Georgia Tech Personnel Speaking at ConnectATL Summit

Advancements in Transportation Technology

By pinalice | September 13, 2017, 12:09pm EDT

On Friday, September 22, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) will host ConnectATL, a day-long summit bringing together city and county government officials, local transportation experts and mobility industry leaders to discuss the opportunities and challenges brought about by rapid advancements in transportation technology.

“The anticipated changes to mobility are bound to be some of the most transformative innovations of our lives,” said Doug Hooker, Executive Director of ARC. “This conference will spark our thinking around how we can support both a seamless transition of technologies and continued innovation within the Atlanta region.”

The keynote speaker for the Summit will be Andrew Ginther, Mayor of Columbus, Ohio, winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s $50 million Smart City Challenge. Breakout sessions will be organized around the goals of the Atlanta Region’s Plan, ARC’s long-range blueprint for securing metro Atlanta’s future by providing world-class infrastructure, building a competitive economy and fostering healthy, livable communities.

Panelists will include Ellen Dunham-Jones, Director of Georgia Tech’s Master of Science in Urban Design and Debra Lam, Georgia Tech’s Managing Director of Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation. Jennifer Clark, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Director of the Center for Urban Innovation and Associate Director of Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation will be moderating a panel.

“Transportation technology is evolving rapidly and it’s vital that we understand how these changes will affect the way we design, manage and live in cities,” Lam said. “Smart transportation is not only about deploying the best and latest technology, but also ensuring that it is accessible to everyone.”

The Summit will take place at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center starting at 8:30am and ending at 6pm on Friday.

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