Fifth Annual Summer Conference on Livable Communities

Limitless Mobility: The Role of Active Transportation

  • June 21 - 22, 2018
  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

The Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities (TRCLC), a Tier 1 University Transportation Center funded by the US Department of Transportation, is hosting its 5th Annual Summer Conference on Livable Communities (ACLC). The conference will be held on June 21 - 22, 2018 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

This year’s theme of the conference is “Limitless Mobility: The Role of Active Transportation.” We would like to invite researchers and professionals who care about active transportation options associated with public health and mobility opportunities for elderly and people with disabilities.

Keynote Speakers 

“Assessing and valuing the barrier effect of busy roads”

Jennifer Mindell, Ph.D., University College London (UCL), England

Dr. Jenny Mindell is a Professor of Public Health in the Health and Social Surveys Research Group of the Research Department of Epidemiology & Public Health at UCL (University College London). She has experience in epidemiology, general practice, and health promotion. Jenny leads the UCL Health Survey for England team and is health lead of UCL’s Transport Institute. Jenny supervises doctoral students in both the Population Health Sciences and the Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering Faculties. Previously, she was Deputy Director of the London Health Observatory and led health impact assessments of the London Mayor’s Transport and other strategies. Jenny was also Principal Investigator for a cross-disciplinary project developing tools to measure community severance by road traffic.
Jenny was lead editor of the 2011 report, "Health on the Move2" published by the Transport & Health Study Group (THSG). She is Editor-in-chief of Journal of Transport and Health, former Co-chair (Science) of THSG, and chairs the UK Faculty of Public Health’s Health Improvement Committee.

Eric J. Schneidewind, J.D., President, American Association of Retired Persons

Eric Schneidewind J.D., was elected by the AARP Board of Directors to serve as AARP’s President from June 2016 to June 2018. The President’s role is filled by an AARP volunteer who is also a member of the all-volunteer AARP Board of Directors. Eric’s primary duty as President was to act as the principal national volunteer spokesperson, helping to articulate the positions and views of AARP to its members, volunteers and the public. In addition to his duties representing AARP, Eric is a retired partner of Varnum LLP law firm, currently serving as of counsel, specializing in energy law. As a public servant, he was chair of the Michigan Public Service Commission, deputy director of policy and consumer protection for the Michigan Insurance Bureau and attorney for the Michigan State Housing Authority. His volunteer roles include service as state president of AARP Michigan, secretary for the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association and more than 20 years of volunteering at homeless shelters. He holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School at Ann Arbor. He resides in Lansing, Michigan.


Topic areas:

  • Innovations on active transportation
  • Safe mobility for elderly and people with disabilities
  • Public transportation and Shared use mobility
  • Pedestrian and bicycle transportation
  • Technology for people with limited transportation options

Conference activities:

  • Presentations
  • Poster Session
  • Roundtable Discussion
  • Demonstrations

Who should attend:

  • Academic Researchers and Graduate students
  • Transportation engineers
  • Urban and transportation planners
  • Public transit managers
  • Non-motorized transportation program managers
  • Public health professionals
  • Local government administrators

Important Dates:

  • March 31, 2018: Abstract Submission Deadline
  • May 1, 2018: Acceptance Notification
  • April 15 – May 15, 2018: Conference Early Registration
  • June 1, 2018: Final Program Announcement
  • June 21 – 22, 2018: Conference

Abstract Submission:

submit your abstract

Conference Schedule (Tentative)

June 21


9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

3:45 PM – 5:45 PM

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Morning Sessions

Networking Lunch & Poster Session

Opening Session (Dr. Eric Schneidewind)



Networking Banquet

June 22


7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

11:45 AM – 1:30 PM

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM


Morning Sessions

Keynote Speech (Dr. Jenny Mindell)

Lunch & Demonstration

Round Table Group Discussion


Award and Closure

















 Participants will receive 6 professional development hours (PDH) per day for PE license.  These credits do not apply to those states requiring pre-approval.

Registration Fees

  Early Registration (until May 15) Registration (after May 15)
General Attendees $100 $150
Speakers $50 $75
Students $30 $45
  • Price includes lunch and banquet dinner on Thursday and breakfast on Friday.


Conference Chair:

  • Jun-Seok Oh, Western Michigan University

Technical Committee:

  • Valerian Kwigizile, Western Michigan University
  • Stephen Mattingly, University of Texas, Arlington
  • Ziqi Song, Utah State University
  • Deo Chimba, Tennessee State University
  • Stephen Remias, Wayne State University

Conference Organizing Committee:

  • Jun-Seok Oh, Western Michigan University
  • Valerian Kwigizile, Western Michigan University
  • Staci Adams, Western Michigan University
  • Holly Blanks, Western Michigan University
  • Lusanni Rodriguez, Western Michigan University
  • Cole Villalobos, Western Michigan University

Conference Venue

Elson S. Floyd Hall (College of Engineering and Applied Sciences) at Western Michigan University