Fellowship Alert: University Academic Fellow in Vehicle and Road Automation – University of Leeds, UK

October 6, 2014 at 12:24 pm

For informal inquiries about the role please contact Dr Natasha Merat, tel: +44 (0)113 343 6614, email: N.Merat@its.leeds.ac.uk.   

Location:  Leeds – Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  Institute for Transport Studies
Category:  Academic
Grade:  Grade 8
Salary:  £38,511 to £45,954
Closing Date:  Sunday 16 November 2014
Reference:  ENVTR1005

In a bid to increase road safety, and reduce transport related emissions and congestion, vehicle manufacturers are increasing the degree of automation in cars by adding more systems that provide information and support to the driver. These systems are gradually reducing the driver’s involvement in actual operation of the vehicle, and increasing their potential to engage in other tasks such as reading emails, texting etc. As automation penetration increases, it is not currently clear how humans (in and out of the car) will interact with these systems and what the real consequences of vehicle and road automation are. With its world leading motion-based Driving Simulator, the Institute for Transport Studies has been at the forefront of understanding the human factors challenges these systems pose and proposing innovative new solutions. Members of the Safety and Technology group are currently partners in a number of leading projects in this area, including VRA, AdaptIVe and CityMobil2. Whilst fully automated vehicles remain a way off, initiatives such as the Google driverless car have stimulated a new set of research needs relating to the redesign of traffic systems, legal frameworks, business models and environmental performance.

This fellowship opportunity is in a vibrant research market and you will be expected to develop a research profile that will contribute to the University’s ambition to excel at the UK’s next Research Excellence Framework (REF2020), with a sustained record of internationally excellent (and some world-leading) publications and a strong record of presentations at international conferences.  In partnership with colleagues at ITS, you will be encouraged to build research proposals in this field, exploring avenues beyond the human factors of automated vehicles.

You will be able to apply knowledge from Engineering, Computer Science or other relevant disciplines to understand developments in sensor, radar and control technologies and how humans will interact with the next generation of automated vehicles. A key role of the post will be to strengthen the link between the engineering and human factors aspects of this work. You will have (potential) links with industrial organisations relevant to this field and be encouraged to maximise funding opportunities, for example, from Horizon 2020, the TSB and stakeholder organisations. You will also play a key part in bringing together interests in automation research across the University of Leeds, working closely with colleagues from Psychology, the School of Computing and the Faculty of Engineering, with an aim to build critical mass for contribution to a cross disciplinary PhD training programme in automation.  You will also contribute to current and future Masters teaching at ITS and to the recruitment and supervision of doctoral students in the area.

With a PhD in Computer Science, Robotics, Electronic or Mechanical Engineering or related discipline, and an interest in the human element of systems and automation, you will have a strong research record relevant to vehicle and road automation, the ability to teach at Postgraduate level, as well as a clear and compelling vision for personal academic development.

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[VIDEO] Los Angeles Is Building an e-Highway Demonstration Project to Curb Truck Emissions on Corridor that Connects Ports of LosAngeles and Long Beach to Downtown

October 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm

via CityLab & synapticdigital.com

Los Angeles is preparing to trial a two-way, one-mile e-highway road design project along the diesel truck-dominated Alameda Corridor in an effort to reduce pollution and health-related costs. Officials say the system relies on emission-free electric power delivered through overhead wires to fuel the trucks. The city is partnering with Siemens and the South Coast Air Quality Management District to run the $13 million project set to begin operations in July. The one-mile test of the e-highway system may just be the start. Apparently the various funders are hoping to expand the system along the remaining three miles from the ports to the major railhead, and there are discussions underway about a 20-mile northwest corridor that could connect the ports with inland warehouse complexes. If this first mile test works out, it could help provide a healthier future for high-traffic corridors around the world.

More about the project here.

This is how it works: The catenary infrastructure will be installed on the North and South-bound sections of Alameda Street where it intersects with Sepulveda Boulevard in Carson,California. Up to four trucks will be running in the demonstration, making multiple drives per day. Thanks to an innovative current collector the trucks can connect and disconnect from the catenary system at any speed for dynamic power supply directly to the electric engine and for on-board storage. To further ensure the same flexibility as conventional trucks, the eHighway vehicles use an electric drive system, which can be powered either by diesel, compressed natural gas (CNG), battery or other on-board energy source, when driving outside of the catenary lines.  One big question that bogs me is this: assuming the demonstration is successful, who will pay for the cost of turning over the existing fleet to this hybrid-mode?

George Mason University’s 3rd Annual Cameron Rian Hays Competition for “Outside the Box” Transportation, Business, and Policy Innovations

October 2, 2014 at 7:54 pm

outside the box_final_V3Do you have a new, creative, or innovative idea for addressing a significant transportation challenge? Are you a student, a group of students or a young professional? The George Mason University’s School of Policy, Government and International Affairs wants to hear from you!

In the world of transportation and transportation challenges, it is imperative that we foster the development and implementation of new ideas. Instead of offering the same old solutions–turning the proverbial wheel, but not moving forward– we challenge you to think creatively and offer “outside the box” solutions to complicated transportation policy challenges. So how can you push that wheel forward? How can you affect change?

Submit your ideas and inspire us. Submissions may be academic work or professional reports pertaining to either the public or private sector and do not need to be completed activities. Research or professional projects as idea proposals are acceptable entries.
  •  First Prize: $10,000
  • Second Prize: $5,000
  • Third Prize: $2,500

Examples of significant transportation challenges include:

  • Funding for transportation facility and services
  • Fostering public/private sector collaboration
  • Developing creative new transportation modalities
  • Encouraging multimodal solutions
  • Reducing community and environmental impacts of transportation facilities and services.
  • Enhancing quality of life through access to jobs, medical care, housing, recreation, etc.
  • Expanding opportunities for disadvantaged populations.
  • Tackling challenges arising from demographic changes and generational shifts.

The award will be announced in the Spring of 2015. Please visit the competition website for details on submission requirements and procedures. http://outsidethebox.gmu.edu/

Video: A Nice Overview Of New York City’s Newest Subway Line and its Community Impact

October 2, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Pretty cool video that offers a nice overview of the 2nd avenue subway project and its impact on residents and businesses in the Upper East Side neighborhood. The size and scope of the project in addition to the geographical location makes for an interesting combination..

Job Alert: Policy Analyst – Eno Center for Transportation @ Washington, DC

October 2, 2014 at 12:13 pm

The Eno Center for Transportation is seeking a Policy Analyst in to join Eno’s Center for Transportation Policy (CTP). The Policy Analyst will report to the Director of Finance and Policy, and will provide support to all activities within CTP. These activities will include, but are not limited to:

– Write and research for Eno policy projects
– Manage specific research and policy projects
– Assist with writing proposals for future projects
– Contribute to the monthly newsletter, Eno Brief, and other publications
– Publicly presenting research results
– Participating in professional development activities

As Eno’s work spans the industry, the Policy Analyst will need to be able to contribute to policy work across all modes of transportation. In addition to working with CTP, the Analyst will occasionally be expected to contribute to work within the other areas of Eno, including CTL, finance, and communications.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
– A working knowledge of transportation policy, economics, and existing issues in the industry
– Masters degree in public policy, engineering, urban planning, political science or related field preferred
– Two to five years of work experience
– Demonstrated strengths in both researching and writing
– Ability to multi-task

Eno offers a competitive benefits package. Salary will commensurate with experience.

To Apply
This position will remain open until filled. Submit cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to Ann Henebery at ahenebery@enotrans.org.

Find the full listing here: https://www.enotrans.org/about-us/employment

(H/T YPTransportation.org)

Innovators and Startups – Pitch Your Next Big Idea in Transportation at TRB’s Six Minute Pitch!

October 1, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Applications are now being accepted for the Six Minute Pitch: A Transportation Startup Challenge, a special Young Member Council (YMC) session at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 94th Annual Meeting during which selected presenters pitch their cutting-edge, research-based concept for a transportation product- or service-based business in just six minutes. Presentations are judged on the basis of the commercial viability of their concept, and the demonstration of how the proposed product or service meets today’s critical transportation challenges.

While no actual investment i awarded at the Six Minute Pitch (per TRB rules), the opportunity to present at one of the most well attended sessions at TRB and to receive feedback from a distinguished panel of investors and successful entrepreneurs attracts a number of high-quality proposals each year.

Confirmed judges for the 2015 Six Minute Pitch include:

  • Sean O’Sullivan, of SOSVentures and Co-founder and Managing Director of Carma
  • Chris Thomas, Founder and Partner, Fontinalis Partners
  • Gabe Klein, COO, Bridj

Now in its third year, the Six Minute Pitch has showcased many successful early stage transportation technology companies. The winner of the 2014 Six Minute Pitch, TransitScreen, a company which provide real-time availability and schedule information sustainable transportation modes, including transit and Bikeshare, has since brought on of the Six Minute Pitch judges, Gabe Klein, on as a strategic advisor, gained new clients, and even had the opportunity to pitch President Obama!