Geography Well-Represented at the 2014 UCTC Student Conference


Cal Poly Pomona hosted the 2014 University of California Transportation Center Student Conference on April 17 and 18. The conference was well-attended – kudos to the Institute of Transportation Engineers Student Chapter at Cal Poly Pomona and the chair of the UCTC student conference Hector Salcedo for a job well done. Many thanks also go to the faculty advisor of the transportation students at Cal Poly, Professor Xudong Jia. Professor Eric Miller from the University of Toronto gave the Mel Weber lecture on the past, present, and future of Transportation Modeling and Simulation.

UCSB was well-represented by two podium presentations, one by Jae Lee on “Investigating the Relationship between Sense of Place, Subjective Well-Being, and Travel Behavior” and one by Carlos Baez on “Transportation Network Companies: Challenges and Opportunities of an Innovative Industry.” A third poster presentation was given by our first year graduate student Adam Davis on “Next-Generation Real Time Activity-Travel Behavior Data Collection Using Smart Phones and Available Big Data.” During this conference, the newly created University of California Center for Economic Competitiveness in Transportation (UCCONNECT) had its first executive committee meeting and also met with its advisory group to discuss research strategies and future activities. Next year the student UCTC conference will be here in Santa Barbara.

Editor’s note: Many thanks to Kostas Goulias for providing this article. See the September 30, 2013 article for more about UC Transportation Research Centers and UCSB Geography.

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(L-R): Graduate students Jae Lee and Carlos Baez, Professor Kostas Goulias, and grad student Adam Davis at the UCTC Student Conference. Professor Goulias is the co-director of the UCSB Department of Geography’s GeoTrans Laboratory.

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