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International Seminar Series: “Seamless Connection in the Transportation System of China”
People travel every day in various modes: walking, cycling, automobile, and public transportation. The major public transportation between cities in China is dominated by intercity rail, airlines, and coaches. Inside cities, the public transportation includes buses, trolleybuses, trams (or light rail) and passenger trains, rapid transit (metro/subway/underground, etc.), and ferries. Currently, China’s high-speed rail (HSR) accounts for two-thirds of the world’s total HSR networks. It is the world’s longest HSR network and the most extensively used as well. In many cities, it is possible for a traveler to take rapid transit after landing at an airport without even leaving the terminal. One scenario is to fly from Chicago to Beijing Daxing International Airport in China, then take the metro of “New Airport Line” to the Forbidden City for a tour, or the train station for HSR to Shanghai or Xi’an. The subway system in Xi’an brings a lot of convenience and benefits to its community and economy, while creating quite some challenges to planning, design, engineering and construction of the infrastructure. The decision-making process of this unique project reflects the contemporary characteristics of thinking and evaluation of Historical heritage and cultural innovation.
Dr. Haiyan “Sally” Xie is professor of construction management at Illinois State University (ISU). From August 15, 2019, Dr. Xie is in research leave and works as a Research Associate in Engineering Department at Cambridge University for one year. She has research interests in the areas of Smart City, Building Information Modeling, Simulation and Control, Intelligent Systems, Circular Economy, Sustainability and Energy Analysis, Construction Graphics, Project Delivery Methods, Innovative Technology in Construction Engineering and Management, Virtual Reality, and Sustainable Intelligent Highway. She received her doctorate in Design, Construction and Planning from the University of Florida. Dr. Xie has over 75 published research articles, books, and reports, and chaired eight thesis committees. Recently, she received the International Outstanding Research Award of the Associated Schools of Construction on April 12th, 2019. She is skillful in leading complicated and innovative research projects. Dr. Xie has over 15 years of experience in teaching and research in the area of construction materials and project management, as well as seven years of construction industry experience as project manager. She is reviewer for several journals such as Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, Journal of Architecture Engineering, Journal of Sustainability, and Journal of Access.
The International Seminar Series offers the Illinois State campus and Bloomington-Normal communities weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics. Guest speakers are usually experts in their fields across a range of disciplines who cover a wide array of cultural, historical, political and social topics.
Series events have become one of the most popular internationally focused events on campus and continue to draw ever-growing crowds of students, faculty and community members. Audience members are given time at each event to raise questions to enable a two-way participation and learning.
International Seminar Series events are free and open to the public and occur every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bone Student Center. The Fall 2019 series will focus on understanding contemporary China.