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TRANSP Seminar: Asad Khattak

Title: "The Era of Automated, Connected, Electric, Shared Vehicles"

Asad Khattak is Beaman Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

This presentation will cover innovations in transportation systems that can better meet the needs of urban living. The transportation system of the future is anticipated to integrate automation, connectivity, electrification, and sharing of rides and vehicles. Enabled by the growing computational power, ubiquity of sensors, big data, and Artificial Intelligence, cities have new opportunities to be more accessible, customer-focused, energy-efficient, cleaner, and supportive of diverse emerging modes that include sharing of rides and vehicles, bicycles/scooters, and other modes. New developments can improve transportation system performance, e.g., automation can improve traffic congestion, parking demand, and operating costs; connectivity can reduce injuries and deaths in collisions and maximize operating efficiency; sharing of rides and modes can reduce fleet size and travel costs, improving mobility and access for diverse users; electrification (where appropriate) can reduce dependence on fossil fuels, emissions, operating costs, and noise. Capturing these opportunities will partly depend on overcoming the infrastructure legacy of the past and addressing the resource challenges of the present. However, through careful systems planning, cities can help people better meet their needs. The presentation will also highlight uncertainties and unintended consequences inherent in transitioning to more economically vibrant, sustainable, and safe systems.

Khattak is Beaman Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He serves as the Coordinator for the Transportation Group in the department and is Associate Director for the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety—a National University Transportation Center. Khattak’s research focuses on various types of innovations related to intelligent transportation technologies, transportation safety, and sustainable transportation. His received his Masters and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University. He serves as Editor of Science Citation Indexed Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, with a 2-year impact factor of 2.164, and Associate Editor of International Journal of Sustainable Transportation (IF = 1.892).

Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 3:40pm to 5:00pm

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Lectures & Presentations




Current Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public


CEE Seminar, CEE Fall 2019


Civil and Environmental Engineering

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