2019 News

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Dr. Liu participates in Florida Frieght Advisory Committee

July 26, 2019, Orlando, FL

Dr. Dan Liu, Postdoctoral Researcher, attended the Florida Freight Advisory Committee (FLFAC) Meeting as an advisor in MetroPlan Orlando. During the meeting, Dr. Dan Liu was involved in the discussion on Florida's Freight Mobility and Trade Plan (FMTP) and the objectives validation of FMTP. She gave comments on last-mile delivery and forecasting congestion/bottlenecks of freight corridor, as well as leveraging multi-source data and technologies to improve safety and security of the freight system.

Dan Murray

FMRI Advisory Board Member, Dan Murray of ATRI Promoted

June 11, 2019, Arlington, VA

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) announced that Dan Murray has been promoted to senior vice president. Murray, who has been with ATRI since 1994, most recently served as ATRI's vice president. As senior vice president, Murray will continue to lead ATRI's portfolio of sponsored research as well as provide strategic direction and management of ATRI's top research priorities. ATRI is the trucking industry's 501c3 non-profit research organization, engaging in critical research relating to freight transportation's essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.


FMRI Partners Tour BNSF & the Int'l Port of Memphis

May 17, 2019, Memphis, TN

The University of Memphis hosted an FMRI Advisory Board meeting that included tours of the BNSF Railway, and the International Port of Memphis. The BNSF tour was given by Douglas Gage, senior manager Hub Operations of Business Unit Operations & Support, and highlighted intermodal yard logistics and operations, as well as special equipment and machinery applications. The port tour was directed by Randy Richardson, executive director of the County Port Commission, and highlighted the port companies and the logistics used to work with the changing water levels of the Mississippi River.


FMRI Partner Institution Hosts Advisory Board Meeting

May 16 - 17, 2019, Memphis, TN

The FMRI advisory board members and consortium members held their annual physical meeting at the University of Memphis's FedEx Institute of Technology. The agenda included center activity updates, year two project presentations, educational initiatives, and year three plans. Attendees also took a tour of the FedEx World Hub facility - the largest facility in the FedEx network, providing overnight service to the entire nation and serving 95% of the global economy on a 24 to 48 hour basis.

Kaisar Award

FMRI Faculty Director Recognized by Broward County's Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

May 8, 2019, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Evangelos Kaisar, associate professor and director of Florida Atlantic University’s Freight Mobility Research Institute and department of civil, environmental and geomatics engineering, was the recipient of the 2019 Alliance World Class Faculty award for his work in transportation and logistics,which helped connect locals with high-wage jobs and supported neighborhood business growth. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance helped Broward businesses secure more than $216 million in capital investment and create and retain nearly 1,500 jobs since October.

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FIU Tour

FMRI Discusses Collaborations with Visiting FIU Director

May 2, 2019, FAU Boca Raton Campus

Dr. Evangelos Kaisar, director of the FMRI met with Dr. Atorod Azizinamini, director of the Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at FIU to discuss possible research collaborations. Azizinamini also met with Dr. Javad Hashemi, associate dean for research, FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science and toured the FAU facilities.


FMRI Director Presents at 2nd Annual Nat'l Mobility Summit of the USDOT University Transportation Centers

April 11, 2019, Washington, DC

Dr. Evangelos Kaisar, director of the FMRI, spoke on the center research titled, "Modeling Adoption of Autonomous Vehicles by Freight Organizations" at the USDOT summit. The summit was attended by industry, community, workforce, government, academia, and directors from university transportation centers around the country. The topiocs of discussion were real-world transportation challenges, technological innovations, policy approaches, successful deployments, workforce training needs, and lessons learned.

Photo l-r: Dr. Wei (David) Fan, director, Center for Advanced Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Dr. Evangelos Kaisar, director, FMRI at FAU.


FMRI Director Participates in the Standing Committee on Freight Transportation Data and AASHTO

April 9-10, 2019, Irvine, CA

Dr. Evangelos Kaisar, director of the FMRI, attended the Innovations in Freight Data Workshop organized by the Transportation Research Board. During the workshop, he participated in the Standing Committee on Freight Transportation Data and AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials). The workshop aimed to bring together the community of freight data users to share, discuss, and learn about the latest applications of emerging data sources and data fusion methods, freight data tools, and transferable methods of data collection, analysis, and visualization to meet planning and performance measurement and requirements.

Hourdos Visit

FMRI Consortium Partner Visits FAU

April 3, 2019, FAU Boca Raton Campus

FMRI associate director of research, Dr. John Hourdos who is also a research associate professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-engineering at the University of Minnesota visited FAU and presented his research titled, "Talking, Robot, or Talking Robot Cars?" at the FMRI ITE Student Chapter Lecture Series. Dr. Evangelos Kaisar and Hourdos also discussed research proposal initiatives for the third year, guidelines for the consortium, and future meetings with the advisory board and consortium.


FMRI Holds Supply Chain Sustainability and Transportation Resilience Workshop

March 29, 2019, FAU Dania Beach Site

The FMRI, with the assistance of Dr. Manhar Dhanak, chair, FAU Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering, held a Supply Chain Sustainability and Transportation Resilience Workshop. The event brought together academia, government, and industry to discuss local research-based sustainability and resiliency in the South Florida region. The agenda gave attendees a chance to learn about updated local government activities and research information in panel sessions, presentations,and working group discussions.


FMRI Director Attends Smart and Connected Initiative Workshop

March 27, 2019, Riviera Beach Marina Village Event Center, FL

Dr. Evangelos Kaisar, director of the FMRI attended the Smart and Connected Initiative Workshop. The event covered economic development, workforce development and education, and access to opportunity under the Palm Beach North Strategic Planning.

Certificate Program

New Certificate Program Offered in the Area of Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

2019 FAU

To provide students with the knowledge necessary in this age of connected supply chains, the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Information Technology and Operations Management in the College of Business offer a jointly designed certificate in Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Management. This 12-credit certificate permits graduate students to expand their knowledge on the technical skills of transportation engineering and the analytical business decision-making skills of supply chain management.

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FMRI Co-sponsors Florida Supply Chain Summit

Feb. 6-7, 2019, Orlando, FL

The summit was attended by members of businesses and universities that came together to discuss the needs of innovation and personnel in supply chain efforts for Florida industries. Companies that participated included Amazon, C.H. Robinson, Florida East Coast Railway, Port Everglades, Port of Miami, Port of Tampa Bay, Enterprise Florida, and Florida Makes.


FMRI Hosts Advisory Board Meeting

Jan. 14, 2019, Washington, DC

The meeting covered updates on first- and second- year research and education projects, reporting criteria and report guidelines, and future research and educational initiatives under the center. The meeting was attended by special guest, Amy Stearns, USDOT grant manager.


FMRI Consortium Member's Research Recognized at TRB Event

Jan. 14, 2019, Washington, DC

FMRI consortium member, Dr. Miguel Figliozzi of Portland State University, was recognized for his presentation titled, "A Study of Autonomous Delivery Robots and Their Potential Impacts on Freight Efficiency and Travel" at the TRB 98th Annual Meeting Workshop 1135. The theme of the event was "Automation, Crowdsourcing, and Home Deliveries". Figliozzi's presentation revealed last-mile issues and introduced SADRs - sidewalk autonomous delivery robots - to help combat heavier items that can't be transported by drones.

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FMRI Hosts Networking Event in Washington

Jan. 13, 2019, Washington, DC

FMRI hosted a networking reception for faculty, staff, and student researchers in transportation fields from various universities. The event provided an opportunity to discuss future research endeavors and collaborations with those who have expertise in different fields of transportation engineering to further develop synergistic projects for the advancement of freight mobility.

TRB Meeting

FMRI Co-hosts the 98th Annual TRB Meeting Workshop 1090

Jan. 13, 2019, Washington, DC

Dr. Evangelos Kaisar, director of the FMRI and Dr. Kuilin Zhang, assistant professor, Michigan Technological University, hosted the TRB 98th Annual Meeting Workshop 1090. The theme of the event was titled, "Smart Initiatives and Intelligent Transportation Systems Applications for Efficient and Sustainable Freight Mobility." The workshop explored emerging logistics and supply chain initiatives, methods for last-mile deliveries, multimodal freight mobility, port resiliency and logistics terminals operations. FMRI partner university, University of Memphis with Florida Atlantic University, presented their research titled, "Modeling Adoption of Autonomous Vehicle Technologies by Freight Organizations."

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FMRI Graduate Student Receives Award

Jan. 12, 2019, Washington, DC

FMRI graduate research assistant, Anastasios Charisis, received the 2018 Student of the Year Award and a $1,000 scholarship for his research in urban logistics delivery and maritime logistics. Charisis graduated fall 2018 from FAU with a master of science degree in civil engineering. Charisis helped with many projects involving the Florida Department of Transportation, and published three papers title "Multiobjective Location-Allocation Model for Urban Logistics Delivery Facilities;" "Containership Routing and Scheduling Model with Multiple Time Windows," and; "Container Shipping Route and Schedule Design with Port Time Windows and Coordinated Arrivals."

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