Welcome to the SMART blog! It’s a dynamic counterpart to SMART’s website, posting-up-to-the-minute sustainable transportation news, events, jobs, and other opportunities from the U.S. and around the world. It also links to innovations, new research, policy updates, related newsletters, inspiring initiatives, and videos that come our way. You can contribute too! Please send relevant information to Kim Seelye. The blog will benefit and grow from your involvement. SMART is a project of University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. MANY THANKS to the FIA Foundation for their generous support of the development of SMART’s blog in the interests of advancing New Mobility implementation. Many thanks also to Ford Motor Company for supporting the development of this blog through its generous ongoing support of SMART.


Call for Presentation Abstracts: Meeting the Challenges of Safe Transportation in an Aging Society

ATLAS is seeking presentation abstracts for their symposium titled Meeting the Challenges of Safe Transportation in an Aging Society in Ann Arbor this September.

Presentations (individual oral presentations, full sessions [4-6 speakers], or posters) are welcome. These should address the latest research to improve the safe transportation of older adults from a broad array of disciplines including but not limited to engineering, public health, psychology and social sciences, medicine, public policy, economics, and urban planning. Topics of special interest include but are not limited to: advanced technologies including autonomous and connected vehicles; infrastructure and engineering countermeasures; licensing and other policy issues; health-related challenges; training; and driver assessment. Research should focus on older adults themselves, the modes of transportation they use, or the roadway environment within which they function. Students are encouraged to submit for a student poster session and awards will be given.

There will be an opportunity to develop full length papers for submission to special issues being planned for appropriate Elsevier journals. The event includes a reception at the U-M Museum of Art, and tours of Mcity and the Ann Arbor connected vehicle test environment.

For more information, see http://www.atlas-center.org/symposium-call-for-presentation-abstracts/.


ATLAS Summer Intern Applications Open

ATLAS Center is accepting applications from undergraduate students from the University of Michigan (U-M) for a 10-week summer intern program beginning May 31 through August 5, 2016. The internship includes active involvement on safety-related research projects with a mentor at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI).

The program will provide interns an opportunity to interact with students in other summer internship programs on the Texas A&M University (TAMU) campus, and to participate in university-wide seminars, tours, poster sessions and other events for interns. Students will be tracked after the internship and encouraged to pursue other opportunities for career development within TTI, TAMUS and other networks as appropriate.

For more information, see http://www.atlas-center.org/educationworkforce-development/summer-intern-application-2016/.


Apply for ITF Awards 2016 (Including one Award Supported by UM-SMART) by February 10, 2016!

Earn recognition for you and your company on the international stage by applying to these awards.


The ITF Awards honor exceptional achievements in three categories: the Transport Achievement Award, the Promising Transport Innovation Award, and the Young Researcher of the Year Award. All winners will be announced at the 2016 Summit (18-20 May 2016, Leipzig, Germany) in the presence of transport ministers from around the world. If you have previously applied to MobiPrize, you are a great candidate for these awards!

Transport Achievement Award

The Transport Achievement Award recognizes a demonstrated achievement of excellence in transport provision. The award is open to any organization (governmental and non-governmental), business or individual from ITF member and observer countries. See last year’s winner here.  To apply click here.

Promising Transport Innovation Award (Supported by UM-SMART!)

The Promising Transport Innovation Award recognizes an innovation that has the potential to significantly improve the quality, performance, user experience, accessibility, sustainability or intermodality of the transport offer for the movement of people and/or goods across one or more of the transport modes or through the reduction or elimination of travel. This award is open to any organization, business or individual from ITF member and observer countries. See last year’s winners here. To apply click here.

Young Researcher of the Year Award

The Young Researcher of the Year Award aims to highlight the importance of transport research for sound transport policy formulation and implementation. Applications are welcome by researchers of up to 35 years of age who have undertaken their research in an institution, university or consultancy firm located in a member country of the International Transport Forum. The Young Researcher of the Year Award carries a prize of 5 000 euros. Read about last year’s winner here. To apply click here.



A Field Guide to the Future of Mobility

World Economic Forum’s A Field Guide to the Future of Mobility is now available for download at http://www3.weforum.org/docs/IP/2016/MO/WEF_IP_AU_AFieldGuideFutureMobility2016.PDF.

This paper:

  • Is a set of general principles to improve urban mobility, developed based on the collective wisdom, research and experience of the group
  • Specifies selected concrete recommended deep dives with related best practices and resources
  • Is a call to further action and knowledge development in the area of urban mobility

Apply now for CPPR-ALA Global Policy School 2016

Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) and Atlas Leadership Academy (ALA) invite applications for its prestigious global policy school 2016. The Policy School offers aspiring researchers a two-week intensive training in methods of Public Policy Research, in Kochi, India. In the past, CPPR in collaboration with ALA has successfully conducted 4 Policy Schools that have won the acclaim of participants from 35 countries.

Course Period: April 30th to May 14th, 2016

Venue: Riviera Suites, Kochi, India

See http://www.cppr.in/cppr-ala-global-policy-school-2016/ for more information.


Glasgow on world-class shortlist for European Capital of Innovation 2016

From Glasgow City of Science

Glasgow is in contention for a major award for innovation through Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

The Scottish city is one of nine making a case to be European Capital of Innovation 2016. Three cash prizes will be awarded to the best city initiatives creating the right environment to innovate, with the winner collecting €950,000 (£722,000).

The finalists were chosen by a high-level jury of independent experts from 36 applications. Other cities on the list of 9 include Paris, Berlin, Milan, Amsterdam and Oxford.

Read the full story at http://www.glasgowcityofscience.com/news/534-glasgow-on-world-class-shortlist-for-european-capital-of-innovation-2016.