Seminars & Workshops



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Leveraging Large-Scale Vehicle Registration and Inspection Data to Improve Understanding of Energy Use, Emissions, and Public Policy

October 30, 2014, 11:00-11:50 a.m., in the GIS Auditorium
Dr. Scott Matthews, Carnegie-Mellon University

Abstract: The transportation engineering world is undergoing significant changes in recent years as higher resolution data is available in support of decisions. For 30 years the main types of data on vehicle use have been from telephone or diary surveys of small samples of drivers. Results are seen in products like the National Household Transportation Survey. However, as state and federal government agencies increasingly move towards open data initiatives, datasets of similar information for each vehicle have been closely held are becoming more accessible. We have been working with data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to analyze registration and safety inspection data for vehicles. In this talk I will discuss two separate but related projects leveraging this data. In the first, I discuss an analysis of the safety inspection data with an expanded view of failures in annual passenger vehicle safety inspections. Conventional wisdom suggests that only 1 or 2% of vehicles fail these tests, which has caused various states to avoid or eliminate safety inspections. In the second project, we leverage the registration and inspection data to estimate annual VMT by zip code, and are able to compare results across urban-rural, low-high income, and other levels. Results from these studies are compared to what is available from the national level surveys, and newer in-vehicle technology will continue to promote emerging novelty in data and decision making.

Bio: Dr. Scott Matthews is the research director of the Green Design Institute and professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. The Green Design Institute is an interdisciplinary research consortium at Carnegie Mellon focused on modeling energy and environmental problems as systems, building decision support tools, and supporting robust policy decisions under uncertainty.


FXFOWLE Days Roundtable: GIS Post-occupancy Evaluation (POE) Panel
  Lessons Learned and Learning Lessons

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 12:30-2:00 p.m., in the GIS Auditorium

Representatives from FX Fowle, SWBR, M/E Engineering and RIT


Game Theory and Disaster Management

October 15, 2014, 3:00-4:00 p.m., in the GIS Auditorium
Dr. Jun Zhuang, Associate Professor, SUNY University at Buffalo

Abstract: Society is faced with a growing amount of property damage and casualties from man-made and natural disasters. Developing societal resilience to those disasters is critical but challenging. In particular, societal resilience is jointly determined by federal and local governments, private and non-profit sectors, and private citizens. We will present a sequence of games among players such as federal, local, and foreign governments, private citizens, and adaptive adversaries. In particular, the governments and private citizens seek to protect lives, property, and critical infrastructure from both adaptive terrorists and non-adaptive natural disasters. The federal government can provide grants to local governments and foreign aid to foreign governments to protect against both natural and man-made disasters; and all levels of government can provide pre-disaster preparation and post-disaster relief to private citizens. Private citizens can also, of course, make their own investments. The tradeoffs between protecting against man-made and natural disasters, specifically between preparedness and relief, efficiency and equity, and between private and public investment, will be discussed.

Bio: Dr. Zhuang has been a faculty (Associate Professor, 2014-present; Assistant Professor, 2008-2014) of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York (UB, or SUNY-Buffalo), since he obtained his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Zhuang has a M.S. in Agricultural Economics in 2004 from the University of Kentucky, and a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering in 2002 from Southeast University, China. Dr. Zhuang's long-term research goal is to integrate operations research, game theory, and decision analysis to improve mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery for natural and man-made disasters. Other areas of interest include applications to health care, sports, transportation, supply chain management, and sustainability.


Faculty Research Overview and Open Forum

October 8, 2014, 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the GIS Auditorium
Dr. Eric Williams, Associate Professor, GIS


Faculty Research Overview and Open Forum

October 1, 2014, 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the GIS Auditorium
Dr. Callie Babbitt, Assistant Professor, GIS


Faculty Research Overview and Open Forum

September 24, 2014, 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the GIS Auditorium
Dr. Gabrielle Gaustad, Assistant Professor, GIS


Faculty Research Overview and Open Forum

September 17, 2014, 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the GIS Auditorium
Dr. Thomas Trabold, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Sustainable Mobility, GIS


Faculty Research Overview and Open Forum

September 10, 2014, 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the GIS Auditorium
Dr. Roger Chen, Assistant Professor, GIS

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Resulting from Alternative Fuel Vehicle Incentives in Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards

September 2, 2014, 5:00 p.m., in the GIS Auditorium
Dr. Alan Jenn, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Carnegie-Mellon University

Abstract: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Resulting from Alternative Fuel Vehicle Incentives in Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards

Bio: Postdoctoral Researcher Carnegie Mellon University May 2014 – Present. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Transportation Policy Research, Alternative Fuel Vehicles.


Introduction to Library Services & Resources

August 27, 2014, 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the GIS Auditorium
Linette Koren, Engineering Librarian, Wallace Center

Abstract: Thesis Document Preparation

subramoniamBio: Linette Koren is the Librarian/Liaison for KGCOE/GIS and CAST/ET at RIT's Wallace Center.


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