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The 2024 Automated Road Transportation Symposium Planning Committee

Jane Lappin
TRB Committee on Vehicle-Highway Automation

Ms. Lappin chairs the National Academies Transportation Research Board Vehicle-Highway Automation Committee and is co-founder of the annual Automated Road Transportation Symposium, now approaching its 13th anniversary. She is a partner with Blue Door Strategy and Research, a woman-owned business, where she is focused on automated vehicles. She recently retired as Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs for Toyota Research Institute where she monitored global regulatory affairs related to highly automated vehicles. Previously, Jane worked for the U.S. DOT Volpe Center managing large research projects assessing public response to advanced vehicle technologies and the impact of those technologies on network performance. Jane served as U.S. DOT secretariat to the trilateral US-EU-JPN international research collaboration on intelligent transportation, and as the U.S. co-chair of the US-EU-Japan Automation in Road Transportation Working Group. Before discovering her true calling in transportation, Jane worked for Abt Associates in their business strategy group, for the Canadian International Development Agency evaluating women’s economic development programs in Bangladesh, and co-directing a public health survey in Haiti. She studied sociology as an undergraduate at Boston University and earned an MBA from the Simmons College Graduate School of Management, the world’s only all women’s business school. Ms. Lappin is currently consulting on automated vehicles safety, operations, and policy issues.


Jiaqi Ma
University of California at Los Angeles

Dr. Professor Jiaqi Ma is Director of FHWA Center of Excellence on New Mobility and Automated Vehicles, an Associate Professor at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, and Associate Director of UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies. He has led research projects funded by U.S. DOT, NSF, state DOTs, and other federal/state/local programs covering diverse areas of smart transportation systems, such as vehicle-highway automation, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), smart infrastructure, connected vehicles, shared mobility, and large-scale smart system modeling and simulation, and artificial intelligence applications in transportation. He is Editor in Chief of the IEEE Open Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, and Associate Editor of Nature Scientific Reports, Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, ASCE Open, and Transportation Research Part C. He is Vice Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Vehicle-Highway Automation, Member of TRB Standing Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Applications, publication board member of IEEE ITS Society, Co-Chair of the IEEE ITS Society Technical Committee on Smart Mobility and Transportation 5.0. 


Hyungjun Park
USDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
Joint Program Office (JPO)

Dr. Park is the Automation Program Manager of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO). He currently manages various program areas within ITS JPO, including Automated Vehicle; Digital Infrastructure; and Analysis, Modelling, and Simulation. Dr. Park’s major roles include establishing program direction through analysis of advanced technologies and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) research and development, and developing and executing the strategies, plans and budgets through the coordination with internal and external partners and stakeholders. Mr. Park earned a doctorate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia.


Steven Shladover
University of California at Berkeley PATH

Dr. Shladover has been researching road vehicle automation systems since 1973, beginning with his masters and doctoral theses at MIT. He was the Program Manager, Mobility at the PATH Program of the Institute of Transportation Studies of the University of California at Berkeley, where he worked from 1989 until his retirement in November 2017. He led PATH’s pioneering research on automated highway systems, including its participation in the National Automated Highway Systems Consortium from 1994 98, and has continued research on fully and partially automated vehicle systems since then. Dr. Shladover is an internationally renowned expert on both technological and policy issues associated with road vehicle automation. He chaired the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Intelligent Transportation Systems from 2004-2010, and the TRB Committee on Vehicle-Highway Automation from 2013-2019. Dr. Shladover leads the U.S. delegation to ISO/TC204/WG14, which develops international standards for “vehicle-roadway warning and control systems.”


Valerie Shuman
Shuman Consulting Group, LLC

Ms. Shuman is Principal of SCG, LLC, a DBE-certified ITS consultancy, where she partners with global industry leaders to develop new products, new markets and new ventures. Ms. Shuman has been involved with the intelligent transportation industry for three decades, leading the establishment of new wireless and automotive communities and technologies, national and international standards, and cross-industry liaison efforts to enable safer, more efficient, and more convenient systems. Ms. Shuman currently serves as Chair of the TRB CORVA Joint Subcommittee, which coordinates the breakout session program for the world’s most extensive AV research symposium; Vice President, Industry Programs for the Connected Vehicle Trade Association; Member of TRB's Standing Committee on Intelligent Transportation Systems, and VP, Industry Programs & Standards, Teleoperation Consortium, a non-profit business league established to facilitate the interaction, and advance the interests, of the entities involved in the teleoperation ecosystem. Ms. Shuman is the author of numerous papers and articles on ITS topics, a frequent public speaker, and a patented inventor.


Egan Smith
USDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
Joint Program Office (JPO)

Mr. Smith is the Managing Director of ITS JPO managing the JPO annual $110 million multimodal research portfolio where he provides technical leadership with his team on research and technology development and transfer; and interpreting standards, regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines to integrate innovations in safety and mobility effectively into the national highway program while promoting international cooperation opportunities beneficial to US interests.

Prior to the ITS JPO he had decades of professional experience in ITS, transportation program management and transportation planning. Mr. Smith is a registered Professional Engineer, Professional Traffic Operations Engineer and Professional Transportation Planner with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, a Master of Engineering degree in Traffic Engineering and Operations research, and a Master of Science degree in Technology Management.


Edward Straub
SAE International

Dr. Straub coordinates industry, government, and cross-functional activities related to connected and automated vehicles at SAE International. He is the SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (SAE ITC) vice president for land systems and the director of SAE International’s office of automation. He is responsible for providing a systems view of emerging automated vehicle technologies and their impact on the socio-technical landscape, operational considerations, and best practices. Dr. Straub contributes to numerous global standards activities, reports, and research initiatives related to automated vehicle technologies and deployment.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


Marisa Paula Walker
Arizona Commerce Authority

Marisa Paula Walker is a Senior Vice President, Infrastructure and Executive Director, Institute of Automated Mobility (IAM) at the Arizona Commerce Authority. Her portfolio for the past two decades has focused on the intersection of economic development, infrastructure and transportation innovation. Since 2018, she has led a public private consortium on the safety, science and policy for advanced mobility. Under her leadership, IAM has pioneered a new framework for AV safety metrics; leveraged existing infrastructure and data capture techniques to improve safety and efficiency; and fostered a statewide ecosystem of experts in the fields of computer vision, machine learning, edge computing and traffic engineering. She recently secured a USDOT FY 2022 SMART grant to advance connected vehicle technology. Prior to joining the ACA, Ms. Walker served as the Executive Director for both the Arizona Governor’s CANAMEX Task Force and the CANAMEX Corridor Coalition, where she managed multi-state and international projects in transportation, telecommunications, technology and process enhancements to facilitate cross border shipments along the western trade shed in North America. She began her professional career at the University of Arizona, where for more than a decade she held positions focused on Arizona-Mexico, NAFTA and international policy issues.


Cynthia Jones
Transportation Research Board (TRB)

Cynthia Jones is a Senior Program Officer at the Transportation Research Board. Jones manages a portfolio of TRB standing technical committees focused on transportation operations. Previously, she worked for the Ohio Department of Transportation. She managed the U.S. DOT Automated Driving Systems (ADS) grant for DriveOhio as well as their 2018 implementation of the first automated vehicle shuttle in Ohio. Jones also led Ohio DOT's transportation research program, was Ohio's AASHTO Research Advisory Committee member, and has experience with discretionary grant funding. In the past, she has led the “technology and innovations” track at the Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference.  Before joining the TRB staff, Jones chaired TRB’s Standing Technical Committee on Research Innovation and Implementation, served on NCHRP selection and project panels, served as the TRB State Representative for Ohio, and was a member of the TRB Forum on Preparing for Automated Vehicles and Shared Mobility Systems.