"Connected and Autonomous Vehicles 101" Education for Texas Small Towns, Counties and Satellite Cities

With its high-tech economy and corridors travelling north to Dallas/Fort Worth and south to San Antonio, Austin is quickly becoming one of the nation's leading innovation centers for Self-Driving Vehicles. 


Join your municipal colleagues and a roster of national and local experts at a full-day "Connected and Autonomous Vehicle 101" seminar to explore the key aspects of the Autonomous Vehicle Economy and the infrastructure and policy changes that satellite cities, small towns and rural communities in the Austin - San Antonio region will need to consider in order to take advantage of coming electrification and self-driving technologies. 

               October 2, 2019


                     8:30 am - 4:30 pm 

At the J.J. Pickle Research Campus at The University of Texas at Austin

10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137
Austin, TX 78758


Darran Anderson is the Director of Strategy and Innovation for TxDOT. His responsibilities include leadership and strategic direction for the innovation and continuous improvement of people, processes and technology of the agency. He oversees the Strategic Planning, Information Management, and Research and Technology Implementation divisions. He directs technology and business process improvements, and strategic research and innovation initiatives across TxDOT. He is also responsible for coordinating TxDOT's strategies and performance analytics. His experience extends across the areas of leadership, strategic planning, operations, portfolio and project management, technology programs, training, tests, experimentation, and modeling and simulation.

Dr. Chandra R. Bhat is the Director of the Data-Supported Transportation Operations and Planning (D-STOP) Tier 1 USDOT University Transportation Center and the Joe J. King Chair in Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches courses in transportation systems analysis and transportation planning.  He also served as the Associate Chairman of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, and Director of the Center for Transportation Research.

Dr. Steve Dellenback is Vice President of the Intelligent Systems Division at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas. He is leading SwRI’s research and development (R&D) efforts in intelligent transportation systems, unmanned systems, cooperative systems, aeronautical telemetry systems, space flight software, industrial robotics, manufacturing automation and process improvement, specialized sensing, advanced communications systems, embedded systems security and interoperability standards and architectures. He leads SwRI’s work in intelligent vehicles, robotics and cybersecurity including R&D in the areas of automated vehicle, connected vehicle and active safety technologies for commercial, state government, federal government and military clients. 

Jason JonMichael is the Assistant Director of Smart Mobility for the City of Austin. A transportation technology expert with more than 25 years in Transportation Technology with specialized experience in connected, automated, and electric vehicle research, deployment and program development.Before joining the City of Austin, he led public private partnerships that focused on emerging technology program development, management and deployment in transportation, a key challenge for transportation agencies to unlock and learn the value of connected and autonomous vehicles. Jason will lead a cross-functional team of mobility, technology, policy, data, and user experience specialists to deliver outcomes that improve mobility, safety, equity, and access to Austin residents. He will also manage public-private-partnerships and the evolution of the Parking Enterprise division in its future role of transportation.

Over the last 25 years, he has performed and managed systems integration services on projects spanning from traditional advanced traffic management systems to state-of-the-art, emerging smart mobility solutions involving connected, autonomous, shared, and electric technologies.He regularly provides insights and advice to industry-related non-profit boards, councils, committees and other organizations. For the past 10 years, Jason has been an executive board member and past Chair of the OmniAir® Consortium, helping guide the creation of OmniAir’s certification services.  OmniAir® is regarded by industry as the WiFi® Alliance of Connected Vehicle.

Dale Neef, the host of the CAV 101 Education Seminar, is an author and strategic technology consultant who advises organizations and communities on "Smart Cities" and autonomous vehicle infrastructure, municipal broadband, and other digital economy issues. A specialist in transportation and supply chain technologies, Dale has been a technical consultant for the Asian Development Bank, has worked for IBM and Computer Sciences Corporation, and was a fellow at Ernst & Young’s Center for Business Innovation. A veteran facilitator, he has conducted executive planning workshops with corporate and municipal teams in more than sixty organizations worldwide, and has taught at a variety of institutions, including Cornell University and at the International School of Management in Paris. A frequent contributor to journals, and a regular speaker at technology conferences, Dale earned his masters and his doctorate from Cambridge University, was a research fellow at Harvard, and has written or edited eight books on the economics of knowledge and data management and the role of technology in economic development and society. He is a member of the American Planning Association and the International City/County Management Association.

The Day's Program


8:30 – 9:30  Welcome and Module 1: "Disruptive Economic and Transportation Trends of Our Times" (Dale Neef, Economics and Technology Writer and President DNA Data Solutions


9:30 – 10:15  Module 2: "The Changing Nature of Transportation: Connected, Autonomous and Electric" (Dale Neef)


10:15 - 10:30 Coffee Break


10:30 – 11:30  Module 3: "Implications of the Shift to the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Economy," (Chandra Bhat, Joe J. King Chair in Engineering, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, the University of Texas at Austin, and Director, US DOT Center on Data-Supported Transportation Operations and Planning (D-STOP)


11:30 – 12:45  Lunchtime Talk: (Steve Dellenback, Vice-President R&D, Southwest Research Institute) 


12:45 – 1:45  Module 4, Part 1: "Understanding the AV Situation in Texas at the Municipal Level: A Case Study of Austin (Jason JonMichael, Assistant Director, Smart Mobility, City of Austin Transportation Department)


1:45 – 2:45 Module 4, Part 2: "Understanding the AV Situation in Texas: The View From TxDOT" (Darran Anderson, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Texas Department of Transportation)


2:45 – 3:00  Afternoon Coffee Break


3:00 – 4:00  "Panel Discussion and Q&A" (Facilitated by Dale Neef: panelists include Darran AndersonChandra Bhat, Steve Dellenback, and Jason JonMichael


4:00 – 4:30  Module 5 and Close "What to do Next: Strategic Planning, Stakeholder Inclusion and Public Outreach" (Dale Neef)