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

September 18th, 2019

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

University of Louisville Event and Conference Center

The Founders Union Building on the ShelbyHurst Campus

450 N. Whittington Pkwy

Louisville, KY 40222


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With its high-tech economy and transportation corridors to Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Lexington and Nashville, Louisville 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 at the University of Louisville Event and Conference Center 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 Louisville - Lexington region will need to consider in order to take advantage of coming electrification and self-driving technologies.


Ed Blayney is the Civic Technology Manager in the Department of Information Technology for Louisville Metro Government (KY), and previously served as an Innovation Project Manager in the Office of Performance Improvement and Innovation. In 2016, he received the Route 50 Next Gen Innovator Navigator Award for his work in Civic Technology and Innovation. His projects focus on Smart Cities, Smart Mobility, digital inclusion, and civic tech. Before joining Louisville Metro, he deployed to Afghanistan with the US Army and completed his graduate studies at the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill.   

Dr. Richard Li is an Assistant Professor with University of Louisville (UofL). He directs Center for Transportation Innovation (CTI), which focuses on innovative traffic safety and operations research. Dr. Li has been involved in connected and autonomous vehicles research since 2011. Nationally, Dr. Li servers on the panel of an NCHRP Project on DDI, and sits in two TRB

committees including the Information Technologies and Systems Committee. He is also on the IEEE ITSS technical committee on Travel Information and Traffic Management. He was a key researcher of the NCHRP IDEA Project 185 and a lead

researcher of the NCHRP Project 17-49 and author of the NCHRP Report 788. Since joining UofL in 2015, Dr. Li has been PI of 13 projected funded by TRB’s NCHRP Program, NSF, and KYTC. His research has resulted in more than 80 journal and international conference publications. 

Dr. 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.

Jason Siwula is the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Office of Highway Safety Acting Executive Director, and Assistant

State Highway Engineer for Innovation. Jason began working with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) in 2000 on the Civil Engineering Scholarship.  He spent five years in District 7 where he served in the areas of Maintenance, Construction and Engineering Support.  He joined the KYTC Central Office Division of Traffic Operations where he assisted in identifying, developing, programming, and letting of highway safety improvement projects.  Jason became part of the Kentucky State Highway Engineer’s Office in 2014 as Innovation Engineer where he led the Cabinet’s performance management, research, and innovation programs.  Some of the Cabinet’s major innovation initiatives during this time have been FHWA’s Every Day Counts program; Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Initiative; Unmanned Aerial Systems program led by the Department of Aviation; e-Construction program led by the Division of Construction; and the implementation of advanced technological solutions for the Department of Highways. He has also been the Acting Executive Director for the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety since August 2018.Jason lives in Winchester with his wife Patti and their three children, Nick, Jake and Tori. 

The Day's Program


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


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


10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break


10:45 – 11:45  Module 3: "Implications of the Shift to the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Economy,"  (Dale Neef)


11:45 – 12:45   Lunch and Lunchtime Talk (Richard Li, Assistant Professor in Transportation Engineering at the University of Louisville)


12:45 – 1:45  Module 4, Part 1: "CAV at the State Level: Strategy and Policy from the

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC)," (Jason Siwula, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Office of Highway Safety Acting Executive Director, and Assistant State Highway Engineer for Innovation)


1:45 – 2:45 Module 4, Part 2:  "CAV at the Municipal Level: The situation in the Louisville Metro area," (Ed Blayney, Civic Technology Manager for the Department of Information Technology at the Louisville Metro Government)


2:45 – 3:00  Afternoon Coffee Break


3:00 – 4:00  "Panel Discussion and Q&A" (Facilitated by Dale Neef: panelists include Ed Blayney, Richard Li and Jason Siwula)


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