The University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI), in conjunction with the Michigan Institute for Teaching and Research in Economics (MITRE), hosted a Fall 2014 conference on economic and policy research that addresses energy use in the transportation sector and its environmental implications. The objective was to bring scholars at the frontier of transportation and energy economics research together with practitioners from industry and government to exchange ideas and research findings.
University of Michigan Faculty interested in learning more about Ford’s research areas and identifying a possible Ford collaborator are invited to attend this Ford/U-M Research Alliance Info Session. Ed Krause, Global Manager, External Alliances, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering, will present. Ed will be joined by Amy Skehan, University Program Manager, Blueprint for Mobility and External Alliances, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering.
U-M welcomes guest speaker Junmin Wang, Director Vehicle Systems and Control Laboratory, Ohio State University for a presentation on the importance and efficacy of control systems for current and future ground vehicles. In the ever-lasting efforts of reducing emissions, improving efficiencies, and enhancing safety for ground vehicles, importance of control systems has been growing rapidly due to the substantially elevated system complexities contributed by the fast technological advances in various relevant fields. This talk introduces a variety of vehicle system estimation and control research activities aiming towards clean, efficient, and safe ground transportation.
Frank Markus of Motor Trend magazine explains why every carbon molecule in a liquid biofuel, such as ethanol or biodiesel, can't be counted "as an ecological freebie." He reports on the debate about the Renewable Fuel Standard that took place during a panel discussion at this year's Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Government-Industry Meeting in Washington, DC.
At the close of this week's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trade summit in Beijing, President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions and detailed an agreement that includes a renewed five-year commitment to supporting clean vehicle research efforts via the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center.
Oil prices have fallen in recent months, and Politico asked a group of energy experts what this latest market gyration might imply for U.S. policymakers. UMEI's John DeCicco was one of the experts queried; here's what he had to say:
The motor vehicle is at the cusp of being transformed by two threads of technology advancement. One is electrification, replacing gasoline and other liquid fuels with the direct use of electrons, enabling cars to plug in for some or all of their power. The other is intelligence, relieving humans of the error-prone task of driving through the connectivity, sensing and increasing automation, leading to vehicles that will one day drive themselves.