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Dear Friend of SMART:

In this issue we follow up briefly on our June panel and meeting, we launch INSPIREMOBILITY (SMART’s new innovations blog) and we’ll also catch you up on some of the latest SMART news. To learn more about SMART’s mission and activities and how to get involved, please go to ABOUT SMART.

And we’d like to hear from you. Please send your comments, questions, related research, favorite innovations, case studies, and collaboration ideas to Susan Zielinski, Managing Director of SMART at For past issues of SMART e-NEWS, go to:

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SMART upcoming events

September 4: June SMART Conference Video Arrives on SMART Site

This past June 11th and 12th SMART hosted “New Mobility: the Emerging Transportation Economy”. It featured a special public panel entitled “New Mobility Means Business: A Panel on Emerging Markets in Sustainable Urban Transportation”. Thanks to our generous sponsors* we were able to capture the event on video and make it available on our website. So mark your calendar and visit the SMART website any time after September 4 and link to hours of informative (and at times entertaining) New Mobility footage.

* Sponsors include: Ford Motor Company, Royal Dutch Shell, The National Science Foundation Human and Social Dynamics Program, Octillion, and the Erb Institute, the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, and the Center for the Study of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan.

September 23, 6 pm: Dr. Tiago Farias (SMART Distinguished Speaker Series)

Room 335 West Hall
University of Michigan
1085 S. University
Ann Arbor MI

Solutions for Reducing Energy Consumption and Pollutant Emissions from the Road Transportation Sector

On September 23 join Dr. Tiago Farias to discuss the key solutions available for reducing fuel consumption and pollutant emissions from road transportation, including alternative fuels, new propulsion systems (such as hybrids, plug ins or fuel cells), mobility management and behaviour change. Available technologies and promising future solutions will be compared from a full life cycle perspective, and examples of results obtained at ITS – Lisbon using numerical simulators and a PEMS (Portable Emission Measurement System) laboratory will be presented. SMART member Professor Jonathan Levine will moderate. Thanks to the National Science Foundation Human and Social Dynamics program, the event is open to the public and free of charge.

Tiago Lopes Farias

Tiago Lopes Farias has been an Assistant Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department of Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal, since 1997 having obtained his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering. His research activities cover vehicle dynamics and environmental performance modeling, experimental monitoring of the environmental performance of vehicles, environmental accessibility indicators, and alternative and sustainable energy within the transport industry. Over the last decade he has participated in several joint research activities at the University of Michigan (where he undertook part of his Ph.D. under a co-supervision), Yale University (Mechanical Engineering Department) and most recently at the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at the North Carolina State University, the Urban Planning Department at the University of Michigan, and the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT. Professor Farias also teaches “ Energy in Transport” -- a Mechanical Engineering Course at IST; and “Transportation Technologies” as part of the Masters in Transport program of the Civil Engineering Department at IST. As a researcher, Professor Farias has published more than 100 papers in Scientific Journals, International Books and International Conference Proceedings. He is currently leading a Research Team on Transport, Energy and Environment that comprises environmental and mechanical engineers and several technicians. Within the Research Team, he has been responsible for organizing and lecturing at several courses and workshops on alternative energy for transport, and new technologies for vehicle propulsion systems at IST and several other universities and technical institutes in Portugal. He is currently the supervisor of 5 PhD students, 5 masters students and host 2 Pos Doc researchers.

October 23, 4 - 8 pm: TechKnow Forum 2008
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) and the Smart Grid

TechKnow Forum is a joint presentation of State, Industry and Research leaders, the University of Michigan's Office of Technology Transfer, and the Business Engagement Center. Please join us on October 23, 2008 at the Power Center, for an interactive discussion among senior researchers and executives representing Michigan's energy and transportation communities as well as public policy representatives, venture capitalists, University researchers and faculty--the type of diverse group that seldom sits down together at the same time. We expect a lively debate of key issues regarding the future of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and the use of a smart electric grid to power them. Be Informed. Be Inspired. Interact. Learn more at:

Register by Sept. 15th and SMART Learning Community members receive preferred pricing and seating as well as the opportunity to attend the pre-event networking session.


Case study briefs

Launching INSPIREMOBILITY, SMART’s OnLine Innovations Library and Blog

This is the section of e-News where we usually profile one local and one global case study of innovative sustainable urban transportation. But in this issue, thanks to blogmeister Kyle Lawson, instead of just two case studies we’re making a whole (growing) collection of case studies available to you through SMART’s new online innovations library and blog.

INSPIREMOBILITY is a place where you can FIND AND SEND links to the latest sustainable transportation innovations from around the world.

Here’s how it works:

You’re sitting at your computer and you receive one of those emails from a friend or colleague, linking you to a inspiring sustainable transportation innovation. It seems a shame not to share it. So it’s great that it’s so easy. Just forward the link to

When it gets to us, we’ll give it a title, and post it in the INSPIREMOBILITY library / blog for anyone to see, and you will have done your good deed for the day. Meanwhile, months from now when you forget where you filed that interesting and useful link, just visit INSPIREMOBILITY (accessible from the SMART home page at and find it waiting for you, along with myriad other new and inspiring innovation links.

For now we’re just posting innovations as they come and making them searchable by general category. One day we may get ambitious and try to make them even more searchable and accessible. And because the success of INSPIREMOBILITY depends on your contributions, one day, we might even single out and reward particularly good and frequent contributors (with your permission of course). So please do visit INSPIREMOBILITY, and please do forward us your innovation links and stories (to

Note: the innovations you send must already be deployed somewhere in the world, not just an interesting idea!


SMART news

SMART’s June New Mobility meeting vastly enriched existing projects and sparked many new ones. It also inspired substantial (and very positive) press ranging from the Ann Arbor News to the Detroit Free Press to Business Outlook (India’s largest Business Magazine) to the India Times. For video coverage of that meeting, visit any time after September 4. A few highlights of our meeting-inspired activities since June include:

• Stepping up the pace and vibrancy of our (already vibrant) projects and partnerships in Cape Town, Chennai, and Bangalore. SMART / Ford project teams will be heading to India for a visit to the emerging hub network projects in October and then we’ll head to Cape Town in November for a small hub network pilot launch. We’ll also be visiting a number of US cities to follow up on budding New Mobility projects.

• Engaging Krista Gullo (formerly the author of Ford Motor Company’s award-winning Sustainability report and now a Ph.d candidate at SNRE) to manage our global research collaborative. At the June meeting we had a chance to meet with scholars from the various project cities, and to refine and accelerate research directions aimed at supporting New Mobility implementation, integration, and industry development, as well as understanding social and cultural underpinnings of transportation and how they affect the stories we tell and the solutions we provide. For more information on the evolving research collaborative, contact Krista at

• Crafting plans for next year’s meeting, slated for some time in April.

• Developing SMART’s New Mobility business network (for more information contact Sue Zielinski at

• Growing SMART’s Learning Community with the help of Eric Britton of EcoPlan. As well we have participated and presented at a number of events and meetings, in particular the impressive “Meeting of The Minds” conference in Portland Oregon which focused on innovations needed for more sustainable cites, at the Green Cities Panel of the Tubingen / Ann Arbor twin city event, and the ULI Detroit meeting on Transit Oriented Development.

• Advising to a number of New Mobility related efforts including the First Lego League Robotics competition which will engage 194000 children from 40 different countries to compete with their New Mobility designs this fall (see as well as providing resources to the T4 America sustainable transportation policy effort (see



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