2015 I-NUF Conference Summary
2015 METRANS International Urban Freight Conference
Tyler Reeb, Ph.D.
Day 1: October 21, 2015
Plenary Session 1: Supply Chain Optimization: Collaboration in Southern California
METRANS Director Genevieve Giuliano opened the proceedings with introductory comments and also thanked major sponsors. She then introduced Randolph Hall, Vice President of Research, Epstein Dept. of Industrial & Systems Engineering, USC, who founded METRANS in 1998.
Hall discussed the value of technology in promoting research and gave attendees an overview of USC’s various research centers. He noted that USC has more graduate students than any other university in the U.S. He then directly addressed the value of the I-NUF conference in addressing the goods movement issues that impact the Southern California region and the nation. “All this flow of goods creates struggles and challenges,” he said, noting the importance of finding solutions that will harness the prosperity of goods movement while also ensuring the health of the surrounding communities.
Giuliano then introduced California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Provost David Dowell, who in turn credited Giuliano for “realizing that there was a gap in the conference schedule, and that there wasn’t any home base for people really interested in the conflicts between urban freight, urban core revitalization, and the movement of people and goods. As a region, we can all be proud that INUF is now recognized as the leading gathering of professionals of all kinds interested in urban freight. For evidence of that success, one need only review INUF attendance numbers, which have steadily increased each conference. This year’s conference will have presentations from participants representing 18 different countries.” Dowell also applauded the public private partnership between USC and CSULB.
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