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MIT Mobility Forum

The MIT Mobility Forum showcases the groundbreaking transportation research occurring across the Institute. Faculty members and researchers present their latest findings, ideas, and innovations, followed by a lively discussion. The Forum is online and open to all. Please register at Zoom beforehand.  


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Envisioning Profitable Autonomous Transit Networks

It has been almost 20 years since the DARPA "SmartDrivingCar" Challenges and 15 years since Google jumped in with the objective of providing demand-responsive automated mobility and we're still "envisioning" as if this challenge is like that of achieving nuclear fusion... always "50 years away, but once we get there, then the return to society is absolutely non-trivial". Presented is my perspective on automated mobility gained from a more than 50 year career largely focused on achieving safe, affordable, equitable, sustainable high-quality mobility for our towns and cities. Reviewed will be what was tried and why it failed; where we've been recently and why it has struggled; and where is it that we might be going and what are the challenges and chances of success. Looking forward, the concept of Autonomous Transit Networks is presented and assessed using the Princeton Synthetic Daily PersonTrip (PSDPT) data set of the 1.1 billion individual person trips made by the 320 million persons on a typical day. The mobility opportunity and operational challenges of several conceptual deployments are presented. The challenges associated with the scaled realization of such deployments will be discussed.

Alain Kornhauser

Professor of Operations Research & Financial Engineering
Director, Transportation Program, Princeton university

February 17, 2023 at 5:00:00 PM

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Telemobility, Hybrid Work and the Next Normal

The world has changed considerably for transportation planners since April 2020—and it is still changing, in many ways that are fundamental to how we work, shop, play, seek health care, and travel. The COVID-19 pandemic significantly altered the remote work landscape in the U.S. and there is growing evidence that at least some portion of the remote work trends will stick beyond the pandemic. The next normal for work will result from complex interactions amongst multiple factors, shaped by the experience of both employees and employers whose joint decisions will determine the evolutionary pathway of the hybrid workplace. To help understand the forces shaping these experiences, we have conducted separate longitudinal tracking surveys of both employees (7 waves) and employers (5 waves). We aim to understand employee satisfaction with telework, and reveal and characterize clusters of telework trajectories through and beyond the pandemic. We study the effect of telework on the activity participation behavior of teleworkers, especially with regard to the frequency, location and timing of out-of-home non-work activities. We also study the employer-side perspective on telework from a descriptive analysis of responses from top executives at 100 large employers in North America with regard to how remote work evolved through the pandemic and how employer response to remote work varied across departments, sectors of operation and their pre-COVID and April 2020 remote work policies.

Hani Mahmassani

W. A. Patterson Chair in Transportation; Director, Northwestern University Transportation Center

February 24, 2023 at 5:00:00 PM

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Tectonic shifts in science, technology, and industrial policy: looking ahead

Several factors are converging to drive a new industrial revolution in the U.S and beyond. Advances in manufacturing technologies are reducing costs and lead times as well as creating new industrial capabilities. Companies are rethinking supply chain resilience in the face of global supply chain challenges brought on by the pandemic, climate change and geopolitical crises. And the federal government has passed historic legislation in the past year plus that will lead to billions of public and private-sector investment in key industries such as transportation, semiconductors and clean tech in cities and states across the country. Mindell and Reynolds will discuss the confluence of these developments, their implications for manufacturing, scale up, innovation, and the work of the future and the opportunities they present for the MIT Mobility Initiative and MIT more broadly.

Liz Reynolds & David Mindell

Lecturer, DUSP, MIT; Former Special Assistant to the President for Manufacturing and Economic Development at the National Economic Council & MIT Professor, Executive Chairman at Humatics, Co-founder at Unless

March 3, 2023 at 5:00:00 PM

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Modelling Sustainable Options - the importance of habit and perceptions

Habit and its potential hysteresis effect, have been recognized as difficult problems in travel demand modelling and forecasting for over 45 years. Past efforts to deal with the problem have included the formulation and estimation of panel data models, including the potential help of shock effects in the series. In the last years, and with the incorporation of techniques borrowed from psychological research, we have been increasingly capable of understanding the role of habit (and also of other latent variables, such as being risk prone or averse or being green or uncaring about the environment), by using hybrid choice models. In this talk, a quick review of these issues will be provided, and also some recent examples of the new approach in the case of modelling bicycle use, car and motorcycle ownership, and motorcycle use.

Juan de Dios Ortuzar

Emeritus Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

March 10, 2023 at 5:00:00 PM

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The case against transportation policy priority one being electrified personal cars

At the COP in Glasgow, in the Inflation Reduction Act (the US’s largest infrastructure commitment since Eisenhower), in wealth country subsidies, and in major philanthropic investments, the electrification of personal vehicles has been touted as the single most important way to address CO2 emissions in the transport sector. It’s not. I’ll do a scan of life cycle analyses, the implications for lithium supply, demographics of the planet, and the opportunity to multipurpose investments and then discuss better and more effective policy choices. Promoting quality car-independent lifestyles is paramount.

Robin Chase

co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, Buzzcar and GoLoco

March 17, 2023 at 4:00:00 PM

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From Reinforcement Learning to Sequential Decision Analytics with Applications in Transportation and Logistics

Sequential decision problems are an almost universal problem class, spanning dynamic resource allocation problems, control problems, optimal stopping/buy-sell problems, active learning problems, as well as two-agent games and multiagent problems. Application settings span engineering, the sciences, transportation, health services, medical decision making, energy, e-commerce and finance, but in this talk we will emphasize applications in transportation and logistics. These problems have been addressed in the research literature using a variety of modeling and algorithmic frameworks, including (but not limited to) dynamic programming, stochastic programming, stochastic control, simulation optimization, stochastic search, approximate dynamic programming, reinforcement learning, model predictive control, and even multiarmed bandit problems. We will present a universal modeling framework that can be used for any sequential decision problem in the presence of different sources of uncertainty, using a “model first” strategy that optimizes over policies for making decisions. We will present four (meta)classes of policies that are the foundation of any solution approach that has ever been proposed for a sequential problem, either in the research literature or used in practice (including policies that have not been invented yet). We will close by making the case for teaching sequential decision analytics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including to students in fields centered on applications as well as methodology.

Warren Powell

Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, Chief Innovation Officer at Optimal Dynamics

March 24, 2023 at 4:00:00 PM

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How safe is safe enough for Autonomous Vehicles

A pressing question for deploying autonomous vehicles is: will they be safe enough? The usual answer of "at least as safe as a human driver" (e.g., Positive Risk Balance) is likely to be both too simplistic and much more complex than might be apparent. Which human driver, under what conditions? And are fewer total fatalities OK even if it means more pedestrians die? Who gets to decide what safe enough really means when billions of dollars are on the line? And how will anyone really know the outcome will be as safe as it needs to be when the technology initially deploys without a safety driver? This talk covers risk acceptance frameworks, what people mean by "safe," setting an acceptable safety goal, measuring safety, accounting for uncertainty, a framework for deciding when to deploy, and a sampling of ethical challenges that must be addressed. The emphasis is not on how to build machine learning based systems, but rather on how to measure whether vehicles based on this technology will be acceptably safe for real-world deployment. An approach to deployment safety should include at least: a governance model that encompasses stakeholder concerns, a sound safety case, a definition of acceptable risk, an approach to safety engineering, a metrics strategy, an approach to uncertainty management, a defined deployment decision process, a security plan, a safety culture plan, and a plan to address relevant ethical considerations.

Philip Koopman

Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, Author - How Safe Is Safe Enough? Measuring and Predicting Autonomous Vehicle Safety

March 31, 2023 at 4:00:00 PM

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Moving from Citations to Collective Wisdom in Travel Behavior Research

This talk focuses on the disconnect between the incentives for academic researchers and the production of collective wisdom to inform transportation planning and policy. While the former emphasizes numbers of publications and citations, the latter is about producing knowledge in a manner that produces societal good. Unsurprisingly, the emphasis on counts has led to tremendous growth in the number of academic papers. However, it is questionable whether this leads to a commensurate amount of wisdom and is arguably harmful. For example, encapsulating the literature is arduous not only due to the volume but also because uniqueness is paramount for publication. To that end, thoughts are presented on how incentives may be realigned to increase the societal impact of academic research in travel demand, and input from the audience is also solicited. Included in the talk will be research related to autonomous vehicles, telecommuting, and public transportation.

Joan Walker

Professor, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkley

April 7, 2023 at 4:00:00 PM

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What about pedestrians in urban mobility

After a century of car-oriented urban growth, cities around the world are implementing policies and plans that aim to make their neighborhoods and streets more walk-able and transit oriented. Renewed attention to non-auto mobility is driven simultaneously by the impending climate crisis, public health concerns, and inter-city economic competition. This has given rise to increasing demands to shift the dominant research and policy focus from merely electrifying, sharing, or automating the vehicle fleet, to developing city environments that are more conducive to pedestrians and transit riders to begin with. This session invites three active mobility experts to explore what it takes to achieve more walk-able and transit-oriented urban environments from the perspectives of public policy, current research, and history.

Panel : Andres Sevtsuk, Peter Norton & Kris Carter

Associate Professor of Urban Science and Planning, MIT, Associate Professor of History Department of Engineering and Society, University of Virginia, & Chair, New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston

April 14, 2023 at 4:00:00 PM

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Last-mile logistics on steroids: how to connect humans, machines, and algorithms to deliver to the future needs of consumers

Dr. Matthias Winkenbach, Director of the MIT Megacity Logistics Lab, will discuss how novel technologies and advanced algorithms can enable future last-mile logistics services to create superior value for consumers and businesses. Based on his lab’s research with major players from the supply chain and logistics industry, he will reflect on the disruptive potential of recent advancements in machine learning and artificial intelligence, as well as technology innovations such as drones. He will share his perspective on how one can harness emerging technologies to create the next generation of last-mile logistics services by connecting the power of algorithms with the wealth of human experience.

Matthias Winkenbach

Director of the MIT Megacity Logistics Lab & Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics

April 21, 2023 at 4:00:00 PM

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Traffic Management Challenges in Advanced Air Mobility

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) operations—characterized by electric and hybrid aircraft, and highly-automated or even autonomous operations—are expected to dramatically transform the way in which we transport people and goods. The deployment of these new vehicle types, business models, and aircraft operators will increase competition for already constrained airspace resources. In addition, AAM will also require a shift in how traffic management services are provided. In this talk, I will discuss emerging AAM traffic management challenges, and some of our initial work in overcoming them.

Hamsa Balakrishnan

William E. Leonhard (1940) Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT

April 28, 2023 at 4:00:00 PM

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AI and Public Transit

Prof. Zhao and MIT Transit Lab researchers will showcase three sets of A.I. applications in public transportation: prediction, monitoring, and control. 1) Prediction: deep hybrid model with satellite images and graph embedded road networks for demand prediction in Chicago; 2) Monitoring: computer vision for bus travel time estimation in Boston and text mining for sentiment analysis in WMATA; and 3) RL-based bus operation control in CTA. We will cover examples of unsupervised learning, supervised learning, and reinforcement learning and give a flavor of some future research: causal analysis with ML, generative AI, and multi-channel view of cities.

Jinhua Zhao

Director, MIT Mobility Initiative and Associate Professor of City and Transportation Planning, Department of Urban Studies and Planning

May 5, 2023 at 4:00:00 PM

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Entrepreneurship Returning to Automotive Industry: Electric Vehicle as a case study

Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) often go together. Following the 19th Century product innovations of Karl Benz, the most important auto industry innovator/entrepreneurs in the 20th Century were probably Henry Ford and Eiji Toyoda/Taichi Ohno, noted primarily for process innovation. Although Ferdinand Porsche built and sold the first-known hybrid-electric vehicles in 1901, it wasn’t until the late 1990's that Toyota reintroduced hybrids to then relatively slow moving auto industry, and triggered a soft re-introduction to the world of electro-mobility. In this century, Tesla has catalyzed dramatically increased clockspeeds across the industry, with (at recent count ) over $850B committed to EV development and production during the remainder of this decade. Electrification has reignited I&E across the automotive and transportation value chains. As companies grow and mature, their I&E muscles can begin to atrophy, as young startups race ahead, typically unencumbered by the organizational complexities inherent in the industrial giants. As such the automotive industry in this decade seems to be populated with numerous large, incumbent auto makers trying valiantly to re-ignite dormant I&E cultures within their walls, racing against the dozens or hundreds of startups, ready to take risk in search of outsized rewards. One domain of some interest is in the development of public EV charging networks. Europe seems well underway in building out a viable EV charging network. In the U.S., Tesla’s still-mostly-closed network works well for its customers, but many non-Tesla EV owners find that state of public charging to be quite poor, limiting the market to those who have single family homes or other situations where they can get assured charger access. In this talk, we will share some thoughts on the challenges facing the auto industry’s transition to EV’s, with particular emphasis on the dynamics of I&E in large and small players and — possible paths to scaling public charging in the U.S.

Charlie Fine

Chrysler Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management at MIT Sloan

May 12, 2023 at 4:00:00 PM

FALL 2022

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Shifting Gears

Susan Handy

Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California at Davis

September 16, 2022 at 4:00:00 PM

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Public Transit in the US : Challenges & Opportunities

Jim Aloisi & Fred Salvucci

Lecturer of Transportation Policy and Planning & Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Associate

September 23, 2022 at 4:00:00 PM

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Tough To Decarbonize Transportation : MIT Climate Grand Challenge

Steven Barrett & Bill Green

Director, Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment & Hoyt C. Hottel Professor in Chemical Engineering

September 30, 2022 at 4:00:00 PM

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The Future Of Working From Home

Prof. Nicholas Bloom

William D. Eberle Professor of Economics , Stanford

October 7, 2022 at 4:00:00 PM

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Roads, Transit, and the Denseness of São Paulo's Urban Development

Chris Zegras, Adriano Borges Costa, Siqi Zheng

Professor of Mobility and Urban Planning, Department Head DUSP & Post-doctoral Researcher & STL Champion Professor of Urban and Real Estate Sustainability

October 14, 2022 at 4:00:00 PM

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Credit-based Congestion Pricing for Win-Win Traffic Solutions

Kara Kockelman

Dewitt Greer Centennial Professor of Transportation Engineering at UT, Austin

October 21, 2022 at 4:00:00 PM

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VISTA 2.0: An Open, Data-driven Simulator for Multimodal Sensing and Policy Learning for Autonomous Vehicles

Daniela Rus & Alexander Amini

Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT & Postdoctoral Researcher in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)

October 28, 2022 at 4:00:00 PM

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New paths for solving emergent problems of the EV sector

John Paul MacDuffie

Professor of Management, Wharton

November 11, 2022 at 5:00:00 PM

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Flexibility and coordination in on-demand transportation: from ride-sharing to micromobility

Alex Jacquillat

Assistant Professor, Operations Research and Statistics

November 18, 2022 at 5:00:00 PM

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Entry and Coordination in the U.S. Electric Vehicle Charging Industry

Jing Li

William Barton Rogers Career Development Professor of Energy Economics

December 2, 2022 at 5:00:00 PM

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EV Policy and Regulation As Seen by a Regulator, Academic, and Policy Wonk

Dan Sperling

Founding Director, ITS-Davis;Distinguished Blue Planet Prize Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Environmental Science

December 9, 2022 at 5:00:00 PM

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The Supply of AVs in Open Platforms

Daniel Freund

Assistant Professor of Operations Management

December 16, 2022 at 5:00:00 PM


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Efficient Deep Learning for Automotive Applications

Song Han

Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

February 11, 2022

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Regional Air Mobility: Initial Thoughts

David Mindell

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics & Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing

February 18, 2022

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Bumps along the Road to Widespread Adoption of Electric Vehicles

Donald Sadoway

John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry

February 25, 2022

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Transit Oriented Development in Disruptive Time

Robert Cervero

Professor Emeritus of City & Regional Planning, UC Berkeley

March 4, 2022

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The Impact of Data Science on Freight Transportation Procurement

Chris Caplice

Executive Director, Center for Transportation & Logistics

March 11, 2022

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Making Roads Safer by Making Drivers Better

Hari Balakrishnan

Fujitsu Professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

March 18, 2022

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Shared Mobility and Automated Vehicles: Responding to Socio-Technical Changes and Pandemics

Susan Shaheen

Professor In-Residence, Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate, Transportation Engineering, UC Berkeley

March 25, 2022

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Highway construction and displacement in African American neighborhoods: 1940-2000

Brent Ryan

Head of the City Design and Development Group and Associate Professor of Urban Design and Public Policy, Department of Urban Studies and Planning

April 1, 2022

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Human-Centered Driving Research at Toyota Research Institute

John Leonard

Samuel C. Collins Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering

April 8, 2022

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Future of Work and Urban Mobility

Jinhua Zhao

Director, MIT Mobility Initiative and Associate Professor of City and Transportation Planning, Department of Urban Studies and Planning

April 15, 2022

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Certifiable Perception Algorithms and High-level Scene Understanding for Autonomous Vehicles

Luca Carlone

Leonardo Career Development Associate Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

April 22, 2022

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Transportation from Earth to Space and back - latest developments

Olivier de Weck

Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems

April 29, 2022

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Economic Perspectives on Infrastructure Investment

James Poterba and Edward Glaeser

Mitsui Professor of Economics, MIT and Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard

May 6, 2022

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Building Climate Resilience in Transportation System

Andrew Whittle

Edmund K. Turner Professor in Civil Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

May 13, 2022

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Building the Future of Transportation

Gill Pratt

Chief Scientist and Executive Fellow for Research of Toyota Motor Corporation

May 20, 2022

FALL 2021

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Towards zero environmental impact aviation

Steven Barrett

Associate Department Head of the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department and Director of the MIT Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment

Friday, September 10, 2021

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Rethinking Traffic Flow with Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Ennio Cascetta, Hani Mahmassani, Kaan Ozbay, Markos Papageorgiou, Steve Shladover and Moshe Ben-Akiva

Friday, September 17, 2021

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Pedestrian Impact Assessments for Urban Development Projects

Andres Sevtsuk

Charles and Ann Spaulding Career Development Associate Professor of Urban Science and Planning at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Friday, September 24, 2021

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Value-Sensitive Design in Mobility: A Conversation on Mobility Equity

Stephen Zoepf & Sarah Thornton

Friday, October 1, 2021

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High-Speed Rail, Subway Network and Urban Vibrancy

Siqi Zheng

Samuel Tak Lee Professor of Urban and Real Estate Sustainability at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and Center for Real Estate

Friday, October 8, 2021

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Learning Risk and Social Behavior in Mixed Human-Autonomous Vehicles Systems

Daniela Rus

Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Friday, October 15, 2021

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Optimization under uncertainty for various transportation problems

Patrick Jaillet

Dugald C. Jackson Professor. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Friday, October 22, 2021

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"Deep Neural Networks for Choice Analysis" Dan and Eva Roos Transportation Thesis Award Presentation

Shenhao Wang

Friday, October 29, 2021

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Applications of Machine Learning for Aviation Collision Avoidance

James Kuchar

Assistant Head of the Homeland Protection and Air Traffic Control Division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Friday, November 5, 2021

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Towards Zero-Carbon Cities (Kendall Square as a Case Study)

Kent Larson

Director of the City Science research group at the MIT Media Lab

Friday, November 19, 2021

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Urban mobility: using mathematical models to predict where and how often we go

Carlo Ratti and Paolo Santi

Friday, December 3, 2021

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Understanding and Improving Transportation Systems

Thomas Magnanti

Institute Professor and a Professor of Operations Research

Friday, December 10, 2021

Spring 2021

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Part I: Large-scale monitoring and control of multi-modal urban networks

Part II: Research trends in Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technology

Nikolas Geroliminis

Editor in Chief, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies; Associate Professor, Urban Transport Systems Laboratory, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

May 28, 2021

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Rhythmic Traffic Management and Control in a Fully Automated Vehicle Environment

Yafeng Yin

Professor and Associate Department Chair of Graduate Programs, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan

May 21, 2021

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Research trends in transportation: A conversation with the editors of Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice

Elisabetta Cherchi

Co-Editor in Chief Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice; Professor of Transport, Newcastle University, UK

May 14, 2021

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A New Approach for Vehicle Routing with Stochastic Demand: Combining Route Assignment with Process Flexibility

David Simchi-Levi

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director, MIT Data Science Lab

May 7, 2021

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Research trends in transportation: A conversation with the editor of Transportation Research Part B: Methodological

Chandra Bhat

Editor, Transportation Research Part B; Director, US DOT Center on Data-Supported Transportation Operations and Planning (D-STOP)

April 30, 2021

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Calculating the value of car ownership

David Keith

Assistant Professor of System Dynamics at the MIT Sloan School of Management

April 23, 2021

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Cybersecurity and the Future of Transportation

Sanjay Sarma

Vice President for Open Learning and Fred Fort Flowers and Daniel Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering

April 16, 2021

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Tri-POP, an online Prediction, Optimization and Personalization platform for on-demand mobility and e-commerce deliveries

Moshe Ben-Akiva

Edmund K. Turner Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering

April 9, 2021

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Online-retailing and transportation systems

Steve Graves

Abraham J. Siegal Professor of Management

April 2, 2021

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Supply Chain management beyond Covid-19

Yossi Sheffi

Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems

March 19, 2021

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Transit-centric multimodal system design

Jinhua Zhao

Director, MIT Transit Lab; Director, MIT Mobility Initiative; Associate Professor of City and Transportation Planning

March 12, 2021

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Crowdsourcing the Missing Crash Data

Sarah Williams

Associate Professor of Technology and Urban Planning; Chair, Urban Science & Computer Science Program

March 5, 2021

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Navigating The New Transportation Demands Of An Aging Society

Joe Coughlin

Founder and Director, MIT AgeLab

February 26, 2021

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Mixed Autonomy Traffic: A Reinforcement Learning Perspective

Cathy Wu

Gilbert W. Winslow Career Development Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Enginerring

February 19, 2021

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Incentivize safe driving: a RCT with behavioral information

Chris Knittel

George P. Shultz Professor of Applied Economics

February 12, 2021

Fall 2020

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The Value of Time: Evidence From Auctioned Cab Rides

Tobias Salz

Castle Krob Career Development Assistant Professor

Friday, December 11, 2020

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On demand urban aerial mobility planning: an adaptive discretization approach

Alexandre Jacquillat

Assistant Professor of Operations Research and Statistics

Friday, December 4, 2020

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The Global Rise of Platform Firms in Urban Mobility Markets

Jason Jackson

Assistant Professor of Political Economy and Urban Planning

Friday, November 20, 2020

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Transportation Systems Resilience

Saurabh Amin

Robert Noyce Associate Professor

Friday, November 13, 2020

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Mobility services without carbon emissions

Jessika Trancik

Associate Professor, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Friday, November 6, 2020

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The Inefficiency of Dynamic Pricing in Ridehailing Systems

Daniel Freund

Assistant Professor of Operations Management

Friday, October 23, 2020

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Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transportation: Technical Options and Societal Choices

Bill Green

Hoyt C. Hottel Professor in Chemical Engineering

Friday, October 16, 2020

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Transportation Inequities: Whose Data Counts?

Tamika Butler

Transportation Consultant; former Executive Director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust; former Director of Planning for California and the Director of Equity and Inclusion at Toole Design

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

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The Edge of Optimization: Large Scale Transportation Systems

Dimitris Bertsimas

Boeing Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management

Friday, October 9, 2020

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Microlocation in Transit: The New York City Subway System

David Mindell

Frances and David Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing (STS) Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Friday, October 2, 2020

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Autonomous Vehicles, Mobility, and Employment Policy: The Roads Ahead

John Leonard

Samuel C. Collins Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

Friday, September 25, 2020

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The Social Consequences Of Mobility Systems

Sandy Pentland

Director, MIT Human Dynamics Laboratory and MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program

Friday, September 18, 2020

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Introducing the MIT Mobility Initiative

Jinhua Zhao

Edward H. and Joyce Linde Associate Professor, Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Friday, September 11, 2020

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