Urban Freight Lab in Seattle is an innovative public-private partnership connecting delivery services, public agencies and researchers. Norwegian University of Science in Trondheim and Technology and the Norwegian-based SINTEF add to the partnership's strength in researching last-mile delivery and sustainable urban logistics.
The goals are to increase awareness of cultural influences in freight research and project implementation, promote transferability of research across borders, develop shared research methods and tools that can be applied in multiple contexts, and provide opportunities for student exchange. The partnership will allow for deeper understanding of the influences of cultural factors and local governance structures on urban freight performance and methods of improvement. Understanding these differences will aid researchers in developing context-sensitive solutions. Further, the partnership aims to facilitate collaboration between Scandinavian and North American freight researchers through student exchanges, joint conferences, collaborative papers, etc.
The Valle program at the University of Washington provides a unique opportunity for student exchange between the University of Washington and Scandinavian countries. Through this program, Aurora Freight will provide an ongoing structure of research and advising on urban freight topics, allowing students to get involved in well-developed projects supported by deep personal connections amongst advising faculty and researchers.
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