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UMTRI plays leadership role at ITS World Congress

October 24, 2011

The 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems took place recently in Orlando, Florida. Several UMTRI researchers were among the speakers at this important international event.

The 18th ITS World Congress attracted thousands of delegates from more than 65 countries, including legislators, ministers of transportation, transportation officials, international standards experts, engineers, manufacturers, and other ITS stakeholders. The theme of this year's event was Keeping the Economy Moving.

Over 250 sessions featured leading experts who addressed transportation issues that are facing countries around the world, including advanced traffic management, collision avoidance, electronic payment and pricing systems, real-time traveler information, and sustainability.

UMTRI Director Peter Sweatman, vice-chair of ITS America, hosted the showcase session "Managing 21st Century Transportation Systems and the Value of Performance Measures." Other speakers from UMTRI included associate research scientist Jim Sayer, program manager for the Safety Pilot Model Deployment; research professor Michael Sivak, who gave an invited talk during the session on ITS and Ecodriving; and John Woodrooffe, head of UMTRI's Vehicle Safety Analytics Group, who moderated a session on goods movement and greenhouse gases.

On October 19, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood addressed delegates at the 18th ITS World Congress. He spoke of the importance of putting Americans back to work by rebuilding the nation's transportation infrastructure and implementing intelligent transportation. See all event press releases.

The ITS World Congress is an international meeting and exhibition that rotates among three major geographic regions (Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific) annually and is held in North America only once every three years. The event will be held in Detroit, Michigan, in 2014.

Image courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation.