U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to Host Free Webinar on Robotics and Accessible Transportation

The USDOT will host a free update webinar on the Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI). The webinar, which will take place on Monday, May 14, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT, will focus on the benefits of robotics and automation for people with disabilities.

For people with disabilities, including older adults and injured veterans, inadequate mobility and transportation can be a barrier to obtaining employment, commuting to appointments, shopping for groceries, or attending social events that many take for granted. ATTRI leads efforts to research, develop, and implement transformative solutions, applications, and systems to help all people, particularly those with disabilities, effectively plan and execute their travel, addressing individual mobility needs. ATTRI leverages recent advances in vehicle, infrastructure, and pedestrian-based technologies, as well as accessible data, mobile computing, robotics, artificial intelligence, object detection, and navigation.

Together with the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the USDOT will host a webinar to provide an update on the Robotics and Automation project funded by NIDILRR and led by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Through a cooperative agreement with NIDILRR, CMU is researching and developing seamless transportation assistance from cloud-based autonomy and shared robots located in and around transportation hubs in partnership with key industry, government, and consumer stakeholders. The webinar will allow interested stakeholders to learn about some of the progress being made by ATTRI, and more specifically, hear directly from CMU about the successes and challenges of its robotics and automation project.

Sponsored by the USDOT's Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO), this webinar is free and open to the public.

The speakers will include:

  • Mohammed Yousuf, ATTRI
  • Ken Wood, NIDILRR Disability Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP)
  • Aaron Seinfeld, NIDILRR DRRP ATTRI project

The webinar will provide an opportunity for questions and answers.


Title: Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) Update - Robotics and Automation Project
Date: Monday, May 14, 2018
Time: 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT
Registration: Register here.

ATTRI is a joint USDOT initiative co-led by the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, ITS JPO, and other Federal partners, including NIDILRR.