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A multi-sector visioning workshop on smart and connected infrastructure, with a goal of safe, efficient, resilient and fair future mobility.

About this Event

This workshop is intended to identify project opportunities that connect leading edge academic research with the immediate problems facing local and state government, private industry, and entrepreneurs working in transportation and mobility infrastructure and solutions. It is the second in a series designed to meet future mobility challenges and opportunities, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The inaugural workshop in Fall 2019 included a multi-disciplinary discussion of societal trends and needs.

City planners and civil engineers are increasingly looking at mobility systems not simply as transportation networks to move people or goods but as networks designed to meet the needs of the community they serve. Our roads and transportation corridors are evolving to adapt to new modes of travel, whether scooters, e-bikes, drones, or electric semi-trailers. Digital transformation, accelerated by COVID-19, creates an additional layer of complexity in considering how goods and services “move.” Innovations that will shape the smart and connected infrastructure of the future include:

  • Autonomous, connected, and electric vehicles
  • Breakthroughs in material science
  • AI and machine learning in route planning, design, modeling, and wayfinding
  • Connected infrastructure
  • Communications networks as transit corridors in a digital world

We invite you to join a 2.5 hour workshop to shape a research agenda and identify project opportunities that encompass long-horizon vision and short-term impact.


  • 8:00-8:10 – Welcome and Introductions
  • 8:10-8:40 – Road Infrastructure Reimagined: Workshop report out from Shashi Shekar (U of Minnesota) and Anil Misra (U of Kansas), followed by Q&A
  • 8:40-9:30 – Panel Discussion
    • Moderator: Lesa Mitchell, Techstars
    • Eva Lerner-Lam, Palisades Consulting
    • Julie Lorenz, KS Dept of Transportation, Secretary
    • Rick Azer, Black & Veatch Growth Accelerator
  • 9:30-9:40 – Break
  • 9:40-10:10 – Ideation and Breakout Sessions
    • Current projects and opportunities in pipeline (15 minutes)
    • Possible future collaborations (15 minutes)
  • 10:10-10:30 – Report out and next steps


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