Feb
21
Fri
Seminar: Christian Claudel, Robust Control of Traffic Flow on Networks using Chance Constrained Optimization @ C2SMART Center Lab 6W-23
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Abstract:

Traffic control on networks is one of the most cost-effective and scalable solutions to worsening urban traffic congestion. In this talk, we discuss a novel formulation of robust network traffic control involving a first order traffic flow model, with initial condition, model parameter and intersection parameter uncertainty. We first present a fast numerical scheme (Fast Lax-Hopf) for solving the Lighthill-Whitham-Richards (LWR) model on networks. We then use this scheme to formulated the boundary control problem as a Linear Program (LP),  given corresponding initial conditions and the model parameters. We then present a stochastic programming counterpart involving chance constraints, to capture the uncertainty in the initial conditions or in the junction parameters. A validation on a simulated road network is conducted, and the performance of the optimal control is validated using a Monte Carlo simulation.

Bio:

Christian Claudel is an Assistant Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at UT-Austin. He received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from UC-Berkeley in 2010, and the MS degree in Plasma Physics from Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon in 2004. He received the Leon Chua Award from UC-Berkeley in 2010 for his work on the Mobile Millennium traffic monitoring system. His research interests include control and estimation of networked and distributed parameter systems, wireless sensor networks, and robotics.

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Feb
25
Tue
Accessible Mobility Technology Showcase @ MakerEvent Space, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Feb 25 @ 4:30 pm
Accessible Mobility Technology Showcase @ MakerEvent Space, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Please join C2SMART, the Rudin Center for Transportation, and the Transit Tech Lab to learn about new mobility technologies for people with disabilities. This program will include a panel to discuss new mobility technologies and how they can work best in New York City. The panel will be followed by demonstrations of the technologies that are finalists in Transit Tech Lab’s Accessibility Challenge, which seeks to make New York’s public transit system more accessible.

More details to follow.

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Mar
11
Wed
Seminar: Amelia Regan, TBD @ C2SMART Center Lab 6W-23
Mar 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Abstract:

TBD

 

Bio:

Dr. Amelia Regan has received her PhD in Civil (Transportation Systems) Engineering from the University of Texas. Her research interests include cyber physical transportation systems, dynamic and stochastic network optimization, parallel and distributed combinatorial optimization, optimal contracting, on-line advertising, logistics systems analysis, freight transportation planning, technology adoption in transportation, machine learning tools for temporal-spatial data analysis, congestion pricing, and technologies to improve the safety, comfort and convenience of pedestrians and disabled travelers. Since 1997, her research has been supported various sources including the National Science Foundation, the Transportation Research Board and JB Hunt Inc., and has been published in more than 150 refereed journal articles and conference proceedings papers in Journals including (among others) IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, IEEE Network, IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Transportation Research (A, B, C and E), Transportation Science, Operations Research and INFOR. Dr. Regan has received an NSF CAREER award in 1999. Prior to joining the PhD program at the University of Texas, she has worked as a research engineer, software engineer and operations research analyst for the Association of American Railroads and United Parcel Service. She has also served on a four year National Research Council Study to Assess Fuel Economy Technologies for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles Phase II from March 2013 to February 2017.

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Mar
12
Thu
Project Webinar: Xuegang (Jeff) Ban, Traffic Signal Optimization and Coordination in Connected Cities @ Webinar
Mar 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jeff BanAbstract:
Connected vehicles in smart cities, including vehicle to vehicle (V2V), vehicle to infrastructure (V2I), and vehicle to anything (V2X) communications, can provide more opportunities and impose more challenges for urban traffic signal control. This research aims to explore the basic research on developing signal control and coordination methods under the CV environment, develop a framework for urban traffic signal optimization with CVs, and test the developed methods both in traffic simulation and using real-world CV data.

Bio:

Dr. Xuegang (Jeff) Ban is an Associate Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington. His recent research focuses on applying mathematical modeling tools and transportation principles to investigate the system effect of emerging technologies such as connected/automated vehicles and shared mobility. He has published about 120 papers in refereed journals, as book chapters, or in refereed conference proceedings. He is a member of the TRB’s Network Modeling Committee (ADB30) and Vehicle-Highway Automation Committee (AHB30).

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Mar
16
Mon
NYU ITE/ITS Subway Challenge @ TBD
Mar 16 all-day

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NYU ITE will try to establish the currently unclaimed record for the NYC Subway Challenge. The Subway Challenge is a challenge in which participants must navigate the entire New York City Subway system in the shortest time possible. This ride is also known as the Rapid Transit Challenge and the Ultimate Ride.

Mar
18
Wed
YPT Author Talk Series: Sarah Seo, Author of “Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom” @ C2SMART Lab
Mar 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join fellow YPT NYC members in discussing our latest book club selection, Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom, with the author herself! Sarah Seo will join us to share her thoughts and insights on the book. 

Bio:

Sarah A. Seo is a legal historian teaching criminal procedure at Iowa Law School. She currently splits her time between Iowa City and New York City with her husband and maltipoo Grimke. Seo is currently working on a new book project on the history of conspiracy laws.

Mar
26
Thu
Project Webinar: Hani Nassif, Installation of a Smart Roadway Testbed in Brooklyn, NY to Measure the Impact of Overweight Trucks on Critical Infrastructure @ Webinar
Mar 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Hani NassifAbstract:
C2SMART Center researchers worked with the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) to establish and implement a new smart roadway testbed along a cantilevered section of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (Interstate 278) in Brooklyn, New York. This new testbed will allow the research team to collect real-time data on truck loads using embedded weigh-in-motion (WIM) sensors to measure their impact on bridges and pavements in an urban transportation infrastructure network.These and future results will be used in the recommendations for the design of the replacement structure to be built along this section of roadway in the coming years. Based on the success of this effort, the research team plans to work with NYCDOT and other agencies to bring this technology and monitoring system to other roadways for better monitoring and enforcement of overweight trucks on structures and pavements.

Bio:

Dr. Hani Nassif is a Professor of Civil Engineering at Rutgers University currently working in the research area of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and Field Testing of Infrastructure facilities with emphasis on railroad as well as highway bridges. He serves as Associate Director of Outreach and Technology Transfer at C2SMART and is also an Associate Director for the Center on Research on Concrete Application for Sustainable Transportation (RE-CAST). Dr. Nassif has several years of practical experience in the area of structural design and construction, with long-term collaborative relationships with the NJ Department of Transportation and NJ Turnpike Authority. He was recently named to the New York City Mayor’s Expert Panel on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) replacement project.

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Apr
7
Tue
ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl @ TBD
Apr 7 all-day

ITE and ITS logosEach year ITE student chapters from Canada and the United States participate in a competition known as the ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl. This competition features teams comprised of up to 3 students testing their knowledge of ITE, transportation planning and engineering topics. The winners of the ITE district competitions advance to compete in the Collegiate Traffic Bowl Grand Championship, which is conducted annually at the Institute’s International Annual Meeting and Exhibit. NYU as a member of the ITE Northeastern District will be competing in Worcester, MA.

Apr
19
Sun
ITE Mid-Colonial District Annual Conference @ C2SMART Lab
Apr 19 – Apr 21 all-day

ITE and ITS logosNYU ITE will travel to Baltimore to take part in the Mid-Colonial District 2020 Conference. The conference will feature distinguished speakers in the transportation field, technical sessions hosted in conjunction with MDOT (and other state departments), as well as a variety of social tours.