2015 I-NUF Overview

2015 INUF

Welcome to the 2015 International Urban Freight Conference. I-NUF was established in 2006 and is held every two years in Long Beach, California. Organized by the METRANS Transportation Center, the purpose of I-NUF is to provide a forum for multidisciplinary research on all aspects of urban freight. A second purpose of I-NUF is to raise the visibility of urban freight research.  Guest speakers for the 2015 conference include Greg Winfree, Assistant Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, USDOT; a panel including Brett Parker of Cargomatic; Randell Iwasaki of Contra Costa Transportation Authority and Chair of the National Freight Advisory Committee; Laetitia Dablanc from The French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR), Mathieu Gardrat from Laboratoire d'Economie des Transports (LET-Lyon), and Benjamin Conwell, Cushman & Wakefield of Washington.   

I-NUF is recognized as the premier venue for urban freight research. It draws participants from around the world and from not only the research community but from the private sector and government as well.

Urban freight is a growing area of research. As the population becomes increasingly urbanized, cities become larger and more dense; and transport demands of both passengers and freight become more challenging to manage. When population and economic activity are concentrated, the externalities of freight--air pollution, noise, traffic congestion--affect more people. At the same time, some of the solutions that solve passenger transport problems, such as more use of non-motorized modes or alternative fuel vehicles, are much more difficult to apply to freight transport. Cities have historically been centers of trade, and globalization has reinforced this role. The largest ports, airports, and trade centers are located in cities, adding another dimension to urban freight. Finally, freight accounts for a substantial share of all transport sector GHG emissions. Developing ways to reduce these emissions is critical, whether through better managing freight demand, more efficient freight flows, new vehicle technologies, or other strategies.

I-NUF 2015 will feature papers and presentations in the following thematic areas:

  • Local/last mile pickup and delivery
  • Trade nodes and hubs – ports, airports, distribution hubs
  • Freight modes – trucking, rail, water
  • Urban modeling and planning
  • New technology
  • Changing consumption, production and spatial organization
  • Best practices

Sustainability is a cross-cutting theme. We welcome papers on environmental impacts or mitigation strategies in all thematic areas. We also welcome proposals for special sessions. In order to raise the visibility of urban freight research, I-NUF solicits papers to be considered for publication in special journal issues.  Given the growth in the field and the diversity of disciplines represented, we seek to generate two special issues from this conference, one in logistics/economics/engineering, and one in urban planning/geography/public policy. See the submission instructions for details. 

METRANS includes several centers, and all of them are contributing to this conference. METRANS UTC is contributing most of the management and coordination for the conference. MetroFreight is organizing sessions and leading recruitment of international participants. The METRANS team of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation is focusing on sustainability topics.