Happy Holidays. We are now less than three weeks away from the 2014 Annual Meeting kick-off and I'm hoping many of you are already preparing for the trip to Washington, DC. To assist you in the preparations for the Annual Meeting, the Committee chair, Jane Lappin has compiled a list of ITS Committee (AHB15)-sponsored events and a summary of activities from 2013, committee plans for the year ahead, etc. Scroll below for the list of activities and the Committee chair's message.
AHB 15 Meetings and Agendas:
Dear ITS Committee members, current and longstanding,
Welcome to the intensifying whirlwind of the 2014 TRB annual meeting (21 days and counting). As I write this email, my house is a mess of pre-holiday projects. I have to explain to my family why I am at my desk, why TRB is such a remarkable meeting, why we all devote so much time to its production. For me, this is like organizing a massive reunion potluck dinner, but instead of food, our contributions come from our work, and I have the honor of working with you to help organize it. In the course of this letter, I will report to you about the past year, recognize colleagues for their leadership contributions to the committee, share plans for your consideration, and ask you to think about what you want to do in the coming year.
Agendas for the Monday morning business meeting and Wednesday evening open meeting are appended. I have also attached the long list of annual meeting sessions and subcommittees that we are sponsoring or co-sponsoring, and an email with further meeting agenda from our former chair, Dr. Steve Shladover, who is now chair of Vehicle-Highway Automation (AHB30). These attachments will also be available on our ITS Committee website, thanks to our stalwart social media chair, Ananda Palanisamy of Citizant and Transportgooru.
Professor Wei-hua Lin, Arizona State University, has served as the ITS Committee paper review chair for nearly 10 years, taking the position from Dr. Jon Bottom, Steer Davies Gleave, who had previously held the position nearly from time immemorial. We had over 70 papers submitted this year, an increase again over the previous years. Wei ensured that all of the papers received appropriate peer review within the tight schedule from August through October, and organized our poster sessions.
Professor Mohammed Hadi, Florida International University, accepted responsibility as chair of the Research Needs Subcommittee and is leading us through the review of Research Needs Statements that emerged from the 2013 road vehicle automation workshop. More about that in the agenda.
Bob Denaro, who thought he was retiring from work when he joined our committee, is starting his second year as chair of the new Joint Subcommittee on Road Vehicle Automation, and his second year as co-chair of the summer workshop. Eight TRB committees have thus far signed onto sponsorship for this cross-disciplinary subcommittee and the summer workshop: Vehicle-Highway Automation (AHB30), Major Activity Center Circulation Systems (AP040), Emerging and Innovative Public Transportation and Technologies (AP020), Emerging Technology Law (AL040), Vehicle User Characteristics (AND10), Cyber Security (ABE40(7)), ITS Committee (AHB15) ,and Transportation Energy (ADC70).
Two years ago, our committee, in partnership with the Vehicle-Highway Automation Committee, led TRB back to the research issues of self-driving cars and the challenge and opportunities of increasingly automated vehicles on public roads. Our first workshop in July 2012 at the Beckman Center in Irvine, was an exciting assembly of research and research questions from around the world. Our second meeting, last summer, at Stanford University, drew over 330 participants (we ran out of space). It was co-sponsored by seven TRB committees, the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, and the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS). We had a stimulating international mix of participants from Silicon Valley companies, academia, state and local governments, legal, automakers, and more, who actively engaged with 10 break-out sessions over the course of 2.5 days. The synopsis of the meeting is attached to the email, with thanks to Lydia Rainville, Volpe Center, who assembled the synopsis.
Looking ahead, one key decision pending for the end of this year may completely change the transportation landscape going forward: the anticipated NHTSA decision on V2V communication. In anticipation of that announcement, we have NHTSA executives participating in our annual "State-of-the-ITS-Industry" panel on Monday afternoon (even though there is no mention of it in the program), and on Wednesday evening. Our agenda on Monday morning allows time to consider what the impact may mean for future committee activities.
Most of our discussion on Monday morning will focus on the research needs statements generated at last summer's workshop, and on identifying key themes and issues for the 2014 summer workshop. If you consult only one newsletter for your road vehicle automation news, I recommend Professor Alain Kornhauser's circular, available at http://smartdrivingcar.com/Transit-12.20.13.html. It's a well-curated collection of key events and publications.
This year will see the sunset of the joint subcommittee on Advanced Traveler Information Services, co-sponsored by the ITS, ICT and Traveler Behavior, and User Information Committees. Professor Assad Khattak and Dr. Jeff Adler have done a great job of guiding the subcommittee through its work. Please note the time of its final meeting and panel session in the attached list of sessions.
My very best wishes to you and your families for a wonderful holiday and a healthy, joyous new year. I look forward to seeing you soon.
Jane LappinChair | National Academies Transportation Research Board ITS Committee