The MIT Mobility Initiative

September 22, 2020
The MIT Mobility Initiative
Webinar


Location

Zoom Webinar

 

 


Overview

Mobility and transportation are at the dawn of the most profound changes with an unprecedented combination of new technologies (autonomy, computation, and AI) meeting new and evolving priorities and objectives (decarbonization, public health, and social justice). And the timeframe for these changes – decarbonization in particular – is short in a system with massive amounts of fixed, long-life assets and entrenched behaviors and cultures. It’s this combination of new technologies, new purposes, and urgent timeframes that makes an MIT-led Mobility Initiative critical at this moment.

The MIT Mobility Initiative (MMI) is designed to effect fundamental changes in the longterm trajectory of sustainable mobility development. It serves to coalesce all mobility and transportation activities at MIT, knitting together our efforts on research, education, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement at the Institute into a greater whole. This series of webinars will highlight just a few of the key research areas to be explored. We will also discuss how industry can participate in the MMI as a research partner through the MIT Mobility Initiative Consortium.

  • Overview

    Mobility and transportation are at the dawn of the most profound changes with an unprecedented combination of new technologies (autonomy, computation, and AI) meeting new and evolving priorities and objectives (decarbonization, public health, and social justice). And the timeframe for these changes – decarbonization in particular – is short in a system with massive amounts of fixed, long-life assets and entrenched behaviors and cultures. It’s this combination of new technologies, new purposes, and urgent timeframes that makes an MIT-led Mobility Initiative critical at this moment.

    The MIT Mobility Initiative (MMI) is designed to effect fundamental changes in the longterm trajectory of sustainable mobility development. It serves to coalesce all mobility and transportation activities at MIT, knitting together our efforts on research, education, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement at the Institute into a greater whole. This series of webinars will highlight just a few of the key research areas to be explored. We will also discuss how industry can participate in the MMI as a research partner through the MIT Mobility Initiative Consortium.

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Agenda

11:00am

Part I – Behavioral Science, Machine Learning, and New Mobility Services

Edward H (1962) and Joyce Linde Career Development Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning
Director, MIT JTL Mobility Lab
Co-PI, MIT Transit Lab
MIT Department of Urban Studies + Planning

Jinhua Zhao

Edward H (1962) and Joyce Linde Career Development Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning
Director, MIT JTL Mobility Lab
Co-PI, MIT Transit Lab
MIT Department of Urban Studies + Planning

Jinhua Zhao is the Edward H. and Joyce Linde Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at DUSP. He holds Master of Science, Master of City Planning and Ph.D. degrees from MIT and a Bachelor's degree from Tongji University. He studies 1) the behavioral foundation for transport policies; 2) public transit management using information technology; and 3) China’s urbanization and urban mobility. Prof. Zhao has been working with London, Chicago, Boston, Vancouver, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore to help improve their urban transportation systems and policies. He sees transportation as a language, to describe a person, to characterize a city, and to understand an institution. Prof. Zhao directs the urban mobility research lab JTL and is the co-PI for the Transit Lab at MIT. He very much enjoys working with students.

Researcher, MIT Urban Mobility Lab
Annie Hudson
Researcher, MIT Urban Mobility Lab

Annie is an urban mobility researcher with MIT’s Urban Mobility Lab and MIT’s AgeLab. Her research focuses on preparing cities for next-generation transportation technologies. She has worked as a consultant and researcher on a number of transportation projects for organizations ranging from the IADB to the Parisian government.  Prior to her time at MIT, she worked as an energy policy analyst and researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, honing an expertise on energy transitions in Europe as well as ‘frontier’ energy innovations. She has also worked in communications for a wide variety of urban mobility clients, ranging from car-sharing company Zipcar to bike-sharing company Zagster. She received dual masters degrees from MIT in Urban Planning and Transportation Science and her bachelors in World Politics and German Literature from Hamilton College.  


Part II – Summary of MMI goals and activities

Part III – Further discussion for ILP members only
  • Agenda
    11:00am

    Part I – Behavioral Science, Machine Learning, and New Mobility Services

    Edward H (1962) and Joyce Linde Career Development Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning
    Director, MIT JTL Mobility Lab
    Co-PI, MIT Transit Lab
    MIT Department of Urban Studies + Planning

    Jinhua Zhao

    Edward H (1962) and Joyce Linde Career Development Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning
    Director, MIT JTL Mobility Lab
    Co-PI, MIT Transit Lab
    MIT Department of Urban Studies + Planning

    Jinhua Zhao is the Edward H. and Joyce Linde Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at DUSP. He holds Master of Science, Master of City Planning and Ph.D. degrees from MIT and a Bachelor's degree from Tongji University. He studies 1) the behavioral foundation for transport policies; 2) public transit management using information technology; and 3) China’s urbanization and urban mobility. Prof. Zhao has been working with London, Chicago, Boston, Vancouver, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore to help improve their urban transportation systems and policies. He sees transportation as a language, to describe a person, to characterize a city, and to understand an institution. Prof. Zhao directs the urban mobility research lab JTL and is the co-PI for the Transit Lab at MIT. He very much enjoys working with students.

    Researcher, MIT Urban Mobility Lab
    Annie Hudson
    Researcher, MIT Urban Mobility Lab

    Annie is an urban mobility researcher with MIT’s Urban Mobility Lab and MIT’s AgeLab. Her research focuses on preparing cities for next-generation transportation technologies. She has worked as a consultant and researcher on a number of transportation projects for organizations ranging from the IADB to the Parisian government.  Prior to her time at MIT, she worked as an energy policy analyst and researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, honing an expertise on energy transitions in Europe as well as ‘frontier’ energy innovations. She has also worked in communications for a wide variety of urban mobility clients, ranging from car-sharing company Zipcar to bike-sharing company Zagster. She received dual masters degrees from MIT in Urban Planning and Transportation Science and her bachelors in World Politics and German Literature from Hamilton College.  


    Part II – Summary of MMI goals and activities

    Part III – Further discussion for ILP members only