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Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar, FMRI Director, attended the 7th Symposium of the European Association for Research in Transportation (hEART) in Athens, Greece. The Symposium was co-organized by Dr. Antoniou, the chair of Transportation System Engineering of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). hEART is an interdisciplinary research conference, covering all areas of transportation and freight research, with a focus on quantitative methods and analysis of transport systems. The aim is to connect research in transport modeling, transport economics and transport policy with advanced practice.
Heather Thompson, Research Coordinator, attended the Panel Discussion "Addressing the First-Last Mile: How to Get There" in Miami, FL. The topics of discussion revolved around making Miami a safer place for pedestrians, bikers, and scooters. The overall goal for the city is to reduce traffic congestion by having more efficient and safer modes of transportation rather than personal vehicles. The plan will be to create better transit systems that can connect work, grocery stores, and homes seamlessly. Miami will also work to create a smart transit system that can be connected by phone in order to communicate the need of certain routes to streamline services. Miami District 2 is currently working to create a better bike and scooter share program that will be rolled out shortly to residents and visitors.
Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar, FMRI Director, visited the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece. He attended meetings with Professors from the Civil Engineering Department and Surveying Engineering Department of NTUA regarding future collaboration on research and educational activities. In addition, Dr. Kaisar presented the projects and the future steps of the Freight Mobility Research Institute.
University of Minnesota's Minnesota Traffic Observatory (MTO) hosted two groups of 9th grade students from the College of Science of Engineering's summer Eureka! Program on Thursday, July 19th. Gordon Parikh, MTO Engineer, introduced the students to general surface transportation and freight safety, while Dr. John Hourdos, Director of Research, introduced the students to microscopic traffic simulation. Eureka! Program is a five-year summer and school year program for girls focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), building sisterhood with girls from all over the Twin Cities, exploring career interests and dreams while supporting them through high school graduation and preparing them for the next step in their post-secondary education.
The FMRI's Florida Atlantic University wrapped up their two-week long Transportation Camp with middle school students from the Boca Raton area. Dr. Teegavarapu and Dr. Nagarajan, both FAU transportation professors in the CEGE Department, with the help of teacher's assistants, Ms. Stavroula Manta, Ms. Anusha Chowdhury, and Mr. Anastasios Charisis, taught the children in an exciting environment about transportation. The transportation camp covered ArcGIS based spatial analysis, VISSIM based intersection simulations, basics of transportation engineering, freight operations, logistics, connected and automated vehicles, and traffic count observations. The campers also took part in debates, quizzes, and fun transportation-related cards games.
Florida Atlantic University transportation students had a chance to tour the Port of Palm Beach on Thursday, June 21st with Ms. Heather Thompson, FMRI Research Coordinator. Mr. Carl Baker, Director of Planning & Development, gave the students a presentation on the history of the Port of Palm Beach as well as a passenger van tour around the port, exploring Tropical Shipping, Florida Sugar & Molasses Exchange, and cruise ship docking areas.
Dr. Evangelos Kaisar, Director, and Mr. Anastasios Charisis, Graduate Research Assistant, represented the FMRI at the Fifth Biennial Marine Transportation System Research and Development Conference, Transforming the Marine Transportation System through Multimodal Freight Analytics. Both Dr. Kaisar and Mr. Charisis presented on Wednesday, June 20th for the Maritime and Freight Data Analytics Breakout Session. Dr. Kaisar presented "Short Sea Shipping vs. Trucking: A Cost-Benefit Analysis Using Mathematical Modeling" and Mr. Charisis presented "Containership Routing and Scheduling with Multiple Time Windows."
Florida Atlantic University students toured the Lehigh Cement Facility at Port Everglades on Monday, June 11th with Dr. Evangelos Kaisar, Director, and Heather Thompson, Research Coordinator. Mr. Jorge Armenteros, Vice President of Cement Sales Florida, spoke to the students about logistics, safety, job prospects, market share, and the growing Florida industry.
Dr. Evangelos Kaisar, Director of the FMRI, and Ms. Heather Thompson, Research Coordinator, met with Dr. John Hourdos, FMRI Associate Director of Research, while attending the CUTC Annual Summer Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During the meeting, the team discussed future opportunities and projects in the Minnesota Traffic Observatory.
Dr. Evangelos Kaisar, Director of the FMRI, and Ms. Heather Thompson, Research Coordinator, attended the 2018 CUTC Annual Summer Meeting on Monday, June 4th to Wednesday, June 6th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This meeting attracted the nation's leading transportation professionals from academia, industry, and transportation agencies to discuss the future of all transportation efforts. This three-day event featured keynote speakers, panels, brainstorming ideas, roundtable discussions, guided tours, and key information for transportation centers to continue their progress for economic competitiveness. The Center for Transportation is the hub for transportation research and education at the University of Minnesota, an FMRI partner. Please click here for more information regarding this event.
The Freight Mobility Research Institute hosted the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization's Freight Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting at FAU's Davie Campus. During this meeting, Dr. Evangelos Kaisar discussed FMRI's activities and current and future projects, as well as potential collaborations with members.
FAU's Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions hosted Automation in Transportation with support of the Freight Mobility Research Institute. Presentations were given by Dr. Louis Merlin of Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Steve Lockwood of Steve Lockwood, LLC, and special guest Dr. Tim Schwanen of University of Oxford. A guided bus tour took guests through the Port of Palm Beach where they were able to view the port in action, as well as take a walking tour through the Florida Sugar & Molasses Exchange facility. Please click here for more information regarding this event, including presentations and video.
The Annual Freight Mobility Research Institute meeting, gathering members from all partner universities and advisory board, took place on March 30th and 31st at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. This meeting was intended to gather members from all partner universities and advisory board to review presentations regarding the progress of the institute’s activities and research projects, as well as discuss the next steps required to further improve the institute’s performance in addressing the most critical issues in United State’s freight transport systems.
The Freight Mobility Research Institute researchers had a privilege to meet with professor Alexander Skabardonis, the world-known expert in a field of traffic engineering, traffic control systems, traffic management, transportation and the environment from University of California, Berkeley. The young researchers had the opportunity to discuss about their current and future FMRI projects, hear more about work of Dr. Scabardonis and explore potential collaboration in the future.
Students from the FAU High School visited the Freight Mobility Research Institute and its Transportation Laboratory at Florida Atlantic University. The FMRI research team gave a tour to the state-of-the-art facilities. The FMRI Director, Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar provided information to the students regarding Transportation Engineering and the prospects of pursuing a career in this field.
Sam Jordan, a graduate student of Freight Mobility Research Institute at the University of Memphis was selected by the Board of Regents of the Eno Center for Transportation to participate in the 26th Annual Eno Future Leaders Development Conference in Washington, DC on May 20th – 25th, 2018. He holds degrees from the University of Tennessee, the University of Memphis, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sam's research interests center around the planning and design of sustainable and resilient intermodal transportation systems, and the ethical considerations of distributing connective resources throughout communities. Each year, the Eno Future Leaders Development Conference (LDC) gives 20 of the nation’s top graduate students in transportation a first-hand look at how national transportation policies are developed. Students apply to the program early in the year, and those selected as “Eno Fellows” come to Washington, DC for a week in the spring of meetings with federal officials and leaders of business and non-profit organizations.
FMRI Research Associates Bratislav Ostojic and MD Sultan Ali visited the Florida Atlantic University High School for a guest talk. They presented their research work related to Transportation Engineering and had the chance to engage with students and answer questions about the opportunities arising in the transportation sector.
FMRI Director, Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar, participated in the Freight Transportation Advisory Committee of the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization. Dr. Kaisar presented on new research conducted by FMRI related to improving freight mobility.
Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar, Director of the FMRI, had a meeting with the all the partners and the advisory board of the Freight Mobility Research Institute. The meeting held during the Transportation Research Board 97th Annual Meeting. The subject of their meeting was the progress of the Institute of its first year, the projects of 2017 and the future projects for 2018.
Each January, transportation professionals and practitioners from all over the world convene in Washington D.C. for the 97th Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting. The Freight Mobility Research Institute (FMRI) hosted its first ever reception within the TRB framework. In the FMRI reception more than 60 Academics, Industry Professionals and University students gathered together and had the opportunity to engage with the FMRI researchers and learn more information about its activities and projects. Furthermore, the FMRI was well represented at the 97th Annual Meeting as its staff participated in committee meetings, lecture sessions, and poster presentations. Listed papers include: "Marine Container Terminal Cooperation: A Nash Bargaining Approach" (Pujats, K., Gkolias, M., Mishra, S.) "Data Envelopment Analysis Model for Assessment of Safety and Security of Intermodal Transportation Facilities" (Kaisar, E., Gundersen, E.), "Disaggregated Prediction of Adoption Rate of Autonomous Trucks by Freight Organizations" (Simpson J., Mishra, S., Talebian, A., Gkolias, M.), and "Modeling the Sustainability of Commercial Vehicle Technologies" (Figliozzi, M.)
The graduate student, Stavroula Manta represented the Freight Mobility Research Institute on her visit at the National Technical University of Athens. She met with Professors from the Civil Engineering Department and Surveying Engineering Department of NTUA. The purpose of the meetings was to present the FMRI current and future projects and to recruit new graduate students.
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