Archived posts for 2017 October:

PhD Thesis Defence

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DalTRAC team member and graduate student in the Department of Civil & Resource Engineering, Mahmudur Rahman Fatmi, will  defend his PhD thesis with a presentation entitled “Development of Integrated Urban System Models: Life-transitions, Household location, and Vehicle Transaction Decisions”

The presentation will take place on Friday November 3, 2017 at 9:30am in Room 3107, Dalhousie Mona Campbell Building, 1459 LeMarchant Street. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Red Cross Atlantic Zone Volunteer Meeting

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Dr. Ahsan Habib was invited to present DalTRAC’s work on evacuation planning to the Atlantic zone volunteer members of the Canadian Red Cross at 6pm on October 17. Each month, as part of preparedness activities and education, Red Cross volunteers meet to debrief on local responses, receive updates from the organization, learn new skills, complete team building exercises, and much more. Dr. Habib explained the evacuation simulation study to the volunteers and emphasized the key lessons learned including the need to reduce evacuation time and importance of preparing for vulnerable evacuees. DalTRAC’s work for the Halifax peninsula is of great interest to the Red Cross volunteers as they provide basic and immediate needs such as feeding, lodging, personal services, etc. during responses to disasters or evacuations. DalTRAC’s work relating to evacuating has received significant media attention in the last year.

Dr. Ahsan Habib presents his evacuation simulation research to Red Cross volunteers

Dr. Ahsan Habib presents his evacuation simulation research to Red Cross volunteers

Dr. Ahsan Habib discusses evacuating the Halifax peninsula with Red Cross volunteers

Dr. Ahsan Habib discusses evacuating the Halifax peninsula with Red Cross volunteers

Killam Scholarship Award

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DalTRAC would like to acknowledge and congratulate MD Jahedul Alam for receiving the Izaak Walton Killam Predoctoral Scholarship award at the Dalhousie University Annual Killam Celebration on Wednesday October 11, 2017. MD Jahedul Alam, Civil Engineering PhD student and DalTRAC researcher, accepted the Killam scholarship which is awarded to provide resources to students to fulfill their research goals. Additionally, Jahed was also awarded the Dalhousie Presidents award 2017-18.

Annual Killam celebration award recipients, fellows, professors and chairs.

Annual Killam celebration award recipients, fellows, professors and chairs.

From left to right: Dr. Kevin Hewitt (Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Atmospheric Science, and Chair of Senate (2015-19) at Dalhousie University), Dr. Ahsan Habib (Director of DalTRAC), President Richard Florizone (Dalhousie University), MD Jahedul Alam (PhD student and DalTRAC researcher) and Pauline Bela (Masters student and DalTRAC researcher).

From left to right: Dr. Kevin Hewitt (Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Atmospheric Science, and Chair of Senate (2015-19) at Dalhousie University), Dr. Ahsan Habib (Director of DalTRAC), President Richard Florizone (Dalhousie University), MD Jahedul Alam (PhD student and DalTRAC researcher) and Pauline Bela (Masters student and DalTRAC researcher).

Transportation Association of Canada conference

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The DalTRAC team presented current research at the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) conference last week. The conference was held in St. John’s, Newfoundland from September 24-27 with theme of Investing in Transportation: Building Canadas Economy. The three presentations include:  Tracking Progress in Transportation Sustainability: NovaTRAC Survey by Dr. Ahsan Habib on Monday, Nova Scotia Share the Road Campaign: Lessons Learned by Dr. Ahsan Habib on Tuesday, and Proto-type Implementation of a Life-oriented Agent-based Integrated Transport Land Use and Energy Model by Mahmudur Fatmi on Wednesday.

Dr. Ahsan Habib presents the lessons learned from the Nova Scotia Share the Road campaign

Dr. Ahsan Habib presents the lessons learned from the Nova Scotia Share the Road campaign

Mahmudur Fatmi presents his research on implementing a proto-type Life-oriented Agent-based Integrated Transport Land Use and Energy Model

Mahmudur Fatmi presents his research on implementing a proto-type Life-oriented Agent-based Integrated Transport Land Use and Energy Model