SMART e-News. December 2011.




  • Mark December 19!: SMART Event Features Brief Talk on New Business Models, Global New Mobility Market & the Urban Poor by new Rockefeller Foundation Partner; Launches 2012 SMART and Connect + Prosper Projects & Research; & Offers Sustenance & Conviviality. Hussey Room, Michigan League. 4:30 – 8:30 pm.
  • FOR MANY OTHER IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS: Don’t forget SMART’s Calendar and Event Listings on the Blog: Just click on the event and get details.
  • AND FOR IMPORTANT JOB AND ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES: Don’t forget SMART’s Opportunities Listings: Check the whole list, or search by category by scrolling down.





Welcome to November 2011’s SMART e-News!


Dear friends of SMART. This Thanksgiving there was plenty to be thankful for in the SMART Community as you’ll see in this issue of SMART e-News. Please be in touch if you’d like to know more about or be involved with any of the projects or research profiled below (

Mark December 19!: SMART Event Features Brief Talk on New Business Models, Global New Mobility Market & the Urban Poor by new Rockefeller Foundation Partner; Launches 2012 SMART and Connect + Prosper Projects & Research; & Offers Sustenance & Conviviality. Hussey Room, Michigan League. 4:30 – 8:30 pm.

You are invited. Please reserve Monday December 19, 4:30 – 8:30 pm for the SMART / Connect + Prosper Project Launch and end-of-season gathering in the Hussey Room at the Michigan League in Ann Arbor. The fireplace will be lit, and treats will be served to keep you warm and fuel your conversations.

It features a brief talk on new business models, the emerging New Mobility industry, and transport for the urban poor by Benjamin De La Pena of the Rockefeller Foundation in New York (SMART’s most recent funding and project partner).

Please RSVP Kim Seelye at

SMART receives Rockefeller Grant Focused on New Business Models, Global New Mobility Market, Urban Poor

SMART is very happy to announce an exciting new project supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, entitled “Catalyzing the New Mobility in Cities.” The purpose of the initiative is to identify existing and emerging New Mobility business models and innovative transportation approaches, with some emphasis on those that benefit the urban poor; to identify and convene the social entrepreneurs advancing these new models along with key stakeholders; and to explore possible paths for scaling up these models.

The project is in three parts:

  1. Report on the Global New Mobility Industry: current status as well as opportunities to support the urban poor (world wide, but with some emphasis on India, South Africa, Brazil, and the Philippines).
  2. New Mobility Entrepreneurs Prize and Listing (WorldWide) (see “New SMART Prize” below).
  3. New Mobility Implementation in Manila Philippines (see “SMART At Large” below).

SMART’s vision of the project is to provide a springboard for action on New Mobility Business models geared to the urban poor as well as more widely (because business models that work for the urban poor should work for everyone!). This work aims first to raise awareness, and then to catalyze opportunity in areas formerly untapped. We anticipate that the dialogue, research, and on-the-ground solution building over the course of this one-year initiative will have ongoing effects and will lay the foundation for a wider community of entrepreneurs, businesses, and urban leaders dedicated to understanding, action, and policy on this subject. We also anticipate wider learning in terms of new business models and innovative transport approaches targeted beyond the urban poor.

This project has arisen in the context of, on the one hand, rapid urbanization, shifting demographics, increasing climate change threat, and global economic restructuring, and, on the other hand, new facilitative information technologies, new service and fractional use models and new cultural trends toward open source, IT-enhanced multi-modal portfolios and door-to-door systems. It is very timely because while a plethora of innovations has arisen worldwide in response to these trends, significant gaps remain, which are amplified for the vulnerable and urban poor. Understanding these conditions and contexts, over the next year SMART will bring together its Living Lab partners as well as key research collaborators to answer key questions and catalyze actions to address these issues.

If you are interested in being involved in this work, we are particularly interested in:

  • identifying new trends and business models and conceptual frameworks or innovations that you know about that might contribute to the theme of this project
  • identifying entrepreneurs or ventures world-wide that might compete for the prize and be entered into the New Mobility Entrepreneurs listing
  • identifying research collaborators as well as action and funding partners interested in moving this work forward
  • developing innovative web-based supports for this work

Contact Sue Zielinski at for more information or to get involved.

New SMART Prize for New Mobility Entrepreneurs

Do you have an innovative venture that is helping to reshape mobility in cities or across regions?



  • 3 cash prizes
  • travel to present on the world stage at Rio +20 in June 2012

With the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation, SMART seeks to identify and recognize notable New Mobility enterprises worldwide, with special recognition for young entrepreneurs, those offering integrated solutions, and those benefiting the everyday life of the urban poor as well as other vulnerable people living in cities. All entrepreneurs addressing mobility and accessibility challenges with innovative and sustainable solutions and business models are encouraged to apply.

Each application will be evaluated by a prestigious jury of experts in the field and by the online public to decide the winners of the two New Mobility Prizes and one People’s Choice Award. All qualifying applicants – even those who are not prizewinners, will be profiled in the first international online listing for New Mobility Entrepreneurs, an exciting new cyberspace for promoting and networking New Mobility entrepreneurs locally and worldwide.

Each prize includes a $5,000 cash award as well as travel to present your work and receive the prize in person at the Entrepreneurs Session of the Rio + 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Your venture must be up and running and legal.

Applications open soon. Check the SMART Blog to keep updated on the latest news ( For more information, please email:

Alcoa Foundation Leadership In Michigan for Launch of New Mobility Solutions Project (see video)

On September 27th Alcoa Foundation President Paula Davis and her team, including Scott Hudson, Victor Marquez, Matthew Brest, and Cara Wolinsky (of IIE) paid a visit to U-M to meet SMART members and leads and to launch the SMART New Mobility Solutions project. While there, Cara Wolinsky captured some footage that would contribute to a short video she has made about  the project. See: Work in both the Detroit and Beijing regions is beginning to gather momentum. Watch future issues of e-News for new developments.

CARRS: Fond Retirement Farewell to a SMART Catalyst and Leader David Featherman, and Warm Welcome to Rachel Snow

Rachel Snow

David Featherman

On November 4, members of the SMART network had a chance to celebrate the retirement of their cherished colleague and founding Director of CARSS (Center for Advancing Research and Solutions for Society –, the Center that incubated SMART through its inception years. The lively reception at the Museum of Art on State Street bid farewell (but not goodbye) to David Featherman, and welcomed CARSS’ new Director, Rachel Snow. Before creating CARSS, Featherman was Director of the Institute for Social Research, and before that President of the Social Science Research Council in New York City (and much more – see: Rachel Snow has already hit the ground running with the CARSS agenda of translating science into social innovation and action. We look forward to working with her.

SMART Advisor and Former MMPEI Director Leaves for Stony Brook

Best wishes also to Dennis Assanis, a valued SMART supporter and advisor who recently left U-M to take up a post as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stony Brook University in New York. See:
. He’ll be missed!

SMART Community Partners receive Graham Institute IA grants

Following the U-M Graham Institute’s call for proposals on Advancing Livable Communities through Sustainable Transportation, several members of the SMART community have been awarded support to develop plans for Integrated Assessments that will bring together researchers, stakeholders, and decision-makers to develop common analytical approaches, data sets, tools, and policies for relevant sustainable transportation and livable community interventions in the U.S. This holistic view incorporates a wide range of policies and strategies including sustainable transportation initiatives, land-use planning, economic development, communications and telecommunications, technology, environmental protection, health promotion, and more.

An effective IA in this context first requires identifying innovative efforts and partners willing to collaborate. For this first phase, the Graham Institute has funded planning grants at $20,000 each. This work focuses on the feasibility of conducting a place-based analysis of a particular set of interventions that will contribute to the IA. The planning grants will last for six months and run concurrently between November 30, 2011 and May 31, 2012. Successful planning grant proposals will be selected to pursue a full Integrated Assessment with Graham Institute support of up to $150,000 over the 15 months that follow.

UM-based SMART community planning grant recipients include: Scott Campbell, David Chock, Rich Gonzalez, Bob Marans, Geoff Thun, Steve Underwood. They will work with SMART Living Lab and collaborative research partners from Seattle (Steve Marshall, Steve Underwood), Portland (Deena Platman, John MacArthur), San Francisco (Susan Shaheen, Tim Papandreou, Jack Broadbent, Heath Maddox), Los Angeles (Robin Blair, Jay Kim, Rufina Juarez), and Pasadena (Judi Masuda).

SMART advisors Don Scavia and John Callewaert of the Graham Institute worked hard with a range of advisors to develop this exciting opportunity.

Zellner, Mahesh, Zielinski Publish on Mobile Solutions in India

On a research trip to Bangalore in 2008, SMART members Moira Zellner and Sue Zielinski met Ashwin Mahesh, innovator and Public Policy professor at IIM Bangalore and decided to collaborate on an article about new technology, innovation, and public policy. That article, entitled “Emerging Private Sector Roles in Urban Transport: A Case Study of an Innovative Telecom-GIS Solution in Bangalore,” has just been published in the new peer-reviewed Journal of Urban Technology (Vol 18, NO. 3, July 2011, 67-80). The article examines the role of public-private innovation in the development of the Bangalore Transport Information System (BTIS). BTIS is a successful example of new institutional arrangements that integrate perspectives, needs, and tools developed in all sectors of society to address the increasing complexity of transportation problems in Indian cities facing rapid socioeconomic transformation. The lessons learned in the Bangalore case have been applied to other cities in India and have potential for other countries. To access the article, go to

Jonathan Feldman visit Sparks Manufacturing Dialogue

This past September Dr. Jonathan Feldman of the University of Stockholm visited U-M for a month as the inaugural “SMART Fellow.” He wasted no time in meeting with and interviewing a diverse selection of leaders and innovators focused on foundations for rail-based transit manufacturing, both regionally and nationally. He is currently working on summarizing the work within the context of the emerging New Mobility industry. If you missed him while he was here and are keen to be in touch, please don’t hesitate to contact him at

SMART Post-Doc Position Call Closes December 31. Focus: Consumer Uptake of Seamless Multi-Modal Mobility

SMART has won support for a one year Post-Doc position (with potential for one year extension) from the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute’s (MMPEI) Partnerships for Innovation in Sustainable Energy Technologies (PISET) program (see This award supports the appointment of a MMPEI research fellow to do research that bridges traditional disciplines to offer a better understanding of sustainable energy science, technology, or policy.

The SMART Post Doc will support the “Consumer Uptake of Seamless Multi-Modal Mobility” work led by Richard Gonzalez and David Chock, with a particular emphasis on energy and sustainability implications. It is a two-year study to understand how providing integrated multi-modal transportation and related real time information systems about door-to-door mobility impacts consumers’ mode choice and affects sustainability. As mobile internet systems become available, it is now possible to establish a real-time information and forecast system that enhances physical connectivity among modes and services, and supports travelers in making informed decisions, which in turn enables the establishment of the next-generation mobility grid. New behavior-based mode choice models will be developed incorporating revealed- and stated-preference information applied to specific regions, to be followed by a forecast in subsequent impacts on greenhouse-gas emissions. The regions of interest in this study include major cities in the U.S. and China. For more information contact Sue Zielinski at

SMART Welcomes New Work Study Team (and opens new positions to start in January 2012)

We are again blessed with a diverse and top-notch group of Work Study and volunteer students working on SMART’s various projects. The 2011 SMART team includes: Komal Anand, Sara Anderson, Mishayla Binkerd, Mandy Chi Lai Lee, Arielle Fleisher, Nadine Gilmer, Kimberly Jongsma, Katie Knapp, Maggie Li, Monica Musialowski, Morgan Princing, Collette Rothe, Kim Seelye, Benjamin VanGessell, and Albert Wolschleger III. If you are interested in joining the SMART team (positions reopen for January 2012) please contact Sue Zielinski at

Last April’s TTEC / TTRCC event sees spinoffs. Send Your Stories!

Transportation events are created so that things will happen, not just for the sake of getting together and talking. That’s why it’s so exciting to hear reports of new ideas or connections that sparked real action at last April’s TTEC / TTRCC / SMART summit, including:

The Transforming Transportation consortium leads are currently gathering materials to grow the TTEC Research and Action Agenda, so your quick email reporting on projects or action or changes that resulted from or got better because of the TTEC summit last April would be most appreciated. Send your 2-3 sentence email (with a link if available) to Kim Seelye at

And watch future e-news issues for video footage from the summit.

SMART AT LARGE (a not exhaustive report)


SMART Meets With IVM in Buenos Aires

SMART met in Buenos Aires last month with leads from the Institut pour La Ville En Mouvement PSA Peugeot Citroen, a Paris-based International Institute that seeks to contribute to the emergence of innovative solutions for urban mobilities, including transport for the urban poor and vulnerable. See We also met with economic leads at an event focused on new enterprises in Buenos Aires to explore emerging New Mobility-focused business models and ventures.

FAJ Partners Meet Near Sao Paulo

Members of FAJ research and student team

Principal Investigator Ana Maria Sperandio with her husband Henrique in Campinas’ Regular Sunday CycloVia.

SMART met in November with lead researchers and students from Jaguariuna-based FAJ University who have established a New Mobility research effort in collaboration with SMART. Focused on Jaguariuna, Santa Barbara d’Oueste, and Conchall (all near Sao Paulo) its purpose is to study current transportation practices and to advance and innovate opportunities for implementation of sustainable transportation systems that will contribute to greater livability and public health in those communities. Principal Investigator Professor Ana Maria Sperandio presented preliminary work at the recent International 10thInternational Conference on Urban Health in Belo Horizonte Brazil.

New Collaboration to Launch New Mobility Project in Manila Philippines

Dr. Tony LaVina of the Ateneo School of Government in Manila Philippines points out transport and development hotspots to Rockefeller Foundation partners Benjamin De La Pena and Amira Ibrahim.

As part of the Rockefeller-supported “Catalyzing The New Mobility in Cities” project, SMART has forged a Living Lab collaboration with partners from the Ateneo School of Government in Manila Philippines to collaboratively map and improve the New Mobility Grid (seamless multi-mode, multi-service transport network). In October SMART met with leaders in transportation at the city and state levels as well as representatives of business, NGO’s and local Universities to set the stage. Next on the agenda is the first integrated mapping session coming up in late January 2012.

New Mobility Mapping and Piloting Session in Rio

It’s a heady time in Rio de Janeiro as they begin to address some wicked urban challenges and at the same time prepare to host some very major events: a World Cup and the Olympics in coming few years, and a Rio + 20 meeting in June 2012. SMART returned to Rio in early November to meet with the City, the State, local NGO’s and local and international business leaders (Cisco, GE, Google, IBM and more) to map their current and potential New Mobility grid and to identify and spark interventions, pilots and related economic opportunities. SMART explored research needs and forged collaborations that will advance the implementation of Rio’s New Mobility grid. SMART was also an invited guest at IBM’s Global Smart City summit happening in Rio, as well as the Latin American Entrepreneurs Camp.

MOVE Charrette and Exhibit in Toronto

Toronto’s Evergreen Foundation and the Institute Without Boundaries have come together to mount an exciting exhibit that explores how we can build more sustainable transportation and, in the process, create healthier cities and a future that balances the needs of people with nature.

The expo’s goals and values are:

  • to encourage individuals to adopt more sustainable lifestyle choices
  • to inspire people to become agents of change, creating momentum so that our governments and the private sector act more boldly in adopting sustainable practices
  • to celebrate and showcase leadership from business, government and civil society
  • to showcase innovation demonstrating solutions that will help us deal with the environmental challenges of the 21st century
  • and to explore sustainability through the interrelationships between environmental, economic and social issues.

In preparation for the exhibit 10 Toronto-based challenges are being addressed in the form of charrettes to explore solutions that are relevant not only to Toronto but to communities and regions worldwide. SMART advised on the charettes this past November and will participate in the Exhibit opening in June of 2012. For more information visit:

Hub Network Project in Tyson’s Corner / Fairfax

SMART has been invited to collaborate with Nelson Nygaard on an Analysis of the Development and Implementation of Multimodal Transportation Hubs in Tysons Corner, VA. This is part of the Metropolitan Washington Council Of Governments (MWCOG) Transportation/Land-Use Connection program and offers an opportunity to bring the concept of New Mobility Hubs to Tysons Corner as a means of fulfilling the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan. SMART will provide conceptual frameworks, case studies, and broader learning from the SMART Living Lab collaborations around the world, as well as applied methodologies for collaboratively mapping the existing New Mobility Grid and identifying and implementing future hub and grid enhancements and interventions.


WAVE 3.0 Meeting Sparks Future Mobility Platform Conversations

Back in August a number of SMART leads and Connect + Prosper Advisors participated in and presented at a meeting to explore WAVE 3.0, an approach to linking the “3 internets” (Information, Mobility, and Energy) to support a platform for advancing next generation transportation systems and related economic and employment opportunity both in Michigan and nationally. Dialogue has continued and evolved since that time. For more information contact Udi Namaani

Montreal Car Share Conference

At the beginning of October the Car Sharing Association annual conference at the Biosphere in Montreal had the future of personal mobility as its key theme. SMART weighed in with a presentation on the role of car share in the evolving New Mobility grid. The Car Sharing Association works to maximize the environmental and social impact of the carsharing industry. Member organizations are committed to providing sustainable, transit-oriented urban mobility for the benefit of the communities that they serve. See:

ITSA World Congress in Orlando

Peter Sweatman (also board member of ITS America) and Sue Zielinski participated and presented at the ITS America World Congress in Orlando Florida in October. Every year the conference includes more content and activities focused on sustainable transportation. ITSA World Congress will be hosted in Detroit in 2014 – a great opportunity to showcase Michigan based transformations. For more information go to

Innomobility Event in Greenville, South Carolina

SMART was pleased to collaborate on and present at the InnoMobility conference in Greenville South Carolina in October. The focus of the very successful conference was synergistic with SMART’s work on new business models, New Mobility industry development, and tech transfer. Watch the Innomobility website for footage of the event:

EcoMobility Summit in Changwon, Korea

En route to Manila, SMART was pleased to stop in Changwon Korea to speak at the successful EcoMobility Summit, hosted by the EcoMobility Alliance with whom SMART has collaborated on various initiatives. For more information, see:

Wayne State Post Industrial City Conference (on behalf of TTRCC)

On November 18th SMART was honored to present on New Mobility and the post-industrial city in a panel at Wayne State’s conference on the Post Industrial City. Video of the sessions will be posted on Wayne State’s website in the near future. See:

As We Speak: SMART Presents at Bonn Symposium 2011 (Mobility – Development – Culture Towards Sustainable Transport Strategies)

SMART is currently taking part in the Annual Bonn Symposium on Sustainable Development which this year is focusing on Mobility. The Bonn Symposium provides a platform for the exchange of experiences and know-how in the field of sustainable development. The symposium seeks to contribute to the establishment of an improved network of international actors and institutions, and the affirmation of Bonn as a location of expertise on sustainable development.


SMART, Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation, is a project of UMTRI, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Its steering group represents a breadth and diversity of departments, institutes, and initiatives related to sustainable transportation at the University of Michigan.

SMART catalyzes and undertakes research, demonstration projects (living labs), education, and global learning exchange on a range of issues related to the sustainable future of transportation.

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