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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

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.



Seminar: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

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.


TRCLC Held the Second Summer Conference on Livable Communities

The Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities (TRCLC) held the 2nd Summer Conference on Livable Communities during July 23-24, 2015 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This conference brought transportation researchers, practitioners, and public agencies from around Michigan and the country all together to share current practices, on-going research projects, and interesting ideas regarding transportation and livable community. 

During this event, 21 podium presentations and 13 poster presentations were made, which covered topics pertaining to non-motorized transportation, transportation services for people with disabilities, transportation and human health, transportation data crowdsourcing, visualization, and big data analytics. Dr. Jennifer Dill, director of National Institute for Transportation and Communities at Portland State University gave a keynote speech that highlighted the findings that can increase bicycle usage for everyday transportation. Student best poster awards and PE credits were offered in this conference. The detailed program for this conference, including presenters and presentation abstracts, is available here.




Two groups of Portage Central High School Students are awarded
the Winners of the "Livable Community Mobile App Challenge"
May 15, 2015 | "Livable Community Mobile App Challenge"

Two groups of students from Portage Central High School have been recently awarded the Winners of the "Livable Community Mobile App Challenge," hosted by the TRCLC at Western Michigan University. The theme of the challenge was for high-school students to design and develop mobile applications that can help improve sustainable transportation options for communities in Michigan, with special attention paid to non-motorized travel, public transit, safe routes to school and “smart” transport technologies. The winning teams received awarding certificates and cash prizes ($1000 for the 1st place; $500 for the second place). 

First place team: Kzoo Biking Buddy    Group Members: Kalyana Bobba, Eamaan Turk, Ryan Hansen, and Zach Marr

Second place team: Plug and Go (Electric Car Charging Solution)   Group Members: Kyle Wang, Katie Kring, Michael Wheeler, Shang-Bing Chang