Panel: What’s Driving the Research Agenda of the 21st Century?

April 5, 2019
Seminar Compilation

ITS Berkeley, UCCONNECT, TSRC, CITRIS and TRANSOC, hosted a panel on What’s Driving the Research Agenda of the 21st Century?

The panel included moderator Susan Shaheen, TSRC Co-Director and professor, and panelists Neil Pedersen, Executive Director of the Transportation Research Board, alum Therese McMillan, Executive Director of the Metropolitan...

Balancing Riders and Drivers in Real- time around the World at Uber

March 22, 2019

Eric MaiEric Mai, Former Uber Engineer, presented Balancing Riders and Drivers in Real- time around the World at Uber, at the ITS Transportation Seminar March 22 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Abstract

Eric spent 4 years at Uber as a backend engineer and product manager within the marketplace organization. This talk will span Eric’s experiences and lessons learned working on dynamic...

Horizontal Traffic Queues

March 15, 2019

Ketan SavlaKetan Savla, of University of Southern California, presented Horizontal Traffic Queues at the ITS Transportation Seminar March 15, 2019 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Abstract

The service paradigms typically used in queuing frameworks for transportation systems do not have sufficient resolution to model emerging automation...

Modeling Crowdsourced Urban Delivery: System Design, Solicitation Mechanisms, and Algorithmic Development

March 8, 2019

Bo ZouUniversity of Illinois at Chicago's Bo Zou presented Modeling Crowdsourced Urban Delivery: System Design, Solicitation Mechanisms, and Algorithmic Development at the Transportation Seminar on March 8, 2019 at 4-5 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Abstract

Last-mile urban delivery is undergoing a challenging and exciting time with the rapid growth in e-commerce. In this talk, we present three...

Improving Decision Making and System Performance in Transportation with Mobile Phone Data

March 1, 2019

Aude MarzuoliVerizon Labs' Aude Marzuoli presented Improving Decision Making and System Performance in Transportation with Mobile Phone Data at the ITS Transportation Seminar on March 1, 2019 at 4-5 p.m. in Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Abstract

Over the past few years, measuring performance in transportation has shifted from delayed system reporting to real-time information sharing. Each...

Carlos Daganzo delivers CEE Distinguished Lecture

February 28, 2019

Carlos DaganzoCarlos Daganzo, Chancellor's Professor of the Graduate School, delivered the CEE Faculty Distinguished Lecture. He spoke on Four Physics Stories and their Effect on China's Future Mobility on Thursday, Feb. 28 in Sutardja Dai's Banatao Auditorium, 5-6pm.

Abstract

Four short stories will be used to illustrate how physics and imagination can be used to diagnose and remedy some of...

Transportation Safety: Project Identification, Prioritization, and Funding

February 22, 2019

Josh PilachowskiDKS Associates' Josh Pilachowski presented Transportation Safety: Project Identification, Prioritization, and Funding at the ITS Transportation Seminar Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building. Join us for beverages and cookies at 3:30 p.m.

Abstract

The Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) is a federally funded program...

Chiwei Yan - Transportation Optimization: Data-enabled Advances in a Sharing Economy

February 11, 2019

Chiwei YanUber's Chiwei Yan presented Transportation Optimization: Data-enabled Advances in a Sharing Economy on Monday, February 11, 2019 in 1174 Etcheverry Hall from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Abstract

The transportation and logistics industries are undergoing a round of revolutionary innovation. This innovation is fueled by two key drivers: (1) the growing availability of data, and (2) new operational...

From School Buses to Start Times: Driving Policy With Optimization

February 8, 2019

Sebastien MartinMIT's Sébastien Martin presented "From School Buses to Start Times: Driving Policy With Optimization" on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 in 1174 Etcheverry Hall, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Abstract

Maintaining a fleet of buses to transport students to school is a major expense for U.S. school districts. In order to reduce costs by reusing buses between schools, many districts spread start times...

Safe Learning in Robotics

February 8, 2019

Claire Tomlin

UC Berkeley's Claire Tomlin presented Safe Learning in Robotics at the ITS seminar Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Abstract

A great deal of research in recent years has focused on robot learning. In many applications, guarantees that specifications are satisfied throughout the learning...

Integrating Behavior, Economics, and Operations in Urban Mobility: Ridesharing and Multi-Modal Travel

February 1, 2019

Raga GopalakrishnanCornell University's Raga Gopalakrishnan presented Integrating Behavior, Economics, and Operations in Urban Mobility: Ridesharing and Multi-Modal Travel on Friday, February 1 in 1174 Etcheverry Hall, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Abstract

In today’s urban mobility marketplaces, both operational policies (e.g., matching, routing) and economic mechanisms (e.g., pricing, incentives...

A Computational Optimization Method in Networked Dynamical Systems under Uncertainties

February 1, 2019

Dengfeng SunDengfeng Sun, of Purdue University, presented A Computational Optimization Method in Networked Dynamical Systems under Uncertainties on Feb. 1, 2019 t 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Minng Building.

Abstract

Most research in control and optimization of networked dynamical systems heavily relies on the fidelity of the dynamics models and efficient computational techniques to execute optimized control...

GTFS and Public-Business Partnerships in the Information Age

January 25, 2019

Chris HarrelsonChris Harrelson, of Google, presented GTFS and Public-Business Partnerships in the Information Age Jan. 25, 2019 in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building from 4-5 p.m.

Abstract

GTFS pioneered a new kind of model of software product. In recent years, Powerful computers and networks have revealed a new opportunity for efficient sharing of all kinds information in the world, in real-...

Modeling Dynamic Transportation Networks Using Differential Complementarity Systems

November 30, 2018

Jeff BanUniversity of Washington's Xuegang (Jeff) Ban presented Modeling Dynamic Transportation Networks Using Differential Complementarity Systems on November 30, 2018 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Abstract

We introduce a mathematical paradigm, the Differential Variational Inequality (DVI) and Differential Complementarity Systems (DCS), for modeling and solving equilibrium and...

Are New Vehicle Emissions Standards Effective and Efficient?

November 2, 2018

James SalleeUC Berkeley's James Sallee presented Are New Vehicle Emissions Standards Effective and Efficient? on November 2, 2018 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Abstract

This paper demonstrates the historic effectiveness of new vehicle emissions standards at reducing local air pollution from personal automobiles, but it also...

Highway Traffic Operations under Reliability and Security Failures

October 26, 2018

Sarub AminMIT's Saurabh Amin presented Highway Traffic Operations under Reliability and Security Failures on October 26, 2018 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Abstract

In this talk, we introduce a system-theoretic approach for designing highway operations that are resilient to a class of disruptions. We focus on three types of...

Integrating Shared Autonomous Fleet Services in Urban Mobility: Dynamic Network Modeling

October 19, 2018

Hani S. MahmassaniNorthwestern University's Hani S. Mahmassani presented Integrating Shared Autonomous Fleet Services in Urban Mobility: Dynamic on October 19, 2018 at 4 p.m. in SPECIAL LOCATION 502 Davis Hall.

Abstract

Transportation is undergoing deep and significant transformation, seeking to fulfill the promise of connected mobility for people and goods, while limiting its carbon...

Unlikely Alliances and Transpartisanship: Finding Common Ground Across Difference on Transportation and Infrastructure

October 12, 2018

UC Berkeley's Karen Trapenberg Frick presented Unlikely Alliances and Transpartisanship: Finding Common Ground Across Difference on Transportation and Infrastructure Oct. 12, 2018 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Abstract

Against a backdrop of hyper-political polarization worldwide, this presentation reviews recent transpartisan coalitions of conservative and progressive allies who advocate...

Early results from the Long ROAD study: A five-city observational study of 2990 older drivers

October 5, 2018

Linda HillUniversity of California San Diego's Linda Hill presented Early results from the LongROAD study: A five-city observational study of 2990 older drivers on October 5, 2018 in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at 4 p.m.

Abstract

Many age-related health conditions may impair safe driving ability, such as those affecting vision, cognition, neck flexibility. Though older drivers are in...

Trapenberg Frick is September 2018 Transformational Speaker Series Presenter

September 28, 2018

Karen Trapenberg FrickWebinar focuses on many imperative critical analyses for infrastructure megaprojects, provides a timely and fundamental overview / integration of the “Third Crossing” project.

Abstract

Focused on sustainable transportation, the...

The Future of European Mobility: Safe, clean and connected

September 25, 2018

Violeta BulcEuropean Commissioner for Mobility and Transport Violeta Bulc presented The Future of European Mobility: Safe, clean and connected Sept. 25, 2018 in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at 4 p.m.

Abstract

Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport, is responsible for driving the European Commission's agenda on transport and, under her...

Designing for Customer Consideration of Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Instead of Final Purchase

September 21, 2018

Erin MacDonaldStanford University's Erin MacDonald presented Designing for Customer Consideration of Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Instead of Final Purchase on September 21, 2018 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Abstract

Despite years of promotion through incentives, design, and policy efforts, alternative fuel vehicles (AVFs) represented only 7% of U.S. Car Stock in 2016. Financial...

Financing the Future of Mobility: What Does the Public Think?

September 14, 2018

Hilary NixonSan Jose State University's Hilary Nixon presented Financing the Future of Mobility: What Does the Public Think? on Sept. 14, 2018 in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at 4 p.m.

Abstract

Contemporary conventional wisdom holds that Americans hate taxes, including the tax that the nation has used for more than a half a century used to fund much of its roadway infrastructure: the...

Collaborative control and autonomy for traffic optimization

September 7, 2018

Ankur MehtaUCLA's Ankur Mehta presented Collaborative control and autonomy for traffic optimization at 4 p.m. Sept. 7, 2018 in SPECIAL LOCATION 502 Davis Hall.

Abstract

Urban and suburban communities are experiencing rapid growth in both population and density, adding considerable strain on transportation infrastructure. This in turn detracts from quality of life through the consequent...

A Deep Learning, Model-Predictive Approach To Neighborhood Congestion Prediction And Control

August 29, 2018

Sudatta MohantySudatta Mohanty presented "A Deep Learning, Model-Predictive Approach To Neighborhood Congestion Prediction And Control" on Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. in 212 O'Brien Hall.

Abstract

The talk explores a technique for effectively representing the congestion state in a neighborhood for the purpose of short-term predictions through a simple scoring mechanism...

Student Symposium

May 11, 2018

Paul AndersonJoin us for our student symposium, where five doctoral students presented their work from 1-4 p.m., reception to follow, in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building, May 11, 2018.

1:00 Paul Anderson

Conditional Signal Priority: Its Effect on Transit Reliability, Transfers and Traffic

Abstract: Travel time variability is a major problem in...

Stochastic Modeling of Traffic Dynamics

April 27, 2018

Saif Jabari, NYU Abu Dhabi, presented Stochastic Modeling of Traffic Dynamics on April 27 in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at 4 p.m.

Abstract

Stochastic models of traffic flow are used in a variety of applications, e.g., traffic state estimation, travel time reliability, and traffic control. This talk will present techniques used...

Some Thoughts on the Current State and Future of Pavement in California

April 20, 2018

UC Davis' John Harvey presented Some Thoughts on the Current State and Future of Pavement in California at the ITS Berkeley Transportation Seminar April 20, 2018 at 4 p.m. in 502 Davis Hall.

This talk will present a summary of the current state of pavement and pavement practice (local, state, private) in California, and the likely impacts of changes in transportation that will affect how, where and what kind...

Network Dynamics of Fixed and Flexible Passenger Transport Under Operational and Behavioral Uncertainty

April 16, 2018

Oded Cats, of Delft University of Technology, presented Network Dynamics of Fixed and Flexible Passenger Transport Under Operational and Behavioural Uncertainty on April 6 from 1-2 p.m. in 212 O'Brien Hall.

Abstract

The metropolitan passenger transport landscape is shifting due to a combination of technological and social developments which enable both service providers and service users...

Mining Human Mobility Data

April 13, 2018

Zhenhui (Jessie) Li, of Pennsylvania State University, presented Mining Human Mobility Data on April 13 in 502 Davis at 4 p.m.

Abstract

Large-scale human mobility data can be collected from mobile phones, car navigation systems, road surveillance cameras, and location-based applications. Turning such raw data into knowledge can provide insights about our city and empower the city to be more...

How Do We Finance Transportation Infrastructure

April 6, 2018

Join us for the ITS Roundtable: How Do We Finance Transportation Infrastructure on Friday April 6, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in Banatao Auditorium, 310 Sutardja Dai Hall.

The panel includes Congressman Mark DeSaulnier: California's 11th Congressional District; Tilly Chang: Executive Director San Francisco County Transportation Authority; Matthew A. Coogan: Transportation Consultant;...

Towards Vision Zero: Intelligent Intersection Infrastructure to enhance safe operations of (self-driving) cars

March 23, 2018

Pravin Varaiya, UC Berkeley, presented Towards Vision Zero: Intelligent Intersection Infrastructure to enhance safe operations of (self-driving) cars on March 23 in 502 Davis Hall at 4 p.m.

Abstract

Vision Zero plans concentrate on intersections that present a demanding environment. Challenges arise from complex vehicle trajectories; absence of lane markings to guide vehicles; split phases that prevent...

Data Science to Study Macroscopic Dynamics in Urban Traffic Networks

March 16, 2018

UC Berkeley's Marta Gonzalez presented Data Science to Study Macroscopic Dynamics in Urban Traffic Networks at the ITS Berkeley Transportation Seminar March 16, 2018.

Abstract

I present a review on research related to the application of big data and information technologies to urban systems. Data sources of interest include but are not limited to: Probe/GPS data, Credit...

A Drive for Better Air Service: How air service imbalances across megaregions integrate air and highway demands

March 9, 2018

Megan Smirti Ryerson, University of Pennsylvania, presented A Drive for Better Air Service: How air service imbalances across megaregions integrate air and highway demands on March 9 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Abstract

Between 2000 and 2010, newly merged U.S. airlines decreased service to airports in small and mid-sized metropolitan regions, opting to consolidate their operations at...

Managing Transportation in a New Era of Innovation

March 2, 2018

Jeff Morales, ITS Senior Fellow, presented Managing Transportation in a New Era of Innovation on March 2 at 4 p.m. in 502 Davis Hall.

Abstract

A combination of forces is affecting the development and delivery of infrastructure and transportation services and presenting the industry with new challenges. Forces such as politics, budgetary constraints, organizational and workforce issues, and technology...

Measurable Commute Reduction and the War on SOV

February 23, 2018

Steve Raney, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, presented Measurable Commute Reduction and the War on SOV on February 23, 2018.

Abstract

The Big Picture covers: state SB375 15% per capita driving reduction goal, auto-centered Silicon Valley versus transit-centered Helsinki, Proposition 26 (Chevron spent $3.4 backing it) as barrier to protecting the climate, public policy political viability comparison, trip...

Leveraging Big Data to Improve Operational Performance, Reliability, and Efficiency

February 9, 2018

Jonny Simkin, of Swiftly, presented Leveraging Big Data to Improve Operational Performance, Reliability, and Efficiency on February 9, 2018.

Abstract

The existing public transit infrastructure in the United States already generates a tremendous amount of data, however, this information is often not used as effectively as it could be. In this session, we will discuss some of the ways that Swiftly is...

Car-sharing Network Optimization Driven by High-resolution Data, Simulation and Discrete Optimization

February 2, 2018

Carolina Osorio, of MIT, presented Car-sharing Network Optimization Driven by High-resolution Data, Simulation and Discrete Optimization on February 2, 2018.

Abstract

With the increase in connectivity and in real-time responsiveness, travelers and vehicles are becoming "real-time optimizers" of their trips. The urban mobility challenges and breakthroughs of the next decades will...

Commute Time Quality: Exploring the role of mode and other factors using the UC Davis Campus Travel Survey

January 26, 2018

Susan Handy, UC Davis, presented Commute Time Quality: Exploring the role of mode and other factors using the UC Davis Campus Travel Survey, on Jan. 26, 2018.

Abstract

Abstract: Workers worldwide spend a significant share of their time each week getting to and from work. With a finite number of hours in a day, workers are clearly affected by their amount of commute time, but their well-being...

Traffic Congestion Control: A PDE backstepping perspective

January 19, 2018

Miroslav Krstic, UC San Diego, presented Traffic Congestion Control: A PDE backstepping perspective, on Jan. 19, in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at 4 p.m.

Abstract

Control of freeway traffic using ramp metering is a "boundary control" problem when modeling is approached using widely adopted coupled hyperbolic PDE models of the Aw-Rascle-Zhang type, which include the velocity and density states, and...

Transportation Futures: Integrating transportation, land use, and environmental planning for sustainable urban development

December 1, 2017

UC Berkeley's Elizabeth Deakin presented Transportation Futures: Integrating transportation, land use, and environmental planning for sustainable urban development Dec. 1, 2017.

Abstract

Concerns about global warming, economic disparity, social exclusion, and threatened shortages of water and energy have emerged on policy agendas throughout the world, and the need for aggressive intervention along...

How Ride-Sharing Technology is Impacting Transportation in Africa: The case of Uber in Nairobi

November 17, 2017

Oxford University's Kagure Wamunyu presented How Ride-Sharing Technology is Impacting Transportation in Africa: The case of Uber in Nairobi on Nov. 17, co-sponsored by the Center for Global Metropolitan Studies

Abstract

As ride-sharing technology companies enter the African Continent to tap into its market of one billion people, African cities are adopting and responding to the technology in different ways. Looking...

Optimal Coordination of Connected and Autonomous Cars in Smart Cities

November 3, 2017

Clemson University's Ardalan Vahidi presented Optimal Coordination of Connected and Autonomous Cars in Smart Cities Nov. 3 at 4-5 pm in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Abstract

Connectivity and autonomy of cars and roadside infrastructure is expected to transform urban transportation. For instance, cooperation between intelligent cars and intersection control units can harmonize traffic flow, increase...

The Search for a Sustainable Source of Federal and State Transportation Revenue: Gas taxes or mileage fees?

October 27, 2017

San Jose State University's Asha Weinstein Agrawal presented The Search for a Sustainable Source of Federal and State Transportation Revenue: Gas taxes or mileage fees? Oct 27 at 4-5 pm in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building. Beverages and cookies are at 3:30 pm.

Abstract

For almost a century, gas taxes have generated substantial revenues for building and operating the transportation system, but these...

FlexPass: Incentives for reducing employee parking

October 20, 2017

UC Berkeley's Dounan Tang presented FlexPass: Incentives for reducing employee parking Oct. 20 in 412 McLaughlin Hall at 4 pm.

Abstract

Most employers offer free or underpriced parking to employees even as they feel the pressure to reduce the number of employees driving alone to work. The FlexPass study is a parking incentive program that avoids employee discontent. We conducted a two-phase study during the...

Designing Automated Vehicles to Avoid Collisions (and Make Good Decisions When They Can’t)

October 13, 2017

Stanford University's Chris Gerdes presented Designing Automated Vehicles to Avoid Collisions (and Make Good Decisions When They Can’t) in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at 4 pm.

Abstract

Automated vehicles provide an unparalleled opportunity to reduce the approximately 35,000 fatalities that occur each year on US roads. With the ability to sense 360...

Bay Area Transportation 2050: Systems change in action

October 6, 2017

San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR)'s Ratna Amin presented Bay Area Transportation 2050: Systems change in action Oct. 6, 2017.

Abstract

Regional transportation planning is an art and not a science. SPUR, the Bay Area’s leading urban planning organization, has embarked on a Regional Strategy to answer the big planning questions facing the Bay Area through 2050....

The Interesting and Risky Way in Which Transport System Risk Is Managed: A brief history and need for transformed thinking

September 29, 2017

Simon Washington, of University of Queensland presented The Interesting and Risky Way in Which Transport System Risk Is Managed: A brief history and need for transformed thinking from 4-5 pm in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building on Sept. 29.

Abstract

The evolution of thinking around transport system risk management provides an excellent case study on how implicit and...

Environment, Economy, and Equity: New mobility services and sustainability

September 22, 2017

Don MackenzieDon MacKenzie, of University of Washington, presented Environment, Economy, and Equity: New mobility services and sustainability from 4-5 pm in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building on Sept. 22.

Abstract

New mobility services including carsharing and ride-sourcing are growing quickly, but are they providing mobility for all travelers? Who is using these services? For what...

Cooperation for Autonomous Cars: Why and How?

September 15, 2017

Arnaud de la fortelleArnaud de La Fortelle, of MINES ParisTech, Center for Robotics, presented Cooperation for Autonomous Cars: Why and How? from 4-5 pm in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building on Sept. 15, 2017.

Abstract

Autonomous cars are being deployed - at least automated functions - but these cars are mainly standalone. Making autonomous cars that are also cooperative is difficult...

Future of the Interstate Highway System

September 8, 2017

Steve HemingerSteve Heminger, of MTC, presented Future of the Interstate Highway System on Friday, September 8 at 4 pm in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Abstract

The Interstate Highway System (IHS) is a key component of the US transportation system. While it makes up only 1.2 percent of roadway line-miles of the country...

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