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

Located on the key I-95 corridor that stretches from the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County to Washington, D.C., in the next decade Maryland has the potential to become 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 Charles I. Ecker Business Training Center in Columbia, Maryland 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 Maryland need to consider in order to take advantage of coming electrification and self-driving technologies. 

            February 5th, 2020

                    8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Charles I. Ecker Business Training Center

6751 Columbia Gateway Drive

Columbia, Maryland 21046


Lunch Provided

Space is Limited so Early Booking is Recommended


Ragina Cooper Ali is the Public and Government Affairs Manager for AAA Club Alliance in Maryland since 2005. Prior to joining AAA, Ragina served twelve years with the Baltimore Police Department, initially as a police officer and ultimately, as the department’s first female Public Affairs Director and chief spokesperson. In her role at AAA, she leads Maryland’s public and government affairs office to improve traffic safety and represents the organization as a lobbyist and spokesperson. Ragina utilizes her extensive media, criminal justice and government affairs expertise to work with law enforcement, legislators and transportation safety stakeholders to address the issues that impact traffic safety on Maryland roadways. Mrs. Ali chairs the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation Committee and is President of the Baltimore Public Relations Council, Baltimore’s oldest organization for PR professionals. Ragina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Towson University.

Carole Delion leads the Connected Automated Vehicles (CAV)

Program for the Maryland DOT State Highway Administration, which includes chairing the agency’s internal CAV working group of nearly 50 employees. She has seven years’ experience at MDOT SHA, with a strong background in planning analysis, forecasting, and performance measure evaluation for emerging technologies. She spearheads discussions on CAV with the statewide working group and is involved nationally with multiple pooled fund studies and organizations leading the charge in CAV. Carole is a fellow TERP from the University of Maryland, College Park where she completed both her BS and MS in Civil Engineering.  

Jana Lynott AICP is a senior policy adviser with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Her research and videography touch upon a broad arrayof planning and policy issues including public transportation, completestreets, older driver safety, and the travel patterns of older adults. She is the author of a series of publications related to the future of transportation,including her ground-breaking paper that lays out a vision for Universal Mobility as a Service. In Fall 2018, she and an AARP film crew spent eight days in Denmark researching and documenting the successful FlexDanmark transportation system. Jana is the project director for AARP’s Livability Index, a first-of-its-kind online tool designed to help communities better serve their residents across the lifespan. As a land use and transportation planner, Jana brings practical expertise to the research field. Jana serves on the Transportation Research Board’s Safe Mobility for Older Persons committeeand the Transportation Cooperative Research Program’s Development of Open Data Standards for Demand Responsive Transportation. She is passionate about expanding mobility options for all in rural, suburban, and urban communities.  

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 a hundred 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 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: "AV Technologies and the Policy and Infrastructure Implications of the Shift to the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Economy,"  (Dale Neef)


11:45 – 1:00   Lunch and Lunchtime Talk (“Autonomous Vehicles and Consumer Acceptance," (Ragina Ali, Manager, Public & Government Affairs, AAA Mid-Atlantic)


1:00 – 2:00  Module 4: "CAV Developments at the Maryland State Level," (Carole Delion, P.E., CAV Program Manager at the Maryland DOT State Highway Administration)


2:00 – 2:15  Afternoon Coffee Break


2:15 – 3:00 Module 5: (Jana Lynott, AICP, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute)


3:00 – 3:45  "Panel Discussion and Q&A" (Facilitated by Dale Neef: panelists include Carol Delion, Jana Lynott and Ragina Ali)


3:45 – 4:30 Module 6 and Close "What to do Next: Strategic Planning, Stakeholder Inclusion and Public Outreach" (Dale Neef)