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2012: Kevin Muhs at TRB in Washington, D.C.

MIT at TRB

Today's main event (at least for me and many other students in the program) was the MIT Reception at TRB. MIT has a large presence at the Annual Meeting, and this is underscored by the huge turnout this year's Reception. Attendees, including alumni, faculty, current students and others, filled the Birdcage Room at the Omni Shoreham Hotel to the brim! According to Professor Joseph Sussman, more people attended than ever before. This wouldn't have been possible without some serious effort before the event, and a special thank you goes out to Nancy Cook, M.S.T. program coordinator, for all her hard work making it happen. Tasty hors d'oeuvres were enjoyed by all, while old friends reunited and new friends were made. As you can see from the picture, we're going to need a larger room next year!

A very crowded Birdcage Room at the Omni Shoreham Hotel
A very crowded Birdcage Room at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Beyond the reception, MIT has a pretty significant presence on the academic side of the conference. Numerous presentations, papers and posters by MIT faculty and students were accepted by the TRB for this year's Annual Meeting, and below is my best attempt at a complete list of the presented research.

Mehdi Akbarian, grad student in CEE, presented a poster on a Mechanistic Approach to Pavement-Vehicle Interaction and Its Impact in LCA.

John Attanucci, lecturer and research associate in CEE, presented a paper on Using Transit Users' Data: Should Privacy Issues Trump Improved Services?.

Pat Burnett, from the Department of Economics, presented a poster on Keeping It Simple in the Travel Demand Modeling Field.

Regina Clewlow, grad student in the Engineering Systems Division (ESD), presented a paper on the Interaction of High-Speed Rail and Aviation: Exploring Air-Rail Connectivity.

Dr. Joseph Coughlin, from the MIT AgeLab, presented a paper on Crash Avoidance Technologies and Older Drivers.

Dr. Joseph Ferriera, Jr., from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), presented a paper on Measuring Per-Mile Risk for Pay-As-You-Drive Automobile Insurance.

Veronica Hannan, grad student in CEE and DUSP, presented a poster on the Dynamics of Automobile Ownership Under Rapid Growth: The Santiago de Chile Case

Valerie Karplus, from the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, presented a paper on The Economic, Energy, and Climate Impacts of Proposed 2017-2025 Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards in the United States.

David Keith, from ESD, presented a poster on Understanding Spatiotemporal Patterns of Hybrid-Electric Vehicle Adoption in the United States.

Donald MacKenzie, from ESD, presented a poster on Acceleration Performance Trends and the Evolving Relationship Among Power, Weight, and Acceleration in U.S. Light-Duty Vehicles: Linear Regression Analysis.

James Morrison, from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, presented a paper on Transitioning the U.S. Air Transportation System to Higher Fuel Costs

Professor Richard de Neufville, of ESD and CEE, presented a paper on Designing Efficient Taxi Pick-up Operations at Airports.

Varun Pattabhiraman, grad student in CEE, presented a paper on a Needs-Based Utility Maximizing Model of Activity Location, Duration and Frequency.

Francisco Pereira, from the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, presented a poster titled Internet as a Sensor: A Case Study with Special Events.

Vikrant Vaze, CEE postdoctoral associate, presented a paper on The Role of Airline Frequency Competition in Airport Congestion Pricing.

Nan Zhao, from the AgeLab, presented a poster on Exploring the Relationship between the Driving Behavior Questionaire and Objective Measures of Highway Driving Behavior.

Whew, that's quite a bit of research!  

In addition to having his paper accepted to the Annual Meeting, Vikrant Vaze received an award on Saturday evening from the Council of University Transportation Centers for his recently published doctoral dissertation. Congratulations, Vikrant!