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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AHFE 2015 – Call for Participation

July 26-30
Las Vegas, NV

The conference objective is to provide an international forum for the dissemination and exchange of scientific information on theoretical, generic, and applied areas of ergonomics, including, physical ergonomics, cognitive and neuroergonomics, social and occupational ergonomics, cross-cultural aspects of decision making, ergonomics modeling and usability evaluation, human digital modeling, healthcare and special populations, human factors in oil, gas and nuclear energy industries, human factors in unmanned systems, safety management and human factors, ergonomics in design, affective and pleasurable design, human factors, software, and systems engineering, transportation (road and rail, maritime and aviation), training and human performance, occupational safety management, and the human side of service engineering. This will be accomplished through the following six modes of communication: keynote presentation, parallel sessions, demonstration and poster sessions, tutorials, exhibitions, and meetings of special interest groups.

For more information, see http://www.ahfe2015.org.

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Call for Papers: 2015 International Workshop on Intelligent Transportation and Smart City

In recent years, computing technologies have become increasingly important to our society and our daily activities. In particular, the technologies in relation to transportation systems are significant to the development of various applications. It is essential to apply intelligent transportation and smart city technologies to improve their efficiency and effectiveness on both theoretical and practical perspectives. The 1st ITASC was started as a workshop of The International Symposium on Autonomous Decentralized System (ISADS), which was successfully held in Mexico.

For more information, see http://itasc2015.tongji.edu.cn/en/Show.aspx?info_lb=9&info_id=25&flag=9.

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Opportunity for High School Students to Research New Mobility in Scandinavia

Scandinavia is home to the smartest and most sustainable cities in the world. Every day – unlike the United States – millions of residents move around these cities without cars. In Copenhagen, more than half of commuters travel about Denmark’s capital by bicycle. Stockholm, too, encourages Swedes to leave their car at home.

Across the region, there are fascinating examples of technological innovations. Scandinavian cities embrace clean trains, trams and buses. Their infrastructure planning prioritizes bike lanes over car traffic. As a result, urban transport in Scandinavia is spectacular to watch, and more importantly, a valuable model for the globe.

On this trip, they’ll explore these cutting-edge cities that are leading the world in smart planning and sustainable transport. Starting in Stockholm, they will frame the challenge of improving transportation back in our home cities — what could work here and what wouldn’t. And they’ll also have fun, soaking up the local culture, midnight sun and Swedish cinnamon rolls.

The trip ends with a visit to the famed Tivoli Garden Amusement Park, by which time they’ll have assembled a plan for bringing more sustainable, better-designed cities home to our communities.

Find out more at http://www.atlasworkshops.com/cities-that-move.

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Second International Conference on Sustainable Urbanization (ICSU 2015), Hong Kong, 7-9 January 2015

The Conference consists of the following 5 symposia which focus on different aspects of sustainable urbanization:

Symposium 1: Emerging Materials and Technologies for Sustainable Infrastructure

Symposium 2: Sustainable Urban Renewal in High-Density Cities

Symposium 3: Sustainable Water in Cities

Symposium 4: Urban Data and Urban Computing

Symposium 5: Energy Saving and Renewable Energy Technologies for Buildings

Apply by October 15th at http://www.polyu.edu.hk/risud/ICSU2015/submissions.html.

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Funding for the U-M Energy Community

The University of Michigan Energy Institute is pleased to solicit proposals for the next round of University of Michigan Energy Research Fellows. The theme of the program remains Partnerships for Innovation in Energy.

Proposals require a team of two or more PIs in sustainable energy science, technology, and policy. Researchers in sustainable energy from all parts of campus are strongly encouraged to apply!

Applications are Due Friday, October 31, 2014 and additional information is located at http://energy.umich.edu/funding-partnerships/partner-umei.

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