2024 Global Symposium

3D city and the logos for Mcity, UMTRI, and WAT

2024 Global Symposium on Mobility Innovation presented by Mcity and UMTRI

3D city and the logos for Mcity, UMTRI, and WAT

The seventh annual conference will be hosted at the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI. Both in-person and virtual registration options are available for this two-day, two-track conference. Explore confirmed speakers, registration rates, hotel blocks, and more below. Sign up for the CCAT mailing list to be the first to receive updates from the premier transportation event. The 2024 CCAT Global Symposium is presented by Mcity and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

Event Location


The seventh annual conference is returning to the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College. The Morris Lawrence Building is located at The Morris Lawrence Building is located at 4700 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. The venue is right across from the St. Joseph Hospital and provides several benefits to our attendees and the event program. This includes free parking, tours of the Advanced Transportation Center (ATC), and the addition of research demonstrations.

Registration Rates


In-Person (General Admission)
Provides in-person access to both days of the conference

$
300
  • Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner (Day One)
    Breakfast & Lunch (Day Two)
  • Tours of the Advanced Transportation Center
  • Live Research Demonstrations
In-Person (Student)
Provides in-person access to both days of the conference

$
50
  • Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner (Day One)
    Breakfast & Lunch (Day Two)
  • Tours of the Advanced Transportation Center
  • Live Research Demonstrations
Virtual
Provides virtual access to both days of the conference

$
50
  • Virtual Access to Panel Track
  • Virtual Access to Research Presentations Track

Confirmed Speakers


Event Program


DAY ONE AGENDA (MAY 21)

Time (ET)Session/Location (% = ML 100, * = Towsley Auditorium, ! = ML 100K, ^ = ML 101, 103, 123, $ = ML 105, 121)
7:30 – 8:00 AMCheck-In%
8:00 – 9:00 AMBreakfast/Networking%
9:00 – 9:05 AMWelcome*
Dr. Rose B. Bellanca, President & CEO, Washtenaw Community College (WCC)
9:05 – 9:15 AMWelcome/Opening Remarks*
Dr. Henry Liu, Director, Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (CCAT) and Mcity, Bruce D. Greenshields Collegiate Professor of Engineering, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
9:15 – 10:00 AMMorning Keynote*
Dr. Edwin Olson, Co-Founder and CEO, May Mobility
10:00 – 11:15 AMPlenary Session: Autonomous Vehicle Safety Testing and Consumer Acceptance*
Session Description Forthcoming.

Moderator: Dr. Henry Liu, Director, Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (CCAT) and Mcity, Bruce D. Greenshields Collegiate Professor of Engineering, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Speakers: Dr. Bogdan Epureanu, Roger L. McCarthy Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Director, Automotive Research Center
Todd Fronckowiak, Vice President of Safety, Cavnue
Tony Geara, Deputy Chief of Mobility Innovation, City of Detroit
Stephen Lesh, Vice President of Hardware Operation, Aurora
Kathleen Rizk, Senior Director of User Experience Benchmarking and Technology, J.D. Power
11:15 – 11:30 AMBreak
11:30 – 12:30 PMPanel Discussion #1: The Electric Vehicle Transition^
Session Description Forthcoming.

Moderator: Diana E. Páez, Senior Director of Energy & Mobility, William Davidson Institute
Speakers: Ashlee Breitner, Workforce Director, University of Michigan Electric Vehicle Center
Dr. Brandy Brown, Michigan Team Lead, DNV
Edward T. Hightower, Managing Director, Motoring Ventures, LLC
Sherwin Prior, Chief Executive Officer, KUHMUTE
11:30 – 12:30 PMResearch Presentation #1: Meeting the Dual Aspirations of Flow Efficiency and Equity in Urban Traffic Networks: CAVs in Complete Streets$
The primary question motivating this research is how to design and operate complete streets that accommodate both the requirement of flow efficiency achievable through connectivity, automation and shared autonomous mobility services with the aspirations for equitable access to micromobility and human-scale urban spaces.

Speaker:
Dr. Hani Mahmassani, William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation, Northwestern University, Director, Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC)

Funded Research: Meeting the Dual Aspirations of Flow Efficiency and Equity in Urban Traffic in Connected Sustainable Cities: A Systematic, Coherent Approach
12:30 – 1:30 PMLunch%
1:30 – 2:00 PMAfternoon Keynote*
Dr. Paul Krajewski, Director of Connected Vehicle Experience Research, General Motors Global Research and Development Center
2:00 – 2:15 PMBreak
2:15 – 3:45 PMPanel Discussion #2: Charting a Greener Road: Strategies for Emission Reduction^
The transportation sector in the US is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for over 30% of the total emissions. Consequently, bold and proactive measures have been implemented by the United States to mitigate these emissions. A distinguished panel comprising experts from various sectors including industry, academia, federal agencies, and state agencies will convene to share their invaluable experiences, perspectives, and visions for reducing emissions within the transportation sector.

Moderator: Dr. Imad L. Al-Qadi, Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Founding Director, Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT)
Speakers: Gina Ahlstrom, Pavement Materials Team Leader, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Elizabeth Irvin, Deputy Director in the Office of Planning and Programming, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)
Matt Letourneau, Vice President and Project Manager, AECOM
Dr. Jane Lin, Professor of Civil, Materials, and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois Chicago
2:15 – 3:45 PMResearch Presentation #2: Hardening the CAV Ecosystem and Reducing Cybersecurity Risks$
Hardening the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Ecosystem to reduce cybersecurity risks requires a concerted, multi-pronged approach that incorporates vehicles, diverse sensors, roadside units, transportation and digital infrastructure including cellular networks and edge/cloud computing facilities. In this presentation we will present a proposed security analysis framework to study various cybersecurity risks in the CAV ecosystems. In particular, we will discuss new attacks on AI (artificial intelligence) algorithms and systems used for cooperative driving, and propose potential new directions in mitigating such threats.

Speaker:
Dr. Yiheng Feng, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, Purdue University
Dr. Z. Morley Mao, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Dr. Zhi-Li Zhang, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Funded Research: Hardening the CAV Ecosystem to Reduce Cybersecurity Risks
3:45 – 4:00 PMClosing Remarks^
Debby Bezzina, Managing Director, Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (CCAT)
3:45 – 4:00 PMClosing Remarks$
Dr. Henry Liu, Director, Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (CCAT) and Mcity, Bruce D. Greenshields Collegiate Professor of Engineering, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
4:00 – 4:15 PMBreak
4:00 – 4:15 PMResearch Presentation #3: The Road To Zero Prototypes – Bridge the gap between test and simulation in ADAS^
This presentation is designed to give an introduction to using VI-grade driving simulators and VI-worldsim software to address ADAS applications.

Gary F. Newton Jr., Director for Simulator Sales, VI-grade
4:15 – 6:15 PMAdvanced Transportation Center Tour and Demonstration (Advanced Manufacturing Lab)!
Two, one-hour tours. Registration is required (available during checkout).
4:15 – 6:15 PMAdvanced Transportation Center Tour and Demonstration (Automotive Cybersecurity Lab)!
Two, one-hour tours starting at 4:15 and 5:15 PM. Registration is required (available during checkout).
4:15 – 6:15 PMResearch Demonstrations&%
Explore the demonstrations here.
6:15 – 7:00 PMStrolling Dinner%
Time (ET)Session/Location (% = ML 100, * = Towsley Auditorium, ! = ML 100K, ^ = ML 101, 103, 123, $ = ML 105, 121)

DAY TWO AGENDA (MAY 22)

Time (ET)Session/Location (% = ML 100, * = Towsley Auditorium, ! = ML 100K, ^ = ML 101, 103, 123, $ = ML 105, 121)
7:30 – 8:00 AMCheck-In%
8:00 – 9:00 AMBreakfast/Networking%
9:00 – 9:15 AMWelcome/Opening Remarks*
Dr. James Sayer, Director, U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
9:15 – 9:45 AMMorning Keynote*
Dr. Yan Liu, Professor of Computer Science, University of Southern California, Director, Machine Learning Center
9:45 – 10:00 AMBreak
10:00 – 11:00 AMPanel Discussion #1: Transportation Accessibility^
Session Description Forthcoming.

Moderator: Michele Lee, Accessibility Lead in the Commercial Business Development, Strategy and Planning Team, Cruise
Speakers: Jerry He, Executive Director, Corporation for Automated Road Transportation Safety (CARTS), Assistant Director for Research, Center for Social and Economic Mobility for People and Communities through Transportation (UTRC)
Dr. Kathleen D. Klinich, Research Scientist in Biosciences and DEI Lead, U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
Enoch Morishima, Principal Designer, Toyota Boshoku America
Daniel Van Sant, J.D., Director of Disability Policy, The Harkin Institute at Drake University
10:00 – 11:00 AMResearch Presentation #1: Optimizing Electric Vehicle Charging Station Locations: Exploring Grover’s Quantum Search Algorithm$
Electric Vehicles (EVs) are poised to revolutionize transportation by offering sustainable solutions to address environmental concerns. The availability of charging infrastructure is a critical factor in the widespread adoption of EVs. Determining the optimal locations for charging stations is a challenging NP-hard problem. Recent breakthroughs in quantum computing provide a promising solution to address the computational power and complexity required for such problems. This presentation aims to introduce novel approaches that utilize Grover’s Quantum Search Algorithm to optimize charging station locations specifically for long-distance trips.

Speakers: Dr. Alireza Talebpour, Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Funded Research: Optimizing Electric Vehicle Charging Station Locations: Exploring Grover’s Quantum Search Algorithm
11:00 – 11:15 AMBreak
11:15 – 12:15 PMPanel Discussion #2: Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)^
Session Description Forthcoming.

Moderator: Dr. Eric Muir, Founder, Volair Technologies
Speakers: Clint Harper, Owner, Harper4D Solutions, LLC
Dr. Dimitra Panagou, Associate Professor of Robotics, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Tom Sherony, Aviation Manager, Metro Aviation, Inc.
Sarasina Tuchen, Senior Scientist, USDOT Highly Automated Systems Safety Center of Excellence
Yolanka Wulff, Executive Director, Community Air Mobility Initiative
11:15 – 12:15 PMResearch Presentation #2: Using Connected Intelligent Transportation to Enhance Vulnerable Road User Safety – Mid Project Update$
Dr. Sikai (Sky) Chen and the project team are developing a multi-agent human-in-the-loop, digital-twin-enabled traffic simulation platform to investigate the interactions between vulnerable road users (VRUs) and autonomous vehicles (AVs). Leveraging virtual reality (VR), wearable devices, advanced algorithms, and real-time data integration, the project team aims to tackle safety challenges and improve the perception and decision-making mechanisms for both AVs and VRUs.

Speaker: Dr. Sikai Chen, Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Funded Research: Using Connected Intelligent Transportation to Enhance Vulnerable Road User Safety
12:15 – 1:15 PMLunch%
1:15 – 2:00 PMAfternoon Keynote*
Shailen Bhatt, Administrator, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
2:00 – 2:15Break
2:15 – 3:15 PMPanel Discussion #3: DOT Roundtable^
Session Description Forthcoming.

Moderator: Kristin White, Chief Counsel, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Speakers: Elise Feldpausch, Statewide Connected and Automated Vehicle Specialist, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)
Nanette Schieke, Connected and Automated Vehicle Program Manager in the Office of Policy & Innovation, Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)
Nathan Sturdevant, Emerging Mobility Director, Indiana Department of Transportation (InDOT)
2:15 – 3:15 PMResearch Presentation #3: Equitable and Inclusive Development and Deployment of Connected and Autonomous Transportation$
The presentation will highlight the disparities in connected and autonomous transportation to vulnerable communities. It will review the access to innovations and safety in enabling transportation technologies by these communities and emphasize the need to be inclusive while designing them.

Speakers: Dr. Deng Cao, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Central State University
Dr. Edison Perdomo, Associate Professor and Chair of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Central State University
Dr. Krishna Kumar Nedunuri, Professor of Environmental Engineering, Central State University, Director, C.J. McLin International Center for Water Resources Management

Funded Research: Infusing Sustainability into Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
3:15 – 4:45 PMStudent Poster Competition%
3:15 – 3:45 PMResearch Presentation #4: Smart Technologies and Frameworks for the Future^
The presentation will address deploying smart technologies and collecting transportation data while promoting public trust and consistency with privacy and legal obligations. It will specifically discuss legislative, regulatory, technology, and oversight frameworks as well as relevant contracting tools.

Speaker: Nick Xenikas, Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP

Funded Research: Mcity White Papers
4:45 – 5:00 PMBreak
5:00 – 5:15 PMStudent Poster Session Award Ceremony*
5:15 – 5:30 PMClosing Remarks*
Dr. Henry Liu, Director, Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (CCAT) and Mcity, Bruce D. Greenshields Collegiate Professor of Engineering, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Time (ET)Session/Location (% = ML 100, * = Towsley Auditorium, ! = ML 100K, ^ = ML 101, 103, 123, $ = ML 105, 121)

Advanced Transportation Center Tours

Two tours of the Automotive and Cybersecurity Laboratories in the Advanced Transportation Center will be offered by Alan Lecz and Allen Day on Day One (May 21) of the conference. These tours will also provide demonstrations of Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) calibration and infotainment hack identification and mitigation. There are two tours of each laboratory available (4:15 and 5:15 PM) and must be selected during checkout. There are 20 spaces available for each tour for a total of 80.


Automotive Laboratory (Fully Booked)

An instructor and a student stand in front of a dynamometer

Alan Lecz, Director of the Advanced Transportation Center at Washtenaw Community College, will lead a tour of the Transportation Technologies and Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory. WCC students will demonstrate how they are trained to calibrate an Advanced Driver-Assistance System to attendees. This certificate program is designed to meet the emerging demand for highly skilled automotive cybersecurity professionals by developing skills and strategies needed to test security related to automobile networks and related infrastructure. They work with various automobile networks including CAN, LIN, Ethernet, and FlexRay as well as explore protocols and messages produced by vehicles that could be vulnerable to attacks.

Cybersecurity Laboratory (Spaces Available)

Students sit in front of a cybersecurity working bench

Allen Day, Instructor of Transportation Technologies at Washtenaw Community College, will lead a tour of the Automotive Cybersecurity Laboratory. WCC students will demonstrate how they are trained to identify and secure the hack of vehicle infotainment and other key systems. In this program, students learn about the exciting, technology-filled world of data acquisition processes used in automotive testing. They gain the skills needed to fabricate and instrument testing systems used for transportation development and work with chassis dynamometers and carbon fiber part construction.

Technical Demonstrations

Eight technical demonstrations from academia and industry will take place on Day One (May 21) of the conference from 4:15 – 6:15 PM. These demonstrations run concurrently with the Advanced Transportation Center tours. Explore the list of technical demonstrations below.


1Mcity 2.0
Sean Shen, Research Engineer at the U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and Managing Director of the Michigan Traffic Lab, will provide a live demonstration of Mcity 2.0: digital infrastructure that overlays the physical Mcity Test Facility. Sean will remotely deploy a physical research vehicle at the Mcity Test Facility at Washtenaw Community College. The vehicle under test will be exposed to virtual, adversarial traffic.

Demonstrations will run at 4:15, 4:45, 5:15, and 5:45 PM.
2TeraSim
Haowei Sun, Ph.D. candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan, will provide two demonstrations including:
1. TeraSim-CARLA-Autoware Co-simulation in the Mcity Test Facility
2. TeraSim-micro and TeraSim-meso co-simulation in Ann Arbor, including collisions, near misses, and city-level traffic environment simulation capabilities
3C-V2X to Increase Fuel Efficiency
Gabor Orosz, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, and Hao Wang, Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering, will demonstrate the capabilities of the connectivity-based traffic monitoring and prediction system we have recently deployed in I-275. We will show with real vehicles driving on the highway how vehicle-to-infrastructure communication can be utilized to extract traffic history, how such history can be used to predict future traffic states, and how these predictions are tailored to the needs of individual road users.
4Smart Intersections Project
Helen Kourous-Harrigan, Research Engineer at the U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), will provide a live demonstration of the Smart Intersections Project, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. The demonstration will include a live view of several of the deployed intersections in the City of Ann Arbor and the real-time trajectory capabilities that can increase vulnerable road user safety.
5GHG Emissions Phone Application
Kimberly Smith, a recent graduate of Environmental Engineering at Central State University, will demonstrate a phone application developed by her and the CSU team under the CCAT FAST Act grant. This phone application provides real-time alerts to highway drivers as they near areas with higher greenhouse gas emissions.
63D Scanning Tool
Hayoung Jung, a Research Fellow in the Biosciences Group at the U-M Transportation Research Institute, will demonstrate the PASS FIT, the world’s first 3D anthropometry system measuring standard body dimensions from clothed individuals. These 3D models have led to the creation of more equitable car seats, creating safer occupants.
7RoboSense LiDAR
Peipei Zhao, President of North America at RoboSense LiDAR, will provide a live demonstration of RoboSense’s full-stack solution customized to meet all perception needs. Robosense’s full-stack systems incorporate LiDAR sensors, a proprietary system on a chip, and cutting-edge perception software.
8VI-grade Desktop Simulator
Gary F. Newton Jr., Director for Simulator Sales in the Americas at VI-grade, will provide a live demonstration of their DESKTOP Simulator which serves as the entry-level solution in the driving simulators product line provided by VI-grade. It offers the possibility to test drive your vehicle directly from your desk, validating its basic behavior. The DESKTOP Simulator features a steering wheel and pedals and it can be placed directly on your desk.

Student Poster Competition


The seventh annual Student Poster Competition, co-sponsored by the Intelligent Transportation Society of Michigan, invites undergraduate and graduate students from all U.S.-based institutions to participate. The full list of posters and abstracts can be explored below. If you have any questions, please contact Calvin Tuttle (umtri-ccat@umich.edu).

1A Context-Awareness Method for Cyber-Physical Security of Autonomous Vehicles
(A. Zaboli — University of Michigan-Dearborn)

Abstract | Poster
2A Tale of Two States: Exploring Accessibility to Community College in California and Texas
(A. Meten Nichols — University of California, Berkeley)

Abstract | Poster
3An On-Demand Ridesharing Service with Autonomous Modular Vehicles
(X. Cheng, A. Shafiee, & H. Rastegar — University of Illinois Chicago)

Abstract | Poster
4Combined Mechanistic and Physics-Informed Modeling to Predict Pavement Damage due to Truck Platoons
(A. Ramakrishnan — University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Abstract | Poster
5Cross-Layer Feasibility Study of AV Teleoperations on 5G Networks
(N. Varyani, J. Carpenter, S. Sleder, W. Ye, R. A. K. Fezeu, and E. Ramadan — University of Minnesota)

Abstract | Poster
6Dynamic and Pareto-Improving Swapping of Vehicles to Enhance Integrated and Modular Mobility Services
(S. Shen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Abstract | Poster
7Exploring the Sociotechnical Complexities of Personal Transportation: A Qualitative Study in a Limited-Income Community of an Urban-Rural County
(U. Olagoke, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)

Abstract | Poster
8GAttack: Generative Attack on In-Vehicular Network
(Q. Mairaj ud din and F. Merola — The Ohio State University)

Abstract | Poster
9Impact of Data Compression on AI Perception Tasks for Teleoperated Autonomous Vehicles
(N. Varyani, J. Carpenter, S. Sleder, W. Ye, R. A. K. Fezeu, and E. Ramadan — University of Minnesota)

Abstract | Poster
10Optimizing Safety at Highway Ramps and Intersections: Implementing Safe Cooperative Control Systems in Automated Vehicles
(P. Yu Chang and N. Uddin Javed — The Ohio State University)

Abstract | Poster
11Security Analysis of Learning Based Traffic Signal Control System Under Cooperative Perception
(W. Li — Purdue University)

Abstract | Poster
12Spatiotemporal Pricing of Curb Space for Improving Operator and User Utilities
(J. Lim — University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)

Abstract | Poster
13Traffic Light Optimization with Low Penetration Rate Vehicle Trajectory Data
(Z. Jerome and Z. Wang — University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)

Abstract | Poster
14Transitioning From a Conventional Vehicle Campus to an Electric Vehicle-Friendly Campus
(J. Smith — Central State University)

Abstract | Poster
15Urban Traffic Forecasting with Integrated Travel Time and Data Availability in a Conformal Graph Neural Network Framework
(M. Patil — The Ohio State University)

Abstract | Poster