Webinar and Council Meeting

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Webinar and Council Meeting

Exploring a Smart Cloud Commuting Service

October 20, 2020
10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Central

About the Event


This presentation will feature a brief overview of project funded by the National Science Foundation on a "Smart Cloud Commuting Service" (SCCS) via shared autonomous vehicles (SAVs). It will also highlight two preliminary studies exploring the feasibility of the envisaged SCCS. The first includes the development of a queuing theoretical model to determine how many SAVs are needed to serve peak commute demands. The second involves a proposed hybrid spoke-n-hub with point-to-point transit service model that leverages the flexibility and autonomy of SAVs.

This webinar will be held in conjunction with a meeting of the CTS Transportation Safety and Traffic Flow Research Council.



Zhi-Li Zhang is the associate director for research at the Digital Technology Center and a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Qwest Chair Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include computer communication and networks, Internet technology, multimedia, and emerging applications.

Yanhua Li is an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department and Data Science Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA. His research interests include artificial intelligence and big data analytics in many contexts, including urban intelligence, smart cities, and urban planning and optimization.

Registration and More


This webinar is free to attend, but registration is required. Once you have registered, you will receive an email confirmation with a Zoom link. The link should not be shared with others; it is unique to you.

If you're unable to join us for the live broadcast, a recording of the webinar will be available on the event web page following the event.

For more information, please contact Kaydee Kirk at kkirk@umn.edu.

Upcoming Webinars


Register to join us for these other upcoming seminars, which will be held in conjuction with additional CTS council meetings this fall: