Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar, FMRI Director, welcomed Dr. Lily Elefteriadou, Director of the UF Transportation Institute, at the FMRI laboratory at Florida Atlantic University. The FMRI members presented their work to Dr. Elefteriadou and discussed the future scope of the Institute. Dr. Elefteriadou visited FAU Boca Raton campus as a guest lecturer at the Distinguished Lecture Series hosted by FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science. The topic of her presentation was on "Traffic Signal Control with Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in the Traffic Stream."
The Freight Mobility Research Institute (FMRI) Director Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar, Research Associates MD Sultan Ali, Bratislav Ostojic, and the FMRI Researchers participated in the “Lessons from Hurricane Irma for Increasing Resilience: From Practice to Revising Plans and Policy” workshop at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The workshop was hosted by the Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions (CUES) of Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Kaisar presented on “Lessons Learned from Hurricanes: Evacuation and Resilience.”
The Freight Mobility Research Institute Co-Sponsored the 5th Annual UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region. Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar, FMRI Director, Dr. Yan Yong, the Chair of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering, Assistant Professors of Florida Atlantic University and the FMRI Researchers attended this year’s UTC Conference at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The research team participated in the poster showcase with two posters, titled “Port Recovery in the Aftermath of Oil Spill Incident” and “Evaluation of Bus Routes Efficiency Using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and Free Disposal Hull (FDH) Approaches.” The FMRI Research Associate, MD Sultan Ali presented on “Guidance for Identifying Corridor Conditions that Warrant Deploying Transit Signal Priority.” Dr. Kaisar attended meetings with Dr. Gkolias, FMRI Associate Director, and Dr. Mishra, FMRI partner, from the University of Memphis regarding current and future projects of the Institute.
Mr. Ostojic, Research Associate represented the Freight Mobility Research Institute and Florida Atlantic University on 2017 FAV Summit. He presented his master thesis research involving the integration of the driving simulator in a connected vehicle environment.
Dr. Evangelos Kaisar participated in the 7th METRANS International Urban Freight Conference with two presentations, titled "Formal Analysis of Delays in Waterway System Operations with Timed Automata Modeling" and "A Smart Port Resiliency Assessment and Planning Tool." Dr. Figliozzi also presented on "Modeling Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) Costs Tradeoffs." In addition, they discussed the current and the future projects of Freight Mobility Research Institute.
The FMRI Director, Dr. Evangelos Kaisar had meetings with Professors from the Civil Engineering Department and Surveying Engineering Department of NTUA, Greece regarding future collaboration on research and educational activities. Dr. Kaisar presented the first year’s projects of the Freight Mobility Research Institute and he attended a thesis defense of an undergraduate student relative to transportation engineering.
Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar and Dr. John Hourdos represented the Freight Mobility Research Institute on the 5th IEEE International Conference on Models and Technologies for Intelligent Transportation Systems. Dr. Kaisar presented on "Guidance for Identifying Corridor Conditions that Warrant Deploying Transit signal Priority and Queue Jump" and also submitted a research paper relative to this topic. Few of the topics of the conference included ITS - oriented traffic planning, operations and management, ITS and smart cities, ITS multimodal transportation and freight systems, future mobility data collection for passenger and freight, automated and intelligent vehicles, current issues in transportation energy and climate change.
Graduate students MD Sultan Ali and Luis Zerpa represented the Freight Mobility Research Institute at the Florida Section ITE Summer Meeting. The two FMRI graduate students presented on "Guidance for Implementing Transit Signal Priority" at the Transportation Safety Summit. In addition, they participated in the ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl and attended various presentations related to Traffic Operations & Planning.
The CUTC 2017 Annual Summer Meeting attracted the nation’s leading transportation professionals from academia and industry along with the U.S. DOT and other transportation agency officials. Dr. Kaisar, Director of the Freight Mobility Research Institute and Mrs. Lynn Asseff, Director of Operations at College of Engineering and Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University attended the summer meeting for representing the FMRI and enhancing future collaborations. The meeting served as a venue to exchange information between university transportation centers, the US Department of Transportation, and other government agencies. The three-day event featured distinguished speakers including keynote addresses, presentations, panels, and guided discussions covering a broad range of topics related to transportation. A portion of the program was managed by the UTC Program Staff from the U.S. DOT Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology.
Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar, Director of the FMRI had a meeting with the all the partner universities of the Freight Mobility Research Institute. US Department of Transportation staff participated in the meeting that was held at Florida Atlantic University. The subject of the first FMRI meeting was regarding the progress of the current projects and the future research projects from Fall 2017.
The FMRI Director, Dr. Kaisar participated in the Midyear Transportation Research Board Meeting at Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences Engineering. The 2017 Innovations in Freight Data Workshop brought together freight data users and decision makers to learn and share the latest applications of emerging “big” freight data sources to improve freight planning, freight operations, and mobility of freight visualization. The event convened traditional freight planning stakeholders, as well as data and technology innovators from related areas whose expertise can be leveraged to advance the state-of-the-practice. Presenters included both practitioners sharing their state-of-the-art applications and researchers working at the cutting edge to develop next-generation data applications and analysis tools. In addition to showcasing best practices, the event also served as an opportunity to identify future research needs and opportunities for collaboration.
The FMRI Director Dr. Kaisar visited West Boca Community High School to meet with the Principal of West Boca Community High School regarding future collaboration on educational and outreach activities. Dr. Kaisar presented to the Principal the goals of the Freight Mobility Research Institute and pointed out the importance of cooperation with the West Boca High School.
Florida Department of Transportation Mobility Division visited Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Kaisar, Director of the Freight Mobility Research Institute showed to the representatives of FDOT Mobility Division the FMRI facilities. Moreover, Dr. Kaisar presented the progress of the Institute and the goals of the Freight Mobility Research Institute and pointed out the importance of cooperation with the FDOT.
Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar, FMRI Director, visited Florida Polytechnic University for participating in the Florida Chamber's Trade and Logistics Institute Meeting. The main topic of the meeting was to discuss the increasing number of academic programs in logistics and supply chain management and the commitment to building a talent supply chain that expands Florida's position as a leader in international trade. In addition, Dr. Kaisar presented the current progress of the Institute and participated in a higher education discussion with other Professors.
Dr. Kaisar, Director of the Freight Mobility Research Institute was invited by Dr. Tricia Meredith, Director of FAU High School Research program to visit the FAU High School. Along with Graduate Research Assistants MD Sultan Ali and Luis Zerpa, Dr. Kaisar discussed with high school students about his experience in the transportation engineering field and shared various knowledge of a career in freight industry. In addition, they presented a part of their work regarding port operations. The students had a tour of automated vehicles at the Laboratory of FAU High School.
The Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting was held at Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Freight Mobility Research Institute Director Dr. Kaisar and the rest of the FMRI members participated in TRB Annual Meeting. The spotlight theme for the 2017 TRB Annual Meeting was "Transportation Innovation: Leading the Way in an Era of Rapid Change." The program attracted 12,000 transportation professionals from around the world to Washington, D.C. The meeting covered all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 750 sessions and workshops, addressing topics of interest to all attendees - policymakers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions.
Florida Atlantic University has been announced to lead the Freight Mobility Research Institute. Whether it's planes, trains, or automobiles, the nation's transportation systems are growing rapidly and present a number of challenges related to safety as well as sustainability. Florida Atlantic University will receive $1.4 million per year from the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), for five years, for its Freight Mobility Research Institute, housed in the Department of Civil Environmental and Geomatics Engineering within FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. Read More