CTS Events
November 14, 2012

Dr. Nebiyou Tilahun, UPP, presents a seminar entitled "An agent based model of origin destination estimation (ADOBE)" Wednesday, November 14th at 4:00 pm in Rm 1127 SEO


November 7, 2012

Mr. Thomas Murtha, CMAP, will address the CTS-IGERT community at 4:00 p.m. in Room 1127 SEO.


October 24, 2012

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Bo Zou, CME, on Wednesday, October 24th, Room 1127 SEO, 4:00 p.m.


CTS Happenings
September 25, 2012

Award Received by Joshua Auld, CTS-IGERT alumnus.


April 20, 2012

Congratulations to James Biagioni, CTS Fellow and CS PhD candidate, winner of the Dean's Scholar award.


January 2, 2012

James Biagioni, CTS Fellow, receives "Best Presentation Award" at SenSys2011


July 30, 2010

Dr. Ouri Wolfson, Dr. Phillip Yu, and Leon Stenneth, CS student and CTS Associate, recently had a paper accepted to the 6th IEEE International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications (WiMob 2010).


October 4, 2007

Dr. Michael Shiffer, "Emerging Technologies and Transit Planning: Moving Bits to Move People"

Download: Emerging Technologies and Transit Planning: Moving Bits to Move People

Dr. Michael Shiffer, Vice President, Planning & Development at the Chicago Transit Authority and Clinical Associate Professor in Urban Planning and Policy at UIC, will present a seminar.

Time: 11:00 am
Location: 1000 SEO

Download/view a copy of the presentation here: Emerging Technologies and Transit Planning: Moving Bits to Move People

How can "smart" buses and rail stations digitally feed maps and a planning process? How do spatial multimedia tools support active plans? Where does public participation make up for the shortcomings of technology?

With constrained operating and capital budgets and rising automobile ownership, the large mass transit systems of the U.S. face significant challenges. Yet, new applications of information technology present significant opportunity for strategic decision support and improved planning processes. This presentation describes how mass transit agencies have leveraged new data sources, multimedia tools and geo-visualization techniques to reshape their approach to planning. It will graphically illustrate how we have moved from the era of the static map to a dynamic spatial database that can vividly illustrate the physical and demographic characteristics of various communities.

Finally, the presentation emphasizes the technology and human capital needs that are required to make this approach work. The overall intent is to describe how technological advances help us to meet some of the challenges of today and promises for tomorrow.

Biographical Sketch for Michael J. Shiffer:
Shiffer is the outgoing Vice President for Planning and Development at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For over six years at the CTA, Shiffer led the strategic and operations planning efforts of the second largest public transit system in the U.S. During his time at the CTA, ridership grew by nearly 40,000 trips per average weekday, with much of the growth on new and improved routes. His academic research has focused on how information technologies can better inform deliberation, decision-making and public debate with a focus on spatial (geographic) information.

Before returning to his native Chicago in 2000, Shiffer served for nine years on the MIT faculty where he was Principal Research Scientist and a Lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. There he directed the Urban Planning Computer Research Lab and researched how new technologies (such as GIS, wide-area networking and new models of multimedia) could inform planning processes. While at MIT, Shiffer also taught courses related to mass transit and urban planning methods. Shiffer received a Ph.D. in Regional Planning and Master's of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Shiffer has a B.A. in Geography from DePaul University.

He can be reached by email via mshiffer at uic dot edu.