Present your ideas for smarter mobility and urban development at Transforming Transportation 2015

Transforming Transportation 2015 is the annual conference co-organized by EMBARQ, the sustainable urban transport program of the World Resources Institute, and the World Bank. This year’s conference will focus on Smart Cities for Shared Prosperity, and will examine how smart, connected urban mobility can improve quality of life in cities.

They’re inviting YOU to become a presenter. Pitch your presentation using the application linked below to present on either “Innovations in Urban Development for Smart Cities” or Innovations in Mobility for Smart Cities.” Presentations will follow the PechaKucha and must be submitted by December 2, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.

For more information, see https://embarq.formstack.com/forms/ttdc15_presentations.

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Call for Papers – NECTAR 2015

The transportation field is undergoing a technological revolution in information and communication technologies including “big” data, connected vehicles, modeling techniques, and—just over the horizon—self-driving cars. For these smart transport developments to fulfil their promise, they need to be guided by and deployed in service of smart planning: a planning that improves the fairness of transportation’s distribution and lessens its environmental impact and societal costs. Technological innovations must be implemented in a way that applies the lessons of history on the relationship of transportation and urban form to forestall unwanted outcomes. Fundamentally, these advances must be part of a shift that values accessibility over simple movement as the overarching purpose of transportation.

The conference will facilitate interaction between North American and European transport and communications researchers on all these topics. In addition, the conference will incorporate a specialized subconference for researchers, professionals and decisionmakers from both continents on “Accessibility-Based Evaluation: From Laboratory to Practice.” Researchers have long argued that planning and evaluation of transportation should be on the basis of metrics of accessibility, rather than travel speeds, highway level of service, or vehicular throughput. Yet the progress of this idea into professional practice and decisionmaking has been halting, and nowhere has accessibility evaluation displaced analysis based on the quality or quantity of human or vehicular movement. The specialized subconference will consider obstacles to accessibility-based reform of transportation planning practice, approaches to overcoming those obstacles, and instances of successful implementation of accessibility-based evaluation.

The conference will provide a plenary session for keynote speakers, sessions with presentations of submitted papers, and NECTAR Cluster Meetings/Sessions.

Papers are welcome from the fields of transport, communications and accessibility at large. In addition to the main theme of the conference, themes of specific interest include:

  • Networks
  • Policy and Environment
  • Logistics and Freight
  • Commuting, Migration, and Labor Markets
  • Accessibility
  • Transport Security

Deadline for abstracts: 5 January 2015.
For more information, see https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/nectar.

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Dow Sustainability Fellows Request for Proposals

The Dow Sustainability Fellows Program is an outstanding opportunity for your doctoral students, and the program is now accepting applications for its Doctoral Fellowships, which offer up to $50,000 in funding support and inclusion in a vibrant “Community of Scholars.”

This program is open to exceptional Ph.D. students conducting interdisciplinary research related to sustainability. A key part of this two-year doctoral fellowship program is that it is multidisciplinary in nature, so we encourage doctoral students from all schools, colleges, and units at the university to apply. A total of 10 doctoral students who have completed at least one full year of their doctoral program prior to January 2015 (and who will not finish their program before April 2017) will be selected.

For more information, see http://sustainability.umich.edu/dow/doctoral/rfp.

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Cognicity Challenge

London, UK

The Cognicity Challenge is the starting point for the Cognicity initiative by Canary Wharf Group (CWG), a development that understands and responds to the needs and lives of its residents and workers.

The Challenge is divided into six streams, which will open to applications in pairs in October, November and December 2014, when startups from around the world can apply in a secure, online process.

The startups in each stream will develop their technologies and solutions through an intensive 12-week programme, with expert guidance from leading technology companies and CWG operational leads. One startup from each accelerator will win a £50,000 cash prize and the opportunity to pilot their solutions in the ongoing development of Canary Wharf, creating a showcase connected city.

For more information, see http://www.cognicity.london/cognicity-challenge.

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Funding for the U-M Energy Community

Partnerships for Innovation in Sustainable Energy Technologies (PISET) seeds new interdisciplinary research programs in sustainable energy science, technology, and policy with funding for a University of Michigan Sustainable Energy Research Fellow. Successful proposals will combine innovative research plans with concrete timelines for establishing independent funding.

Applications due Friday, November 7th. For more information, see http://energy.umich.edu/funding-partnerships/partner-umei.

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Road Pricing and Parking Workshop

November 24
Toronto, ON

Traffic congestion in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) continues to increase despite unprecedented funding of regional and local transit. With its majority win at the polls in June 2014, the Liberal government has promised to invest another $15 billion over the next 10 years so the GTHA can catch up to other world-class cities. While this new money derived from general and “re-purposed” taxes is very welcome, Canadian and international studies demonstrate that, in the absence of comprehensive mobility pricing policies, new transit and road capacity induce more travel which ultimately leads to more gridlock.

You will learn from these North American experts:

  • Randal Thomas, Program Director, Office of Innovative Partnerships & Alternative Funding, Oregon Department of Transportation, Salem, Oregon, USA
  • Lauren Mattern, SFpark Manager, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, California, USA
  • David Levinson, RP Braun/Center for Transportation Studies Chair in Transportation, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  • Wes Hogman, Interim General Manager, Calgary Parking Authority, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Daniel Fisher, Senior Advisor, Investment Strategy & Project Evaluation, Metrolinx, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Bern Grush, Founder and Chief Scientist, PayBySky Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

For more information, see http://www.transportfutures.ca/rppworkshop.

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