2017 NE AV Summit

The focus of this forum was to educate policy makers and Departments of Transportation from Delaware to Maine on the potential impacts and requirements that these new vehicles will require. The first day consisted of national experts who were invited to present on a wide range of topics concerning autonomous vehicles and the potential safety and policy impacts.  The second day was devoted to small state work groups to identify safety and policy issues they will face and then develop potential action items for when they return home.

Presentations focused on what is known today about autonomous vehicles, nationally and afar; touched on psychological impacts and implications, the potential benefits of autonomous vehicles on traffic operations and safety, what we are doing in Connecticut today, the challenge of building readiness with our academic partners as well as our local and regional partners.

Questions we hoped were answered for the Transportation side of the world included: what does any of this mean for our infrastructure, future planning, design needs, maintenance, and safety? How does it tilt the model of access, mobility & freight movement? How does a Town, a State, and region as well as academia work together to delve into these new potential opportunities? What does it mean financially? How do we bring the Northeast to the front of the line in understanding the impacts of this technology?

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Speaker Presentations & Videos

Dr. Chris Gerdes


Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics and Astronautics

Stanford University

The Road Ahead to Automated Vehicles


Art Shulman 

Executive Director

Global Autonomous Vehicle Partnership

Creating Municipal Autonomous Vehicle Districts


Dr. Parasara Sridhar Duggirala  

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

University of Connecticut

Role of Formal Verification in Certifying Autonomous Vehicles


Dale Thompson

Lead Research Engineer

FHWA Office of Operations, Research and Development

U.S. DOT Smart City Challenge


Dr. Carol Atkinson-Palombo 

Associate Professor

Department of Geography

University of Connecticut

Society & Self.Driving Vehicles..A Framework for Understanding Change


Peter Calcaterra

Transportation Planner

Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT)

Federal Automated Vehicles Policy..Model State Guidelines


Jim Hedlund


Highway Safety North

Autonomous Vehicle Meet Human Drivers..Safety Policy Issues for States


David Kidd

Senior Research Scientist

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Policy Considerations for Driving Automation Technology


Cathy Rossi 

Vice President of Public and Government Affairs

AAA Mid-Atlantic

Safety in the Age of Connected Mobility


C. William Kingsland

Assistant Commissioner

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)

New Jersey The CAV Puzzle

For more information contact: Eric Jackson, Ph.D. Associate Research Professor Director, Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center Connecticut Transportation Institute (860) 486-8426 eric.d.jackson@uconn.edu