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Portland State University’s College of Education and the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) are excited to reprise this 2nd annual interdisciplinary summit. We invite disability specialists, urban planners, engineers, transportation professionals, students, and community members to discuss the nexus between design, innovation, technology, and access. Themes will examine technological innovations that improve accessibility and wayfinding; smart cities; interdisciplinary approaches for intersections; unequal access to safe roads for those with disabilities who are persons of color; and opportunities for regional coordination across adjacent metropolitan areas, with an emphasis on the Cascadia region.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER - Questions? Contact us at omsummit@pdx.eduIf you’re having trouble reading the program, please contact us or access a print version here: https://mobilitymatters2019.sched.com/print
General Admission: $130
Students: $45
Refund Policy: All refunds closed Feb 18th, substitutions accepted at no charge.

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Monday, March 11 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Afternoon Breakout: Crossing Safely: Technology at Intersections through Traffic Signals and Smart Paint

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Autonomous and connected vehicle (CV) networks will soon impact traffic in cities throughout the US. These changes can benefit travelers who are blind by leveraging access to information. GPS-based solutions lack location precision but a new technology may provide safe navigation of intersections and precise location services.

Dr. Emerson and Dr. Lanutti will discuss "Smart paint", which contains special oxides detectable by a unit attached to a white cane. Able to be used on roads and walkways, “smart paint” can transmit information about precise location, crosswalk information, bus stop location, or anything else encoded into the paint at a given location.

Dr. Smith will describe a federally funded project that allows for active monitoring and response to crossing progress for pedestrians with disabilities and mobility challenges. You'll learn about a smart phone app that allows pedestrians to interact directly with the intersections and influence traffic signals, as well as new CV "connected vehicle" technologies that enable pedestrians to communicate using a mobile device with a sleeve.

KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • Future changes in traffic flow and control caused by autonomous vehicles
  • What ‘smarter’ white canes can do to assist navigation
  • How smart paint can safely guide users through crosswalks
  • Innovative examples of how smart paint might be used in the built environment
  • Learn about "connected vehicle" technologies that enable pedestrians to communicate using a mobile device with a sleeve as well as the technology behind generation of pedestrian friendly timing plans

Speakers
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Stephen Smith

Professor, The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon
Stephen Smith is a research professor in robotics. His interests are in artificial intelligence, primarily in the areas of constraint-based search and optimization, automated planning and scheduling, configurable and adaptive problem-solving systems, multi-agent and multi-robot coordination... Read More →
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Robert Wall Emerson

Professor, Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies, Western Michigan University
Robert Wall Emerson, Ph.D, is a professor in the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies at Western Michigan University. He is a certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, has worked as a teacher of children who are blind, and has been conducting research into aspects of... Read More →
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John Lannutti

Professor, Ohio State University
John J. Lannutti is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering within The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio). He received his BS and MS degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida in 1982 and 1984, respectively.  He then worked for Alzeta... Read More →


Monday March 11, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Smith Memorial Student Union (3rd Floor, Ballroom) 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, USA