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Forecasting Freight Transportation Rates with MIT’s Chris Caplice

Chris Caplice spoke at the U.S. DOT Volpe Center

September 12, 2018

The market for buying freight transportation services is complex and can be challenging to forecast. There are traditional statistical forecasting models, and there are models that use artificial intelligence. MIT Center for Transportation Logistics Executive Director Chris Caplice, PhD, recently discussed how the freight transportation market works as part of the Volpe Center’s 2018 series, Transportation in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics.

A Safer Way to Access Freight Locomotives

Train on tracks

August 2, 2018

With support from the U.S. DOT SBIR program and the Federal Railroad Administration, GS Engineering developed and tested a system that makes accessing freight locomotives easier and safer for railroad engineers and workers.

New Guidebook Offers Strategies to Enhance Active Transportation at National Parks

Cover of the NPS Alternative Transportation Guidebook

July 24, 2018

Visitors to national parks are increasingly exploring natural and cultural resources in new ways, including through active transportation—by foot, bicycle, and other non-motorized modes. A new guidebook from the National Park Service (NPS) is helping parks, their partners, and nearby communities to meet this demand, by pursuing projects and initiatives that enhance active transportation.

Analytics and Artificial Intelligence in a Federal Framework That Encourages Transportation Innovation

Derek Kan spoke at the Volpe Center

June 21, 2018

A “growing torrent” of technology advances are poised to fundamentally change transportation, according to U.S. DOT Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy Derek Kan, who kicked off the Volpe Center’s 2018 speaker series, Transportation in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics.

Gregory Woo Receives Stanley N. Roscoe Aviation Human Factors Award for Paper on Visual Detection of Small Drones

Stanley N. Roscoe award plaque

June 5, 2018

Gregory Woo, PhD, received the 2018 Stanley N. Roscoe Award from the Aerospace Human Factors Association (AsHFA) on May 7, 2018. Woo is chief of the U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s Aviation Systems Engineering Division. AsHFA presents the Stanley N. Roscoe Award for the best doctoral dissertation written on a research topic related to aerospace human factors.

Volpe Talks Transportation Solutions During Cambridge Science Festival

Cambridge Science Festival logo

April 25, 2018

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center shared innovative solutions to transportation challenges with science fans of all ages as part of this year’s Cambridge Science Festival. The event featured a hands-on tour of Volpe’s simulators and transportation experts discussing current projects. 

The Seaway at 60: A Model of Binational Partnership

Terence Bowles and Craig Middlebrook speak before an audience at the Volpe Center.

April 18, 2018

A ship transiting the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway crosses the international boundary 27 times. Here’s how a U.S.-Canadian partnership that began in the mid-1950s moves more than 200 million tons of freight each year through the Seaway.

Detecting Damage in Structural Components with New Infrared Technologies

ThermalStare work on bridge

April 3, 2018

Bridges and other structures can have subsurface damage that can’t be detected through visual inspections. New infrared technologies developed through U.S. DOT’s SBIR program are helping accurately detect and image hidden damage below the surface, reducing the cost and disruption associated with detailed condition assessments while providing more accurate information.

Understanding Traffic Systems with Innovative Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection

MigmaCount high resolution IR LED camera image of pedestrians and cyclists

March 7, 2018

A new technology developed with the support of the U.S. DOT SBIR program and FHWA can provide urban planners, designers, and transportation agencies a better understanding of their traffic systems.

The Ongoing Transformation of the Global Transportation System: Final Report

Cover for the speaker series final report, showing an illustration of a commercial space rocket that's ready to take off.

February 27, 2018

The Volpe Center’s recent thought leadership series convened experts in transportation innovation, design, policy, and planning. Read the final report on the insights they presented.