2020 Global Symposium

20/20 Global Symposium on Connected and Automated Vehicles and Infrastructure

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As we enter a new decade of transportation and mobility, the CCAT Global Symposium will provide a clear, 20/20 vision for the future.

The 20/20 Global Symposium on Connected and Automated Transportation is a first-of-its-kind virtual conference featuring leaders in the transportation and mobility sector field from around the world. Panels will include discussions on connected and automated transportation, the 5.9 GHz spectrum reallocation, cybersecurity, infrastructure changes, legal and liability implications, and much more. This event also will feature a review of CCAT-funded research projects including: Multifront Approach for Improving Navigation of Autonomous and Connected Trucks and Design and Operation of Efficient and Budget-Balanced Shared-Use Mobility Systems.

New for 20/20: For the first time, the 20/20 Global Symposium is moving to a web-based format and is entirely free! We are excited to share that we have condensed our original program to fit into a one-day event. Attendees can expect the same amazing panels and presentations of our research – all from the comfort of your office. Registrants also have the option to have conference materials delivered right to their homes so they can attend in style. Materials include: Physical event program, CCAT-branded mints, chocolate, notebook/pen, and phone wallet. Click on the panel or research presentation title in the agenda to watch a VOD on our YouTube channel, or view the entire playlist here.

Time (ET)Panel
8:00 – 8:15 AMOpening Remarks

Dr. Henry Liu, Director, Center for Connected and Automated Transportation
8:15 – 8:45 AMMorning Keynote

John Kwant, Global Director of Government Relations for Mobility and Advanced Technologies, Ford Motor Company
8:45 – 9:45 AMPanel 1: Mobility Blues

The discussion in this panel session will revolve around existing and foreseen challenges associated with the wide-scale deployment of highly automated vehicles (Levels 4 and 5). Granted there remain considerable technical challenges, but there also remains many unknowns regarding acceptance, policy, and mobility equity. The industry has moved well past the hype stage and now is confronting some difficult realities of making highly automated vehicles functional and practical for everyday use, particularly by a wide range of society. What are some of these remaining challenges, and how might they be addressed?

Moderator: Dr. James Sayer, Director, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
Sue Bai, Chief Engineer — Automotive Technology Research, Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
Dr. Raymond Hess, Transportation Manager, City of Ann Arbor
Ramanarayan Vasudevan, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
Dr. Steve Vozar, Principal and Founder, Vozar Technology Consulting
9:45 – 10:15 AMCCAT Research Presentation 1: Multifront Approach for Improving Navigation of Autonomous and Connected Trucks

Dr. Yanfeng Ouyang, George Krambles Endowed Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
10:15 – 10:25 AMBreak
10:25 – 11:25 AMPanel 2: Who Do We Sue?

As the technology and business models around automated and connected vehicles and advanced driver- assistance systems (ADAS) continue to advance, significant questions remain around the legal, liability, and insurance frameworks for these vehicles. Legal and industry experts will discuss the current regulatory environment, the liability risks, and the future of the legal landscape as it relates to automated and connected vehicles. Hear how these issues are impacting business decisions around the deployment of these cutting edge technologies.

Moderator: Amy Mass, Vice President and Counsel, The Hanover Insurance Group
Tom Branigan, Managing Partner, Bowman & Brooke
Emily Frascaroli, Managing Counsel, Ford Motor Company
Ryan Harrington, Principal — Vehicle Engineering Practice, Exponent
Dr. David Yang, Executive Director, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
11:25 – 12:25 PMPanel 3: Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is an increasingly important aspect of automotive systems. This panel will explore security and privacy aspects of connected vehicles as well as security of automated vehicles. We will cover security concerns of future technologies but also of current technologies, discuss how we can properly test security and mitigate and mitigate vulnerabilities, and how stakeholders can better collaborate.

Moderator: Dr. André Weimerskirch, Vice President — Cybersecurity and Functional Safety, Lear Corporation
Sam Lauzon, Engineer in Research, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
Raffaele Mautone, CEO and Founder, AaDya Security
Cyndi Millns, Professional Faculty — Cybersecurity, Washtenaw Community College
Kristie Pfosi, Senior Manager — Automotive Cyber Security, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc.
12:25 – 1:30 PMBreak for Lunch
1:30 – 2:00 PMAfternoon Keynote

Dr. Huei Peng, Director, Mcity, Professor — Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
2:00 – 3:00 PMPanel 4: AV Investment and Public Acceptance

This panel will focus on the current state of AV research and development as well as public acceptance of AV and electric vehicle deployment. Panelists will explore the apparent shift in R&D investment from highly automated/fully autonomous vehicle systems to advanced driver assistance systems. Panelists will also discuss public acceptance of AVs and EVs with reference to very recent survey data. Finally, the panel will review impediments to highly automated vehicle deployments with a view to how they can be overcome.

Moderator: John Peracchio, Managing Member, Peracchio & Company, LLC
Peter Appel, Director — Transportation and Supply Chain, AlixPartners
Hideki Hada, Executive Engineer — Technical Strategy, Toyota Motor North America — R&D
Kristin Kolodge, Executive Director, J.D. Power
3:00 – 3:30 PMCCAT Research Presentation 2: Design and Operation of Efficient and Budget-Balanced Shared-Use Mobility Systems

Dr. Neda Masoud, Assistant Professor — Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan
3:30 – 3:40 PMBreak
3:40 – 4:40 PMPanel 5: Infrastructure — Make Way for CAVs

With the rapid emergence of Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Technologies, Infrastructure Owner Operators (IOOs) will need to be prepared to support their safe testing and operations now and into the future. As such, all stakeholders and elements of the transportation system will need to work together to improve safety, mobility, equity, and operations efficiency through the implementation of these technologies in a broader Cooperative Automated Transportation system context. The panel will focus on how government, academia, engineering consultants and other stakeholders are working with IOOs to prepare and make infrastructure decisions today that will support the successful deployment of these technologies for years to

Moderator: Collin Castle, ITS Program Manager, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)
Dr. Yiheng Feng, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
Joel Leisch, Owner, JPL Consulting
Dr. Weisong Shi, Associate Dean for Research, Wayne State University, Director, The CAR Lab
Scott Shogan, Vice President — Michigan Area Manager, WSP USA
4:40 – 5:00 PMClosing Remarks

Dr. Henry Liu, Director, Center for Connected and Automated Transportation


With a reduced program for the 20/20 CCAT Global Symposium, the Student Poster Competition was moved to October. In total, CCAT received 19 undergraduate and graduate submissions from 3 universities (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, and Purdue University). Our panel of judges narrowed it to four finalists where students had the opportunity to present their research and to answer questions. Thank you to our judges: John Abraham (Macomb County), Barb Land (Square One Education Network), Anthony Magnan (Verizon Wireless), Danil Prokorov (Toyota North America R&D), Liz Pulver (State Farm), and Rini Sherony (Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center). Below, you can find all student abstracts and posters.

Our Finalists


Student Name: Xintao Yan
Presentation Title: A Data-driven Simulation of Naturalistic Driving Environment for Autonomous Vehicle Testing
Abstract | Poster | VOD of Presentation


Student Name: Zhen Yang
Presentation Title: Integrated Traffic Signal and Vehicle Trajectory Control in a Mixed Traffic Condition
Abstract | Poster | VOD of Presentation

Student Name: Sachindra Dahal
Presentation Title: A Passive Sensing of Conductive Concrete for Vehicle Lateral Positioning
Abstract | Poster | VOD of Presentation

Student Name: Xingmin Wang
Presentation Title: Data Infrastructure for Connected Vehicle Applications
Abstract | Poster | VOD of Presentation

Other Student Submissions

Student Name: Shubham Agrawal, Duke Dodoo, Isaiah C. Mwamba, and Tara Radvand
Presentation Title: Designing Auditory Takeover Requests Under Different Automated Vehicle Operational Environments
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Ashraf Alrahji
Presentation Title: Rest Period Effect on Pavement’s Permanent Deformations under Truck Platooning Configurations
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Jiqian Dong
Presentation Title: A DRL-based Framework for Information Fusion and Control for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Jiqian Dong
Presentation Title: A DRL-based Multiagent Cooperative Control Framework for CAV Networks: A Graphic Convolution Q Network
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Runjia Du
Presentation Title: A Cooperative Control Framework for CAV Lane Change in a Mixed Traffic Environment
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Runjia Du
Presentation Title: Collision Avoidance Framework for Autonomous Vehicles Under Crash Imminent Situations
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Paul Ha
Presentation Title: AI-based and Control based Systems for Safe and Efficient Operations of Connected Autonomous Vehicles
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Paul Ha
Presentation Title: Mitigating Highway Bottleneck Congestion by Leveraging Multi Agent Reinforcement Learning and Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Capabilities
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Meitang Li
Presentation Title: A Deep Learning-based Car-overtaking-truck Prediction Model When Considering Individual Driving Styles
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Yujie Li
Presentation Title: Leveraging Vehicle Connectivity and Autonomy to Stabilize Flow in Mixed Traffic Conditions: A Preliminary Analysis
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Yujie Li
Presentation Title: Using Empirical Trajectory Data to Design Connected & Autonomous Vehicle Controllers for Traffic Stabilization
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Lisa Losada-Rojas and Arianna M. Rambaram
Presentation Title: Examining the Relationship Between Ride-hailing, Active Travel, and Health Status: Implications for Metropolitan Statistical Areas Served by Different Transit Systems
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Egemen Okte
Presentation Title: A Framework to Determine Road Networks’ Platoonability
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Ruifeng She
Presentation Title: Network Design for Autonomous and Connected Truck Platoons to Improve Energy and Pavement Sustainability
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Hao Wang
Presentation Title: Conflict Analysis for Cooperative Merging Using V2X Communication
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Ethan Zhang
Presentation Title: Forecasting Aggressive Driving at Intersections in a Connected Vehicle Environment
Abstract | Poster