2018 Global Symposium on Connected and Automated Vehicles and Infrastructure
Sponsored by the USDOT Center for Connected and Automated Transportation

March 7-8, 2018
University of Michigan
North Campus Research Complex
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

The 2018 Global Symposium for Connected and Automated Vehicles and Infrastructure will focus on overarching research issues related to CAV research, technology, testing and deployments, policy, as well as education, training and workforce development.
The Symposium is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (CCAT) at the University of Michigan. CCAT Partners include:

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
Purdue University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Akron
Central State University
Washtenaw Community College

March 7, 2018

7:30 a.m. -8:30 a.m.                      Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. -8:45 a.m.                      Welcome

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.                     Keynote speaker Bob Zhang, Co-Founder and CTO, Didi Chuxing

Didi Chuxing is the largest and most dominant ride-sharing company in the world, with investment in numerous ride and bike sharing companies throughout the globe. The company completed 1.4 billion rides milestone in just 2015 alone, as well as clocking over 200 million rides in 2016, this far surpassed any other ride-sharing company.

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.                   Panel 1

Executive Panel on Mobility
Join us for an executive session on the future of mobility. The world’s leaders in mobility will draw from their vast experiences to share their vision on policy, technology, and infrastructure. The panel will discuss how the current transportation system will be transformed to optimize the movement of people and goods to enhance our everyday lives.

Moderator: Jack Hu, Vice President for Research, U-M Office for Research
Panel Members:
Bob Zhang, Co-Founder and CTO, Didi Chuxing
Neil Pedersen, Executive Director of the Transportation Research Board
Dan Sperling, Director-ITS Davis, UC-Davis

10:30 a.m. – a.m. 11:00                 Break

11 a.m. -12:00 a.m.                       Panel 2

Smart Cities and Vehicle Mobility
Vehicles are getting connected, and not just to the internet! They’re getting connected to each other, to the infrastructure, and to road users including pedestrians, bicyclists etc. More than that, connected vehicles are an integral part of “Smart Cities.” A Smart City integrates innovative technology – self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors- into their transportation network. In addition to the U.S. DOT Smart Cities challenge, pockets of innovation are cropping up across the county and around the world.

Moderator: Jeff Hood, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Panel Members:
Mark de la Verge, Chief of Mobility Innovation, City of Detroit
Carla Bailo, CEO Center for Automotive Research (CAR)

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.                        Lunch

1:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m.                      Panel 3

Policy and Social Justice
Connected, automated and shared mobility solutions have the greatest potential to positively impact the lives of those living in historically underserved communities, senior citizens and the economically challenged.   The absence of public transportation or personal vehicle ownership leave thousands without access to healthcare, education, and social interactions reducing their quality of life and often exacerbating economic hardships.  U-M is on the forefront of transportation as an issue of social justice. How, and who, are benefiting from a shared economy – and how do we create balance?

Moderator:Tierra Bills, Assistant Professor and Michigan Society Fellow, University of Michigan Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Panel Members:
Richard Ezike, Mobility and Equity Kendall Fellow at Union of Concerned Scientists and President of NSBE DC Professionals
Gloria Jeff, Principal Planner for the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, University of Michigan Alum, and the current Chair of the Environmental Justice Committee at the Transportation Research Board
Dr. Jonathan Levine, University of Michigan Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, TaubmanCollege of Architecture and Urban Planning.

2:30 p.m. -3:45 p.m.                      Student Poster Session

This is an opportunity for students to present their work to Symposium participants. A rolling-break also will take place during this time.

3:45 p.m. -4:45 p.m.                      Panel 4

Infrastructure needs in a connected and automated world: CAV technology is developing at a rapid pace, but what about the infrastructure? Working together, researcher, developers and designers are committed to ensuring a smooth transition to a connected and automated infrastructure around the world.

Imad Al-Qadi, Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

5 p.m.                                            Day one wrap up

5:15 p.m.                                       Depart for the University of Michigan Museum of Art

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.                  UMMA exhibits and gift shop will be open.

6:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.                       Dinner

8:00 p.m.                                       Evening concludes.

March 8, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.                    Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.                    Day 2 Welcome

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.                   Day-two Morning Presentation and Discussion
Michelle Krebs, Director Autotrader
Reluctant or Ready? The four essentials to driving customer acceptance of self-driving vehicles.
The promise of self-driving vehicles is fast becoming a reality on roadways across the U.S., but are consumers reluctant or ready? Krebs reveals the newest research into consumer sentiment toward automation.
Following this presentation, Krebs and other automotive journalists will lead a discussion on the future of mobility through the consumers eyes.

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.                   Panel 5

Enabling Technologies – CCAT Research
Moderator: Henry Liu, Director, U.S. DOT Center for Connected and Automated Transportation
Panel Members:
Ping Yi, Professor, University of Akron. Presentation: Access Control at Major-Minor Intersection through CAV in Mixed Traffic

Srinivas Peeta, CCAT Associate Director, Director NEXTRANS Center, Hockema Professor of Civil Engineering, Purdue University. Presentation: Cooperative Control Mechanism for Platoon Formation of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Yafeng Yin, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Presentation: Enhancing Network Equilibrium Models for Capturing Emerging Shared-Use Mobility Services

Imad Al-Qadi, Founder Professor of Engineering, Director of the Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Presentation: Operations of Connected and Autonomous Freight Trucks under Congestion and Infrastructure Cost Considerations

10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.                      Break

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.                           Panel 6

Leadership, Education, Training and Workforce Development
Education, training and workforce development are critical to the successful deployment of CAV technologies. The need exists for both engineers as well as skilled technicians. This panel will focus on the need for a full-spectrum of leadership development and educational programs, ranging from leadership training, to full scale engineering-concentrated programs, and 2- and 4-year degree programs to advanced education. This panel will highlight student opportunities that will advance their academic knowledge in the classroom, research and skills development opportunities.
Moderator: Alan Lecz, Director, Washtenaw Community College, Advanced Transportation Center
Rose Bellanca, President, Washtenaw Community College
Michelle Mueller, Vice President of Economic, Community and College Development, Washtenaw Community College
Collin Castle, ITS Program Manager, Michigan Department of Transportation
Carla Bailo, President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research

12 p.m. – p.m. 1:30                        Lunch

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.                     Panel 7

Connecting Humans in an Autonomous World.
Connectivity, information sharing and dissemination, and automation under CAV technologies raise critical questions related to how humans (drivers, travelers, pedestrians, etc.) interface and interact with these technologies. This panel will discuss related needs, challenges and solutions.
Moderator: Srinivas Peeta, Purdue University, CCAT Associate Director, NEXTRANS Center
Panel Members:
Prof. Hani Mahmassani, William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation, and Director, Transportation Center, Northwestern University
Dr. David Yang, Executive Director, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Pamela Fisher, Director, Economic Development & Special Initiatives, Indiana Department of Transportation

2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.                          Students session, wrap up and reception