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Livability and Transportation Choices – Not Just For Urban Areas Anymore

Promoting livability in local planning is a relatively new concept that incorporates principles such as expanded transportation choices, affordable housing, economic opportunities, and revitalized communities. While early research and initiatives focused on urban areas, the same principles are now being adapted and applied to improve the quality of life in rural areas. 

The Small Urban and Rural Livability Center (SURLC) is a University...

Expanding Transportation Education Across the Academy and Catalyzing Community Change in the Process: The University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Program

Date: 06/19/2013, 1:00pm to 2:00pmSpeaker: Marc Schlossberg, Ph.D.Organization: University of OregonOST-R Office: Office of Research, Development and Technology (RDT) 


Transportation agencies are grappling with new and unfamiliar issues at a time when the resources necessary to meet them are scarce and many agency staff members are reaching retirement.At the same time, Universities continue to...

"As State DOTs take on more responsibility, how will they pay for future investments?"

Date: 02/20/2013, 1:00pm to 2:00pmSpeaker: John Collura, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the University of Massachusetts Transportation CenterOrganization: University of Massachusetts Transportation Center (UTC)


As states continue to consider taking on more responsibility in transportation, a major issue that State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) face pertains to financing...

Simulation: A multi-use tool for transportation safety

Date: 3/15/2017, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM EDTSpeaker: Dawn Marshall, Director of SAFER-Sim Univesity Transportation CenterOrganization: University of MarylandOST-R Office: Office of Research, Development and Technology (RDT) 


After years of decline, traffic fatalities are increasing, leading to broad-based calls to increase traffic safety. Coupled with existing issues such as driver distraction, the arrival...

Transportation Technologies in DOE’s Critical Materials Strategy

Date: 07/17/2013, 1:00pm to 2:00pmSpeaker: Diana Bauer, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Economic AnalysisOrganization: Office of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of EnergyOST-R Office: Office of Research, Development and Technology (RDT) 


There is a movement underway to position the United States as a leader in the production of clean energy technologies.  This movement is being...

Autonomous Automobiles - On the Road to Reality

Date: 08/21/2013, 1:00pm to 2:00pmSpeaker: Professor Raj Rajkumar, George Westinghouse ProfessorOrganization: Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon UniversityOST-R Office: Office of Research, Development and Technology (RDT) 


Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have been building autonomous vehicles since the mid-1980s, culminating in the winning entry at the...

Strategies for Reducing Vehicle-miles Traveled (VMT)

Date: 09/18/2013, 1:00pm to 2:00pmSpeaker: Dr. Susan HandyOrganization: Department of Environmental Science and Policy, Director of Education for the Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, DavisOST-R Office: Office of Research, Development and Technology (RDT) 


The State of California has set an ambitious goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  For the transportation...

Enhancing Driver Focus - The Challenge of Optimizing the Driver-Vehicle Interface in an Increasingly Complex and Automation-Rich Operating Environment

Date: 05/21/2014, 1:00pm to 2:00pmOST-R Office: Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) 


Innovations in display technology, sensing systems and computational capabilities are rapidly impacting the driver-vehicle interface. New vehicle interfaces often present the driver with complex menu systems supporting a variety of visual-manual and auditory-vocal interactions. Cleary, the optimization of information can play a key role in...

Unmanned Aerial Systems for Disaster Response and Recovery

Date: 07/16/2014, 1:00pm to 2:00pmOST-R Office: Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) 


Natural disasters can severely impact transportation networks. In the hours and days following a major flooding event, knowing the location and extent of the damage is crucial for incident managers. Commercial Remotely Sensed (CRS) data is an invaluable resource in that it facilitates damage mapping, particularly in areas where deploying...