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Announcing the Virtual 2021 PAAV Summit Series

January 28, 2021 03:00 PM
By: Jan Huzvar

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​The organizers of the Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Summit are pleased to announce the 2021 PAAV Summit Series, an exciting line-up of topic-specific events and discussions throughout the year.

The PA AV Summit Series features vehicle automation experts presenting webinars, Oxford-style debates, fireside chats, and panels providing a diverse range of perspectives on the critical issues and opportunities that AVs offer Pennsylvania and the nation

The date, time and topic for the first in the Summit Series is:

Infrastructure Readiness – Planning and Development

February 4, 2-3:30 p.m. EST 2021


Because connected and automated vehicles will use the public roadways, infrastructure investments today and tomorrow can be a powerful public lever to ensure these technologies' development and deployment best serves the public good.  On the other hand, reluctance to use that lever and await their uncertain arrival risks trouble.  Panelists will discuss these thorny choices, many of which decisionmakers will need to make during a time of funding instability.

Featured Panelists:


Sam Amen, California Department of Transportation

Sam Amen, is the District 11, Branch Chief for Traffic System Performance, and the Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Manager with California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).


Karina Ricks, City of Pittsburgh

Karina Ricks is the City of Pittsburgh's first Director of Mobility and Infrastructure and intent on guiding staff and partners to fulfill their mission to "provide the physical mobility essential to the economic and social mobility of all Pittsburghers."


Kristin White, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Kristin White is Executive Director of Minnesota's Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Office.  Kristin partners, collaborates, explores, and innovates transportation technologies with government, industry, researchers, and nonprofits.


Andy Wolpert, City of Columbus

Andy Wolpert is with the City of Columbus and serves as the Deputy Program Manager for Smart Columbus.  Andy is leading projects designed to provide mobility reliability and independence and access to alternative modes of transportation.  


John Corbin, Federal Highway Administration

John is the Transportation Automation Program Manager for the Federal Highway Administration Office of Operations; and is also adjunct faculty in colleges of engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin - Madison. 

There is no cost to attend the Summit Series, but you must register to receive the link to join.

Others in the 2021 series include:

  • March 2021: Safety – Validation
  • April 2021: Work Zones
  • June 2021: Suburban/Rural Applications
  • July 2021: Economic Development – Market and Industry Trends
  • August 2021: Multimodal
  • September 2021: DARPA Urban Challenge Reunion Panel

Learn more at

Click here to contact the organizers.

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