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Transforming Transportation through Connected and Automated Vehicles

Release time:April 21, 2015 /

Date:Apr.7, 2015

Time: 9:00AM

Venue:501 Conference Room, the Engineering Training Center West Tower

Abstract:

Technology has changed the way we communicate, the way we live and the way we travel. On February 3, 2014, the U.S. DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) made a decision to move forward with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications technology for light vehicles. It is anticipated that the NHTSA decision will accelerate the deployment of V2V, vehicle to infrastructure (V2I), and vehicle to nomadic devices (V2X) applications. Connected vehicles will likely help reduce crashes and energy consumption, and improve mobility and air quality. Vehicle automation has emerged as a new approach, offering similar benefits. For example, level 1&2 automated vehicles are already on the market, with self-parking, adaptive cruise control, lane centering, and collision warning systems in place. Connected and automated vehicle technologies offer the possibility of profoundly changing transportation. This presentation attempts to summarize problems, challenges and opportunities that are associated with connected and automated vehicle technologies, elaborate the relationships between connected and automated vehicle technologies, and discuss the impact of connected and automated vehicle technologies on the future transportation research and development.

Introduction of the Speaker:

Dr. Jianming Ma, holding a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, is currently a Senior Transportation Engineer with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Prior to joining TxDOT, he worked as a Transportation Safety Engineer for the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT). Dr. Ma has about twenty years of research and professional experience in connected vehicle, econometric modeling, human factors, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), systems engineering, traffic engineering, and traffic safety. Dr. Ma has co-authored over 30 papers published on Accident Analysis and Prevention, Transportation Research Part F, Transportation Research Record, among others. Dr. Ma is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Safety Data, Analysis and Evaluation, ANB20. He also sits on TRB’s Traffic Speed and Safety – Cross-cutting Issues Joint Subcommittee (ANB20-5) and TRB Active Traffic Management Joint Subcommittee (AHB20-5). He is a friend of TRB’s Freeway Operations Committee (AHB20). Dr. Ma has been invited to serve on numerous research panels such as TxDOT, NCHRP, SHRP2, the AASHTO Connected Vehicle Working Group (CVWG), and the Connected Vehicle Pooled Fund Study (CVPFS). Dr. Ma has taken on the roles of reviewing papers, and organizing workshops and conferences. Dr. Ma serves as a reviewer for transportation journal and conference papers such as IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, IET Intelligent Transport Systems, the World Congress for Intelligent Transportation Systems, and the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. He also is a member on the Board of Directors of Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA). Dr. Ma served as Chair of the Executive and Organizing Committee for the 12th and 14th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals, and Associate Editor for the 15th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems.