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Transforming Transportation: Economies and Communities

March 21, 2011

Creating a research-and-action agenda for Michigan and beyond is a key focus of the inaugural summit on Transforming Transportation: Economies and Communities, scheduled for April 7-9 at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit.

In this spirit, summit presenters will act as catalysts, offering short and provocative ideas and questions, and all attendees will be active contributors to the research-and-action agenda through topic-specific working sessions (innovation strands), a research-and-practice poster session, and interactive dialogue within the networking spaces.

Plenary sessions include the following:

  • Transforming Transportation: The Mission Before Us
  • Transforming Economies: The Business of Transforming Transportation
  • Transforming Communities: Home Grown Successes (in Michigan and around the World)

Working sessions will address a number of innovation strands, including sustainability, climate change, energy efficiency, and the future of transportation; logistics and supply chain management into the future; safety and national security--moving people and goods in resilient communities; the emerging new-mobility industry; and jobs and skills for the next generation of transportation, among others.

There will be a special working session on Saturday (April 9) to draw the strands of the agenda together to identify key themes, opportunities, resources, and partnerships for research and action.

To see a list of confirmed speakers, plenary session topics, and innovation strands, see Transforming Transportation Summit.

Early registration deadline for the summit is March 28. Regular registration deadline is April 3. To register, go to TTEC Summit Registration.

The Transforming Transportation summit is the inaugural event of the new University Research Corridor consortium of the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Michigan State University. It merges with the annual summit hosted by Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation (SMART).