The cutting edge research conducted by the transportation group at Rensselaer emphasizes the integration, synthesis, and projection of the knowledge that exist in multiple disciplines to produce solutions to the complex and multifaceted problems—which have proven to be too complex to be solved by single-disciplinary approaches—that impact freight transportation and humanitarian logistics. The research conducted blends field research and measurements, applied and basic research to ensure that theory relates to reality; and, ultimately, to a set of actionable policy recommendations that contribute to the betterment of the economy and society.

2014 Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute on Sustainable Urban Freight Systems (PASI-SUFS)

Call for nominations 2014 PASI-SUFSThe main objective of the PASI-SUFS is to provide the foundation for enhanced cooperation among transportation researchers in the Americas, to develop a new generation of researchers and practitioners with a holistic view of Urban Freight Systems issues and their solutions that, ultimately, will bring about new paradigms of freight transportation research, education and practice that foster SUFS. The need for the PASI-SUFS is derived from the confluence of the factors discussed next.

Comparative Analysis of the Impacts of Delivery Restrictions in Large Cities

This project is intended to assess the observed impacts of the delivery restrictions that have been enacted and proposed in large cities such as New York (USA), Mumbai, Delhi, and Chennai (India), Bogotá and Barranquilla (Colombia), and Sao Paulo (Brazil). This comparative study is important because it would provide a real life view on this complex subject, and would confirm or reject the research conducted that suggests the possibility of negative unintended effects on traffic congestion and pollution.

Improving Freight System Performance in Metropolitan Areas - NCFRP Project # 38

This project focuses on freight systems as crucial economic and quality of life contributor, and a major source of environmental pollution, unwanted noise and safety hazards. The primary goal of this project is to improve the overall performance of the urban freight industry.

The project will define a pragmatic and conceptually well-grounded planning guide that includes both supply and demand strategies (including hybrids), that is supported by solid guidelines to establish effective and proactive stakeholder engagement processes and software tools to estimate freight trip generation in urban areas. The project will provide practitioners with comprehensive, pragmatic, and actionable guidelines on how to plan, design, and implement both supply and demand strategies.

Remote Sensing Decision Support System for Optimal Access Restoration in Post Disaster Environments

The project’s main goal is to develop a state-of-the-art Decision Support System (DSS) that, using network condition and disaster impact assessments provided by Commercial Remote Sensing (CRS), will compute optimal Access Restoration Plans (ARP). This will help responders optimally use their scarce resources to orchestrate the road openings, road repairs, and other similar actions; and subdivide the work so that multiple groups could seamlessly cooperate to reach maximum effectiveness. The DSS will process multi-modal temporal data feeds (GIS, social media feeds, etc.) to update estimates of disaster impacts, and will use modern optimization procedures to update the ARP as new data become available. To achieve the overall goal, the team will collaborate to:

  1. Develop CRS techniques that produce rapid assessments of network conditions and disaster impacts integrating multi-modal / multi temporal data
  2. Develop mathematical models to produce ARP using appropriate priority metrics
  3. Create a DSS that is smoothly transitioned to practice, fully validated, and useful to responders.
  4. Develop appropriate procedures for integration of outside assistance.