Current Research Projects
Project Funder: U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T)
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Anne Goodchild
Other PIs: Sam Wasser
Project Budget: $500,000
Project Timing: April 2019 to March 2021

This project will develop and test innovative, non-invasive container screening methods in the new Supply Chain Defense Lab (SCDLab). The SCDLab research partnership brings the SCTL Center’s deep logistics expertise, global supply chain companies such as SSA Marine and Expeditors International of Washington, and the UW Center for Conservation Biology Forensic and Detection Dog Programs to solve global supply chain security problems that are priorities for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Project Funder: U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DOE EERE)
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Anne Goodchild
Project Budget: $1,500,000
Project Timing: November 2018 to November 2021

The Urban Freight Lab (UFL) received $1.5M in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to help goods delivery drivers find a place to park without driving around the block in crowded cities for hours, wasting time and fuel and adding to congestion. The project partners will integrate sensor technologies, develop data platforms to process large data streams, and publish a prototype app to let delivery firms know when a parking space is open – and when it’s predicted to be open so they can plan to arrive when another truck is leaving. This will take place in an 8-blockface area in Greater Downtown, and we will also monitor a control location.

Project Funder: City of Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Anne Goodchild
Project Budget: $160,000
Project Timing: November 2018 to November 2019

The City of Seattle granted a permit to United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) in fall 2018 to pilot test a new e-bike parcel delivery system in the Pioneer Square/Belltown area for one year. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) commissioned the Urban Freight Lab (UFL) to quantify and document the public impacts of this multimodal delivery system change in the final 50 feet of supply chains, to provide data and evidence for development of future urban freight policies. The UFL will conduct analyses into the several research questions.

Project Funder: City of Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), Amazon, Challenge Seattle
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Anne Goodchild
Project Budget: $200,000
Project Timing: October 2018 to June 2019

Transportation Network Company (TNC) usage in Seattle has been increasing every quarter since 2015 when the City began collecting data. TNC trips exceeded 20 million in 2017, a 46% increase from total reported trips in 2016. This has led to concerns about congestion and pedestrian safety as cars and people take risks to connect at the curb and in the right-of-way. By providing additional curb capacity through increased passenger loading zones and directing customers via in-app messaging, the City may be able to reduce congestion and unsafe vehicle/people movements during peak traffic and late-night hours.

Project Funder: City of Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), PacTrans
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Anne Goodchild
Project Budget: $240,000
Project Timing: September 2017 to August 2019

This project contains:

  • a curb occupancy study
  • a survey of First and Capitol Hill Loading Bays
  • a pilot test at Seattle Municipal Tower
  • and the development of a toolkit

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