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Smart Transportation for Intelligent Cities

Cutting Edge Developments in Transportation Planning, Policy and Engineering for Large and Smaller Municipalities

October 16 - 17, 2018  ·  Toronto
Day Two Program Agenda: Wednesday October 17, 2018
8:00 - 9:00        Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15
Opening Remarks from the Day Two Chair
Michael Roschlau, Strategic Advisor, Public Transit and Urban Mobility; Former CEO, Canadian Urban Transit Association
9:15 - 10:15
Telling the Story: Transforming Data and Evidence into a Compelling Narrative to Support Better Decision Making at Metrolinx
Joshua Engel-Yan, Director, Research and Planning Analytics, Metrolinx
  • The Metrolinx business case framework �a consistent and robust evidence-based framework
  • Examples of Data visualization and storytelling with transportation models
  • Mapping project benefits and impacts to explain the value proposition
  • Mining new data sources, including PRESTO business intelligence, to better understand and illustrate customer behaviour
10:15 - 11:15
How and Why Columbus, Ohio Won the First U.S. Smart City Award - Successful Use of Resources to Date
Michael Stevens, Chief Innovation Officer, Smart Columbus Program
  • What Columbus is doing with their grant
  • Why they won
  • Inclusive mobility: smart transportation systems as lifeline for vulnerable populations
  • Responding to the needs of neighbourhoods with a high proportion of cash-based, carless households; unreliable access to employment and health services; lack of access to digital information
  • Connecting expectant mothers to improved transportation options in poor neighbourhoods to improve Columbus' infant mortality rate
  • Use of connected sensors combined with data analytics and deep learning
  • Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology
11:15 - 11:30        Networking Break
11:30 - 12:30
Why We Need to Work Harder on Data Privacy and Cyber Security
Ann Cavoukian, Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University; Three-Term Privacy Commissioner
Stephen Erwin, Head, Intelligent Transportation Systems, and Chair, Innovation Think Tank, Ontario Ministry of Transportation
Abubakar Khan, Director, Business Advisory Directorate, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Government of Canada

Advances in sensor technology, re-identification science, and big data analytics have challenged cities and their partners to construct effective safeguards for the collection, use, sharing, and disposal of personal information. This session will cover the following

  • How can we assess the risks and opportunities of new technologies and data flows while preserving public trust and individual privacy?
  • Emerging frameworks for addressing privacy challenges in open data and new urban instrumentation
  • The need to protect everyday safety of network users
  • Possibility of an individual sending wrong information to traffic control centre or taking control of steering, acceleration or braking function
  • Need to develop data requirement specifications
  • Who owns the data?
12:30 - 1:30        Luncheon Break
1:30 - 2:15
Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Solutions for Connected, Proximate, Mobile, Connected or Autonomous Cars in Stratford
Joani Gerber, Chief Executive Officer, Stratford Economic Enterprise Development Corporation
Kurtis McBride, CEO and Co-Founder, Miovision
  • Economic development benefits to the ITS work being done in Stratford
  • Connectivity impacts
  • Using WiFi to collect data
  • Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC): Ultra-secure WiFi with 400 metre range � the emerging international standard for connected vehicles
  • How connected vehicles approaching an intersections will be in constant communication with each other
  • Impact of connected vehicles on urban traffic signals
  • Using open-source technology
  • The monetization of transportation infrastructure
2:15 - 2:30        Networking Break
2:30 - 3:30
Role of Transit in Municipal Transportation: Examples from the Edmonton Smart Transportation Action Plan
Michael Roschlau, Strategic Advisor, Public Transit and Urban Mobility; Former CEO, Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA)
  • Why developing public transit is key to shaping a community's future
  • Innovative and disruptive solutions to urban mobility
  • A vision for the next generation
  • What do millennials want? What does the aging population need?
  • Important choices municipalities need to make soon
3:30 - 5:00
Automated Vehicles (A/V): The Future Is Now!
Moderator: Bern Grush, Co-Founder, Harmonize Mobility
Stephen Erwin, Head, Intelligent Transportation Systems; and Chair, Innovation Think Tank, Ontario Ministry of Transportation
Jeffrey Casello, Professor of Transportation Planning and Engineering, University of Waterloo
Kristina Mlakar, National Operations Manager and Project Lead, Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium
  • Where are most cities with A/V at this point in time?
  • Costs involved in readying your city
  • Safety issues
  • A/V in the ice and snow?
  • Infrastructure requirements
  • Test areas
  • Need for legislation and regulation relating to A/V
  • What should your city or town be doing now?
  • Buses, taxis and more
5:00        End of Day Two
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The rewards of creating a data-driven transportation system that makes optimal use of technology are tremendous - improved safety, reduced gridlock and smog, easier parking, improved public transit and, in the final analysis, more liveable cities.

From placing sensors and nodes in asphalt and on lights to control traffic signals, to partnering with private companies, to establishing Vehicle2V and V2Infrastructure connectivity, to assisting vulnerable citizens and deploying autonomous vehicles, the possibilities for improved mobility are endless and astonishing - and the time for planning and development is now!

There are, however, significant challenges along the way in operationalizing big data and determining the right technology. You've got to know what citizens want and how to capture data from multiple sources and extract meaningful, accurate insights in real time. You've got to know what other municipalities, large and small, are doing to advance their transportation systems to the next level including providing multiple travel options as an alternative to cars, planning and dedicating resources to active transportation, protecting data and privacy with cyber security; visualizing the future of transit and more.

INFONEX's two-day program on Smart Transportation for Intelligent Cities will be the ideal forum for discussing and sharing ideas with others as you move forward. A faculty of experienced transportation experts will share insights derived from their own journeys and share with you what they have learned about improving the quality of life for citizens through improved transportation.

Attendees will learn how cities of different sizes and stages of development are moving forward, how data analytics and technology are being used to improve urban transportation, what has worked and what might work in your own organization. From progress in the City of Toronto, to innovation and success in smaller municipalities like Innisfil and Stratford, to the best thinking on the future of municipal transit, active transportation, integrated mobility plans and automated vehicles, this is an opportunity to learn from others and develop best possible plans for your own municipality.

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