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Lessons Learned from UDOT's Automated Vehicle Pilot Project”, Lisa Miller, Traveler Info Manager, Utah Department of Transportation, Salt Lake City, Utah
Non-drivers and Drivers: Differences in Perception and Acceptance Towards Automated Vehicles”, Woon Kim, Ph.D, Senior Analyst, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Washington, District of Columbia
Infrastructure Enablers for Automated Vehicles and Shared Mobility”, Greg Rodriguez, Mobility Policy Principal, Stantec, Arlington, Virginia and Pamela Bailey-Campbell, Principal, Stantec, Denver, Colorado
Traffic Signal Optimization with Cooperative Driving Automation (CDA)”, Sujith Racha, P.E., PTOE, ITS Manager, Leidos, Reston, Virginia and Amir Ghiasi, Ph.D,, P.E., Senior Transportation Research Analyst, Leidos, Reston, Virginia
FHWA’s Connected and Automated Vehicle Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation Research Program”, Rachel James, Ph.D, Research Civil Engineer, Federal Highway Administration, McLean, Virginia
Simplified Method for Estimating Potential Energy Savings from Connected Eco-Driving Application along Signalized Corridors”, Zhensong Wei, Ph.D Candidate, UC Riverside, Riverside, California
Multimodal Intelligent Traffic Signal System - Deployment for Portland Streetcars”, Niraj Altekar, Research Assistant, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona and Shruti Nuchhi, Research Assistant, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
The Effect of Modality Style and Attitudes on the Adoption of Autonomous Vehicles”, Alireza Rahimi, Graduate Research Assistant, Florida International University, Miami, Florida and Xia Jin, Ph.D, AICP, Associate Professor, Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Lisa Miller, Traveler Info Manager, Utah Department of Transportation, Salt Lake City, Utah
Lisa Miller is the Traveler Information and Outreach/Growth Manager at the Utah Department of Transportation. Lisa also acts as the Public Information Officer for the Traffic Management Division and interacts with local media during large scale special events, severe weather and for project updates. Lisa is responsible for ensuring that all traveler information disseminated from the Traffic Management Division is accurate and in real-time as well as educating and maintaining relationships internal to UDOT.
Lisa began new job duties in April 2018 as the Outreach and Growth manager for UDOT’s new Transportation Technology group. The group focuses on connected and autonomous vehicles and the adoption and deployment of those and other technologies. Lisa is responsible for media involvement, program management, strategic communications and outreach for the Transportation Technology group. Prior to her current position, Lisa was with TranSmart Technologies, Inc. for 3 years and worked for URS Corporation for 6 years. Ms. Miller is a 2015 graduate of the Operations Academy Senior Management training program, a 2019 graduate of the FEMA Advanced Public Involvement Officer training program, and is enrolled in the 2020 ITE Leadership Program. She is a past president of ITS Wisconsin and the current treasurer for the Utah Chapter ITE. Lisa also founded (in coordination with WTS) and acts as chair for the UDOT/WTS Women’s Mentorship Program. Lisa is also a three-time UDOT Silver Barrel Award Recipient… UDOT’s highest recognition program for excellence. Lisa also received the 2014 Best of ITS Award for Best New Innovative Practice for the Citizen Reporter Program. . Ms. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a Master’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from South Dakota State University, graduating with a 4.0 GPA.
Woon Kim, Ph.D, Senior Analyst, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Washington, District of Columbia
Dr. Woon Kim is the Senior Analyst at the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. She is responsible for key and complicated data analysis efforts related to traffic safety. Currently, she manages multiple projects related to American traffic safety culture, driving patterns, and the impact of speed on traffic safety and is involved in studies regarding senior and young drivers and automated vehicle technologies. Previously, she was with the Maryland Transit Administration and managed safety data and transit related accident reports. Additionally, from 2007 to 2014, she conducted numerous projects and research in the fields of traffic safety, operations, and intelligent transportation system, sponsored by the Maryland State Highway Administration.
Amir Ghiasi, Ph.D, P.E., Senior Transportation Research Analyst, Leidos, Reston, Virginia
Amir Ghiasi, has over 7 years of experience in the field of transportation engineering. His main focus is on connected autonomous vehicles, cooperative automations, intelligent transportation systems, traffic operations, traffic flow theory, and transportation modeling and simulation. Dr. Ghiasi is conducting several research projects at the Federal Highway Administration Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory, Tuner Fairbank Highway Research Center. He is currently a Principal Investigator for two CAV research projects that aim to enable cooperative driving automation to interact with infrastructure to enhance infrastructure efficiency and ultimately improve transportation system safety and efficiency and reduce traffic congestion. Additionally, he has extensive experience in traffic modeling and simulation, calibration and validation.
Sujith Racha, P.E., PTOE, ITS Manager, Leidos, Reston, Virginia
Sujith Racha has over 17 years of experience in transportation research, planning, engineering design, analysis, documentation, and project management. He is experienced in managing and performing traffic and corridor studies, traffic analyses and simulations, connected and automated vehicle studies, safety and operation studies, and Intelligent Transportation Systems/Active Traffic Management System projects. Mr. Racha is working as the ITS Manager, managing several research projects at the Federal Highway Administration Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory at the Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center including the cooperative automotive research for mobility applications (CARMA) transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) project.
Zhensong Wei, Ph.D Candidate, UC Riverside, Riverside, California View Poster Presentation
Zhensong Wei received his B.S. and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2016 and 2018, respectively. Under the supervision of Dr. Matthew J. Barth and Dr. Peng Hao, he is currently a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at College of Engineering, Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), University of California at Riverside (UCR), Riverside, USA. His research interests include eco-approach and departure, deep learning and computer vision associated with connected and automated vehicles.
Niraj Altekar, Research Assistant, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Niraj Vasant Altekar is a Ph.D. Candidate at the department of Systems and Industrial Engineering at the University of Arizona. Prior to his Ph.D., he received M.S. in Industrial Engineering in 2017 from the University of Arizona, and B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mumbai. His primary research interest is in developing traffic safety assessment and mobility improvement solutions using advances in modern technology driven traffic infrastructure and V2X communication systems. He has authored and co-authored papers and presentations in industry recognized journals and conferences.
Alireza Rahimi, Graduate Research Assistant, Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Alireza Rahimi is a Ph.D. candidate in transportation engineering at the Florida International University. He joined Lehman Center for Transportation Research at FIU in 2018 and has worked as a graduate research assistant on various projects with FDOT and USDOT, including the integration of public transportation and emerging shared-mobility services and the impacts of autonomous vehicles on travel behavior. Alireza has an interdisciplinary background in data science, statistics, and transportation.
Rachel James, Ph.D, Research Engineer, Federal Highway Administration, McLean, Virginia
Dr. Rachel James received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University in 2014 and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Transportation) from The University of Texas at Austin in 2016 and 2019, respectively. She is a Research Civil Engineer at the Federal Highway Administration, where she manages the FHWA Connected and Automated Vehicles Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation Research Program. Her research interests include data analytics, driver behavior, and model calibration.
Xia Jin, Ph.D, AICP, Associate Professor, Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Dr. Xia Jin, AICP, is an Associate Professor with the Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Florida International University (FIU). Dr. Jin has over 15 years of professional and academic experience in transportation planning. She is the director of the Travel Behavior and System Modeling lab at FIU. Her research areas include human and freight mobility behavior analysis, travel demand forecasting, emerging mobility options and vehicle technologies, stated preference surveys, the impacts of e-commerce on travel demand, the modeling framework and impact assessment of telecommuting, and freight mobility and safety analysis. She has over 40 journal publications and over 60 conference proceedings. Dr. Jin serves on a committee for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies: The Travel Survey Methods Committee (AEP35), and the Travel Behavior and Values Committee (AEP30). She is also a professionally certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
Greg Rodriguez, Mobility Policy Principal, Stantec, Arlington, Virginia
Greg Rodriguez, Mobility Policy Principal, Stantec, is based out of Washington, D.C. and was a practicing attorney before joining Stantec. At Stantec, Greg enjoys supporting mobility focused projects and the chance to work with multi-discipline teams to incubate solutions that manage and leverage the power of disruption to create a safer, more connected, inclusive, and resilient transportation system. With his unique legal, regulatory, and policy experience, his ongoing work includes research and regulatory guidance around automated and connected vehicles, data governance, and analysis and development of policy and regulatory frameworks merging land use, shared mobility, equity, and infrastructure to support next generation mobility solutions. Greg is a co-founder of a transportation and innovation policy focused podcast called the Mobility Podcast.
Pamela Bailey-Campbell, Principal, Stantec, Denver, Colorado
Pamela Bailey-Campbell is a principal and leader on Stantec’s Smart Mobility team where she is actively involved in projects that are moving jurisdictions towards a new shared and automated future. She is a nationally recognized transportation leader with over 30 years of experience providing strategic planning and advisory services to public sector transportation agencies. Her specialty is assisting clients to develop and implement transformational approaches and emerging technologies. Pamela is currently Project Manager for Stantec for a unique public-private partnership to delivery three autonomous vehicle projects and is Deputy Project Manager on the Las Vegas Medical District Automated Circulator and Connected Pedestrian Program that is deploying for the first time as part of a regular transit system route, four ADA-compliant, connected and autonomous shuttles as part of a program that includes automated pedestrian detection, smart transit shelters and real-time transit system information. She has also been actively involved in critical research projects such aa the nine Topical Papers in support of the TRB Forum on Automated Vehicles and Shared Mobility Services and the recently released TCRP report reviewing the state of the practice for Low-speed Autonomous Shuttle Vehicles.
Shruti Nuchhi, Research Assistant, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
Shruti Nuchhi/Pattadakal graduated from Portland State University as a Masters of Computer Science student in 2020 and is working as a Research Assistant for the MMITTS StreetCar project. Shruti has always been data enthusiast, excited about problem solving and working on new stuff.