General Information

The NSF-sponsored Workshop on Complex Choice Behaviors and Transportation Energy Policy will take place this coming September 28th-30th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ann Arbor, MI!

About: This workshop will bring together experts from industry, government, and academia to explore the interface between complex choice behaviors, models of choice, and transportation energy policy. Our main goals are to: (a) share perspectives on how, and why, vehicle purchase decisions are modeled by industry, academics, and government; (b) discuss complex choice behaviors related to vehicle purchase that exist but are not often modeled; and (c) identify how complex choice behaviors interact with vehicle design, marketing, and transportation (passenger vehicle) energy policy.

Outcomes: A main outcome of the workshop will be a broader network for research and practice at the interface of policy, vehicle design, and consumer choice modeling. Our primary deliverable for the workshop will be a report on (a) the interactions between complex choice behaviors and energy-related regulatory and fiscal policy in transportation; (b) how choice modeling can be used to support effective transportation energy policy, including how choice-based forecasts should be undertaken and interpreted; and (c) research needed to understand how complex choice behaviors might impede policy compliance and effectiveness. This report will be written by the organizers with the assistance of our advisory board and distributed to participants later in the Fall of 2014 for comment before wider dissemination. 

DOE Quadrennial Technology Review: We have also been asked to collaborate with DOE Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR) chapter authors to offer a third day, Wednesday, October 1st 2014 (tentatively 9 AM - 3PM), devoted to discussions about "Transportation Systems." This meeting will be held at a separate venue within Ann Arbor, but we strongly encourage you to consider attending to help DOE capture the "systemic" aspects of emerging vehicle energy technologies for their upcoming QTR release. Example topics may include transportation as a service; IT, transportation, and transit; automaker innovation, stock turnover and the path from the lab to market; and electric vehicle systems and infrastructure issues, particularly related to charging infrastructure and behaviors. The focus on "systems" in addition to technology is an important shift in DOE's focus closely connected to the topic of the workshop, and important for a successful transition to a cleaner, and more secure, US transportation system. More information about this third day will be provided soon.

Registration and Fees: Registration is by invitation; please email Erin MacDonald for registration requests. The workshop itself will be free, including meals during the workshop, but participants will need to pay for their own transportation and lodging. Some support is available if needed.

Participant Book: We ask all attendees to create three powerpoint slides that: (1) introduce yourself, your background, and your areas of expertise and experience to other workshop participants (including a headshot); (2) briefly describe one specific topic from your research or practice that relates to your interest in the workshop; and (3) provide additional references to papers, reports, or presentations relevant to topics you believe are relevant to "Complex Choice Behaviors and Transportation Energy Policy." A template is available here. Because networking is a key outcome of the workshop, these slides will be compiled into a “participant book” to be distributed (via pdf) to all registered participants prior to the workshop. 

Workshop Schedule: A detailed schedule in available here. The workshop will kick off with a welcome dinner and reception on Sunday, September 28th starting at 7 PM. On Day 1 (Monday September 29th, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM) we will have discussion sessions focused around six key workshop themes approached from different participant perspectives. These sessions will be introduced with brief presentations, and punctuated with activities and breaks. We will have a workshop dinner and reception after Day 1's activities, from 6-8 PM. Day 2 (Tuesday September 30th, 8:30 AM - 3 PM) will have more focused discussion sessions and close the workshop by consolidating session outcomes via planning the outcomes report. From 3-5 PM we will have an additional session to introduce our role in the Transportation Systems chapter of DOE's QTR in advance of the third day focused on contributing to the QTR. 

Travel: We recommend air travel into Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), a Northwest/Delta Airlines hub. DTW is a convenient 30 minute drive away from the venue by car (directions); there is also a 45 minute shuttle that runs from DTW to into downtown Ann Arbor every hour or so. 

Thanks again for your interest in CCBTEP 2014! We look forward to seeing you in Ann Arbor!


NSF Engineering and Systems Design Program (award #1334764)
Iowa NSF EPSCoR Program