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December 2020

Dr. Elliot Siemiatycki presents “Achieving Unified Mobility”

December 11, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

As a leading provider of software solutions for commuter/transportation demand management, RideShark has evolved over 15 years to promote shared, active and public transportation options. In this presentation, Siemiatycki will discuss the challenges and opportunities RideShark is pursuing in what has come to be known as Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS). He will provide real-world examples of how the RideShark platform is being used and the solutions they are building to provide safe, secure, seamless and, most importantly, sustainable mobility options. Dr. Elliot…

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U of T Transportation Alumni AGM

December 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

UTTAN 2020 Call for Executive Committee Nominations The University of Toronto Transportation Alumni Network is holding an AGM on December 16 at 5:00 p.m. Currently, the Executive Committee is accepting nominations until December 12 at 6:00 p.m. for the positions of Chair, Treasurer, Membership Officer, Sponsorship Officer, Student Representative (Planning), and Student Representative (Engineering). An election will be held during the AGM. All U of T transportation alumni are welcome. Register to attend the UTTAN AGM and link to nomination…

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January 2021

Dr. Lama Alfaseeh presents “Prediction of Greenhouse Gas Emission in Downtown Toronto Using Deep Sequence Learning”

January 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Mitigating the substantial undesirable impact of transportation systems on the environment is paramount. Thus, predicting Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions is one of the profound topics, especially with the emergence of intelligent transportation systems (ITS). We developed a deep learning framework to predict link-level GHG emission rate (ER) (in CO2eq gram/second) based on the most representative predictors, such as speed, density, and GHG ER of previous time steps. In particular, various specifications of the long short-term memory (LSTM) networks with explanatory…

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Dr. Francisco Calderón Peralvo presents “Modelling Mobility Services within Agent-Based Travel Demand Model Systems and Implementation of a Ridehailing Case Study”

January 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Modelling increasingly dynamic and complex mobility services requires significant extensions to our conventional agent-based microsimulation (ABM) model systems. A first key aspect focuses on explicit modelling of more complex and dynamic service provision processes, involving several operational activities conducted by service providers (e.g., matching, fleet rebalancing, dynamic pricing, etc.). A second key aspect consists of explicit modelling of human-driven fleets (e.g., most ridehailing services in current practice) in terms of the decisions drivers make to participate in the system throughout…

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February 2021

Dr. Megan Katsumi presents “Understanding Transportation Data with Ontologies”

February 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Transportation systems - and the planning decisions that mold these systems - are important factors that influence both food and health supply chains. The ability to make good decisions about the design and policies underlying these systems requires a significant amount of data. This data is drawn from a wide range of sources and presents significant challenges for processing and integration. In this talk, Dr. Katsumi explores these challenges and discusses the use of ontologies as part of a solution.…

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Daniel Olejarz presents “AI in Transportation – Industry Trends and Opportunities”

February 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This seminar focuses on the current state of applied artificial intelligence (AI) in the transportation industry. The main focus is on describing the different types of AI applications that currently exist in transportation and the demand for data science skills in the industry. Case studies and personal anecdotes inform thoughts on what the future holds for AI in transportation. Daniel Olejarz Daniel Olejarz is a Transportation Planner at IBI Group, a graduate of U of T's MASc program, and former…

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Miguel Jaller presents “Who shops online and how sustainable is the delivery process?”

February 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Smart Freight Centre Leadership Seminar Series presents special guest speaker Professor Miguel Jaller of the University of California Davis on Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EST. All are welcome to attend this free online webinar. Register here on Eventbrite. Description In recent years, the rapid adoption of omnichannel distribution strategies has dramatically changed how we shop and the way companies design their retail and distribution operations. All these changes have important implications for the sustainability of our urban transportation…

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Professor Sheng Liu presents “Data-Driven Approaches in Smart City Operations”

February 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This talk presents two projects that build data-driven solutions for city operations planning and management. The first part is devoted to the emerging food delivery operations. Working with a major food delivery service provider in China, we develop a data-driven optimization framework to minimize customers' expected delivery delay. To capture the driver's routing behaviors, we propose a machine learning approach that predicts travel time with covariate information. Combined with the travel time prediction, our optimization framework is robust and yields…

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Sustainable Infrastructure

February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Summary The COVID-19 crisis has put urban infrastructure under the spotlight. New questions on the ways we build (and build back) infrastructure in cities are now front and centre globally. Faced with a combination of economic, environmental, health and social challenges, cities are learning from each other, experimenting and innovating with strategies in an increasingly uncertain world. For many, this often involves both working with existing, while also building new, blue, green and grey infrastructure.  This often means new roles…

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Patrick Loa presents “Exploring the Impacts of COVID-19 on Modality Styles for Non-Mandatory Trips in the Greater Toronto Area”

February 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted travel behaviour in cities across the world, affecting how people travel and the reasons people leave their homes. In spite of the pandemic, and consequent the stay-at-home orders, the need to participate in non-mandatory activities remains. These activities, which include grocery shopping, social activities, and recreational activities, play a key role in ensuring that physiological and psychological needs are met. This presentation describes the findings of a study that aimed to investigate the impacts…

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March 2021

Research at the Transit Analytics Lab: Leveraging Twitter Data to Support Transit Planning & Operations Webinar

March 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

ITS Canada presents: Research at the Transit Analytics Lab: Leveraging Twitter Data to Support Transit Planning & Operations Webinar Thu, Mar 4, 2021 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST The webinar, hosted by the APTS Technical Committee, will provide an overview of the activities of the Transit Analytics Lab (TAL) of the University of Toronto, launched in May 2020. This will be followed by a presentation on some cutting-edge work on the use of social media data. The growing use…

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Dr. Brendon Hemily presents “From SOP to DRIP to Business Intelligence: Challenges of Using ITS Data for Transit Planning & Management”

March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Transit technologies such as Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Advanced Fare Collection (AFC), as well as others, offer tremendous opportunities to support transit planning and management, but progress in the industry to seize on these opportunities has been slow. Dr. Brendon Hemily has been involved in many projects over the last three decades related to the use of transit data and analytics. In particular, he has prepared a discussion paper for the U.S. Department of Transportation to identify the uses…

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Usman Ahmed presents “Modelling Freight Vehicle Type Choice using Machine Learning and Discrete Choice Methods”

March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The choice of vehicle type is one of the important logistics decisions made by firms. The complex nature of the choice process is due to the involvement of multiple agents. This study employs a random forest machine learning algorithm to represent these complex interactions with limited information about shipment transportation. The data are from commercial travel surveys with information about outbound shipment transportation. This study models the choice among four road transport vehicle types: pickup/cube van, single unit truck, tractor trailer,…

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Dr. Moshe Ben-Akiva presents “Tri-POP: An online platform for smart mobility with prediction, optimization and personalization”

March 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Tri-POP is an online platform for operations of smart mobility solutions. In its core it combines online analytics for prediction, optimization, and personalization. It uses a bi-level optimization of system and user levels. The system optimization problem is solved periodically (e.g., every 5 minutes) to determine the optimal policy (e.g., pricing, fleet rebalancing, incentive allocation) for attaining system-level objectives (e.g., travel time, welfare, revenue). In our applications the online prediction and the system level optimization are performed by DynaMIT, a…

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William Denning presents “How will economics figure in your engineering career?”

March 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This presentation outlines a framework for economics in the transport sector and for transportation planning. It develops microeconomic applications for project or program evaluation, looks at current practice in transportation economics, and seeks to answer the question, "How will economics figure in your engineering career?" William Denning William Denning has worked in transportation most of his academic and professional career. He earned a BA in Geography and in Economics from the University of Toronto in 1977 and an MA in…

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April 2021

UT-ITE 2021 Student-Industry Mixer

April 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

University of Toronto transportation students are invited to join us at Gather Town for our 2021 virtual UT-ITE Student-Industry Mixer! Connect with public & private transportation professionals Learn about opportunities Get general career advice & information UT-ITE 2021 Student Industry Mixer flyer. Presented by University of Toronto ITE Student Chapter, UT-ITE. Sponsored by:                                                         …

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Dr. Mohamed Abdelhay Essa presents “Real-time Safety and Mobility Optimization of Traffic Signals in a Connected-vehicle Environment”

April 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In the era of connected vehicles (CVs), a considerable amount of high-resolution data on vehicle positions and trajectories will be generated in real time. These data can potentially be used to adapt traffic signals in real time to optimize traffic mobility and safety. Existing research has focused on real-time mobility optimization at signalized intersections, and disregarded the real-time safety optimization despite the potential safety benefits of the CVs technology. This is most likely due to the lack of tools to…

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Dr. Alberto Leon-Garcia presents “Experience Building Smart Application Platform”

April 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In this talk we will present our experience building the SAVI (Smart Applications on Virtual Infrastructure) multitier cloud testbed to provide an application platform for smart city experiments. We will describe the CVST (Connected Vehicles for Smart Transportation) application platform which was built on top of SAVI and will then discuss challenges we are currently addressing in our lab to develop a platform for smart cities applications. Professor Alberto Leon-Garcia UTTRI associated faculty Dr. Alberto Leon-Garcia is Professor in Electrical…

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May 2021

Professor Genevieve Giuliano presents “Heavy duty trucks: The challenge of getting to zero”

May 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Professor Genevieve Giuliano is Margaret and John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government, andDirector of the METRANS Transportation Center at USC Price. About this lecture This research considers strategies that will reduce truck emissions and achieve public health and GHG reduction targets. Freight shipments in urban areas are increasing throughout the world as a result of globalization, rising incomes, and shifting patterns of production and consumption. Urban freight shipments are overwhelmingly made by trucks, which generate significant negative impacts on…

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City Building Ryerson presents “Smart Freight: Safe, Green & Efficient Goods Delivery”

May 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

City Building Ryerson's Urban Innovation Café event series brings together diverse leaders, experts and policy makers to discuss current urban innovations and their potential to solve problems in a moderated discussion and Q&A. On May 7, from noon to 1 PM, they proudly host advanced experts in transportation, management, logistics and cybersecurity for a discussion of today’s challenges related to urban freight, and the research the Ryerson faculty members will be contributing as affiliates to the Smart Freight Centre to improve the safety, efficiency…

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