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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: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