When Forecasting Fails: Making Infrastructure Decisions in an Uncertain World

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, Public Affairs Building - Room 2355

The 10th Annual Martin Wachs Distinguished Lecture in Transportation

See below for additional information.


Free and open to the public.


Luskin School of Public Affairs
(310) 562-7356



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Gaps between predicted and actual outcomes of transportation and other infrastructure investments are both problematic and well-studied. After considering some of the causes and consequences of these mismatches, we will outline some options for addressing them, going beyond improving forecasting tools to consider design, finance and institutional strategies, and ending with thoughts on building a stronger foundation for evidence-based decision making.

Now in its 10th year, the annual Wachs Lecture draws innovative thinkers to the University of California to address today's most pressing issues in transportation. Created by students to honor Professor Martin Wachs upon his retirement from the University, the lecture rotates between Berkeley and UCLA, the campuses at which Marty taught.

Joe Schofer is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Associate Dean at the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He has been on the Northwestern faculty for more than four decades, having served as chairman of his department, Interim Dean of the McCormick School, and Director of Northwestern’s Infrastructure Technology Institute.

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