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Wed., April 3, 11 a.m., IS Bldg. 4, Rm. 113
Hosted by FAU FMRI and the ITE Student Chapter

Talking, Robots, or Talking Robot Cars?

Speaker: John Hourdos, Ph.D., Director, Minnesota Traffic Observatory, and Research Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota

Abstract: Even the most grounded and conservative transportation engineer can agree that a revolution is underway ushering in a fundamental change to surface transportation and beyond. Times of great change are also times of great confusion. Connected Vehicles, Connected Automated Vehicles, or is it Connected Autonomous Vehicles? A plethora of acronyms like V2V, V2I, V2X, peppered with DSRC, C-V2X, and now Sirius-XM! This lecture will attempt to clear up some of the confusion, separate reality from hype and spin, and offer a grounded frame of reference for engineers to formulate their own opinions on the immediate future. Implications of this transportation revolution to users and owners of public roads, including freight and transit operators will be discussed.

Walker and Moore

Wed., March 13, 11 a.m., IS Bldg. 4, Rm. 113
Hosted by FAU FMRI and the ITE Student Chapter

The Next Delivery to Your Door: Looking at the Future Energy Impacts of Innovative Freight Delivery Technologies

Speakers: Victor Walker, M.S., Research Engineer, Idaho National Laboratory, and Amy Moore, Ph.D., Transportation Planning Engineer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Abstract: Consumer behavior is driving shifts in freight delivery as expectations for faster and more convenient solutions increase. At the same time, new technologies and approaches are creating more options for fulfilling deliveries. This research is sponsored by the Department of Energy, and looks at some of the alternatives for freight delivery in intra-city environments and the energy implications of wide-spread adoption of these new technologies. A major focus of this research is on the impacts of urban drone deliveries that many are looking to as a part of the solution for future delivery, with emphasis on the unexpected results from unique freight energy and battery testing performed at the Idaho National Laboratory. Another focus of this research is on the modeling of different freight movement and delivery scenarios for a major parcel delivery company using different techniques and technologies such as parcel lockers and electric vehicles. The objective of these scenarios is to provide a basis by which the overall energy and mobility impacts of these solutions for businesses can be compared. This innovative research is crucial for helping to gauge what the future impacts of freight might be, and how they might be changing the way that consumers shop and receive freight.


Wed., Feb. 27, 11 a.m., EE Bldg. 96, Rm. 303
Hosted by FAU FMRI and the ITE Student Chapter

Research Challenges in Maritime Security

Speaker:Hady Salloum, Ph.D., Director, DHS Science and Technology National Center of Excellence for Maritime Security, Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey

Abstract: This presentation will cover various projects that are being or have been conducted as part of the Maritime Security Center to address maritime security concerns. It will also describe a few project ideas being considered to help the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies responsible for maritime security enhance their capabilities.


Fri., Feb. 15, 11 a.m., IS Bldg. 4, Rm. 101
Hosted by FAU FMRI and the ITE Student Chapter

Optimization of School Bus Operations

Speaker: Ali Haghani, Ph.D., Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Office of Advanced Engineering Education, University of Maryland

Abstract: Transporting elementary, middle, and high school students on a daily basis presents a large and complex problem. Some school districts use existing software systems to develop their bus routes. Others still develop these routes manually. In such problems, improving operational efficiency even a little could result in great advantages. Each school bus costs school districts somewhere between $60,000 and $100,000. So, scheduling the buses more efficiently will result in significant monetary savings. Over the past few years, we have been working with several school districts in Maryland and elsewhere to analyze their transportation system and recommend ways to improve it. We have developed several mathematical models to optimize school bus operations. In this presentation, we will describe some of these models and the results of their applications in real-world operation.