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The UTC-UI 2015 Summer Symposium Series continues this Thursday, June 23, with Dr. Amit Bhasin's presentation “Sustaining a Three Trillion Dollar Ubiquitous Asset.” Free to attend! 1:00 to 2:00 in ECJ 6.706.
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EVENT: Jennifer Duthie, director of the Network Modeling Center at UT Austin’s Center for Transportation Research (CTR), will testify on CTR’s role in Austin’s proposal for the U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge at a hearing held by the Texas House of Representative Transportation Subcommittee on Long-term Infrastructure Planning.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 25, 1 p.m.
WHERE: Texas State Capitol Room E2.012, 1100 Congress Ave., Austin, Texas
BACKGROUND: State Rep. Ron Simmons invited Duthie to speak about the city’s proposal and its two-way transportation data sharing portal in response to an article she co-authored with Chandra Bhat, director of CTR, titled, “Texas could be an incubator to solve national transportation problems.” In the article, Duthie and Bhat address how researchers and government entities can work together to create an effective transportation model in Austin that can be replicated nationwide. She is an expert on transportation systems, mobility, predictive analytics and innovative traffic solutions.
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Ride CapMetro FREE May 11, "Austin, Don't Rush" day: Mayor's experiment in alt transpo/work. http://ow.ly/4nqRmv
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"...motorization means that we live in a more sedentary way, we’re physically inactive,” says [city and regional planner Daniel] Rodriguez. “And that has consequences in the long-run for obesity, and probably for diabetes and other diseases.”
We all understand that it would be better to bike or walk to work. But what if you live clear across town and that’s just not practical? Or, you don’t like biking? Or you don’t want to arrive at work all sweaty?
Olga Lucia Sarmiento at the University of the Andes School of Medicine in Bogotá says for a healthier commute, don’t overlook the bus.
http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-10-28/why-taking-bus-better-our-health-driving
Don't have time to get the gym this week? Here's a thought: ride the bus.
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Chevron Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering Lecture: “Anticipating a World of Shared Autonomous Vehicles: Cost, Energy, and Urban System Implications”
Dr. Kara Kockelman
Friday, April 8, 2016 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in ETC 2.136
Pizza Served
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Dr. Kara Kockelman is featured in this TV news story on an AV panel at SXSW. Many great quotes from Dr. Kockelman and the attendees:

One panel member said people should think of the technology as a 12 year old child. It's getting bigger, but it still has a lot of maturing [to do].

"One of the quotes in there that I loved was that Uber is already an autonomous vehicle company; they just happen to use a meat-based algorithm," [attendee Mark] Henley said.

Kockelman said it would be about 40 years at least until everyone has an autonomous car. However, governments could require every car on the road have technology to speak with each other in the next five years.

http://ow.ly/ZyjT9
Driverless cars are fast becoming a part of society and so panels at SXSW talked about how they'll interact in everyday life.Technology has been growing very fast when it comes to driverless cars lately. There have been several panels on the technology at
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Join CTR on Tuesday, May 17, at 5PM for a special presentation:
Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom - An Evening Program with Grace Crunican and Liz Levin.
Want to know your professional future? Then come learn about their professional past. CTR and the UT Austin Student Chapters of WTS, ITE, and ITS host a powerful evening program with BART general manager Grace Crunican and former MassDOT and MBTA board member Liz Levin, co-authors of “Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom: Transportation Women Tell Their Stories.” Featuring first-hand accounts from 18 pioneering women in transportation, these pros present real experiences and anecdotes that will enlighten, entertain, and change your life. Covering a range of transportation industry experiences, including engineering, planning, business, and public policy, the women in this book created many of today’s industry standards. But there’s more. Joining them on the panel will be CDM Smith Vice President Dana C. Hook, PE; former FAA Airports Division Manager LaVerne Francis Reid; and Vice Chair of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council and founder of her eponymous consulting firm Dr. Beverly Scott.
Location: Center for Transportation Research, 1616 Guadalupe Street (the UTA Building), Austin TX.
Please note: the UTA building requires card access after 5 PM, so please call 512-232-3072 or 512-914-5434 and we’ll let you in.
Refreshments will be served.
Please contact Lisa Loftus-Otway at loftusotway@mail.utexas.edu if you have any questions.
https://www.amazon.com/Boots-Ground-Flats-Boardroom-Transportation-ebook/dp/B016MZ5U0Q?ie=UTF8&btkr=1&ref_=dp-kindle-redirect
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"At the Center for Transportation Research at The University of Texas at Austin, we are working on a two-way open data sharing portal that will improve how transportation providers, including businesses and government entities, offer effective mobility services.
This means futuristic transit stations, fully connected roads and wireless sensor systems that can pass along real-time data, and traffic lights that automatically adjust to weather and congestion."
Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/other-voices/article77058272.html#storylink=cpy
http://ow.ly/NwGo3009adK
Texas is uniquely poised to be an incubator for national transportation solutions. We have an active network of entrepreneurs, technology industries and major universities with top-tier transportation research centers, and we are facing some of the country’s most challenging traffic congestion problems and mobility equity issues.
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Heads up, UT Austin bus riders: you'll need to swipe your ID on the pretty new shuttle buses. http://ow.ly/4mSlER
Do you remember where you were in 1998? Bill Clinton was president of the United States, the Spice Girls were a pop-hit sensation, “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion was number one on the Billboa…
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Don't miss this year's CTR Symposium! http://ow.ly/10n3Km
Wednesday, April 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Commons.
This event emphasizes tools and practical applications. Check it out:
Project Delivery Method: Logic and Tool to Make an Informed Choice / TxDOT's Bill Hale and CTR's Bill O’Brien
Seismic Vulnerability of Texas Bridges / Eric Williamson
CIM – 21st Century Tools, Technologies and Processes for Infrastructure Projects / Fernanda Leite
Does the TxDOT Engineering Assistant Career Development Program Really Make a Difference? / Randy Machemehl and TxDOT's Kelly Selman
Time, Title. 11:00 a.m., Poster Session. 11:30 a.m., Lunch for registered attendees. 1:00 p.m., Introduction, Welcome, and Mac Shelby Award announcement. 1:30 p.m., Project Delivery Method: Logic and Tool to Make an Informed Choice / Bill Hale and Bill O'Brien. 2:00 p.m., Seismic Vulnerability ...
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Register by Monday 3/28 for D-STOP'S Smart Cities Symposium!
This year's sessions include Infrastructure-based Technology, Regional Planning and Analytics, and Connected Vehicles. Come check out cutting-edge research and find out what direction tomorrow's smart cities are headed.
http://ow.ly/ZTm0R
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"The big agencies in the region are collecting a lot of data and they need help turning that into information," said [CTR researcher Jen] Duthie. "We can take that data, do analytic on it and create visuals. It would help our ability to do traffic predictions and it will also help them turn this data into better information for city staff."

http://ow.ly/Z4CIS
The city collects an abundance of transportation-related data that, for the most part, sits unused. That's about to change.
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The Center for Transportation Research is a nationally recognized research institution focusing on transportation research, education, and public service. Established in 1963 as the Center for Highway Research, its current and ongoing projects address virtually all aspects of transportation, including economics, multimodal systems, traffic congestion relief, transportation policy, materials, structures, transit, environmental impacts, driver behavior, land use, geometric design, accessibility, and pavements.