Events: 2018

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Dr. Yorgos Stephanedes

Fri., Dec. 12, 2018, 12 p.m., EE, Bldg. 96, Rm. 405
Hosted by FAU FMRI and the ITE Student Chapter

C-ITS, Last-Mile Delivery and Risk Management in Smart Cities

Speaker: Yorgos Stephanedes, Ph.D., P.E., Director, Environmental Engineering and Transportation Division, Transportation and Traffic Study Unit (TESS), and ITS Program at Department of Civil Engineering, University of Patra, Greece

Bio: Stephanedes has been awarded funding for projects by the U.S. Government which include the NSF, FHWA, UMTA, DOE, Office of Univ. Research of U.S. DOT, Minnesota DOT and California DOT. Stephanedes was instrumental in creating the Univ. of Minnesota Transportation Program, the Institute of Excellence for Intelligent Transportation Systems - one of five such Institutes in the U.S., and the ITS Center of Minnesota. In EU he led a major effort in identifying the impacts of telematics at DGXIII. Since 1997 he directed numerous EU multinational research projects. He led design and installation of the new Traffic Control Center and System Infrastructure in Attiki Prefecture prior to 2004 Olympics. He is author/co-author of five books and more than 200 publications, reference CRC Handbook chapters, and General Secretary at Board of Directors of ITS Hellas. Stephanedes is currently working on the behavior of vehicles in incident-prone conditions in Smart Cities, and estimation of 3D incident precursor and risk vectors of autonomous transport in a Smart Campus.


Dr. Pitu Mirchandani

Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 11 a.m., EE, Bldg. 96, Rm. 303
Hosted by FAU FMRI and the ITE Student Chapter

Locating Platforms and Scheduling a Fleet of Drones for Emergency Delivery of Perishable Items

Speaker: Pitu Mirchandani, Ph.D., Professor of Computing, Informatics, Decision Systems Engineering and the AVNET Chair for Supply Chain Networks, Arizona State University

Bio: Mirchandani is the Director of the Advanced Traffic and Logistics Algorithms and Systems Laboratory (ATLAS), the Chief Scientist of the DHS Center for Accelerating Operations Efficiency, and a Senior Scientist at ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability. Mirchandani has been studying Dynamic Stochastic Networks, with interests in models and systems for making strategic/tactical/operational decisions in stochastic networked environments, with applications typically related to transportation and logistics. He is a Fellow of INFORMS and Fellow of IEEE.


Dr. Priyanka Alluri

Oct. 17, 2018, Hosted by FAU FMRI and the ITE Student Chapter

Drafting, Designing, and Deploying Wrong-Way Driving Initiative in Florida

Speaker: Priyanka Alluri, Ph.D., P.E.

Abstract: Wrong-way drivers, especially on freeways, pose a serious risk to the safety of themselves and other motorists. On average, wrong-way driving (WWD) crashes result in about 355 fatalities each year. WWD mitigation has therefore been on the national front, with several states tackling this issue from several avenues, focusing on the 4E’s, i.e., Engineering, Education, Enforcement, and Emergency Medical Services; policy-oriented changes; and adopting state-of-the-art technology to detect, verify, and respond to WWD incidents in real-time. Understanding the seriousness of WWD incidents, FDOT has endeavored to continually explore ways for strategically drafting, designing, and deploying countermeasures while proactively identifying areas that can help mitigate these incidents. FDOT’s strategy has included policy-oriented changes propelled by the leadership’s commitment and vision to create actionable WWD initiatives; extensive research on understanding the underlying WWD crash patterns and causes, and driver behavior while intoxicated; motivation to implement and compare several pilot countermeasures; and vision to develop a comprehensive WWD countermeasure implementation plan. This presentation discusses the efforts FDOT has undertaken to tackle WWD problem in Florida. It focuses on the FDOT’s strategy pertaining to the statewide policy, several recently completed WWD-related research projects, pilot WWD countermeasure implementation projects, and the ongoing WWD mitigation efforts.


Anastasios Charisis

Sept. 13, 2018

FMRI - FAU ITE Student Chapter Lecture Series

Speaker: Anastasios Charisis, Graduate Research Assistant for the Freight Mobility Research Institute, presented his research on Containership Routing-Scheduling and CPLEX,as part of the FMRI- FAU ITE student chapter lecture series.


Kittelson & Associates

Feb. 21, 2018, Hosted by FAU FMRI and the ITE Student Chapter

Self-Driving Books – How Our Standard Practices Will Change in the Age of Connected Vehicles

Speakers: Eric Lindstrom, P.E., and Nathalie Rodriguez from Kittelson & Associates

Abstract: The safe and efficient design of our transportation infrastructure is guided by standards, guidebooks, and best practices. Those tools were developed around mechanical vehicles operated by human drivers. Are they applicable to vehicles that are controlled by electronics and sensor-based systems? This presentation summarizes a review of the current guidebooks and best practices, such as the Highway Capacity Manual, Highway Safety Manual, MUTCD, and others. The presentation highlights the key concepts and sections in these documents that are likely to be affected by connected and automated vehicles (CAVs), and it sets the path for opportunities to address these concerns.