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SMART Conference

June 12, 2008

UMTRI director speaks at sustainability conference

UMTRI staff members took part in New Mobility: The Emerging Transportation Economy Conference on June 11-12 on U-M's main campus. The conference was organized by Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation (SMART), and main sponsors included Ford Motor Company, Shell, and the National Science Foundation.

UMTRI director Peter Sweatman served on the panel The New Mobility Economy: Conceptual Foundations and gave the presentation "New Mobility and Intelligent Transport Systems: ITS Innovations as a Foundation for Sustainable Urban Connectivity."

John L. Sullivan, head of UMTRI's Office of Sustainability Systems, also attended the conference. Peter, John, and Walter McManus, head of UMTRI's Automotive Analysis Division, are SMART members.

The conference brought together researchers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, practitioners, and policy-makers to:

  • Share conceptual frameworks and foundations related to new mobility
    and the emerging new mobility economy
  • Share new knowledge and experience in piloting and implementing
    innovative, integrative ways to bring sustainable urban mobility and
    accessibility to urban regions around the world
  • Explore emerging markets, business innovation and employment
    opportunities, new private sector roles, and other economic factors
    related to sustainable transportation in the context of accelerating
    urbanization, globalization, climate change, demographic shifts
    (including aging populations) and economic disparity
  • Formalize a collaborative research network to study and support new
    mobility implementation
  • Establish a collaborative industry network to support and accelerate private

SMART is a project of CARSS, the Center for Advancing Research and Solutions for Society at the University of Michigan. It undertakes research, demonstration projects, education, and global learning exchange on a range of issues related to the future of transportation in city regions around the world.

For more information, see the SMART conference program and the Ford press release.