2021 Global Symposium

2021 Global Symposium on Connected and Automated Vehicles and Infrastructure

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The 4th Annual CCAT Global Symposium on Connected and Automated Vehicles and Infrastructure returns on April 12th and 13th in a virtual format. Attendees can expect a more robust program with perspectives from transportation leaders across the globe. The event will offer panel discussions and updates on current CCAT research as two, separate tracks: panel discussions will focus on topics such as AV Testing & Evaluation, Transportation Equity, Platooning, and more. Research presentations will be provided by five of our institutions covering public acceptance of autonomous vehicles, CAVs incorporating pollution data, and gap selection for older drivers. Lunchtime presentations include a tour of the Advanced Transportation Center at Washtenaw Community College and a demo of the automated precision brine application from Purdue University. The Student Poster Competition makes its return, inviting undergraduate and graduate students from U.S.-based institutions. Co-sponsored by the Intelligent Transportation Society of Michigan, students will have the opportunity to present their research through Zoom. 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)Panels TrackResearch Track
9:00 – 9:15 AMWelcome, Opening Remarks
(Dr. Henry Liu)
9:15 – 9:30 AMMorning Keynote
(Congressman Bob Latta — OH)
9:30 – 10:30 AMFCC Rulemaking Impacts
On November 18, 2020, The Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted to reallocate a majority of the 5.9 GHz band away from connected vehicle technologies. How will this impact current and future deployments? Can this decision be reversed or should it?

Moderator: Tim Drake (ITS America)
Sue Bai (Honda R&D Americas, Inc.)
Shailen Bhatt (ITS America)
Ken Leonard (Federal Highway Administration)
Jim Misener (Qualcomm)
10:30 – 10:45 AMBreakBreak
10:45 – 11:45 AMGlobal CAV Deployments – Where Are They Now?
In 2012, the Safety Pilot Model Deployment Program launched as the first, large-scale, real-world CAV deployment. Almost nine years later, where is the industry in regards to connected and automated vehicle deployments? This panel will detail successes, challenges, and lessons learned from three continents.

Moderator: John K. Abraham (Macomb County Department of Roads)
Mary Lynn Buonarosa (U-M Transportation Research Institute)
David Clifford (Cavnue)
Rita Excell (The Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative)
Jeff Hood (Deloitte)
James Long (Smart Mobility Living Lab: London)
Research Presentation: Central State University

CAV Systems Incorporating Air Pollution Information from Traffic Congestion
(Drs. Krishnakumar Nedunuri and Ramanitharan Kandiah)
11:45 – 12:45 PMLunchLunch
11:45 – 12:45 PMPurdue Precision Brine Application Demo (Dr. Darcy Bullock)
12:45 – 1:45 PMSafety Metrics for AVs
Quantitatively measuring the safety performance of automated vehicles is critical to their large-scale deployment. This panel will discuss various safety metrics, methods, and tools that assess and quantify the performance of AVs, under normal driving and crash imminent conditions.

Moderator: Henry Liu (Center for Connected and Automated Transportation)
Arno Eichberger (Graz University of Technology)
Dave LeBlanc (U-M Transportation Research Institute)
Bowen Weng (Transportation Research Center Inc.)
Jeffrey Wishart (Exponent, Inc.)
Research Presentation: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Operations of Connected and Autonomous Freight Trucks under Congestion and Infrastructure Cost Considerations
(Dr. Yanfeng Ouyang)
1:45 – 2:00 PMBreakBreak
2:00 – 3:00 PMThe State of MOD/MAAS
Does the public think that the evolution of on-demand mobility services has changed how they think about transportation? Are they using these services to help fill mobility gaps? Our panel of experts will dissect the state of Mobility on Demand and Mobility as a service and their adoption, deployments around the country, and emerging trends.

Moderator: Sara Davidson (ITS America)
Adam Cohen (University of California, Berkeley)
Crissy Ditmore (The Spartan Edge, LLC)
Jake Nelson (AAA National Office)
Andy Taylor (Cubic Transportation Systems)
Research Presentation: Purdue University

Public Acceptance and Socio-Economic Analysis of Shared Autonomous Vehicles: Implications of Policy and Planning
(Dr. Konstantina “Nadia” Gkritza and Lisa Losada-Rojas)
3:00 – 3:05 PMClosing Remarks
(Dr. Henry Liu)
Closing Remarks
(Dr. Henry Liu)
Time (ET)Panels TrackResearch Track


Time (ET)Panels TrackResearch TrackStudent Poster Competition
8:30 – 8:35 AMWelcome
(Dr. Henry Liu)
8:35 – 8:45 AMOpening Remarks
(Dr. Rose Bellanca)
8:45 – 9:30 AMMorning Keynote
(Dr. Ryan Eustice)
9:30 – 10:30 AMTransportation Equity
As new technologies in the transportation industry are implemented within the infrastructure, concerns over accessibility arise. Our panel of experts will address the possible gaps that may increase or decrease within underserved communities from a research, industry, and philosophical perspective.

Moderator: Yonah Freemark (The Urban Institute)
Jacqueline Kuzio (Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI))
Erin McCurry (May Mobility)
Brandon Pitts (Purdue University)
Robert Sparrow (Monash University)
Research Presentation: Akron University

Development of a Prototype Safety Advisory System to Aid Older Drivers in Gap Selection
(Dr. Ping Yi)
10:30 – 10:45 AMBreakBreak
10:45 – 11:45 AMTruck Platooning
There are several areas of interest concerning truck platooning throughout the United States and the rest of the world. From Level 1, which utilizes V2V communication with both drivers still steering and monitoring the environment, to implementation with a statewide traffic management plan. This panel will discuss these along with fuel efficiency benefits and driver’s perspective from leaders in the US and Europe.

Moderator: Imad L. Al-Qadi (Illinois Center for Transportation)
Richard Bishop (Bishop Consulting)
Marsia Geldert-Murphey (Lochmueller Group)
Christian Haas (Fresenius University of Applied Science)
Sridhar Lakshmanan (University of Michigan, Dearborn)
Research Presentation: University of Michigan

DeepScenario: City Scale Scenario Generation for Automated Driving System Testing & Evaluation
(Dr. Shan Bao)
11:45 – 12:45 PMLunchLunch
11:45 – 12:45 PMAdvanced Transportation Center Tour
(Al Lecz)
12:45 – 1:30 PMAfternoon Keynote
(Dean Alec Gallimore)
1:30 – 3:00 PMStudent Poster Competition
3:00 – 3:15 PMBreak
3:15 – 3:30 PMStudent Award Announcement and Closing Remarks
(Debby Bezzina)
Time (ET)Panels TrackResearch TrackStudent Poster Competition

2021 Student Poster Competition

The Student Poster Competition returns this April during the CCAT Global Symposium on Connected and Automated Vehicles and Infrastructure. This event is co-sponsored by the Intelligent Transportation Society of Michigan and invites undergraduate and graduate students from U.S.-based institutions to participate.

Our Finalists

Graduate Winner

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

Graduate Runner-Up

Student Name: Sachindra Dahal
Presentation Title: Passive Electromagnetic Signature of Roadway for Vehicle Lateral Positioning
Abstract | Poster

Undergraduate Winner

Student Name: Sion Pizzi
Presentation Title: A Learning-based Trajectory Prediction Approach for Heterogeneous Traffic Agents
Abstract | Poster

Other Student Submissions

Student Name: Ashraf Alrajhi, Aravind Ramakrishnan, & Egemen Okte
Presentation Title: Rest Period Effect on Pavement’s Permanent Deformations under Truck Platooning Configurations
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Jairaj Chetas Desai
Presentation Title: Agile Work Zone Management Based on Probe Traffic Data
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Justin Mahlberg
Presentation Title: Automation of Liquid Deicer
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Enrique Daniel Saldivar Carranza
Presentation Title: Deriving Operational Traffic Signal Performance Measures from Vehicle Trajectory Data
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Rahul Suryakant Sakhare
Presentation Title: Connected Vehicle Data for Interstate Performance Measures
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Haowei Sun
Presentation Title: Corner Case Generation and Analysis for Safety Assessment of Autonomous Vehicles
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Amirmahdi Tafreshian
Presentation Title: A Traveler Incentive Program for Promoting Community Based Ridesharing
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Shuyi Yin
Presentation Title: Optimal Control of Urban Curbside Parking Mixed Connectivity, Mixed Controllability, and Traffic Impact
Abstract | Poster

Student Name: Ethan Zhang
Presentation Title: Step Attention Sequential Pedestrian Trajectory Prediction
Abstract | Poster