September 13, 2011

Harold Washington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
400 South State Street, Chicago, IL, United States

Over the past half century, high-speed rail (HSR) has emerged as an important component of the intercity passenger transport system, providing both an alternative and a compliment to highway and air transport.  The US was once at the forefront of efforts to develop HSR technology, but over the past three decades Asian and European countries have moved ahead and developed extensive and increasingly sophisticated and integrated systems, with maximum speeds on some dedicated HSR lines exceeding 220 mph. Read more…

February 17, 2011

Northwestern University Chicago Campus, Hughes Auditorium
303 E Superior St, Chicago, IL, United States

Over the past 15 years, the world has witnessed a technology boom that has brought the Internet into our houses and airwaves, Facebook to our daily routine and more computing power in the conventional toaster oven than what was required to get a man onto the moon. Read more…