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Diana Ramirez-Rios presents “Using Freight Trip Generation to Estimate Impacts on Air Quality of Diesel Truck Emissions of Urban and Industrialized Areas”

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Date(s) - March 24, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

University of Toronto ITS Lab


Professor Matthew J. Roorda, on behalf of the Smart Freight Centre, invites you to the next seminar in the Smart Freight Centre’s Leadership Seminar Series.

Professor Diana Ramirez-Rios will present “Using Freight Trip Generation to Estimate Impacts on Air Quality of Diesel Truck Emissions of Urban and Industrialized Areas” on Friday, March 24, 2023, from 11 AM to 12 PM at the ITS Lab, Room SF3103, Sandford Fleming Building.

A hybrid option will be available. The seminar will be streamed at https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/87172403711.

All are welcome to attend this free event presented by the Smart Freight Centre and the University of Toronto ITE Student Chapter, UT-ITE. No registration is required. If any specific accommodations are needed, please contact smartfreight@utoronto.ca as early as possible.

About the presentation

Today’s society faces numerous challenges exacerbated by climate change, globalization, and socio-economic inequities, to name a few. Air contamination from diesel and gasoline-fueled vehicles is one of the main concerns and issues discussed at a worldwide level. Thirty countries are supporting the Glasgow Climate Pact (COP26) initiative from the United Nations to have zero emissions by 2040. The United States is not part of the group, but the country’s policies are in line with a zero-emissions policy, which heavily concerns the freight transportation sector.

This research focuses on the diesel and gasoline-based vehicles’ emissions caused by daily freight trip generation (FTG) activity in urban and industrialized cities.

We showcase the case of Oakland, California, home to one of the largest ports and next to one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States. We used data from Oakland’s industrial district and adjacent commercial districts to estimate daily FTG and air quality health data to analyze the impacts of air pollutants on residents in the city. This study provides a unique analysis of the impacts caused on Oakland residents’ health due to the daily exposure to the harmful pollutants caused by freight vehicles (CO, CO2, NOx, PM2.5, and PM10). The findings help us develop novel data-driven permitting strategies that could potentially reduce air pollution exposure from freight activity for residents adjacent to industrial and commercial areas.

About the speaker

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Dr. Diana Ramirez-Rios

Dr. Diana Ramirez-Rios is an assistant professor at University of Buffalo with a PhD in Transportation Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.S.-M.S. in Industrial Engineering. Her work focuses on freight transportation, supply chain and logistics, and humanitarian/disaster response logistics. Her research includes freight demand modeling, parking simulation, facility location, supply chain coordination, post-disaster location and distribution, and cooperative game-theoretic models. Diana holds leadership positions in several professional organizations including the POMS as the Regional VP for the Americas, and Subdivisions Council Representative at INFORMS. She is also a member and paper review coordinator for the Freight Data Committee at the Transportation Research Board. She is the recipient of the Karen and Lester Gerhardt Prize in Science and Engineering, the Thomas Archibald Bedford Prize, the WTS Helene M. Overly/ Leonard Braun Graduate Scholarship, ENO Future Leaders in Transportation Fellow, and the CEE-MIT Rising Stars.