Demographic forecasts indicate that the world population will reach nine billion by 2050, with 70 percent living in urban areas. One challenge resulting from such population growth is an increasing need for high quality mobility solutions. Another is related to logistics. The 5th NYUAD Transportation Symposium will provide a forum for learning about recent developments in traffic, logistics and demand with the aim of addressing challenges of fast urbanization, as well as the emergence of new technologies and data sources.

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  • Time Details

    9:15 to 9:30am

    Samer Madanat, Dean of Engineering, NYUAD

    9:30 to 10:30am

    Hani Mahmassani, Northwestern University
    Keynote Presentation
    Predictive Flow Management in Connected Autonomous Vehicle Systems: Machine Learning Application

    10:30 to 10:50am

    Coffee Break
    Institute Conference Center, Meeting Room Foyer

    Theme 1 | Traffic Modeling and Control

    Time Details

    10:50 to 11:30am

    Saif Eddin Jabari, NYUAD Engineering

    11:30am to 12:10pm

    Jorge Laval, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Machine Learning Methods Beware: There is Nothing to Learn about Congested Urban Networks

    12:10 to 1:40pm

    Lunch Break
    Institute Conference Center, Meeting Room Foyer

    Theme 2 | Logistics

    Time Details

    1:40 to 2:20pm

    Joe Zhu, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Big Data Applications in Intelligent Transportation Systems

    2:20 to 3:00pm

    Ming Hu, University of Toronto
    A Neoclassical View on Ride-Hailing

    3:00 to 3:40pm

    Christopher Tang, UCLA Anderson School of Management
    Managing Global Supply Chains in the Industry 4.0 Era

    3:40 to 4:00pm

    Coffee Break
    Institute Conference Center, Meeting Room Foyer

    Theme 3 | Demand

    Time Details

    4:00 to 4:40pm

    Elisabetta Cherchi, Newcastle University
    Estimation and forecast of travel demand for innovative transport systems: challenges and new methods

    4:40 to 5:20pm

    Michel Bierlaire, EPFL
    Scheduling of daily activities: an optimization approach" by J. Pougala, T. Hillel and M. Bierlaire


The Symposium is partly supported by the NYUAD Institute and the NYUAD Center for Interacting Urban Networks (CITIES), funded by Tamkeen under the NYUAD Research Institute Award CG001 and by the Swiss Re Institute under the Quantum Cities™ initiative.


Participants pose for photos at the 5th NYUAD Transportation Symposium, held at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Convened by

Samer Madanat
Dean of Engineering, NYUAD
Ali Diabat
Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering, NYUAD
Saif Jabari
Assistant Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering, NYUAD
Monica Menendez
Associate Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering, NYUAD

Administrative Support

Nada Hariz, Conference Logistics
Jacqueline Menezes, Conference Design
Sajina Lal, Conference Design
Pauline Conaghan, Conference Management

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