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NASA Strategy for Transformative Aeronautics

 An future aircraft design concept from NASA research partner Lockheed Martin. (NASA photo)

October 20, 2015

The future holds many exciting challenges in the aviation field. During this talk, NASA's John Cavolowsky discussed near- and long-term aeronautical research themes, technical challenges, and expected outcomes looking to 2025 and beyond.

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Federal Cyber Security Summit

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October 15, 2015

In support of U.S. DOT's Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Volpe is hosting a cyber security summit featuring security and risk-based technical sessions given by industry experts. The event is open to staff from federal, tribal, and state agencies.

User and Machine: Secrets to a Harmonious Marriage

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October 7, 2015

Automation in the field of transportation is everywhere. Have we as humans become an afterthought? What do the lessons of a good marriage between two people bring to our understanding of how best to marry user and machine? Donald L. Fisher, PhD, explored these questions as part of Volpe's newest thought leadership series, Reimagining Transportation.

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Leveraging Opportunities: Modernizing Our National Airspace System in an Evolving Environment

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September 30, 2015

Modernizing our airspace with NextGen is preparing us to handle higher traffic, cutting down on environmental impacts and taking advantage of improved technologies and procedures. NextGen Assistant Administrator Edward L. Bolton Jr. spoke at Volpe about related challenges and opportunities, including cybersecurity, commercial space, and unmanned aircraft.

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The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Transportation

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September 18, 2015

Autonomous cars, hacked vehicles, drone deliveries; where are these developments taking us, and how quickly? Dr. Andrew McAfee talked about today's rapidly shifting technology landscape, and its implications. This series kick-off event featured a special video introduction by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and a welcome by Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology Gregory Winfree.

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Move: Putting America's Infrastructure Back in the Lead

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June 9, 2015

Management guru Rosabeth Moss Kanter presented "Move: Putting America's Infrastructure Back in the Lead" as part of Volpe's Transportation and the Economy speaker series.

Protecting Pedestrians and Bicyclists, One Safer Truck at a Time

A Boston Public Works garbage truck outfitted with side guards to help protect pedestrians and bicyclists.

April 23, 2015

Engineer Alex Epstein highlighted side guards and other technologies that address the deadliest road crashes: those between large trucks and pedestrians or bicyclists. 

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Volpe Talks: Transportation Ideas Worth Sharing

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April 21, 2015

Volpe team members working on emerging transportation issues gave a series of short talks about maritime security, nonmotorized transportation, planning for climate change, or advancing the flow of aviation traffic.

Officer of the World Economic Forum USA Spoke at Volpe

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February 26, 2015

John B. Moavenzadeh, senior director of Mobility Industries and an officer of the World Economic Forum USA, presented "Navigating the Mobility Transformation" on February 26 as part of the lecture series Transportation and the Economy.

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Connecting a Global Economy through Trade

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January 20, 2015

Rich McArdle, managing director for Global Operations Policy at UPS, presented "Connecting a Global Economy through Trade" on Tuesday, January 20, as part of Volpe's lecture series Transportation and the Economy.

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