DALLAS, TX – ITS America Events have announced the ITS America Conference & Expo’s plenary sessions, Best of ITS Award finalists, and other event programing for its upcoming conference. The event, hosted by ITS America and produced by RX Global, will take place at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas from April 24-27, 2023 (Conference: April 24-27 | Expo Hall: April 25-27).
“One of the distinguishing factors of the ITS America Conference & Expo is our high-level programming, including the plenary sessions,” said Jaime McAuley, ITS America Conference & Expo event director at RX Global. “This event brings together industry experts, researchers, and government officials who are able to facilitate sessions that set us apart, and ultimately let our attendees walk away with information they can use to implement and deploy new technology.”
The first plenary session, “Digital Infrastructure and the Future of Mobility”, sponsored by AECOM, will take place on Tuesday, April 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. CST. This session will give attendees the opportunity to hear from Robin Hutcheson, Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and other industry leaders to discuss upgrading legacy systems for the digital age, helping communities prepare for the future, and how data analytics, data, software programs, and cloud computing contribute to the future of mobility.
Additional session speakers include:
- Robert Hampshire, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research & Technology, U.S. DOT
- Morteza Farajian, Executive Director, Build America Bureau
- Marc Williams, Executive Director, Texas DOT
- Amy Ford, Transportation & Advanced Mobility Leader, AECOM
- Mike Morris, Director of Transportation, North Central Texas Council of Governments
- Monali Shah, Head of Transportation Solutions, Google Public Sector
- Missy Szefi, Lead Counsel, Regulatory Affairs, FedEx
“It is an honor to have such notable, distinguished speakers from the public and private sectors at this year’s ITS America Conference & Expo,” said Laura Chace, President and CEO of ITS America. “The programming and sessions attendees will have access to at this year’s show is second to none and will help our industry implement innovation in their own communities”
The second plenary session, “Implementing Innovation and Building an Equitable Transportation System”, sponsored by Movin’On and ITS Korea, is taking place at the main stage Wednesday, April 26, from 10–11:30 a.m. CST. Polly Trottenberg, Deputy Secretary for the U.S. DOT will deliver the keynote for this session and other ITS leaders will discuss how transportation technologies help the industry decarbonize, build more resilient systems, grow accessible transportation options, and enhance equity.
Additional session speakers include:
- Eric Chaniot, General Manager (GM) Automotive, Mobility, Transportation, Microsoft
- Rahul Gupta, Managing Director for N.A. Infrastructure & Mobility, Accenture
- Candace Cluck-Gomez, Senior Advisor Sustainable Mobility @ Movin'On
- Kimberly J. Williams, Chief Innovation Officer, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
- Jennifer Sanders, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Dallas Innovation Alliance
- Sang Min Kim, Director of Smart Road Team of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, South Korea
More Program Highlights
- On Tuesday, April 25, the Emergency Response Program will include a regional joint TIM meeting, a TIM Emergency Response Program workshop, and first responder VIP Expo Hall tours of TIM technology services.
Best State Chapter Award
- ITS America is awarding ITS Georgia with the Division I Outstanding State Chapter Award for their work to bolster ITS capabilities. This honor will be awarded on Wednesday, April 26 at 5 p.m. CST in the Networking Lounge.
- This award, sponsored by Amazon Web Services, will be given to the applicant whose innovative project best advances ITS to benefit communities. Attendees will have the opportunity to see the award winner revealed on Wednesday, April 26, at 5 p.m. CST from the following list of finalists:
- NoTraffic – Project: Intersection Safety Insights
- Florida DOT – Project: Florida V2X Data Exchange Platform
- AEye, Inc. – Project: Ultra-Long Range Automated Incident Detection (AID) Solution
- The PLUM Catalyst – Project: goMARTI (Minnesota's Autonomous Rural Transit Initiative)
- Gresham Smith – Project: I-24 MOTION (Mobility Technology Interstate Observation Network)
- The Future Leaders Program, brought to you in partnership with Southwest Research Institute and ITS Texas, brings together students, emerging leaders, and young professionals to learn more about ITS technologies and solutions. On Wednesday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m. on the Main Stage, the following students will be presenting their abstracts:
- Sandip Acharya - Use of Big Data to Study the Traffic Mobility Impacts Due to COVID-19: A Machine Learning Approach
- Juana Perez - Use of Smartphone Apps While Driving: Variations on Behavioral and Driving Impairments Based on Distracted Driving Simulation Experiment
- Sai Bonthu - Quantifying Needs in the Intelligent Transportation Systems Ecosystem
- Peirong Wang - Assessing the Feasibility of LiDAR Sensors for Near-Miss Detection at Intersections: A Field-Based Latency Evaluation