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Nexus Faculty Highlight Connected Vehicle Symposium

On April 14th, the Center for Connected and Automated Vehicles (CCAT) held its 20/20 Global Symposium remotely, fully live, and entirely free to the public. While different than originally planned, the alternative delivery format opened doors not otherwise possible on campus.

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"The good news is that by doing this online, the meeting is entirely free," CCAT Director Henry Liu, PhD said in his opening remarks. "We have 500 people registered for the event, and they can join us whenever they see fit."

Liu, a member of Nexus' Foundations of Mobility instructional team, kicked off the annual event, which featured academic and industry leaders from across the transportation and mobility sector. Panel discussion topics included connected and automated transportation, the 5.9 GHz spectrum reallocation, cybersecurity, infrastructure changes, legal and liability implications, and more.

"The theme of the global symposium this year is to reflect on what we have done in the past 10 years on connected and automated vehicle (CAV) development, and also provide a vision for a path forward," Liu said.

Also among the panel of experts were U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) Director and Research Scientist James Sayer, PhD; Mcity Director and Mechanical Engineering Professor Huei Peng, PhD; Civil & Environmental Engineering Professor Neda Masoud, PhD; and Lear's Andre Weimerskirch, PhD — all key faculty in Nexus' mobility programs. 

Peng's keynote offered an overview of automated vehicles, current Mcity research, and future trends of autonomy and mobility — including the impact on COVID-19. Sayer and Weimerskirch led panel discussions on impending mobility challenges and cybersecurity, respectively. For Masoud, the topic of discussion focused on the operation of efficient and budget-balanced shared-use mobility systems. 

For those unable to attend, the symposium's remote format offered yet another benefit: free access to all recorded presentations. To view the full series of 20/20 Global Symposium speakers and panel discussions, visit CCAT's YouTube Channel or click the video below. 

To register for upcoming mobility seminars including a free webinar on COVID-19's impact on transportationvisit the CCAT's events page.