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More diversity but fewer workers among expected population changes

We’re in a period of rapid demographic change—and that will have significant implications for Minnesota’s workforce, including in the transportation industry.

As Minnesota’s population continues to age for the next two decades, its emerging workforce will be more racially and ethnically diverse than those retiring. In a session at the Minnesota Airports Conference this spring, Peter Mathison with the Wilder Foundation shared these and other insights on Minnesota’s current population make-up and predictions of where it’s headed in the next 20 years.

Posted in Aviation, Events, Workforce development

How will robots and humans interact in our future transportation system?

Driver using driving enhancement technologyWe have long envisioned a future where cars drive themselves and fly through the air. But what is the reality of automation in our transportation future?

At the CTS Fall Luncheon in November, Duke University associate professor Mary (Missy) Cummings discussed the current state of autonomous transportation and explored how we can balance the interactions between humans and robots in the future.

Posted in Aviation, Events, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Intelligent vehicles, Technology, Transportation research

Unmanned aircraft systems could help monitor traffic, infrastructure

UASRecently, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have been making headlines for their wide-ranging applications—from aerial photography to package delivery for major retailers—and for their accompanying regulatory, safety, and privacy concerns.

In an October 15 Roadway Safety Institute seminar, Associate Professor Demoz Gebre-Egziabher of the U of M’s aerospace engineering and mechanics department reviewed some UAS-related opportunities and challenges. He also discussed some of the UAS research being conducted at the U of M’s Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Laboratories.

Posted in Aviation, Bridges and structures, Events, Technology, Transportation research

Unmanned aircraft systems create buzz of activity, but challenges remain

UASIn late 2013, Amazon.com announced that it plans to someday use unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to deliver packages. Amazon is not alone in considering these systems—the list of potential uses for this technology is rapidly expanding. Where is this technology headed, and what does it mean for the region, and for transportation?

State and national experts discussed these issues at an April 30 forum hosted by the Airport Technical Assistance Program (AirTAP), a part of CTS.

Posted in Aviation, Events, Transportation research

‘Smart window’ technology opens new possibilities for transportation noise control

smartwindowNearly every time a highway or airport expansion is proposed, transportation planners face opposition from residents who fear the increased noise levels in their homes and businesses. Traffic noise is often mitigated with physical noise barriers, but the large, thick walls often draw opposition as well.

A new technology developed by University
 of Minnesota mechanical engineering professor 
Rajesh Rajamani as part of 
a research project funded
 by the National Science
 Foundation could soon
 provide a nearly invisible
 solution for transportation 
noise cancellation—and 
give transportation planners another tool for overcoming project opposition.

Posted in Aviation, Planning, Transportation research, Urban transportation

A look inside MSP’s operations, economic impacts at annual fall forum

17-jetMore than 70 airport staff and others who work with airports across Minnesota attended the annual AirTAP Fall Forum on September 26 and 27. This year’s event, held at the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) offices in Richfield, gave attendees an inside look at the MAC’s operations at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with tours of various airport facilities and a drive around its perimeter.

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Posted in Aviation, Economics, Events
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