WHEN FORECASTING FAILS: MAKING INFRASTRUCTURE DECISIONS IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD
6:00pm – 7:30pm Public Affairs Room 2355
Reception at 5pm, Public Affairs Room 5391
Now in its ninth year, the annual Wachs Lecture draws innovative thinkers to the University of California to address today’s most pressing issues in transportation. Created by students to honor Professor Martin Wachs upon his retirement from the University, the lecture rotates between Berkeley and UCLA, the campuses at which Marty taught.
Joe Schofer is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Associate Dean at the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He has been on the Northwestern faculty for more than four decades, having served as chairman of his department, Interim Dean of the McCormick School, and Director of Northwestern’s Infrastructure Technology Institute.
Steering Connected and Automated Mobility in the Right Direction
This 10th Annual Downtown Los Angeles Forum will focus on practical limitations and concerns of connected and automated vehicle technology. How can policymakers and stakeholders prepare the network and our current transportation system for this next technology-wave? New technologies have and will continue to shape the future of transportation. Communities are seeing technology enabled mobility on the ground with on-demand ridesharing and bikesharing. People also understand how technology enhancements can improve the system for policy makers and travelers with real-time transit arrival information, dynamically-priced parking spaces and managed highway lanes. These changes did bring real improvements to people, but are these improvements accessible to everyone? Or could they further exacerbate current inequities in our transportation system?
The conference speakers will tackle important questions including: What will the likely decades-long period look like when conventional, connected and automated vehicles all need to interact? What investments should cities be prepared to make to maximize the benefits of vehicle connectivity? How can and should public policy makers interact with largely private-industry to steer the transformation in the direction of current policy, while ensuring the benefits are fairly distributed?