Your browser is unsupported

We recommend using the latest version of IE11, Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

May 3 2021

Join Professors Lin and Zou for a discussion on Chicago transportation

May 3, 2021

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM




Chicago, IL 60607

Transportation is an integral part of society, and Chicago’s transportation has changed significantly in the nearly 200 years since the city was incorporated.

While Chicago is no longer the meat-packing center of the United States, it remains the rail center of the country, and it is home to one of the world’s busiest airports. Today, the Chicago River is heavily used for recreational purposes, but this wasn’t always the case.

In order to look at the future of transportation, it’s important to consider how we arrived at the present. And to help people along the journey, the Chicago Council on Science and Technology is hosting “Here to There: The History & Future of Chicago’s Transportation.”

The event will feature a panel discussion including CME Professors Jane Lin and Bo Zou on Monday, May 3, at 5 pm, on Facebook Live and YouTube Live.

The panel of experts will discuss how transit has changed throughout the city over the years, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the way we use transit, and the way emerging technologies will allow us to modify and enhance existing transit systems.

Lin holds a joint appointment with the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Illinois Chicago. Her research focuses on sustainable multimodal transportation systems modeling and design with applications of data analytics and systems analysis methods. Lin has more than 80 referred academic publications and receives research funding from various sources, including the National Science Foundation, Federal Highway Administration, and Transportation Research Board (TRB). She is the editor of Transport Policy and associate editor of Transportation Research Part D: Transportation and Environment. She also serves on the editorial boards of Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice and International Journal of Sustainable Transportation. Lin chairs the Sustainability and Resilience Group of the Transportation Research Board, which is a division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Prior to that, she served as Chair of TRB Committee on Transportation and Air Quality (now renamed to Committee on Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation) between 2011 and 2017.

Zou is an affiliated faculty member of the UIC Urban Transportation Center, the UIC Center for Supply Chain Management and Logistics, the National University Rail Center, and the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research. His research is in the area of transportation systems analysis with emerging technologies, including vehicle platooning, automation, ridesharing, and crowdsourcing. He has more than 60 journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, and technical reports with support from the World Bank, the National Science Foundation, American Public Transportation Association, Argonne National Laboratory, and the Chicago Department of Aviation. His research results and views have been covered by mainstream media outlets such as Reuters, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CNN, USA Today, Business Week, Fortune, ABC7, and PBS Chicago.

The Chicago Council on Science and Technology’s mission is to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of science and technology and their impact on society.

Learn more about the event at “Here to There: The History & Future of Chicago’s Transportation.”


Bo Zou

Date posted

Apr 27, 2021

Date updated

Apr 27, 2021