PacTrans Seminar Series

  • April 15, 2014

    Pactrans Seminar Series: Making transportation analysis count – Bridging the gap between politics & planning

    Please join us in welcoming Dr. Joe Schofer from the Northwestern University. He will be giving a talk on Friday, May 30th in the HUB (room 334) on the UW Seattle Campus from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. There will be a reception immediately following the talk. The talk is free and everyone is welcome.

    For more information on Dr. Schofer’s talk, click here.

  • 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

    PacTrans Seminar Series: What is the Level of Volatility in Instantaneous Driving Decisions?

    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 

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  • January 27, 2013

    PacTrans Seminar Series: Electric Vehicles and Life Cycle Assessment

    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

    PacTrans_Feb. 27 2013 Seminar (Details)

  • November 14, 2012

    PacTrans Seminar Series: Calibration of Micro-Simulation Models Using ITS Data: Lessons Learned

    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.