Special Seminar: Transportation and Air Quality Monitoring and Analysis Using Drones and Sensors

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 4:00pm to 5:00pm PDT
Friday Transportation Seminar at Portland State University featuring Zhong-Ren Peng, University of Florida

Join us at PSU's Urban Center for a special seminar featuring Dr. Zhong-Ren Peng of the University of Florida. This seminar will not be streamed or recorded.

THE TOPIC 

Transportation is an important source of air pollution in urban areas that affects public health. Traditional research is mainly based on simulation models and monitor stations in sparse locations. But the observation data do not have the granularity to study the detailed impacts of transportation on air quality and human exposure at the fine-grained scale due to the lack of proper platforms. To fill this void, we have developed a new monitoring platform using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV, aka drones) as well as backpacks with air sensors. The drone- and backpack-based air monitoring platform allows us to monitor air pollution in three dimensions in real time in a very fine scale. In this seminar, Dr. Peng will present how the droned-based and backpack-based air pollution monitoring platforms were developed, as well as several applications in monitoring 3-D distribution of traffic-related air pollutants such as particular matters, ozone, black carbon, and other pollutants at the fine-grained neighborhood scale. Furthermore, ways to mitigate transportation-related emissions such as roadside landscape and network design will be introduced.

KEY LEARNING TAKEAWAYS

  • Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV, aka...
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Friday Transportation Seminar: Equity and Congestion Pricing

Friday, October 25, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT
Friday Transportation Seminar at Portland State University featuring Michael Manville, UCLA

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. You can join us in person at 11:30 AM, or you can also watch online.

THE TOPIC

Congestion pricing is effective, and efficient, but is it fair? One of the biggest concerns surrounding dynamic road charges is that they will harm low-income people. This seminar examines the equity implications of congestion charging, and argues that road pricing can satisfy the demands of both equity and efficiency.

KEY LEARNING TAKEAWAYS

  • The best programs reflect true private / public collaboration built on trust and respect.
  • Different actors have different definitions of success, but there is significant overlap.
  • Equity is complicated.
  • Your analysis is only as good as the data you rely on. 

SPEAKER

Michael Manville, University of California, Los Angeles

Friday Transportation Seminar: (PBOT Edition): Next Steps for Portland’s Neighborhood Greenways

Friday, November 1, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT
Friday Transportation Seminar at Portland State University - PBOT Edition: Scott Cohen, Portland Bureau of Transportation

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. With the start of 2019, we're changing it up a bit! The seminar will be delivered 11:30 am (sharp) - 12:30 pm, with additional discussion over coffee and donuts afterwards. You can also watch online.

Periodically, we're teaming up with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to bring you special editions—featuring guest speakers from PBOT—merging our seminar series and the long-standing PBOT Lunch & Learn.

THE TOPIC (PBOT EDITION)

Portland's neighborhood greenways are a key component of the city's transportation system and future. Join PBOT's new neighborhood greenway coordinator to learn how this facility type developed, near-term plans for improvements, and what the future holds for these unique bikeways.

KEY LEARNING TAKEAWAYS

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Terminal Access: Redesigning the PDX Airport

Friday, November 8, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm PST

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. You can join us in person at 11:30 AM, or you can also watch online.

THE TOPIC

This seminar will be about the re-designing of the Portland International Airport (PDX). The talk will focus on design principles behind the terminal re-design, pedestrian flow, wayfinding, access for disabilities, getting in and out faster, and the community / stakeholder engagement and feedback process. Stay tuned for more information.

KEY LEARNING TAKEAWAYS

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SPEAKER

TBA

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

This 60-minute seminar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.

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Friday Transportation Seminar: From Confrontation to Partnership: City Regulation of Micromobility

Friday, November 15, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm PST

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. You can join us in person at 11:30 AM, or you can also watch online.

THE TOPIC

It has been more than two years since shared scooters first appeared in Santa Monica, California and more than four years since the first dockless bikeshare bikes appeared in China. As shared micromobility has experimented in its deployment and operations across the globe, cities have also been experimenting with ways to regulate and manage this phenomenon in a way that best achieves public outcomes. But how do we best protect individual rights' while still protecting the right-of-way?

Michael Schwartz will discuss experiences from cities with micromobility programs and considerations for agency staff and elected officials when launching and overseeing a program, including: data sharing and privacy, goal setting, approval approach, equity targets, caps, fees, safety, and approaches for minimizing negative impacts.

KEY LEARNING TAKEAWAYS

  • The best programs reflect true private / public collaboration built on trust and respect.
  • Different actors have different...
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Webinar: Evaluating Urban Arterial Reliability Performance Metrics

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 10:00am to 11:00am PST
NITC Webinar: Arterial Reliability Performance Metrics w Jason Anderson of Portland State

 

OVERVIEW

With worsening congestion, travel time reliability is increasingly becoming as critical as average travel times in affecting travel choices. Researchers from Portland State University (PSU) partnered with Washington County, Oregon to offer data-driven strategies in prioritizing funding for travel time reliability improvements on their urban arterials. The vast majority of existing research on travel time reliability has focused exclusively on freeways. Avinash Unnikrishnan, Sirisha Kothuri and Jason C. Anderson leveraged Bluetooth sensors provided and deployed by Bluemac Analytics to identify problem areas in the county. Set up at intersections throughout Washington County, the sensors are able to calculate travel time from one intersection to another by matching Bluetooth signals from devices in people's cars. The researchers evaluated the Bluetooth travel time data to understand the temporal variation in travel time reliability metrics on these urban arterials, including factors related to time of day, weather, and holidays. They also provided the County with an automated process to clean up their data and remove outliers.

The researchers determined that Tualatin-Sherwood Road has the lowest travel time reliability of the three corridors. Now that Tualatin-Sherwood Road has been identified as having the...

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Building Healthy Communities Through Seattle's Growth Policy

Friday, November 22, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm PST
Friday Transportation Seminar at Portland State University featuring Dongho Chang, City of Seattle

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. You can join us in person at 11:30 AM, or you can also watch online.

THE TOPIC

Seattle is experiencing transformational changes with record-breaking population growth among large scale urban renewal and redevelopment. These changes are occurring in a constrained transportation system that is being reconfigured to meet the mobility needs of vibrant and thriving community. Learn about the policies that provide the roadmap for managing City’s growth, plans that guide where transportation investments are made, and how Seattle will reach the safety goals of Vision Zero.

KEY LEARNING TAKEAWAYS

  • Learn about Seattle's comprehensive planning that guides city decisions on where to build for jobs, housing, and transportation investments.
  • Street typologies used in Seattle that balances access and mobility needs of everyone who uses and travel in the city.
  • Project examples that challenge and change how streets serve our communities to reflect their values.

SPEAKER

Dongho Chang, City of Seattle...

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Webinar: Letting Bike Riders Catch the Green Wave

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 10:00am to 11:00am PST
Image: A workman measures the distance from a bicycle light to the ground.

 

OVERVIEW

The "Fast Track" project at the University of Oregon focuses on a mode of transportation that is sometimes left out of vehicle-to-infrastructure, or V2I, conversations: Bicycling. NITC researchers developed an app based on a new technology being integrated into modern cars: GLOSA, or Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory. GLOSA allows motorists to set their speed along corridors to maximize their chances of catching a "green wave" so they won't have to stop at red lights.

This project demonstrates how GLOSA can be used by bicyclists in the same way it is used by motorists, with a test site on a busy car and bike corridor feeding the University of Oregon campus: 13th Avenue in Eugene, Oregon. Researchers developed a smartphone app that tells a cyclist whether they should adjust their speed to stay in tune with the signals and catch the next green. The project demonstrates how university researchers, city traffic engineers, and signal-controller manufacturers can come together to help bicyclists be active participants in a smart transportation system.

THE RESEARCH

This webinar is based on a study funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) and conducted at the University of Oregon. Read more about the NITC research: ...

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Topic TBA

Friday, December 6, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm PST

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. You can join us in person at 11:30 AM, or you can also watch online.

THE TOPIC

TBA

KEY LEARNING TAKEAWAYS

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SPEAKER

TBA

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

This 60-minute seminar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.

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