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SmartWorlds: Future Mobility

  • BuiltWorlds 1130 W Monroe St Chicago, IL, 60607 United States

An exploration into the future of transportation in the built environment The words "aging" and "infrastructure" have been joined at the hip for more than 25 years now, but according to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the U.S. still needs to invest $3.6 TRILLION by 2020 if a national crisis is to be averted. Luckily, a broad range of advances in technology, materials, equipment, planning and financing are now offering unprecedented promise, to the point where roads, bridges, rail lines, harbors and airports all stand on the cusp of an innovation revolution.



CHECK-IN + NETWORKING | 3:00 - 4:00 PM

INTRODUCTION | KIG Analytics Mobility Talk

HEADLINE FORUM: 4:00 - 4:15 PM

PRESENTER: Marc Rutzen (KIG Analytics)


What modes of transportation will be incorporated into future transit networks? How are emerging transportation technologies and strategies helping solve intra-urban transit challenges?

HEADLINE FORUM:  4:15 – 5:15 PM

Q & A:  5:15 – 5:30 PM

Panelists: Sean Wiedel (CDOT), Jessica Hector-Hsu (Regional Transport Authority), Joe Iacobucci (SSE), James Price Chuck (TAG Holding)

Moderator: Rob McManamy, BuiltWorlds

The built environment has to develop and implement integrated transit solutions for our imminent urban future. By 2050, 8.9 billion people (66% of the world’s population) will reside in cities.  According to the International Council on Clean Transport, the number of motor vehicles on the world’s roads will roughly double from 2010 levels – from 1.4 billion to an estimated 2.8 billion. Commonplace challenges such as congestion, bottlenecks, supply chain disruptions, capacity restrictions, cost inflation, service reliability, and consumer quality will worsen if we do not develop solutions that increase the functionality of our infrastructure.

Cities will need to implement multi-modality network systems that utilize big-data to enhance service orientation, coupled with demand-side measures to incentive model shifts toward alternative modes of transit. The optimization of transport data logistic technologies that leverage passenger information and real time multi-data aggregation, are essential drivers to improving operational management and capacity utilization of intra-urban multimodal transportation infrastructure.



Where is the most innovation needed to improve the functionality between transportation modes and infrastructure? How is emerging transport technology shaping the way we design, build, operate, and maintain our transportation infrastructure? How do we rehabilitate and repair existing legacy assets?


Q & A: 6:40 – 6:55 PM

Panelists: Caleb Hudson (Tesla), Mike Garcia & Glen Campbell (Patrick Engineering), Michael Cerilli (Navistar), Adebayo Onigbanjo (Zebra Technologies)

Moderator: Clifford Kräpfl (IDSA)

25 MINUTE INTERMISSION  |  Food + Beverage

Major infrastructure investments needs are owed to growing populations. Only by satisfying the annual global infrastructure investment requirement of $4 trillion annually, will the OECD’s $ 50 trillion International Futures Program mandate be met. Current existing stock offers a great opportunity to bridge the growing infrastructure gap by executing smart investments that effectively deliver economic infrastructure projects that have relevance to future modes of mobility.

Innovation in digital technologies, construction materials, and system designs will have transformative effect on the utility of urban infrastructure and revolutionize urban mobility.  The advancement in road management systems, next generation traffic control systems, and autonomous vehicle technology posses the ability to positively impact economic growth, social uplift, and sustainability. However, to capitalize on these technologies cities will first need to properly articulate a comprehensive infrastructure mandate.


How will urban planning be affected by the future modes of mobility and transit networks? How do we build new infrastructure and transit systems that are more durable under today’s conditions?


Q & A: 8:20 – 8:35 PM

Panelists: Paul Doherty (The Digit Group), Peter Ellis (Ellis Cities), Zongzhi Li (IIT)

Moderator: Rob McManamyBuiltWorlds

Advancement in transportation has become especially apparent in cities, where technology is creating an emerging multitude of transit options, which can reduce resource demand and help balance system usage. Huge amounts of data are being generated from billions of data-points, providing insight into transit uses. Big Data will be the key driver in re-engineering the way our cities are designed, giving urban planners the increased awareness to execute urban master plans that better yield sustainable transport infrastructure systems which positively impact the economy, environment, and society at large.

This modernization needed of our intra-urban transit systems can be achieved through integrating sensors, software, and smartphone technology, which permit system elements to become aware of each other. Innovation in transport vehicle technology is requiring that the surrounding infrastructure become more intelligent if system users are to fully leverage the advantages that these technologies could have on urban mobility.


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