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Transformative Transportation '21

June 15, 2021 - Online via Zoom







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9:00-9:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks, Professor Baher Abdulhai

9:10-10:40 Session I - Moderated by Professor Amer Shalaby and Dr. Toka S. Mostafa

10:40-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Session II - Moderated by Professor Baher Abdulhai and Dr. Islam Taha

12:15-1:00 Break

1:00-2:20 Guest Speakers' Session - Moderated by Professors Baher Abdulhai and Amer Shalaby and Drs. Toka S. Mostafa and Islam Taha

1:00-1:40 Next stop, Autonomous! The use case of SmartShuttle Sion, Switzerland

Automated bus systems are a promising means of future first- and last mile public transport solutions and can even possibly become a regular part of the public transport network. PostBus, Mobility Lab, and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO Valais-Wallis) gained lots of valuable experience with the SmartShuttles in Sion since 2016. They are now entering the next exciting phase. This talk features three presentations:

  1. SmartShuttle Sion – Pilot project overview
    • Martin Neubauer, PostBus Switzerland, and Eric Imspetpf, Mobility Lab, Switzerland
  2. Improving social inclusion of people with special needs through Automated Vehicles
    • Benjamin Nanchen, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland-Valais-Wallis-HES-SO
  3. Automated Vehicles Acceptation Through a Socio-Demographic Lens
    • Julien Reichenbach, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland-Valais-Wallis-HES-SO

1:40-2:20 Autonomous Driving using Multi-Policy Decision Making

In this talk, Dr. Edwin Olson, CEO and Co-founder of May Mobility. will describe an approach to building autonomous vehicles using Multi-Policy Decision Making (MPDM). MPDM is a method for high-level decision making, in which a vehicle makes decisions like “should I pass this bicycle, or should I follow it?” It enables autonomous vehicles to interact more naturally with other cars and road users like bicycles and pedestrians. With technologies like MPDM, we believe autonomous vehicles can help to transform cities and increase transportation access and equity.

2:20-2:30 Break

2:30-3:30 Session III - Moderated by Dr. Toka Mostafa and Professor Amer Shalaby

  • City of Toronto’s Congestion Management Plan - Mike Barnet, Manager of Traffic System Planning, Design, and Capital Coordination, Traffic Management Section, The City of Toronto
  • Implementation of Advanced Transportation Technologies in York Region - Lauren Crawford, Manager, Transportation Long-Term Planning, Transportation Services Department, York Region
  • Empowering small businesses with low-cost delivery - Ignacio Tartavull, Tinymiles