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Brian Cronin and Kevin Dopart
Department of Transportation
Connected Vehicles - Improving Safety, Mobility, and the Environment
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Building 3 Auditorium - 11:00 AM

(Coffee and cookies at 10:30 AM)
USDOT's connected vehicle program aims to improve the operations of the transportation system by using technology to communicate between vehicles, the infrastructure and travelers. The presentation will discuss the foundational technology, describe operational scenarios, the benefits, and where we are in the research process. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced the intent to regulate the equipment enabling vehicle to vehicle safety applications on all new vehicles. Finally, the transportation industry is also progressing towards a future of automated vehicles. The discussion will link connected vehicles to automated vehicles and illustrate the way forward.

Brian Cronin is the Team Leader, ITS Research in the USDOT, ITS Joint Program Office. Brian leads the team that manages projects implementing the Department's research agenda. Brian is a professional engineer and has worked in the area of transportation and intelligent transportation systems for 20 years. Brian first worked in a consulting company where he planned and designed traffic management control systems for the public sector. Brian worked at the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for 7 years prior to joining the ITS Joint Program Office in 2005. Brian currently co-manages the Integrated Corridor Management ITS initiative, and is coordinating the ITS suite of research programs focused on Connected Vehicles. Brian has a BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and a MS in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M.

Kevin Dopart is with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). Kevin's career has been primarily in transportation - with more than 30 years experience in operations, engineering, and policy. Kevin recently joined the USDOT's Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office as the Program Manager for Vehicle Safety and Automation. His research program develops connected vehicle communications technologies and applications to increase the safety and mobility of surface transportation users while reducing their environmental impacts. Previously , Kevin managed ITS and aviation communications projects at Noblis, Inc (formerly The MITRE Corp.). Kevin also worked on a wide range of transportation policy projects for the (now defunct) Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Prior to working on the Hill, Kevin served as a U.S. Naval Officer, where he flew P-3 Orion aircraft worldwide for an oceanographic research squadron. Kevin has B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.
IS&T Colloquium Committee Host: John Donohue

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