About the Conference
The University of California Transportation Conference is a yearly event that rotates among the UC campuses with active transportation research programs. The conference series started in 1994 with the intention of giving students a leadership role in organizing workshops and conferences, designing the program, and presenting their research in a formal setting. One of the goals is also to build partnerships among UC campuses and other universities within California and the Region IX of the United States DOT. UCSB hosted this conference once in 2008 and was a major success with over 200 persons in attendance.
Important outcomes of this conference include presentations that are shared on the conference website, draft papers that are finalized to be submitted to prestigious journals, and workshops on the state-of-the-art. Moreover, practitioners and funding sponsors are invited and are trained on new techniques of modeling and simulation. The most important outcome, however, is building a professional network for the student organizers and participants and the camaraderie developed among the participants.
This is the only yearly transportation conference organized by students in United States. It is supported by Federal grants in the form of the consortia known as University of California Transportation Center and University of California Center on Economic Competitiveness in Transportation.
UCCONNECT continues and builds upon the legacy strengths of the original Region 9 Center, UCTC, which has been housed at UC Berkeley since the inception of the UTC program, and which has an impressive track record of contributions garnered through collaborative activities conducted across multiple university campuses, and in partnership with the California State DOT (Caltrans). The new Center continues in that collaborative tradition, but with a sharpened focus.
Also with partial support from the UCSB College of Letters and Science.
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