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Transformative Transportation ’22: 5th Annual CATTS Symposium

June 7, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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The Centre for Automated and Transformative Transportation Systems (CATTS), University of Toronto, team is inviting you to its 5th annual research day on June 7, 2022. The Centre was established in 2017 with the purpose of quantifying and guiding the transformation of transportation systems in the era of rapid innovations in vehicular technologies and in provisioning of transportation as a service. CATTS is the first research centre of its kind in Canada to address the large-scale impacts of disruptive transportation technologies and services on our cities. It is a multi-disciplinary multi-sector collaboration that gathers academia, industry, technology experts, and the government. The centre’s mission is to guide societal transformation into a positive and sustainable direction, avoid the emergence of counterproductive travel trends, and emboldens Ontario cities as leaders in North America and the world.

CATTS is almost done with the first stage of its research, building the analytical foundation of transformative transportation, and is now preparing for its next phase; CATTS Next. In this year’s symposium, our team will report on research progress to date and shed some light on its plan for CATTS Next. This year’s symposium also features special keynote speaker sessions who will share their experiences with Smart Mobility Living Labs.

Join us also to learn further about:

  • The CATTS Next research agenda,
  • CATTS progress in its 5th year of research, and
  • Partners’ research interests and needs.


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Agenda (Download PDF)

9:00-9:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks, Amer Shalaby

9:10-10:50 Session I – moderated by Amer Shalaby and Toka S. Mostafa

Transportation Planning:

  1. Mobility as a Service (MaaS), Eric Miller
  • A Framework for Modelling Mobility Services with an Application to Ridehailing – Francisco Calderon and Eric J. Miller
  • MaaS Platforms and Travel Demand – Shuoyan Xu and Eric J. Miller
  1. Overview of AV and related MaaS Research by the Travel Demand Modelling Group (TDMG), Khandker Nurul Habib
  • A Dynamic Agent-Based Multi Modal Travel Demand Modelling with Routing of AVs – Sk. Mashrur, Kaili Wang, and Brenden Lavoie
  • Substitutions of Travel Time in AV in the context of Daily Travel Demands – Brenden Lavoie

Transportation and Air Quality, Marianne Hatzopoulou

  1. Prediction of short-term ultrafine particle exposures using real-time street-level images paired with air quality measurements – Junshi Xu
  2. Energy and greenhouse gas implications of shared automated electric vehicles – Marc Saleh

Freight Modelling and Logistics, Matthew Roorda

  1. Performance of Person-following Delivery Robots in Crowded Pedestrian Environments – Ruowei Li
  2. Freight Modelling and Impacts of Freight AV in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area – Tufayel Chowdhury

Computer Vision

  1. Long range traffic detection with AI-based computer vision – Steven Waslander
  2. Visual 3D Understanding of Mixed Traffic in Busy Intersections – James Elder

10:50-11:00 Break

11:00-12:30 Session II – moderated by Toka S. Mostafa

Traffic Management and Control, Baher Abdulhai

  1. Traffic Management with TRiP reservation system – Ahmed Aqra
  2. Freeway management with AV headway control – Lina Elmorshedy
  3. The challenge of controlling the QEW: long congested and dense on-ramps – Omar Elsamadisy
  4. State of the art AI-based adaptive traffic signal control: Yonge and Steeles – Xiaoyu Wang and Illia Smirnov

Public Transportation, Amer Shalaby

  1. Coordinated and Bi-Objective Transit Signal Priority (TSP): Optimization Using a Deep Reinforcement Learning Approach – Wenxun Hu
  2. Advanced Real-Time Transit Management Strategies in Mixed-Traffic Arterial – Kareem Othman
  3. Transfer Synchronization in Transit Networks; a Stochastic Programming Approach – Zahra Ansarilari
  4. Public Perceptions of Autonomous Shuttle Service: A Case Study in Toronto’s West Rouge Neighbourhood – Chelsea DeGuzman
  5. Planning Integrated On-Demand and Scheduled Bus Transit Services: Guiding Principles – Alaa Itani

12:30-1:30 Break

1:30-2:30 Guest Speakers’ Session moderated by Toka S. Mostafa

  • 1:30-2:00 The Importance of Living Labs for Emerging Transport TechnologiesOliver Howes, Smart Mobility Living Lab: London
  • 2:00-2:30 Toronto’s AV Tactical Plan: Three Years Later – Ryan Lanyon, City of Toronto

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:15 Session III, moderated by Toka S. Mostafa

  • Creating Digital Twins: Initial Insights from the Ecopia / City of Toronto InitiativeJason Neudorf, City of Toronto, and Kelly Liang, Ecopia
  • Update on Advanced Transportation Technologies Implemented in York Region – Lauren Crawford, York Region

3:15-3:40 CATTS Next: Toronto Smart Mobility Living Lab, Baher Abdulhai

3:40-4:00 Break

4:00-5:00 Partner’s Planning Workshop (Closed session with partners only), moderated by Baher Abdulhai and Amer Shalaby

Presented by the Centre for Automated and Transformative Transportation Systems (CATTS).

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June 7, 2022
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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