The Intelligent Transportation System Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting

Several ITS JPO staff will participate in the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting, to be held in Washington, DC, from January 7 through January 11. This event brings together global leaders from all transportation modes, addressing topics of interest to policy makers; administrators; practitioners; researchers; and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. Many sessions and workshops will focus on the spotlight theme for the 2018 meeting--Transportation: Moving the Economy of the Future.

Participation Highlights

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R) will have a booth near the show entrance (booth #451). Visit the OST-R booth to meet representatives from the ITS JPO and learn more about the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program sites (New York City, Wyoming, and Tampa/THEA), which will go into full deployment in 2018.

In addition, many USDOT staff are speaking and moderating various sessions throughout the event.

ITS JPO Speaker Sessions

Workshop 139: USDOT's Mobility on Demand (MOD) Initiative: Moving the Economy with Innovation and Understanding, Part 1, Sunday, January 7, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: This one-day workshop features thought leaders, USDOT leaders, and recipients of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) MOD Sandbox Awards. The program emphasizes the roles of public transit, shared mobility, goods delivery, automation, and information technology in MOD. Through interactive breakout sessions and more, attendees will focus on the key concepts, operations framework, independent evaluation, key metrics, and data management approach. Vince Valdes, Associate Administrator for the FTA's Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation, will moderate the session along with Rik Opstelten, FTA's Mobility Innovation Program Specialist. The workshop will also include Ken Leonard, ITS JPO Director, and Martin Knopp, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Associate Administrator for Operations. Robert Sheehan, ITS JPO's Program Manager of Multimodal ITS Research and Deployment, will introduce MOD concept of operations. Gwo-Wei Torng, FTA's Director of Mobility Innovation, will provide an overview of the 11 MOD Sandbox projects.

Workshop 185: USDOT's MOD Initiative: Moving the Economy with Innovation and Understanding, Part 2, Sunday, January 7, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM: This is the second part of a two-part workshop on the MOD Sandbox Awards. Robert Sheehan and Christina Gikakis (FTA's MOD Program Manager) will preside over a breakout session. FHWA's Allen Greenberg will also be involved in the breakout session discussions. 

Lectern Session 282: Transportation Systems Management and Operations in the Age of On-Demand Mobility, Monday, January 8, 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM: This session explores the emerging mobility trends including shared-use mobility, demand-responsive transit, and active demand management. Fundamentally, the intent of this session is to present how these mobility services change urban, suburban, corridor, and regional mobility. Foundational research and examples for USDOT-funded research will be presented. Examples include an MOD project in Pima County, Arizona, and Houston's Connect Smart project. Bob Sheehan (ITS JPO) will preside over this session. 

Lectern Session 354: Intelligent Transportation Systems: State of the Industry 2018, Monday, January 8, 1:30 PM - 3:15 PM: This annual event is one of the most popular sessions at TRB, and attendees are encouraged to arrive early. ITS JPO Director Ken Leonard will be one of the panel members during this session. 

Lectern Session 402: International Research Collaboration Platforms: Updates and New Developments, Monday, January 8, 3:45 PM - 5:30 PM: The global nature of challenges faced by transportation systems across the world coupled with major advances achieved by countries outside the United States make it increasingly important to establish effective international research coordination. New international research platforms have recently become available that offer unprecedented opportunities for collaboration. This session presents these new platforms and discusses the various ways in which they can be used by the academic sector, state DOTs, the private sector, and others. The session provides an update on last year's session, covering the progress made using international platforms introduced last year and new developments. Alasdair Cain, Director of Research Coordination for OST-R, will introduce this session. Carl K. Andersen, Acting Director for the FHWA's Office of Corporate Research, Technology, and Innovation Management, will discuss FHWA's international research platforms and activities. 

Lectern Session 610: Current Status of the USDOT Connected Vehicle Pilot Program, Tuesday, January 9, 1:30 PM - 3:15 PM: Brian Cronin,Director of the FHWA's Office of Operations Research and Development, will preside over this session, which will discuss the current status of the USDOT's Connected Vehicle Pilot Program. Jonathan Walker (FHWA) will serve as a panelist alongside several representatives from the pilot deployment sites. 

Lectern Session 592: Cybersecurity Challenges for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Fact Versus Myth, Tuesday, January 9, 1:30 PM - 3:15 PM: Connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) deployment poses cybersecurity threats that concern a range of players. Among other topics, this session examines how in-vehicle systems will deal with an attacker as well as best practices and ways to raise public confidence in the safety, security, and resilience of CAVs and infrastructure. Michael Dinning (OST-R/Volpe Center) will preside over this session. Kevin Gay, the ITS JPO's Chief of Policy, Architecture, and Knowledge Transfer, will present on applying the National Institute of Standards and Technology cybersecurity framework to the Ann Arbor connected vehicle environment. 

Lectern Session 603: Why You "Will" Own an Autonomous or Connected Vehicle, Part 1, Tuesday, January 9, 1:30 PM - 3:15 PM: From the social and economic impacts related to our evolving population, various aspects will give a historic reflection on how these automated or connected vehicle technologies will likely evolve. Presentations include many of the embedded technologies, the need for a digital infrastructure solution, current evolution of geospatial applications, testing and validation of technologies, and an overview of programs and research. Curtis Clabaugh from the Wyoming Department of Transportation is presiding over this session. Kevin Dopart, the ITS JPO's Program Manager of Vehicle Safety and Automation, will present on digital infrastructure and the status of technologies through FHWA's perspective. 

Lectern Session 664: USDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems: New Knowledge Exchange Initiatives, Tuesday, January 9, 3:45 PM - 5:30 PM: The ITS JPO aims to accelerate the deployment of ITS technologies and market innovations by providing the most useful and comprehensive informational training and technology transfer tools. The USDOT engages in multiple initiatives to overcome barriers to adoption, including stakeholder outreach and communication, training and education, and knowledge and technology transfer activities. The ITS JPO is reexamining how it engages stakeholders in knowledge exchange. This session will discuss how to create a better plan for effective and successful decision making, acquisition and procurement, implementation, and evaluation of ITS projects. Santiago Navarro, OST-R's Technology Transfer Program Manager, will preside over this session. Michelle Noch (ITS JPO) will present on implementing an effective professional capacity building program to ensure a capable workforce. Marcia Pincus (ITS JPO) will present on building the next generation of knowledge acquisition and data sharing for ITS, connected vehicles, and automation.