National Academies webinar on “Using GIS to Make Urban Mobility More Sustainable”

The Geographical Sciences Committee of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine has posted a recording of my 1 March 2017 webinar on “Using GIS to Make Urban Mobility More Sustainable.”  Thanks to the GSC for sponsoring and hosting this event!

“Gridlock Sam” Schwartz to speak at Ohio State on September 20th

The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) is pleased to welcome Samuel Schwartz to Ohio State University for a free public lecture on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 4:00pm at the Wexner Center Film/Video Theater, 1871 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43210

Sam Schwartz is the most famous traffic engineer in the world, serving as New York City Transportation Commissioner under several mayors, and now leads an international and highly influential consulting firm, Sam Schwartz Engineering.  Mr. Schwartz invented the word ‘gridlock,’ earning the enduring moniker “Gridlock Sam.”

Sam is called the “Jane Jacobs of Traffic” due to his long fight to create room for humans and social space in city streets and an “urban alchemist” for his uncanny ability to grow green space from asphalt.  In Canada, is he known as “[The] Wayne Gretzky of Traffic Planning.”

Gridlock Sam will speak about his recent book, Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and Fall of Carsa lively history and discussion of how to move cities beyond automobile dominance.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so RSVP today at:

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CURA hosting public lectures on data-driven urban science and planning, October 20 and 22

The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) at The Ohio State University is pleased to announce two special lectures on data-driven urban science and planning :

Tuesday, October 20th, 3:30pm – 5:00pm, “Big steps” in Knowlton Hall.  Robert Goodspeed, University of Michigan.  Tools of Collaborative Inquiry: A discussion of the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and planning support systems for more intelligent urban planning.

Dr. Goodspeed is an Assistant Professor in the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, University of Michigan.  He has been named as “Leading Thinker in Urban Planning and Technology” by Planetizen.

Thursday, October 22nd,  12:00 – 1:30pm, Derby Hall 1080. Martin Raubal, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH).  Investigating human behavior in urban environments: How novel data sources, methods, and technologies provide opportunities for scientists to investigate human mobility and behavior in urban environments.

Dr. Raubal is a Professor in the Department of  Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at ETH in Zurich, Switzerland.  He is one of the world’s leading experts on mobile GIS, location based services and cognitive engineering for geospatial services.  Pizza and beverages will be provided!

Please join us for this opportunity to hear about the data-driven revolution in urban science and planning!

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