PacTrans Seminar Series
January 24, 2014
Pactrans Seminar Series: School Siting and Children’s Travel – Planning to Support Active Transportation
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Ruth Steiner from the University of Florida. She will be giving a talk on Wednesday, February 5th in the HUB (room 334) on the UW Seattle Campus from 10:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
The talk is free and everyone is welcome.
Additional information: PacTrans_WinterSeminar_RuthSteiner_February-5-2014.pdf
October 28, 2013
Date: Wednesday, November 13th 2013
Time: 2:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M. (Seminar) / 3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. (Reception)
Location: UW Seattle Campus, Husky Union Building Room 334
Speaker: Dr. Asad J. Khattak
January 27, 2013
Jointly organized by PacTrans and the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the UW
Speaker: Dr. Chris T. Hendrickson, Duquesne Light Company University Professor of Engineering and Co-Director of the Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University
Abstract: With an increasing number of states mandating the sale of zero emissions vehicles, manufacturers are responding in part by developing electric or battery hybrid vehicles. While widespread use of electric vehicles has the potential to reduce tailpipe emissions, the full environmental cost of producing and operating battery powered vehicles must be considered. This talk discusses the potential environmental impacts of battery powered motor vehicles, including earlier lead acid battery versions and new battery chemistries. Barries to widespread adoption are also discussed.
Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Talk: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Location: Electrical Engineering 105, UW Campus
Reception: 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. Location: More Hall 101, UW Campus
November 14, 2012
When: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Where: In UW Seattle Campus – HUB 332
View the PDF here
In order for a traffic micro-simulation model to be effective, it must be able to replicate both supply and demand characteristics, as well as their interaction. That is, the simulation model must be properly calibrated. The recent widespread deployment of ITS in North America has provided an opportunity to obtain significant amounts of traffic related data on a point, link, and trip basis. In addition, there has been a corresponding increase in the quality and quantity of micro-simulation models that can be used to model transportation systems. A methodology for calibrating traffic micro-simulation models so that the simulation results, such as travel time, represent the observed distributions obtained from the field will be presented. The focus of the talk will be on lessons learned from various calibration-related research projects over the past ten years. The seminar will conclude with a discussion of current and future research initiatives in this area.
October 24, 2012
When: October 24, 2012 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Where: More 234
Discrete choice modelling is a widely used econometric approach to analyse the behaviour of travellers. The multinomial logit model is one of the most commonly used models in discrete choice analysis. This research develops a new model, semi-parametric multinomial logit model. The developed model links travellers’ attributes and alternatives to the choice probabilities via a sensitivity function. This sensitivity function reflects the degree of travellers’ sensitivity to the changes in the travelling costs. A Bayesian approach is investigated to draw statistical inference for the semi-parametric logit model. An empirical study on travellers’ value of time that involves stated preferences about two train-related alternatives and two bus-related alternatives is conducted to illustrate the developed model.