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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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Morning Session [clear filter]
Monday, March 11


Opening Welcome: The Nexus of Disability, Race, Equity, Inclusive Design, Testbeds, and Mobility
Share opportunities for an intersectional approach to creating change in accessible mobility.

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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 →
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Marvin Lynn

Dean and Professor, Portland State University
Dr. Lynn is the Dean of the College of Education. He is an internationally recognized expert on race and education and the lead editor of the Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education published simultaneously in the U.S. and the U.K. with Routledge Press. He serves as an editorial... Read More →

Monday March 11, 2019 8:30am - 8:45am
Smith Memorial Student Union (3rd Floor, Ballroom) 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, USA


Integrated Mobility Innovation in Policy and Research
A review of U.S. DOT research to achieve a vision of a safe, carefree, reliable mobility ecosystem that supports Complete Trips for All, both personalized mobility and goods delivery. We advance this vision by leveraging innovative technologies and facilitating public private partnerships to allow for a user-centric approach that improves mobility options for all travelers, including travelers with disabilities, travelers from rural areas, lower income travelers, and goods & services.

  • Understanding of technology solutions for improved accessibility
  • Introduction to an integrated approach for mobility innovation across modes
  • Understanding the definition and scope of Complete Trips for All
  • Identify opportunities for further research and collaboration with researchers and adopters of technology. 

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Bob Sheehan

Mobility Innovation, U.S. Department of Transportation
Bob Sheehan is with the Federal Transit Administration helping advance the USDOT's Mobility Innovation research. Bob Sheehan directs the Multimodal ITS Research and Connected Vehicle - Vehicle to Infrastructure efforts. He joined the Federal Highway Administration in August 2008 and... Read More →

Monday March 11, 2019 8:45am - 9:15am
Smith Memorial Student Union (3rd Floor, Ballroom) 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, USA


Lived Experiences and Civic Engagement: Community Partnership in Design, Testing and Deployment
Panelists will share personal and professional perspectives as advocates for improved mobility in a variety of communities. Community activism, community engagement, and inclusive planning models will be explored from personal and professional standpoints. At the end of the panel presentation,, leaders will engage in question and answer dialogue with audience members.

  • Participants will learn about the lived experiences of leaders with disabilities who have used their mobility experiences to improve the lives of all people.
  • Participants will learn about the importance of community partnerships for creating improved mobility and transportation outcomes for all.
  • Participants will learn about case examples of projects that improved mobility for all in a variety of communities.

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Jan Campbell

Multnomah County’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection
For more than 40 years, Jan has promoted the independence, empowerment, and well-being of people with disabilities. For 23 years, she served as the Disability Project Coordinator for the City of Portland and Multnomah County. Since retiring in 2006, she has worked with OHSU to train... Read More →
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Chris Pangilinan

Public Transportation Policy Manager, Uber
Chris was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and has spent the last 15 years living in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington DC, and New York City. During this time, he has had the pleasure of working at the local transit agencies as well as the US DOT. Prior to joining Uber... Read More →
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George Stern

Vice President, DeafBlind Citizens in Action
George Stern is a 27 year old student and advocate currently residing in Lubbock, Texas, pursuing a major in French and a minor in Classics at Texas Tech University (TTU). George hopes to apply these studies into a career in law or with the Library of Congress, so he can help ensure... Read More →

Monday March 11, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
Smith Memorial Student Union (3rd Floor, Ballroom) 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, USA


Applications and Testbeds in Accessible Mobility: Innovations on the Mainstage
In ten-minute presentations, afternoon presenters will share the main takeaways of their research and innovative concepts with the entire audience. You'll be introduced to all of the concepts that will be explored in the afternoon, and having gotten a sense for what you want to learn more about —choose which paired lecture and walkabout you'll join for the rest of the afternoon.

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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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Jonathan Fink

Director and Professor, Portland State University, Digital City Testbed Center
Jonathan Fink is Professor of Geology and Director of the Digital City Testbed Center at Portland State University (PSU). Fink spent nearly twenty years as a senior administrator at PSU and Arizona State University, including serving as Vice President for Research and as Sustainability... Read More →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →

Monday March 11, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Smith Memorial Student Union (3rd Floor, Ballroom) 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, USA


Accessible Devices and Creating Art
Leeahnn will be sharing one of her digital art works entitled "escapism" and talking about her use of accessible devices to create art.

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Leeahnn Victorio

Artist and Designer, Portland State University
Leeahnn Victorio is an aspiring artist and designer from Oregon. Originally from the Philippines, she moved here in 2016 to find better accommodations and opportunities. She states, "I've been fascinated with the arts since I gained consciousness. When I was growing up, I watched... Read More →

Monday March 11, 2019 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Smith Memorial Student Union (3rd Floor, Ballroom) 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, USA