Executives from IBM, Microsoft, the Automobile Manufacturers Alliance, public and private sector transportation construction professionals and other thought leaders will explore the impact of new transportation technologies on the construction sector during the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) Dr. J. Don Brock TransOvation Workshop, held in San Jose, Calif., Oct. 28 to 30, 2013.
Now in its third year, TransOvation brings together transportation development and business leaders to help them build innovative thinking into their professional skill set in order to tap new markets and increase efficiency, productivity and profit for their employers.
This year’s theme is “Where Technology Meets the Road.” Innovators will lead attendees during interactive workshops, where they will identify the design, building and management challenges posed by self-driving cars and other game-changing technologies. Attendees will break into groups and be tasked with creating a blueprint to help the transportation construction industry meet these challenges.
The line-up of speakers and workshop leaders includes:
- Phaedra Boinodiris, producer of IBM’s INNOV8 series of serious games;
- Mitch Bainwol, president & CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers;
- Ross Smith, head of software testing at Microsoft;
- Bryant Walker Smith, a fellow at the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford and the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School;
- Ted Zoli, a bridge engineer, vice president at HNTB and 2009 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recipient;
- John Hillman, president & CEO of HC Bridge Co.;
- Dr. Raymond Chiu, an MIT-educated, 20-year veteran of 3M Corp; and
- James P. Pinkerton, a contributor to Fox News and the author of “What Comes Next: The End of Big Government & the New Paradigm Ahead.”
The TransOvation Awards will also be presented during a special October 28 event. The program honors “innovative transportation infrastructure-related products, services, technologies and techniques that improve safety, save transportation users and taxpayers time and money and make our infrastructure more environmentally sustainable.”