FMRI's Graduate Research Assistant, Anastasios Charisis, graduated this Fall 2018 at Florida Atlantic University with a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering. Anastasios' focus includes network modeling and mathematical optimization for urban and maritime logistics. He has helped with many projects, including projects involving the Florida Department of Transportation. Three papers have been published under his name, which are "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." The FMRI congratulates Anastasios on his accomplishments and wishes the best for his bright future.
FMRI's Florida Atlantic University and University of Florida participated in the Florida Automated Vehicles Summit, a two day conference, assembling industry leaders from around the world to address technologies, operations, and policy issues. It's mission is to gain insight into what Florida is doing to create the ideal climate for the implementation and deployment of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies.
Beth R. Kigel, FMRI Advisory Board Member, has received the 2018 Leadership & Innovation Award at the Florida Automated Vehicle Summit in Tampa, Florida for her 25 years of public service. "It is our honor to present Beth with the 2018 FAV Summit Leadership and innovation Award, said State Senator Jeff Brandes. "Beth's devotion to the State of Florida and her community is unmated. Her career of public service and her dedication for finding new and innovative transportation solutions makes her the perfect recipient of this award." Ms. Kigel is President and CEO at Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce and Commissioner at Florida Transportation Commission. She plays an active role in the Freight Mobility Research Institute.
Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar invited to the graduate course "Maritime Freight Operations" that he is teaching at FAU a guest speaker from the shipping industry. Mr. Pantelis Peter G. Los, director of the CTT Shipping company was the guest speaker, who gave a lecture on freight operations. Also, Mr. Los explained in detail the necessary procedures for the shipping operations, the strategies and the risks that are related to maritime freight operations. At the end of his lecture, the students were able to ask their questions and discuss with him regarding the shipping industry.
The FMRI members, Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar, Dr. Mihalis Golias, Dr. Miguel Figliozzi, and Dr. Sabya Mishra participated at the 21st IEEE ITS Conference in Maui, Hawaii. The International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC) welcomed papers and presentations in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems, including new developments in theory, analysis, simulation and modeling, experimentation, demonstration, case studies, field operational test, and deployments. The FMRI members and their students presented their research work related to the center's projects and attended numerous sessions within the conference. In addition, the members attended meetings regarding their future work and collaboration with new people from the academia, the public sector, and the industry.
Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar, the FMRI Director, partnered in a co-sponsorship with Dr. Petros Ioannou, Professor at the University of Southern California, for the “Smart Freight Mobility, Current Applications, and Guidelines for Future Development.” workshop on the 21st IEEE ITS Conference in Maui, Hawaii. The presentations of the workshop covered a wide range of freight transportation for current and future conditions and proposed significant and interesting innovations and solutions for the future. Many presentations focused on the use of drones, last mile solutions, marine operations, and freight congestion. Professors around the world participated in the workshop and an FMRI graduate student, Stavroula Manta, presented her research work regarding freight and transit signal priority strategies.
Dr. Evangelos Kaisar, Director of the FMRI, and his students from his new course under the FMRI, “Maritime Freight Operations,” visited the Port of Everglades to discuss port operations and logistics. The port authorities gave a tour to the students on all the different sections of the port. The students were provided with information on the history, the operations, and the management of the port.
The ITE Student Chapter of FAU visited Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona for a meeting discussing technology transfer, research presentations, ITE topics, and future collaboration. Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar, Advisor of the FAU ITE Student Chapter, along with the organization’s president, Stavroula Manta and four ITE members had a meeting with Dr. Scott Parr, Advisor of the Embry ITE Student Chapter, and the organization’s president, Emily Jannace. Dr. Parr gave a tour of the campus and lab to the FAU ITE members.
The Freight Mobility Research Institute Researcher, Stavroula Manta won the third place on the poster showcase on the 6th Annual UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region, held at Clemson University. The poster was titled, “Implementation of Freight Signal Priority strategies for improving freight operations."
The Freight Mobility Research Institute Co-Sponsored the 6th Annual UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region. Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar, FMRI Director, Heather Thompson, FMRI Research Coordinator, and the FMRI Researchers attended this year’s UTC Conference at the Clemson University at South Carolina. The research team participated in the poster showcase with four posters, titled “Vessel Scheduling Considering Multiple Time Windows and Berth Constrained Split Deliveries”, “Implementation of Freight Signal Priority Strategies for Improving Freight Operations”, “An Optimization Model for Evaluating the Economic Competitiveness of Short Sea Shipping,” and “Disaggregate Market Penetration Model for Freight Transportation Organizations Adopted Connecting Autonomous Vehicle Technology” The FMRI Research Associate, Anastasios Charisis presented on “Multi-objective Optimization Model for Locating Logistics Delivery Facilities in Urban Areas.” Dr. Kaisar attended meetings with professors from other universities regarding current and future projects and collaboration.
Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar, Director of the Freight Mobility Research Institute, visited Florida International University for the Women in Transportation (WTS) Seminar Series. He was invited as a guest speaker, presenting “Proactive Planning for Catastrophic Events in Supply Chain." After the end of the webinar, Dr. Kaisar visited the Lehman center and had meetings with the representatives of the center for current and future collaboration.
Dr. Evangelos Kaisar, Director of the FMRI, visited the Skanetrafiken Public Transit Authority in Malmo, Sweden. During his visit, he toured the city and learned about the Swedish transit system, which does connect to Denmark as well. The Skanetrafiken route system has become so popular with patrons that the train and bus services have experienced overcrowding when first introduced. These systems connect both urban and rural areas efficiently and effectively, while providing an environmentally friendly alternative to driving. All transit systems run on fossil-free fuel, saving the environment, reducing noise and air pollution, and improving human health.
Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar, Director of the FMRI, attended the ITS World Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark to represent the Freight Mobility Research Institute to various agencies. Dr. Kaisar also presented a paper related to Transit Signal Priority. During this meeting, Beth Kigel, President and CEO of Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce and a dedicated FMRI Advisory Board Member, was accepted on behalf the Florida Department of Transportation the award for the TSM&O Program. The ITS World Congress conference is an annual event that provides the ideal opportunity for all stakeholders to come together, discuss and make necessary contacts to move initiatives forward, and to develop their business by exhibiting and demonstrating state of the art ITS solutions.
Anastasios Charisis, Graduate Research Assistant for the Freight Mobility Research Institute, participated in the FAU Research Showcase, presenting his research topic: Multiobjective Optimization Model for Establishing Logistics Facilities in Urban Congested Areas.
Abstract: Urban logistics systems play a vital role in the economic growth of todays’ cities. Current urban delivery practices though have proven problematic, causing negative effects such as congestion and environmental impacts. This study proposes an alternative method for delivering cargo, mainly parcel shipments, with the establishment of a network of small logistics hubs for handcart last mile deliveries. We develop a novel mathematical programming model for the capacitated facility location-allocation problem, with constraints related to delivery time deadlines, maximum node allocation range and number of customers allocated in each hub, and solve it using CPLEX. Numerical examples and a sensitivity analysis provide evidence of the robustness of the model and its ability to effectively be applied to address real problems.
Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar, FMRI Director, attended the 7th Symposium of the European Association for Research in Transportation (hEART) in Athens, Greece. The Symposium was co-organized by Dr. Antoniou, the chair of Transportation System Engineering of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). hEART is an interdisciplinary research conference, covering all areas of transportation and freight research, with a focus on quantitative methods and analysis of transport systems. The aim is to connect research in transport modeling, transport economics and transport policy with advanced practice.
Heather Thompson, Research Coordinator, attended the Panel Discussion "Addressing the First-Last Mile: How to Get There" in Miami, FL. The topics of discussion revolved around making Miami a safer place for pedestrians, bikers, and scooters. The overall goal for the city is to reduce traffic congestion by having more efficient and safer modes of transportation rather than personal vehicles. The plan will be to create better transit systems that can connect work, grocery stores, and homes seamlessly. Miami will also work to create a smart transit system that can be connected by phone in order to communicate the need of certain routes to streamline services. Miami District 2 is currently working to create a better bike and scooter share program that will be rolled out shortly to residents and visitors.
Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar, FMRI Director, visited the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece. He attended meetings with Professors from the Civil Engineering Department and Surveying Engineering Department of NTUA regarding future collaboration on research and educational activities. In addition, Dr. Kaisar presented the projects and the future steps of the Freight Mobility Research Institute.
University of Minnesota's Minnesota Traffic Observatory (MTO) hosted two groups of 9th grade students from the College of Science of Engineering's summer Eureka! Program on Thursday, July 19th. Gordon Parikh, MTO Engineer, introduced the students to general surface transportation and freight safety, while Dr. John Hourdos, Director of Research, introduced the students to microscopic traffic simulation. Eureka! Program is a five-year summer and school year program for girls focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), building sisterhood with girls from all over the Twin Cities, exploring career interests and dreams while supporting them through high school graduation and preparing them for the next step in their post-secondary education.
The FMRI's Florida Atlantic University wrapped up their two-week long Transportation Camp with middle school students from the Boca Raton area. Dr. Teegavarapu and Dr. Nagarajan, both FAU transportation professors in the CEGE Department, with the help of teacher's assistants, Ms. Stavroula Manta, Ms. Anusha Chowdhury, and Mr. Anastasios Charisis, taught the children in an exciting environment about transportation. The transportation camp covered ArcGIS based spatial analysis, VISSIM based intersection simulations, basics of transportation engineering, freight operations, logistics, connected and automated vehicles, and traffic count observations. The campers also took part in debates, quizzes, and fun transportation-related cards games.
Florida Atlantic University transportation students had a chance to tour the Port of Palm Beach on Thursday, June 21st with Ms. Heather Thompson, FMRI Research Coordinator. Mr. Carl Baker, Director of Planning & Development, gave the students a presentation on the history of the Port of Palm Beach as well as a passenger van tour around the port, exploring Tropical Shipping, Florida Sugar & Molasses Exchange, and cruise ship docking areas.
Dr. Evangelos Kaisar, Director, and Mr. Anastasios Charisis, Graduate Research Assistant, represented the FMRI at the Fifth Biennial Marine Transportation System Research and Development Conference, Transforming the Marine Transportation System through Multimodal Freight Analytics. Both Dr. Kaisar and Mr. Charisis presented on Wednesday, June 20th for the Maritime and Freight Data Analytics Breakout Session. Dr. Kaisar presented "Short Sea Shipping vs. Trucking: A Cost-Benefit Analysis Using Mathematical Modeling" and Mr. Charisis presented "Containership Routing and Scheduling with Multiple Time Windows."
Florida Atlantic University students toured the Lehigh Cement Facility at Port Everglades on Monday, June 11th with Dr. Evangelos Kaisar, Director, and Heather Thompson, Research Coordinator. Mr. Jorge Armenteros, Vice President of Cement Sales Florida, spoke to the students about logistics, safety, job prospects, market share, and the growing Florida industry.
Dr. Evangelos Kaisar, Director of the FMRI, and Ms. Heather Thompson, Research Coordinator, met with Dr. John Hourdos, FMRI Associate Director of Research, while attending the CUTC Annual Summer Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During the meeting, the team discussed future opportunities and projects in the Minnesota Traffic Observatory.
Dr. Evangelos Kaisar, Director of the FMRI, and Ms. Heather Thompson, Research Coordinator, attended the 2018 CUTC Annual Summer Meeting on Monday, June 4th to Wednesday, June 6th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This meeting attracted the nation's leading transportation professionals from academia, industry, and transportation agencies to discuss the future of all transportation efforts. This three-day event featured keynote speakers, panels, brainstorming ideas, roundtable discussions, guided tours, and key information for transportation centers to continue their progress for economic competitiveness. The Center for Transportation is the hub for transportation research and education at the University of Minnesota, an FMRI partner. Please click here for more information regarding this event.
The Freight Mobility Research Institute hosted the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization's Freight Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting at FAU's Davie Campus. During this meeting, Dr. Evangelos Kaisar discussed FMRI's activities and current and future projects, as well as potential collaborations with members.
FAU's Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions hosted Automation in Transportation with support of the Freight Mobility Research Institute. Presentations were given by Dr. Louis Merlin of Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Steve Lockwood of Steve Lockwood, LLC, and special guest Dr. Tim Schwanen of University of Oxford. A guided bus tour took guests through the Port of Palm Beach where they were able to view the port in action, as well as take a walking tour through the Florida Sugar & Molasses Exchange facility. Please click here for more information regarding this event, including presentations and video.
The Annual Freight Mobility Research Institute meeting, gathering members from all partner universities and advisory board, took place on March 30th and 31st at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. This meeting was intended to gather members from all partner universities and advisory board to review presentations regarding the progress of the institute’s activities and research projects, as well as discuss the next steps required to further improve the institute’s performance in addressing the most critical issues in United State’s freight transport systems.
The Freight Mobility Research Institute researchers had a privilege to meet with professor Alexander Skabardonis, the world-known expert in a field of traffic engineering, traffic control systems, traffic management, transportation and the environment from University of California, Berkeley. The young researchers had the opportunity to discuss about their current and future FMRI projects, hear more about work of Dr. Scabardonis and explore potential collaboration in the future.
Students from the FAU High School visited the Freight Mobility Research Institute and its Transportation Laboratory at Florida Atlantic University. The FMRI research team gave a tour to the state-of-the-art facilities. The FMRI Director, Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar provided information to the students regarding Transportation Engineering and the prospects of pursuing a career in this field.
Sam Jordan, a graduate student of Freight Mobility Research Institute at the University of Memphis was selected by the Board of Regents of the Eno Center for Transportation to participate in the 26th Annual Eno Future Leaders Development Conference in Washington, DC on May 20th – 25th, 2018. He holds degrees from the University of Tennessee, the University of Memphis, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sam's research interests center around the planning and design of sustainable and resilient intermodal transportation systems, and the ethical considerations of distributing connective resources throughout communities. Each year, the Eno Future Leaders Development Conference (LDC) gives 20 of the nation’s top graduate students in transportation a first-hand look at how national transportation policies are developed. Students apply to the program early in the year, and those selected as “Eno Fellows” come to Washington, DC for a week in the spring of meetings with federal officials and leaders of business and non-profit organizations.
FMRI Research Associates Bratislav Ostojic and MD Sultan Ali visited the Florida Atlantic University High School for a guest talk. They presented their research work related to Transportation Engineering and had the chance to engage with students and answer questions about the opportunities arising in the transportation sector.
FMRI Director, Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar, participated in the Freight Transportation Advisory Committee of the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization. Dr. Kaisar presented on new research conducted by FMRI related to improving freight mobility.
Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar, Director of the FMRI, had a meeting with the all the partners and the advisory board of the Freight Mobility Research Institute. The meeting held during the Transportation Research Board 97th Annual Meeting. The subject of their meeting was the progress of the Institute of its first year, the projects of 2017 and the future projects for 2018.
Each January, transportation professionals and practitioners from all over the world convene in Washington D.C. for the 97th Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting. The Freight Mobility Research Institute (FMRI) hosted its first ever reception within the TRB framework. In the FMRI reception more than 60 Academics, Industry Professionals and University students gathered together and had the opportunity to engage with the FMRI researchers and learn more information about its activities and projects. Furthermore, the FMRI was well represented at the 97th Annual Meeting as its staff participated in committee meetings, lecture sessions, and poster presentations. Listed papers include: "Marine Container Terminal Cooperation: A Nash Bargaining Approach" (Pujats, K., Gkolias, M., Mishra, S.) "Data Envelopment Analysis Model for Assessment of Safety and Security of Intermodal Transportation Facilities" (Kaisar, E., Gundersen, E.), "Disaggregated Prediction of Adoption Rate of Autonomous Trucks by Freight Organizations" (Simpson J., Mishra, S., Talebian, A., Gkolias, M.), and "Modeling the Sustainability of Commercial Vehicle Technologies" (Figliozzi, M.)
The graduate student, Stavroula Manta represented the Freight Mobility Research Institute on her visit at the National Technical University of Athens. She met with Professors from the Civil Engineering Department and Surveying Engineering Department of NTUA. The purpose of the meetings was to present the FMRI current and future projects and to recruit new graduate students.