Distinguished Lecture Series

Throughout the year, CCAT hosts lectures led by those who specializes in innovative mobility services from various academic institutions, industries, and government agencies. These events are held at any of our partner universities (University of Michigan, Central State University, Purdue University, The University of Akron, Washtenaw Community College, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and includes a Q&A session afterwards. For those that cannot attend in person, we also offer access via WebEx, and post the full lecture as a video on our YouTube channel. Sign up for our newsletter to receive center updates and registration information for our speaker series here.

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2020 CCAT Distinguished Lecture Series
Postponed Until Further Notice
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute Library

Please join us for the CCAT Distinguished Lecture Series event, presenting:

Azim Eskandarian, Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, Virginia Tech
Advances in Vehicle Safety and Mobility Leading to Autonomous Driving

Azim Eskandarian established the autonomous systems and intelligent machines laboratory at Virginia Tech (VT) to research intelligent and autonomous vehicles and mobile robotics. He has over 35 years of academic and engineering experience and has conducted pioneering research in dynamics and control, intelligent systems, and applied mechanics, with applications in intelligent vehicles, vehicle dynamics and control, automotive safety, neuroengineering, and robotics. Dr. Eskandarian was awarded the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Society’s (ITS) Oustanding Researcher Award in 2017 and the George Washington University’s (GWU) School of Engineering Oustanding Researcher Award in 2013. He was among the top five cited authors of IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) between 2001-2010.

For the foreseeable future, roadways will be a mixed environment of no and partial automation. The most persistent challenge is driving safety which causes over 35,000 fatalities and 2.2 million injuries annually in the United States alone. These crashes result in over 230 million dollars in economic loss every year. This lecture will go over areas of research on vehicle control systems, signal processing, and communication enabled connectivity that can address this pervasive vehicle safety problem. First, Professor Eskandarian will discuss a holistic approach to vehicle safety and its advanced research challenges, Next, he will review advances in vehicle systems, ranging from partial to full autonomy and their collision avoidance implications. Finally, he will cover the future of driving that ensures functional mobility, safety, and congestion mitigation while minimizing energy impacts. You can read the complete abstract here.

Note: In response to the spread of COVID-19 throughout the state of Michigan as well as the safety of our speaker/attendees, we are postponing the CCAT Distinguished Lecture Series for March. We thank everyone that registered for their interest and hope everyone will be available when a new date is announced. Please follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter to get updates on this, and future events, as well as our mailing list.

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2019 CCAT Distinguished Lecture Series
November 19, 2019
2:00 – 3:00 PM
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute Library
Please join us for the CCAT Distinguished Lecture Series event, presenting:

Larry Head, Professor of Systems and Industrial Engineering, University of Arizona
V2X Applications for Safety and Mobility

Larry Head is a Professor of Systems and Industrial Engineering at the University of Arizona. He has over 30 years of academic and industry experience related to systems engineering, engineering management, adaptive traffic signal control and priority, and connected and automated vehicle systems. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Intelligent Transportation Systems committee and the TRB Traffic Signal Systems committee. He is an associate editor of Transportation Research – Part C and a member of TRB, SAE, INFORMS, IISE, and IEEE.

Professor Head will discuss two V2X prototypes that his team has developed including,  the Multi Modal Intelligent Traffic Signal to improve mobility, and the CV Work Zone for Freight Vehicles for safety. Professor Head will also discuss emerging research on the use of infrastructure-based and vehicle-based sensors to create a framework for safety monitoring and assessment of connected and autonomous vehicles.

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2019 CCAT Distinguished Lecture Series
October 29, 2019
3:30 – 4:20 PM
Purdue University PHY 223
Please join us for the CCAT Distinguished Lecture Series event, presenting:

Richard de Neufville, Professor, MIT
Flexibility in Engineering Design: Implications for Autonomous Vehicle Transportation and Infrastructure

Professor de Neufville is an outstanding engineer and educator whose innovations in system design flexibility inspires a fundamental shift in the engineering design paradigm. He is hte author of six texts that address topics in systems engineering, airport management, and design flexibility. Professor de Neufville founded the MIT Technology & Policy Program, and is a member of the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society. Professor de Neufville is known worldwide for his expertise in airport systems planning, design, and management, and has worked on major airport projects worldwide. In 2018, the ASCE awarded Prof. de Neufville the Horonjeff Prize in recognition of his contributions to air transport engineering. He earned a PhD from MIT in 1965 and then served as a first White House Fellow for President Lyndon Johnson. He did his military service in the Army Corps of Engineers as an Airborne Ranger officer.

Join us Professor de Neufville describes the essential elements of Flexibility in Engineering Design, which deals with the uncertain range of possible futures by incorporating the capability to adapt efficiently to the actual developments. The future of Autonomous Vehicle Transportation is clearly full of uncertainties; it goes beyond vehicles and includes the infrastructure.

View Professor de Neufville’s presentation here

Paul Ajegba
CCAT Distinguished Lecture Series
May 16, 2019
2:15 – 3:15 PM
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute Library
 Please join us for the CCAT Distinguished Lecture Series event, presenting:

Paul C. Ajegba, P.E., Director, MDOT
Connecting Infrastructure and Technology for sustainable safety and mobility

Paul C. Ajegba is the director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). Ajegba has committed his 28-years career with MDOT to improving the planning, design and construction of Michigan roadways and infrastructure. Ajeba and his team facilitated the innovative US-23 Flex Route – a project nominated for the America’s Transportation Award, landing among the top 12 national finalists. Other notable projects that Ajegba played an important role include the I-94 rehabilitation project in Ann Arbor/Jackson, the I-96/US-23 interchange, and the I-75 freeway project.

Join the Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation as he shares the owner/operator perspective on how we can solve pre-existing challenges with cutting-edge solutions and enable societal and economic benefits for an improved quality of life. Please join us!

View Paul’s presentation here

Maged Dessouky
2018 CCAT Distinguished Lecture Series
September 26, 2018
2:00 – 3:00 PM
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute Library
Please join us for the CCAT Distinguished Lecture Series event, presenting:

Dr. Maged M.  Dessouky, University of Southern California

Research, Practice, and Future Directions of Dynamic Ridesharing

Although ridesharing can provide a wealth of benefits, such as reduced travel costs, congestion, and consequently less pollution, there are a number of challenges that have restricted its widespread adoption. In fact, even at a time when improving communication systems provide real-time detailed information that could be used to facilitate ridesharing, the share of work trips that use ridesharing has decreased by almost 10% in the past 30 years.

In this seminar, Dr. Dessouky presents a classification and taxonomy to understand the key aspects of ridesharing systems. The objective is to present a framework that can help identify key challenges in the widespread use of ridesharing and thus foster the development of effective formal ridesharing mechanisms that would overcome these challenges and promote its wide spread use.

View Dr. Dessouky’s presentation here

Dr. Hani Mahmassani
2018 CCAT Distinguished Lecture Series
April 11, 2018
2:00 – 3:00 PM
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute Library
Please join us for the CCAT Distinguished Lecture Series event, presenting:

Dr. Hani S. Mahmassani, Northwestern University

Autonomous Vehicles and Connected Urban Mobility:  Rethinking Public Transit

Dr. Hani S. Mahmassani holds the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation at Northwestern University, where he is Director of the Northwestern University Transportation Center, and Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with joint appointments in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, and Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences in the Kellogg School of Management. Prior to Northwestern, he served on the faculties of the University of Maryland and the University of Texas at Austin. He has over 35 years of professional, academic and research experience in the areas of intelligent transportation systems, freight and logistics systems, multimodal systems modeling and optimization, pedestrian and crowd dynamics and management, traffic science, demand forecasting and travel behavior, and real-time operation of transportation and distribution systems.

View Dr. Mahmassani’s abstract here

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2017 CCAT Distinguished Lecture Series
October 4, 2017
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute Library
Please join us for the CCAT Distinguished Lecture Series event, presenting:

Chris Hendrickson, Hamerschlag University Professor Emeritus and Director of Traffic 21 Institute at Carnegie Mellon University

Hendrickson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering.  His research, teaching and consulting are in the general area of engineering planning and management, including design for the environment, system performance, construction project management, finance and computer applications.  He has pioneered model of dynamic traffic equilibrium and was an early contributor to the development of probabilistic network analysis for lifeline planning after seismic events. His work in construction project management emphasized the important of the owner’s viewpoint throughout the project lifecycle.

Chris Hendrickson will be the inaugural speaker for the USDOT’s Center for Connected and Automated Vehicles (CCAT) at UMTRI’s Distinguished Speaker Series

View Dr. Hendrickson’s presentation here