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Office of Research and Technology

October 29, 2015


Laying the Groundwork for Smart, Connected Cities


Technologies exist that can transform the future of our cities—but how can we synch them up to work in concert with each other? U.S. DOT’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office has released a white paper that presents a vision of the “smart/connected city” and lays the groundwork for future research.

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"Industry Disruption - How Connectivity is Redefining Personal Mobility"

November 12, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Connectivity is fundamental to redefining the future of personal mobility. From car-sharing programs, to autonomous vehicles, to other groundbreaking technological advances, the next 30 years are going to bring a transformational change in the auto industry. Hear from General Motors' Harry Lightsey, executive director of the Global Connected Customer, to get the industry perspective on where we've been, and where we are going.

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Robert Johns.

Volpe Says Goodbye to Robert Johns and Begins National Search for New Director

Volpe Director Robert Johns will leave Volpe at the end of December to return to his home state of Minnesota. “We’re looking for the next great leader to carry the torch at Volpe,” said U.S. DOT Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology Gregory Winfree...more

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Humans and Technology in Transportation: Balancing Augmentation and Automation

How can we meld the strengths of humans and technology to create the best transportation future? By making data-driven decisions, says MIT’s Andrew McAfee, who kicked off Volpe’s new speaker series Beyond Traffic 2045: Reimagining Transportation...more

Edward Bolton

A Forward View of NextGen, America's Biggest Infrastructure Project

FAA Assistant Administrator for NextGen Edward Bolton discusses how programs of today will help modernize our nation’s controlled airspace for the future. Bolton presented as part of Volpe's speaker series Beyond Traffic 2045: Reimagining Transportation...more

Steve Lang.

Steven Lang Retires, Volpe Begins National Search for Successor

Steven Lang, director of Air Traffic Systems and Operations, will retire from Volpe on October 31. Lang joined Volpe in 2011 and has a career spanning nearly 40 years in air traffic control and air traffic management...more

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U.S. DOT's SBIR 16.1 Solicitation Now Open

Small businesses are invited to submit innovative research proposals through December 16, 2015, that address solicitation topics from the Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Highway Administration, and Federal Transit Administration...more

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Volpe Is Recruiting 30+ Student Interns for 2016

Volpe is hiring for more than 30 internships and entry-level positions in a variety of transportation fields...more

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User and Machine: Secrets to a Harmonious Marriage

For more than a century, Americans have had a special relationship with their cars. But with great leaps in automobile automation that could remove driver control, that relationship is suffering existential growing pains, according to Donald Fisher, principal technical advisor at Volpe...more

Volpe Staff at Local and National Events

Volpe staff were featured at key speaking engagements in October, including the following:

  • Dr. Divya Chandra presented results of a human factors study on flight procedures to the International Civil Aviation Organization First Flight Operations Panel in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Chandra also presented these results to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Aeronautical Information Service in Washington, D.C. The study results will help the FAA and industry improve safety by anticipating potential human factors issues during the design of new flight procedures.

  • Steven Lang chaired the Safety Issues of Wake Vortex in Aviation panel at the Aerodays 2015 Conference, held October 20-23 in London, United Kingdom. The event shares collaborative research achievements within aeronautics and air transport.

  • Dr. Stephen Popkin presented on fatigue management strategies used within the U.S. transportation sector at the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety 2015 Benchmark Conference, held October 14-15 in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Popkin discussed research to improve the safety and well-being of transportation shift workers.

  • Jane Lappin participated in the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) World Congress, held October 5-9 in Bordeaux, France. Lappin delivered presentations to congress panels, facilitated the trilateral ITS Steering Group meeting, and co-chaired the Automation in Road Transportation Working Group.

  • David Jeong discussed Volpe’s research on train car crashworthiness and rail integrity issues related to recent railroad accidents involving hazardous materials and broken rails at the 2015 Material Science and Technology Conference, held October 4-8 in Columbus, Ohio. 

  • Alexis Zubrow and George Noel presented the latest version of the Aviation Environmental Design Tool at the Community Modeling and Analysis System Conference, held October 5-7 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

  • Dr. Donald Fisher chaired a panel discussion on potential applications of virtual reality and augmented reality for transportation research at the 2015 Road Safety and Simulation Conference, held October 6-8 in Orlando, Florida.


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