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Autonomous cars: Science, technology, and policy

An event from the Brookings Institution, the Mays Innovation Research Center at Texas A&M, and the Transportation Institute at the University of Florida

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Welcome & Introductions

Engineering presentation 1: Autonomous vehicles, traffic, and humans
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Engineering presentation 1: Autonomous vehicles, traffic, and humans

Engineering Presentation 2: Smart infrastructure
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Engineering Presentation 2: Smart infrastructure

Panel 2: Public and private sector collaboration
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Panel 2: Public and private sector collaboration

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Hardly a day passes without some news about autonomous transportation. Apple, Uber, Waymo, Tesla, Ford, GM, Toyota – it seems as if every automotive and tech company has its horse in the race to bring driverless cars to the United States. And for good reason: driver error is a major cause of automotive deaths in America. But, safety is only one potential upside to autonomous vehicles. Traffic efficiencies, environmental benefits, and the potential for shorter commute times have all been touted as benefits.

On July 25 at the Brookings Institution hosted a full-day conference on how connecting vehicles to smart infrastructure will transform the future of transportation. Panelists at “Autonomous cars: Science, technology, and policy” discussed a specific type of autonomy: infrastructure-enabled autonomous vehicles. Engineers, researchers, economists, and government officials provided a realistic outlook on the current state of driverless cars.

 

Agenda

Welcome

Introductions

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Korok Ray

Director - Mays Innovation Research Center, Texas A&M University

Opening Keynote Speaker: Kenneth M. Leonard

Director, USDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office

Kenneth M. Leonard

Director - USDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office

Engineering presentation 1: Autonomous vehicles, traffic, and humans

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Carl D. Crane, III

Director - Center for Intelligent Machines and Robotics (CIMAR), University of Florida

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Sherrilene Classen

Professor and Chair - Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Florida

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Sanjay Ranka

Professor - Computer and Information Science and Engineering, University of Florida

Engineering Presentation 2: Smart Infrastructure

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Moderator

Swaminathan Gopalswamy

Director - Connected Autonomous Safe Transportation Program, Texas A&M University

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Sivakumar Rathinam

Associate Professor - Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University

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Swaroop Darbha

Technical Director - Connected Autonomous Safe Transportation Program, Texas A&M University

Keynote Address: Derek Kan

Executive Associate Director, White House Office of Management and Budget; Former Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy

Derek Kan

Under Secretary for Policy - U.S. Department of Transportation

Panel 1: Policy issues

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Moderator

Korok Ray

Director - Mays Innovation Research Center, Texas A&M University

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Rick Geddes

Founding Director - Cornell University Program in Infrastructure Policy

Panel 2: Public and private sector collaboration

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Tom Madrecki

Vice President, Supply Chain and Logistics - Grocery Manufacturers Association

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Beth Kigel

Vice President, HNTB, Director of Smart and Connected Solutions

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Jyot Chadha

Senior Manager - NUMO Alliance at the WRI Ross Center

Reception

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