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ITS ePrimer: History and Emerging Technology

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This webinar was sponsored by ITS Professional Capacity Building Program, ITS Joint Program Office, U.S. Department of Transportation

Webinar Description:
Supported by U.S. DOT, the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) ePrimer provides transportation professionals with fundamental concepts and practices related to ITS technologies. Since its initial release in 2013, this resource has been widely used by public and private agencies and educational institutions. In 2020, the USDOT initiated an update to several ITS ePrimer modules to keep up with the significant technological advances that occurred in the ITS world. This free webinar includes presentations on the updated Module 1: Introduction to ITS and the new Module 16: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges.

Module 1- Introduction to ITS will provide an introduction to ITS and an overview of the ITS ePrimer content. The overview will look at the history and current status of ITS applications and technology. A summary of the content presented in the ITS ePrimer will be presented, including recently developed modules and upcoming revisions to existing modules.

Module 16- Emerging Opportunities and Challenges describes key "Fourth Industrial Revolution" (4IR) technologies that are presenting new challenges and opportunities for the transportation professional. With the nation's aggressive new efforts at the start of the second decade of the 21st century to fix and rebuild its infrastructure, transportation professionals have a truly unique opportunity to leverage 4IR technologies to innovate smarter, more resilient, sustainable transportation systems for the future.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the history and current status of ITS in the US
  • Become familiar with the content of the ITS ePrimer
  • Understand how rapid developments in data, computing, and telecommunications are changing fundamental assumptions in transportation demand, supply, and operational management and offering more efficient and effective ways to build and operate transportation systems; and
  • Define ITS use cases for 4IR technologies so that transportation professionals can properly define, engineer, and implement intelligent transportation systems (ITS) programs and projects.


  • Eva Lerner-Lam, F.ITE, M.ASCE, Founder and President | Palisades Consulting Group, Inc

    Founder and President of Palisades Consulting Group, Inc., Eva specializes in the application of technologies in urban and regional transportation systems. Active member of ITE and has served in various appointed positions since early 1980's, including the ITE International Board of Direction (Special China Representative). Winner of several ITE Awards, including the 1995 ITE Engineer of the Year Award and the 1991 Best Paper Award, Institute of Transportation Engineers, 61st Annual Meeting. Bachelor's degree in Economics from Princeton University; Master's in Civil Engineering/Transportation Systems from MIT

  • Egan Smith, P.E. PTOE PTP, Managing Director, Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office | U.S. Department of Transportation

    Egan has decades of professional experience in ITS, transportation program management and transportation planning. Egan is a registered Professional Engineer, Professional Traffic Operations Engineer and Professional Transportation Planner. Egan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, a Master of Engineering degree in Traffic Engineering and Operations research, and a Master of Science degree in Technology Management.

    In 2008, Egan entered federal government as a mid-career hire at Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on the Planning Oversight and Stewardship Team. At FHWA he served as the planning lead for the integration of technology and innovation into the planning process across disciplines. This led to Egan’s current position in 2015 as Managing Director of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO) in 2015.

    Prior to USDOT Egan worked as a consultant leading several ITS projects - going back to FHWA’s Automated Highway Systems Precursor Systems Analysis in the 90’s.

  • Pat Noyes, Principal, Pat Noyes & Associates, Boulder, Colorado

    Pat Noyes is a transportation engineer, EMT and retired firefighter. She serves as the Technical Editor for US DOT’s ITS ePrimer and supports the Transportation Safety Advancement Group (TSAG) under the direction of US DOT JPO and ITE. Pat has presented numerous webinars and workshops on transportation systems management and operations and emergency transportation operations. Pat served as the Secretary for the TRB Regional TSMO Committee and is a past ITE International Director and Chair of the ITE Coordinating Council.

September 22, 2021
Wed 2:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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