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Thought Leadership

Volpe has a long tradition of facilitating knowledge exchange across the transportation community. Our Office of Strategic Initiatives for Research and Innovation brings together Volpe experts, government officials, prominent academics, and forward-thinking industry and non-profit leaders to discuss fresh approaches to emerging transportation challenges.

Our speaker events are part of an important dialogue that advances transportation innovation for the public good. The transportation community is invited to join the conversation in person or by live-streamed webinar for our events.

About our Speaker Series

Our annual speaker series focuses on emerging and future transportation issues.

Our Straight from the Source series features distinguished national and international guest lecturers on a variety of transportation topics.

Our Transportation Trajectories series features Volpe experts.

Sign up for the Volpe newsletter and follow us on Twitter to join the conversation at our upcoming events. Speaker events are typically held at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time and include a 45-minute talk and a lively question-and-answer period.

Past Speaker Series: Videos, Articles, and More

The Future of Transportation: Safety, Opportunity, and Innovation
From driverless cars to unmanned deliveries to smart cities, innovation and new technologies are key to the future of a safe, reliable transportation system that helps more Americans reach economic opportunity. The Future of Transportation brought together top transportation innovators who are thinking beyond the horizon on these important issues.

Reimagining Transportation
What will transportation look like 10, 20, or 30 years from now? Reimagining Transportation delved into the trends that will transform transportation.

Transportation and the Economy: Leading Globally, Succeeding Locally
Speakers for Transportation and the Economy considered emerging and future issues crucial to the U.S. transportation system’s ability to keep pace with the rising demand to move people and goods and remain competitive in today's global economy.

Straight from the Source
This occasional series features distinguished national and international guest lecturers on a variety of transportation topics. Our most recent Straight from the Source guest was General Darren W. McDew, who discussed “Our Shared Transportation Future.”

Transportation System Resilience
Global transportation infrastructure faces significant vulnerabilities, including escalating threats from climate change. This series brought together distinguished experts to discuss challenges, opportunities, and fresh approaches related to infrastructure resiliency.

Beyond Bouncing Back: Critical Transportation Infrastructure Resilience
A framework for enhancing critical transportation infrastructure resiliency could serve as a roadmap for addressing pressing global challenges. Resiliency characterizes a system that recovers rapidly from a disruption. But resiliency is not just about bouncing back.

Big Data: Driving Value Beyond the Hype
With great challenges, new insights and opportunities emerge. Volpe co-hosted a roundtable of experts to discuss big data, industry trends, best practices, and deep data waiting to be mined.

International Outreach and Coordination

Volpe is a global leader in transportation innovation. The Office of Strategic Initiatives for Research and Innovation serves as the focal point for international activities and helps to build stakeholder relationships.

Updated: Thursday, March 16, 2017
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