OMS-WTS: The Future of Transportation: Autonomous Vehicle Update

APA Florida Chapter, Orlando Metro Section


Thursday, June 22, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST

Orlando, FL, United States

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OMS-WTS: The Future of Transportation Autonomous Vehicles Revisited


The June 22, 2017 program is to revisit the technology and planning for the Future of Transportation - Autonomous Vehicles started at our 2016 event. Florida continues to position as a leader in automated vehicle testing and implementation. The purpose of the program is to learn about a major advances including SunTrax and the future applications in the urban environment and research.


SunTrax is a cutting-edge facility dedicated to the research, development and testing of transportation technologies in a safe and controlled environment that is being developed in partnership between Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise and Florida Polytechnic University.


Moderated by Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise Executive Director and CEO Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, this program has four key speakers followed by a Q&A:


·        Dr. Dean Bushey: Autonomous Systems Expert & Computer Science Professor, Florida Polytechnic University. Focus on academics and building future transportation leaders.


·        Paul Satchfield: Program Management Administrator, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise. Focus on the SunTrax facility development.


·        Jim Barbaresso, ITS National Practice Leader, HNTB Corporation, Focus on technology and safety.


·        Charles Ramdatt, Director of Special Projects, City of Orlando. Focus on implementation in Smart City Initiatives


Speakers will recount updates in the autonomous vehicle field and share best practices for education, safety, and planning. This event will teach professionals about :


·        Development of the SunTrax autonomous vehicle test facility in Lakeland, Florida: The new SunTrax Center is being planned to be a testing facility for equipment as well as a place to collaborate on new technologies and testing. Discussions from speakers will provide attendees with methods and practices for specialty land development activities such as this test facility and inspire innovation in the research to further refine this technology.

·        Leading in the Transportation Planning and Future Implementation: As a rapidly-developing technology, education of the current and future transportation leaders will be critical to incorporating autonomous vehicles into the current systems and planning for future transportation systems. Discussions will identify what changes are needed in our education and planning processes to keep up with this trend.

·        Re-inventing Safety: Car crashes are one of the highest causes of death and most car crashes are caused by human error. So, the goal is to develop cars that don’t crash by applying the autonomous vehicle technology. Attendees will learn about safety features, which includes: 1) proximity features - stop to avoid vehicle or pedestrian, notification of swerving out of lane line, slow for merging on-ramp traffic, etc. 2) vehicle-to-vehicle communication to slow a vehicle for an upcoming accident and 3) vehicle-to-infrastructure communication technology to report/analyze an accident, request emergency services, and to improve the speed for emergency vehicles, such as preempting traffic lights for responding vehicles.

·        Smart City Initiatives: Autonomous Vehicles are at the forefront of the Smart Cities designs. The City of Orlando has received two Smart Cities awards and are pursuing additional funding for Smart City Initiatives to enhance transportation in Central Florida. Participants will learn about the City of Orlando initiatives to improve safety using autonomous vehicle technology. 


In summary, we are on the cusp of a transportation transformation due to the advances in autonomous vehicles. Planners will be able to apply this information for the current transportation infrastructure, but also consider future technology that will continue to alter our transportation planning approaches. In addition, planners will have a view Smart City Initiatives as an indicator of future planning trends.

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Dr. Dean Bushey

Education: Dr. Bushey holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Clemson University (2007), with research and special interests in advanced technologies – unmanned systems, systems engineering and applied software engineering. He has demonstrated experience in advanced computer concepts, instructional methodologies, systems engineering and integration, and technical analysis. He has a ... Read More

Paul Satchfield

EDUCATION University of New Hampshire (1986 – 1989) EXPERIENCE Paul Satchfield has worked for the Florida Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) since 2003 and has been the Program Management Administrator since 2013. As the Program Management Administrator Paul oversees a staff of 30+ people including 15 Project Managers who are responsible for delivering ... Read More

Jim Barbaresso

EDUCATION Jim Barbaresso has a Master of Science in Transportation Planning (1978) and Bachelor of Science in Sociology (1975), both from the University of Iowa. EXPERIENCE Jim Barbaresso is a Fellow and Senior Vice President at HNTB Corporation. He has more than 39 years of experience in transportation planning, traffic ... Read More

Charles Ramdatt, Ph.D., PE, PTOE

EDUCATION Dr. Ramdatt holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (2016), a master’s in Civil Engineering (1994), and a bachelor’s in Civil Engineering (1986) from the University of Central Florida He is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds AICP and PTOE certifications. He is a Fellow of the ... Read More

Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti

EDUCATION Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti holds an Undergraduate Degree from in Business from the University of Connecticut (1981) and a Master’s of Science in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from Rutgers – the State University of New Jersey (1987). EXPERIENCE 2011 – Present: Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer – Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise ... Read More

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