A tool with real-world applications for city planners as well as a robust survey of drone technologies were the highlights of the Spring 2016 end-of-semester symposium of the Transportation Management and Policy (TMP) program. The students presented their work on May 6th to a gathering of interested staff, faculty, other students, and a representative of the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board.

Tool for city planners

TMP students created a tool for city planners
that scores metropolitan districts based on transportation and health factors.

Eli Miller, a student in the TMP Colloquium and project assistant for CFIRE kicked off the symposium with a summary of key takeaways from the semester’s colloquium. The class studied drone technologies—more appropriately called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs. The students learned about the broad range of technologies that fall under this categorization. These include everything from the small, familiar-looking, hovering craft with four helicopter-like propellers that drone hobbyists have popularized to the 32,000 lb., airplane-shaped Global Hawk used by the U.S. military.

These technologies already fill many roles and are expanding their reach. Beyond entertaining hobbyists, UAVs serve roles where cost, safety, time, and task desirability are a factor. With these technologies, human labor costs are reduced, tasks that would be unsafe for people can be done remotely, certain tasks can be done more quickly, and undesirable jobs can be done without people.

The second presentation by Kirsten Brose, Daniel Handel, James Markosian, Eli Miller, and Chelsea Morrison outlined methods and results from their project to modify a national tool, making it more applicable for City Planners in Madison, Wisconsin. The students took on this real-world challenge for the Madison Sustainability Committee as part of their work in the TMP Practicum. [click to continue…]

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You’re Invited: Wisconsin Transportation Reception

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Register for the MTWC Summit Today!

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Midwest Transportation Workforce Summit: Addressing the Future Now! December 7-8, 2015 Fluno Center University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, Wisconsin Join the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center (MTWC) in Fall 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin for the Midwest Transportation Workforce Summit. The MTWC will convene public- and private-sector stakeholders in transportation, education, economic development, and other areas as we continue to work […]

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Fall 2015 CFIRE Rail Short Course Scholarships

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The National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) has teamed up with the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Engineering Professional Development to offer scholarships for rail-related short courses. Courses In the Fall 0f 2015, there are two courses eligible for CFIRE scholarships. Fundamentals of Railway Control and Signaling (September 16-17, 2015 in Madison, WI) Maintaining […]

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