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Volpe Talks: Transportation Ideas Worth Sharing

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April 18, 2018

As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, come and hear a series of short, live talks direct from Volpe team members working on emerging transportation issues such as maritime security, nonmotorized transportation, and advancing the flow of aviation traffic. The talks will conclude with a tour of the Volpe train, airplane, and car simulators.

Transportation in a World that is Gray, Delayed, Small, and Female

Aerial view of a city

December 13, 2017

Joseph F. Coughlin, PhD, the Founder and Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab, spoke as part of the U.S. DOT Volpe Center's speaker series The Ongoing Transformation of the Global Transportation System.

How Much Time Do Americans Spend Behind the Wheel?

Illustration of a highway toll booth

December 4, 2017

Don Pickrell, PhD, the Chief Economist at the Volpe Center, discussed how much time Americans spend driving as part of the U.S. DOT Volpe Center's speaker series The Ongoing Transformation of the Global Transportation System.

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The Emergent eVTOL Market

Poster for the Ongoing Transformation of the Global Transportation System

November 28, 2017

Carl C. Dietrich, PhD, the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Terrafugia, discussed electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft as part of the U.S. DOT Volpe Center's speaker series The Ongoing Transformation of the Global Transportation System.

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Putting Safety in the Driver’s Seat: A Progress Report on General Motors' Development of Driver Assist and Self-Driving

3d illustration of an automated car

October 26, 2017

Harry M. Lightsey III, executive director of Emerging Technologies Policy in the Global Public Policy organization at General Motors, spoke as part of the U.S. DOT Volpe Center's 2017 thought leadership series, The Ongoing Transformation of the Global Transportation System.

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Rethinking the Human-Autonomy Team Architecture

Airplane flying into the sunset

October 17, 2017

Amy Pritchett, professor and head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, spoke as part of Volpe's newest speaker series, The Ongoing Transformation of the Global Transportation System.

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Safer at Any Speed: Cybersafety for Connected Vehicles

Circuit board displaying an image of a car at the center

October 5, 2017

Joshua Corman, the director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council Brent Scowcroft Center, spoke as part of the U.S. DOT Volpe Center's 2017 speaker series, The Ongoing Transformation of the Global Transportation System.

Video | News Story

Autonomy for Humans

Autonomous vehicle navigating a parking spot

September 21, 2017

Jeffrey Schnapp, co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and founder/director of metaLAB (at) Harvard, kicked off Volpe's newest speaker series, The Ongoing Transformation of the Global Transportation System.

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2017 Volpe Center Cybersecurity Conference & Expo

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September 12, 2017

U.S. DOT's Volpe Center is hosting its annual Cybersecurity Conference & Expo. This annual event features guest speakers from government agencies and private industry to discuss current cyber threats and best practices to combat them. 

Risk Modeling for Small UAS in Controlled Airspace Around Airports

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September 7, 2017

Tom Sheridan, PhD, and Jason Lu will discuss how the U.S. DOT Volpe Center is working with FAA to develop a collision risk model for small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in key terminal airspace where business and commercial users also enter the airspace. This work will inform requirements for an automated authorization and notification tool for small UAV operations.

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