Posts Categorized: News

Saxe, Posen aim to improve sustainability of urban infrastructure systems

Professors Shoshanna Saxe and I. Daniel Posen were jointly awarded a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund grant for their project entitled “Improving Sustainability of Urban Infrastructure Systems.” The funding will enable the development of a virtual laboratory, which they will use to conduct life cycle assessment (LCA) and environmental cost-benefit analysis (ECBA) on urban systems. The professors aim… Read more »

ICT4S Chair Steve Easterbrook: Climate change solutions

How do we solve the global problem of climate change? With technology, says U of T expert Steve Easterbrook, a professor of computer science at the University of Toronto, has been collaborating with climate scientists for more than 10 years. He was studying how large software engineering teams work, when he says it was suggested… Read more »

Transportation barriers to Syrian newcomer participation and settlement in Durham Region

Published in the April 2018 issue of the Journal of Transport Geography, Transportation barriers to Syrian newcomer participation and settlement in Durham Region reports on the effects of inaccessibility on Syrian refugees in Durham Region. The transport and social exclusion framework is applied to determine whether transport poverty leads to inaccessibility, and how this impacts participation… Read more »

Farber receives award from American Association of Geographers

Professor Steven Farber was honoured with the “2018 Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group’s Emerging Scholar Award” at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers held in New Orleans in April 2018. The award is bestowed annually by the AAG’s Spatial Analysis and Modeling (SAM) Specialty Group.

Autonomous vehicle parking continues to draw attention

Recently published research by Professor Matthew J. Roorda, Sina Bahrami, and Dr. Medhi Nourinejad on autonomous vehicle parking optimization continues to draw media attention. April 4, 2018: Global News – Monique Scotti Parking lot karma: How driverless cars could change the urban landscape April 13, 2018: – Adi Gaskell How Autonomous Vehicles Might Reshape Our Cities

Dr. Adam Weiss engages community on AVs

“What do driverless cars hold for the future of our transportation system?” Dr. Adam Weiss gave this keynote presentation to the Bayview-Cummer Neighbourhood Association at their Annual General Meeting on April 10th. Weiss presented an overview of why AVs matter and what impacts (both positive and negative) might result from their widespread adoption. The importance of planning… Read more »

City Hall deputation on biobased fuel

Professors Heather MacLean, Bradley Saville and I. Daniel Posen presented a summary of their research project on the evaluation of the impact of using biobased diesel fuels to the City of Toronto’s Parks and Environment Committee at its meeting on April 9.  The goal of the project is to report to Fleet Services on the potential of greenhouse gas reductions and… Read more »

Dr. Judy Farvolden: Preparing society for 21st century transportation

UTTRI Executive Director Dr. Judy Farvolden presented “Preparing Society for 21st Century Transportation” as part of an “Innovation Day” for Enterprise Holdings. The March 22 workshop was organized by Tata Consulting Services in St. Louis. Dr. Farvolden explained how cities worldwide are preparing for growth while coping with environmental, fiscal and social challenges and that… Read more »

Developing accurate ways to measure traffic-related air pollution

Laura Minet was the lead author on a recent journal article that compares and analyzes traffic-related air pollution data collected in Toronto in two different ways: (1) using mobile collection (on bicycles) and (2) using stationary monitors (sidewalk locations). Traffic-related air pollution is associated with various negative health effects. In large cities like Toronto, it… Read more »

Nourinejad, Bahrami and Roorda: Optimizing parking of autonomous vehicles

How self-driving cars could shrink parking lots March 28, 2018. By Tyler Irving New U of T Engineering research shows that adoption of self-driving cars — also known as autonomous vehicles (AVs) — could significantly reduce the amount of valuable urban space dedicated to parking. “In a parking lot full of AVs, you don’t need to open… Read more »