Posts Categorized: News

Getting around in the suburbs the focus at Toronto Chief Planner’s address

Gregg Lintern gave the Chief Planner annual address, with focus on moving around Toronto’s suburbs. Diamond Corp’s Laurie Payne moderated discussion with Gregg and panelists Barbara Gray, Ajeev Bhatia, Eric Miller. The November 30 event took place at Innis Town Hall, co-sponsored by the Canadian Urban Institute and NRU Publishing. See the Twitter Moment of the presentations… Read more »

Cybersecurity & Innovation: Digital Trust

Eman Hammad, Chair for IEEE Toronto Communication Society Chapter, gave a talk entitled “Cybersecurity & Innovation: Digital Trust” at the UT-ITE seminar series on November 30, 2018. Cybersecurity, an essential component of the digital world, is the series of counter measurements for protecting the digital systems from cyber attacks. Therefore, effective cybersecurity decreases risk of… Read more »

Tyrone Gan talks about transit planning and development in the GTA

Tyrone Gan, Senior Vice President at HDR Corporation and University of Toronto alumnus, gave a fascinating talk about lessons transportation professionals should learn from one hundred years of history of the Toronto Relief Line. Presented as part of the UT-ITE seminar series, Gan’s November 23 talk “Rapid Transit Planning in the GTA – What Have… Read more »

Transatlantic research team asks “How do neighbourhoods shape people’s dietary behaviours?”

UTTRI associated faculty Professor Michael Widener‘s research will benefit from a recent grant awarded across the ocean, to Dr. Mark Green in Liverpool. The University of Liverpool awarded Dr. Green an Early Career Researcher Grant to support new collaborations and research activities. His grant project “Leveraging machine learning for understanding the geographical determinants of dietary… Read more »

UTTRI associated faculty receive Engineering Dean’s Spark Professorships

Congratulations to  four UTTRI associated faculty within the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering who have been awarded Dean’s Spark Professorships (DSP).  All twelve recipients of the DSP are within the first four years of their appointment. They will each receive an annual grant for three years. Merve Bodur (MIE) — Conducting theoretical and applied operations… Read more »

UofT transportation alumni build community & give back

Many factors combined to create a very memorable evening and successful fundraiser on November 15: a record turnout of alumni, professors, current students and postdocs incredibly generous sponsor support speakers Andrew Miller and Leo Chen of Sidewalk Labs the introduction of the UofT Transportation Alumni Committee by Chair Bruce Mori Thank you all for your… Read more »

DiDi in Toronto: Strategic partnership initiative with U of T

Didi Chuxing Technology Company (DiDi), the world’s largest ride-sharing service, officially launched its DiDi Labs in Toronto on November 19.  DiDi has research labs in China and Silicon Valley and recently selected Toronto as the location of its third lab. A big part of Didi’s motivation for opening up a Toronto lab is to facilitate collaborative research with… Read more »

Regulating ride-hailing isn’t new, says Brail

New legislation around ride-hailing introduced in British Columbia this week has caused concern for a coalition of ride-hailing advocacy groups. UTTRI associated faculty Professor Shauna Brail, one of U of T’s top experts on ride-hailing, was quoted at length in a November 20 article at The Star, “Ride-hailing group says B.C. model looks a lot… Read more »

Human Factors interest high at IUW2018

Over one hundred students and practitioners of Human Factors participated in an inter-university workshop held at University of Toronto on Saturday, November 17. The gathering, hosted by U of T’s Human Factors Interest Group, marked the 19th annual event, entitled simply Inter-University Workshop (IUW). The workshop opened with “From UX to PX: How healthcare can embrace the… Read more »

Canadian consumer attitudes towards electric vehicles is evolving, says Mark Ferguson

Dr. Mark Ferguson, Senior Research Associate at the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL), gave a talk entitled “The Evolution of Canadian Consumer Attitudes on Electric Vehicles 2015-2018” for the UT-ITE seminar series on November 16, 2018. Adoption of electric vehicles is gaining traction in Canada. However, Canada is still behind most developed countries… Read more »