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July 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Ishant Sharma for defending his Ph.D. dissertation on"Consumers' Adoption of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) Based on Their Social Network".

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January 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Hana Takhtfiroozeh for defending her Ph.D. dissertation on"Approaches to Vulnerability Analysis for Discovering the Critical Routes in Roadway Networks".

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December 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Mihalis Golias on Being Awarded the Professional Inland Maritime Port Executive (IMPE) Certifications

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May 2021

The I-40 Bridge Failure Threatens National Freight Transportation

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October 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Jesse Simpson for defending his Ph.D. dissertation on "Predicting the adoption of connected autonomous vehicles by transportation organizations using peer effects"

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September 2020

C-TIER Professor Presents on Utilizing GPS Data to Determine Truck Parking Needs

This presentation will discuss a methodology for utilizing GPS data to determine truck parking needs on Interstates by evaluating current parking utilization rates and violations. It showcases the capabilities of these data (as well as limitations), and two data analytics tools (Parking Utilization/Violations | Capacity Needs Geospatial Analysis) that can be easily developed and applied to help transportation planners convey critical information to decision makers and the public. Presented by the FMRI Associate Director Dr. Mihalis Golias, Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Memphis, and Dimitris Giampouranis, Graduate Researcher and Ph.D. student at the University of Memphis.

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August 2020

C-TIER Professor Presents on Industry Perceptions of Highly Automated Technologies for Trucks

Research surrounding vehicle automation is highly focused on making Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) operational. An area that has received less attention is marketing and adoption. It is essential to predict with reasonable accuracy how the freight transportation industry will react to CAVs. Policymakers and legislators need to know what to expect if they are to implement appropriate and timely legislation. Manufacturers need to know both what the transportation industry believes about CAVs and how companies plan to respond to the introduction of connected autonomous trucks (CATs). Autonomous vehicle technologies will have an immense impact on the entire field of transportation, and we must be prepared for the changes that they will bring. This presentation will discuss the industry perspectives of highly automated technology for trucks. Presented by Dr. Sabya Mishra, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Memphis

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June 2020

C-TIER Professor Presents Adoption of highly automated vehicle technologies by individuals and organizations

Highly automated vehicle technologies (automated driving systems and in-vehicle technologies) have the potential to revolutionize the daily travel modes, in terms of personal, public or shared mobility. This is due to their potential for technology-assisted driving, which minimizes errors caused by humans. In addition to safety, these vehicle technologies provide additional benefits in terms of the ability to multitask during travel, flexibility in travel, reduced parking and running costs, travel time savings (due to the reduction in congestion), and accessibility to elder and non-license holder individuals. However, such benefits will have numerous barriers, such as accident liabilities, data safety concerns, the addition of new infrastructure, and increased emissions (possible consequent increase in vehicle miles traveled). This presentation will discuss methods to analyze decision-maker perception and their implications in transportation planning processes. Presented by Dr. Sabya Mishra, the Faudree Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and the co-director of FedEx Institute of Technology's SmartCity research cluster at the University of Memphis.

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March 2020

C-TIER Professor Presents on Freight Flow Disaggregation

C-TIER Professor Dr. Mihalis Golias presented in the Tran-SET webinar about innovative techniques to optimize, enhance, and facilitate freight movement. In this presentation, titled "Methods and Tools for freight flow disaggregation", Dr. Golias discussed preliminary results from a TNDOT funded project. The objective is to develop a geodatabase with all the relevant freight data and a methodology to estimate disaggregate freight flows to support transportation planning in the state of Tennessee. 

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