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The TRCLC aims to address the nation's critical transportation challenges through the prism of livable communities. The Center’s primary goal is to improve affordable and environmentally sustainable transportation options for conventionally underserved communities with special attention paid to non-motorized travel, pedestrian and bicycle safety, job accessibility and 'smart' transport technologies.

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Attention High-School Students and Teachers
September 24, 2015

The Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities (TRCLC) at Western Michigan University will host The 2nd Livable and Sustainable Community Mobile App Challenge. The focus of this challenge is to design and develop mobile applications that can help improve livable and sustainable transportation options for communities in Michigan with special attention to non-motorized travel, public transit, safe routes to school and “smart” transport technologies. To register, please send an email to TRCLC (trc-info@wmich.eduno later than January 31, 2016 at 5 p.m. (EST), including names of all team members, representative’s email address, along with a brief description of your mobile app idea. Important dates and deadlines are provided below. All the questions need to be directed to trc-info@wmich.edu. Please see detailed information at here

  1. Registration Deadline (January 31, 2016): We request interested high-school students to send an email to TRCLC (trc-info@wmich.edu) along expressing interest along with a brief description of your mobile app idea. The email should include names of all team members and the teacher's email address. Due to space limitations we suggest early registration.
  2. Submission Deadline (April 29, 2016): Each team should submit a 10-page PowerPoint file containing background, technical details, expected outcomes of the proposed app.
  3. Award Ceremony (Tentatively May 7, 2016): Participants will be invited to Western Michigan University to showcase their mobile apps. Winning teams will receive awards at the ceremony. Selection of finalist projects will be performed by a committee of high school teachers, industry experts and university faculty members. 

Seminar announcement

Peer-to-Peer Sharing of Supply in Transportation:  Possibilities and Algorithms
Prof. R. Jayakrishnan, Ph.D.
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Institute of Transportation Studies
University of California at Irvine

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Friday, October 16, 2015
Location: Parkview Room (D-132), College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Western Michigan University

Newer technologies and high market penetration of personal communication systems bring up many new possibilities for different paradigms of operation in transportation systems.  The users can consume transportation supply with more complete information and significantly more peer-to-peer (P2P) communication.  Several possibilities exist in such a world of shared economy, with regard to using road and vehicle space in temporally efficient manner.  Car-sharing and ride-sharing are two of the more well-known systems in this regard.  Autonomous vehicles bring up another dimension in terms of shared ownership as well.  There are also possibilities in using P2P communication for collaborative, competitive or negotiated consumption of other elements of transportation supply such as signal timings, and lane space availability.  This presentation focuses on the possibilities, and discusses recent research into shared-ride systems for passenger transport and auction-based mechanisms for signal and lane usage.  The presentation also lays out newer frameworks for supply, demand, and performance of transportation systems under these new paradigms and discusses algorithmic and mechanism-based details in solving real-world problems in ride-sharing and signal systems.