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A Successful Partnership: DOD and U.S. DOT Update Agreement on Cross-Departmental Collaboration

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) recently updated a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the U.S. DOT Volpe Center. The updated MOU reinforces the important cross-departmental collaboration and long-standing partnership between federal agencies and the Volpe Center’s support to DOD’s mission across commands and offices.

Beyond Big Data to Useful Data

Laura Schewel, founder and chief executive officer of StreetLight Data, spoke as part of the U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s Our New Mobility Future series. “All of this data is out there, but that is not useful big data. You can’t make a policy about that road based on that data…you have to turn that data into something useful,” Schewel said. 

Advancing Safety in Our New Mobility Future

U.S. DOT is working to usher in a new era of transportation innovation and safety. “As we prepare for the future of new, emerging of the top Department priorities is to make sure we address public concerns about safety, security, and privacy, without hampering innovation,” said Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology at U.S. DOT.

Forecasting Freight Transportation Rates with MIT’s Chris Caplice

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.