On the heels of the SpaceX hyperloop pod competition, Hyperloop Advanced Research Partnership (HARP) hosted a two-day research conference on the subject of hyperloop. With our co-host UCLA’s Institute for Pure & Applied Mathematics (IPAM), and the support of enthusiastic sponsors, this conference attracted world-class leaders from the wide range of technical, social, and policy disciplines needed to develop hyperloop and to understand its impacts.
The conference, named LoopTransPort 2018, was held at the majestic Kerckhoff Hall and the adjacent IPAM and Engineering buildings on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles, California. The event facilitated communication between scientists and policymakers, and featured an array of oral and poster presentations addressing exciting developments and research in hyperloop-related transportation technologies.
Speakers looked back at past development of innovative transportation networks, such as Japan’s bullet trains and the ahead-of-its-time Swissmetro project, and onwards towards the future, with discussion of technological advances and alternatives, evaluations of hyperloop’s economic viability and unique value proposition, and considerations of safety and security. One speaker proposed an ethic which resonated in the room – “Our industrial ethic: No one ever dies because of Hyperloop!” Other presentations brought the hyperloop concept out of the abstract and into a physical and practical reality, sharing potential designs for commuter pods and stations, with aesthetic and human considerations aimed at urban integration. Experts also shared insights regarding the best project management techniques, risk mitigation strategies, and regulatory approaches required for the safe and seamless implementation of a hyperloop network.
By optimizing tactics at every stage of research and development, innovators can ensure that hyperloop does not become an empty technological promise. To the contrary, it could redefine transportation and logistics and become a defining breakthrough of 21st century human society.
This exchange of ideas and nurturing of innovation was made possible by the following sponsors:
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Virginia Commonwealth University
University of California, Santa Barbara, College of Engineering
The University of Texas at Auston, Cockrell College of Engineering
Keio University, Tokyo Japan