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Kara Kockelman, UT Transportation Engineering

  • May 10, 2023
  • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
  • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712


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RoboTaxis to the Rescue?

Will shared, autonomous, all-electric vehicles (SAEVs) with dynamic ride-sharing/pooling help or hinder US cities as we try to tackle the climate crisis, congestion, crashes, cost, and access issues? Years of investigations & simulations by Dr Kockelman's extraordinary students have resulted in tremendous findings on the operational performance of different geofences, fare settings, fleet sizes, charging strategies, demand levels, drivetrain decisions, and more. Please join us to learn about ways to mitigate the impacts of Americans' heavy reliance on personal motorized travel via robotaxis.

About our speaker:

Kara Kockelman is a registered professional engineer and holds a PhD, MS, and BS in civil engineering, a master’s in city planning, and a minor in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been a professor of transportation engineering at the University of Texas at Austin for 24 years, and is Associate Site Director of the NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center for Efficient Vehicles and Sustainable Transportation Systems.

Professor Kockelman has received an NSF CAREER Award, Google Research Award, MIT Technology Review Top 100 Innovators Award, Vulog’s Top 20 of 2020 Influential Women in Mobility, and various ASCE, NARSC, TRF, and WTS awards.  She recently served as President of the North American Regional Science Association and sits on various editorial boards, as well as the Eno Center for Transportation’s Advisory Board, TAB’s Autonomous Vehicles Committee, and the International Association of Travel Behavior Research’s Board. She has authored over 200 journal articles (and two books), and her primary research interests include planning for shared and autonomous vehicle systems, the statistical modeling of urban systems, energy and climate issues, the economic impacts of transport policy, and crash occurrence and consequences. Pre-prints of these articles (and book contents) can be found at www.caee.utexas.edu/prof/kockelman


6:50am - Coffee & Networking 

7:10am - Breakfast Buffet

7:25am - Introductions & Announcements

7:50am - Speaker Introduction

8:20am - Q&A

8:30am - Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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