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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.

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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

Afternoon Breakout: Applying an Equity Lens to Transportation and Design
This session will focus on issues of race and equity within transportation. We will detail research on racial equity issues and safety outcomes, with a focus on pedestrian experiences. Dr. Kimberly Kahn will discuss her research demonstrating that drivers are less likely to stop for Black pedestrians, and the potential for infrastructure to reduce these racial disparities.  Marisa DeMull will look at the intersection of race and disability access from an engineering perspective and discuss how engineers design roadways for our most vulnerable users. Connections to other at risk communities and identities will be discussed.

KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • Learn about the role of equity in transportation systems 
  • Discuss the impact implicit bias has on drivers when they encounter people of color as pedestrians
  • Begin to evaluate the needs for planning and designing to accommodate the intersections of race, disability access, and pedestrian safety

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Kahn

Kimberly Kahn

Associate Professor, Portland State University
Dr. Kimberly Barsamian Kahn is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology at Portland State University, and leads the Gender, Race, and Sexual Prejudice (GRASP) Lab. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, with minors in Sport Psychology... Read More →
avatar for Marisa Trujillo DeMull

Marisa Trujillo DeMull

Engineering Designer, Alta Planning + Design
With a passion for combining safety and equity, Marisa Trujillo DeMull is a life-long social justice activist. From her early days as a political and labor organizer to her current work on ADA accessible pedestrian design, she has focused her career on providing our most vulnerable... Read More →


Monday March 11, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Smith Memorial Student Union (3rd Floor, Room 328) 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, USA

1:15pm

Afternoon Breakout: Crossing Safely: Technology at Intersections through Traffic Signals and Smart Paint
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
avatar for Stephen Smith

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 →
avatar for Robert Wall Emerson

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 →
avatar for John Lannutti

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

1:15pm

Afternoon Breakout: Improving Accessibility through Mapping and Collecting Pedestrian Pathway Data
Typical pedestrian navigation apps use the road network when suggesting routes to users, sometimes taking a user down a road without sidewalks. Cities often face litigation due to inaccessible pathways and trip/fall injuries that occur. These issues are a result of the difficulties in mapping and collecting pedestrian pathway data.  This session will demonstrate data collection tools, data visualization, and a pathway roughness standard related to wheelchair user comfort.  This session will demonstrate these data collection tools and standards, how cities can utilize data to develop prioritized improvement plans, and how pedestrians can receive real-time accessible pedestrian navigation.
Participants will learn about the following:
  1. A pathway measurement tool that geo-locates sidewalk conditions such as tripping hazards, roughness, running slope, cross slope, width, and imagery.
  2. A real-time pedestrian navigation app for accessible and walkable travel, which considers the sidewalk location, quality, and user preferences when identifying the optimal route.
  3. Ways in which users can contribute data to improve accessibility for others.
  4. ASTM E3028-16, a standard to measure Wheelchair Pathway Roughness Index.

KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • Learn how pathway data can be used to develop prioritized improvement plans
  • Learn how to use a new innovative app for accessible pedestrian navigation
  • Learn how you can contribute to help others navigate safely
  • Learn about Wheelchair Pathway Roughness Index and how to measure it

Speakers
avatar for Eric Sinagra

Eric Sinagra

CEO, pathVu
Eric Sinagra is CEO and co-founder of pathVu.Mr. Sinagra graduated in 2011 from Duquesne University, completing his B.S. degrees in Physics and Mathematics. Mr. Sinagra went on to receive his M.S. in Rehabilitation Science and Technology from the University of Pittsburgh’s School... Read More →


Monday March 11, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Smith Memorial Student Union (3rd Floor, Room 327) 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, USA

1:15pm

Afternoon Breakout: Indoor Wayfinding - New Frontiers
THIS SESSION WILL BE A TWO-PART PRESENTATION. IF YOU ARE ATTENDING THIS SESSION, SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE AND DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS TO INSTALL AN APP.

Mapping the Indoor World
Denise Snow, Craig Meador, Larry Skutchan, and Liz Schaller - American Printing House for the Blind
Learn the background, current status, and plans to map the indoor world. While Google and other companies have done an admirable job at mapping outdoors, indoor spaces present additional significant challenges. Considerations include: no reliable GPS location services, obtaining floor plans from individual venues, and making maps available to all. This presentation summarizes the current state of indoor way finding including methods to obtain accurate positioning information, outlines of current efforts, and possibilities on how to accomplish this audacious goal. The workshop that follows demonstrates an implementation at OSU and overviews the techniques on mapping your own spaces.

KEY TAKEAWAYS
After this presentation and workshop, you will:
  • Have a better understanding of the challenges for mapping indoors
  • Know the current efforts
  • Know how to obtain information on ways to map your space

Lived Experiences in Wayfinding for Individuals with Visual Impairment and Deafblindness
Amy Parker and Martin Swobodzinski - Portland State University
Researchers in this NITC funded project will summarize a preliminary analysis from focus group research on the use of wayfinding apps for consumers who are blind and those who are deafblind living in urban environments. O&M Specialists were included as participants in a third focus groups to reflect on the use of apps in providing services with students and clients. Initial analysis from open coding will be discussed.

KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • Participants will gain knowledge of the types of apps that were shared in focus group discussions
  • Participants will learn about desired features for wayfinding apps across groups.
  • Participants will learn about the diverse "lived experiences" of individuals who are visually impaired and those who are deafblind



Speakers
avatar for Liz Schaller

Liz Schaller

Digital Assets and Metadata Librarian, American Printing House for the Blind
Elizabeth Schaller is the Digital Assets and Metadata Librarian at APH. She is a member of the APH Accessible Cities Committee, and in this capacity she gathers research and spearheads projects that support the APH vision of making Louisville the most accessible city in the United... Read More →
avatar for Denise Snow

Denise Snow

Technical Communications Specialist, American Printing House for the Blind
Denise Snow is a Technical Communications Specialist for the American Printing House for the Blind. As a member of the Accessible Cities Committee at APH, she works with local and national blindness agencies, and with local government and transportation officials, to make Louisville... Read More →
avatar for Martin Swobodzinski

Martin Swobodzinski

Assistant Professor, Portland State University
Dr. Swobodzinski in an assistant professor in the department of geography at Portland State University with a specialization in geographic information science. He is also a collaborator on the Digital City Testbed Center (DCTC) and the past director of the Center for Spatial Analysis... Read More →
avatar for Amy Parker

Amy Parker

Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Portland State University, O&M Program
Amy Parker, EdD, COMS, is an assistant professor and the coordinator of the Orientation and Mobility Program in the Special Education Department. In 2009 she completed her doctorate in special education, with an emphasis in deafblindness and a certification in orientation and mobility... Read More →
avatar for Craig Meador

Craig Meador

President, American Printing House for the Blind
Dr. Craig Meador was announced as President of the American Printing House for the Blind in December, 2015. Dr. Meador is a former teacher and educational leader for children who are blind and visually impaired. Before assuming the presidency, Dr. Meador served as APH’s Vice President... Read More →
avatar for Larry Skutchan

Larry Skutchan

Director of Technology Product Research, American Printing House for the Blind
Larry Skutchan is the Director of Technology Product Research at the American Printing House for the Blind. He is also currently President of the Transforming Braille Group, LLC; and he was previously CEO of Microtalk (1984-2007) where he wrote innovative word processing, terminal... Read More →



Monday March 11, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Smith Memorial Student Union (3rd Floor, Room 333) 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, USA

1:15pm

Afternoon Breakout: Interactive 3D Printed Maps for Wayfinding
Recent advances in 3d printing technology have made tactile models more available to individuals who are visually impaired. With grant funding from the National Science Foundation, we have developed and field-tested iOS technology that empowers individuals to modify models by adding audio or text annotations. Using this technology, a modified model can provide voice output or display a description of a model component when it is touched by a user. In this session, we will introduce the 3d printing technology and its application with 3d printed tactile maps for use with individuals with visual impairments.

KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • Understand the combination of approaches used at Portland Community College to support users in navigating spaces.
  • Explore the roles and technologies leveraged to create a robust set of options for wayfinding.
  • Gain an understanding of how interactive 3d printed models can provide access to travel environments in comparison with traditional tactile maps.
  • Learn about case uses of customized, interactive 3d printed maps that include wayfinding information most pertinent to the traveler.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Cantino

Michael Cantino

Accessibility Specialist, Portland Community College
Michael Cantino is an Accessibility Specialist at Portland Community College and a Student Research Assistant at Portland State University. Before joining PCC in 2017, Michael worked in K-12 special education for 11 years, specializing in supporting students with behavioral challenges... Read More →
avatar for Holly Lawson

Holly Lawson

Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Portland State University, VIL Program
Holly Lawson, PhD, is the coordinator of the Visually Impaired Learner program. Since 1994, she has worked in the VIL field, beginning as a residential instructor for the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and then the Peace Corps in Morocco. Her master’s and PhD are... Read More →


Monday March 11, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Smith Memorial Student Union (3rd Floor, Room 329) 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, USA

4:00pm

Coming Back Together: A Facilitated Discussion of Findings
A facilitated group discussion in both small and large setting to share major take-aways from the day and answer these questions:
  • What are our approaches for setting priorities with testbeds? 
  • How may we evaluate multiple points from the perspectives of equity? 
  • What are models that allow us to evaluate both qualitative and quantitative data for smarter design and inclusion of community members?
  • How will you take what you learned today and apply it to your work in the short-term? In the long-term?


Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Dill

Jennifer Dill

Director, Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC), Portland State University
Director of TREC and the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), Jennifer is also a professor of urban studies and planning. She is an internationally cited researcher on sustainable transportation. Among her research projects are Lessons from the Green Lanes... Read More →
avatar for Amy Parker

Amy Parker

Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Portland State University, O&M Program
Amy Parker, EdD, COMS, is an assistant professor and the coordinator of the Orientation and Mobility Program in the Special Education Department. In 2009 she completed her doctorate in special education, with an emphasis in deafblindness and a certification in orientation and mobility... Read More →


Monday March 11, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Smith Memorial Student Union (3rd Floor, Ballroom) 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, USA