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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.

Recent news

3rd Annual Summer Conference on Livable Communities

Multimodal and Non-Motorized Transportation for Various Users

College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

June 21 – 22, 2016

TRCLC is hosting the 3rd Annual Summer Conference on Livable Communities. The conference will be held on June 21 - 22, 2016 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. There will be no registration fee for the conference and participants will receive PE credits. To register or submit a presentation abstract, please complete the online registration form at http://2016-trclc.questionpro.com.  For further details, please see the conference flyer here. 

TRCLC - Great Lake International Symposium

Putney Lecture Hall at Fetzer Center

February 26, 2016

TRCLC is sponsoring the “Great Lakes International Symposium: Interdisciplinary Research in Data Science” together with the Department of Statistics. This symposium will benefit in understanding data analysis needs in various areas and developing collaboration with other disciplines. Presentations will be given by seven invited speakers and student posters will be exhibited. For more detailed, please see the symposium flyer here. 

Seminar:Algorithms and Assessment Tools for Connected and Automated Vehicles

Prof. Byungkyu Brian Park, Ph.D
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Virginia

Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Thursday, February 25, 2016
Location: Parkview Room (D-132), College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Western Michigan University

Connected Vehicle (CV) technology and automated vehicles have emerged and are expected to provide unprecedented improvements in mobility. This talk will present two algorithms developed for connected and/or automated vehicle applications. The first algorithm focuses on cooperative vehicle intersection control (CVIC) and its implementation at a corridor with multiple intersections. It evaluates sustainability aspects of the Cooperative Vehicle Intersection Control (CVIC) system by applying surrogate safety assessment model (SSAM) and VT-Micro model to measure safety and environmental impacts, respectively. A simulation-based case study is performed on a hypothetical arterial consisting of four intersections with 8 traffic congestion cases covering low to high volume conditions. When compared to the coordinated actuated control, the CVIC system outperforms the existing actuated control.  The second algorithm deals with speed harmonization for automated vehicles. The objective function is to minimize changes in accelerations while maintaining safe distance. An example case study on a freeway basic segment with a speed reduction zone indicated that the proposed algorithm outperforms the base case. Additional discussion on the use of connected and automated vehicles evaluation tools assessing (i) latencies in connected vehicle communications and (ii) surrogate safety under connected and automated vehicle applications, are to be made if time permits.


Call for Presentation Abstracts

ATLAS Center Symposium: Meeting the Challenges of Safe Transportation in an Aging Society

The call for presentations is now open for the Conference on Meeting the Challenges of Safe Transportation in an Aging Society to be held in Ann Arbor Michigan on September 14-15, 2016. The conference is sponsored by: Center for Advancing Transportation Leadership and Safety (ATLAS Center), University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), Elsevier Ltd, Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population (ASAP) , and Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities (TRCLC). Topics of special interest include but are not limited to: advanced technologies including autonomous and connected vehicles; infrastructure and engineering countermeasures; licensing and other policy issues; health-related challenges; training; and driver assessment. Research should focus on older adults themselves, the modes of transportation they use, or the roadway environment within which they function. Students are encouraged to submit for a student poster session and awards will be given. Download the call for presentations flyer or go here for more information: http://www.atlas-center.org/symposium-call-for-presentation-abstracts/.

Abstracts due: March 31, 2016

Notification: May 31, 2016


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.