The Transoft Safety Lab is hosting its first annual TSL Road Safety Workshop on Wednesday, June 16th
from 10 AM – 1:30 PM PT / 1:00 – 4:30 PM ET. This free and interactive event is for transportation practitioners and researchers
who want to advance their understanding of new tools and approaches to evaluating the safety performance of
transportation decisions on all road users across a network.

Agenda

Two 90-minute panel-style sessions will be available to registrants. Each session will include a 30-minute
case-study presentation plus a one-hour Q&A and panel discussion with a variety of experts in the field.

Session 11:00pm to 2:30pm ET

Impact of Road Design and Technology
on Vulnerable Road Users

Presenter:
Nora Hallett, Transportation Engineer
City of Toronto

Nora will give a snapshot of recent projects in Toronto and how road design and technology are playing a part in the City’s Vision Zero program and making the roadways safer for all users. She will discuss using data for system wide speed reductions, planning capital programs, as well as specific road design tools and projects like Toronto’s most recent left-turn calming pilot.

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Session 23:00pm to 4:30pm ET

Emerging Technologies in Transportation Planning, Engineering & Safety

Presenter:
David Wasserman, Data Science Practice Leader
Alta Planning + Design

The rapid evolution of multiple technologies such as computer vision, internet of things, digital twins, and advanced computing are shifting expectations of professionals working in transportation planning and design. There is much to gain if transportation professionals can leverage these tools as part of practice. This presentation will highlight key opportunities of emerging technologies and guidance for professionals considering their deployment.

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Keynote Speakers

Session 1

Nora Hallett

City of Toronto

Nora is a Transportation Engineer with the Vision Zero Projects group at the City of Toronto. She received her engineering degree from the University of Calgary, and spent her career designing and building transportation infrastructure. Her recent work has focused on vulnerable road user safety. She uses data and technology to design geometric countermeasures, develop design standards, and try to make the roadways safer for all users.

Session 2

David Wasserman

Alta Planning + Design

David is the Data Science Practice Leader at Alta Planning, working at the intersection of urban informatics, 3D visualization, geospatial analytics, and visual storytelling. His passion lies in applying scientific computing and spatial analysis toward the development of effective transportation planning. His current areas of focus are enabling data-informed scenario planning, incorporating civic data science into projects with web-delivery and computer vision derived datasets, and generating accessibility metrics.

Moderators

Session 1

Adrian Pearmine

National Director for Smart Cities and Connected Vehicles
DKS Associates

Adrian Pearmine is the National Director for Smart Cities and Connected Vehicles for DKS Associates in the Portland, OR office. He holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering with a focus on Transportation from University of Washington. For over 25 years, he has worked with public transit, local, regional and state transportation agencies, as well as private sector partners, to analyze how new emerging technologies can be implemented with existing solutions and complete streets for safe, efficient implementation of tomorrow’s mobility solutions.

Session 2

Geoffrey L. Price

ITS/Traffic Engineer
AECOM

Geoffrey Price is a Transportation Engineer with AECOM in Atlanta, GA. He began working in the Transportation Industry in 2017 after graduating from Georgia Tech with his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Civil Engineering. In the past 4 years he has gained experience in ITS Design and planning, remote monitoring and traffic operations, data analytics, and connected vehicles. His work primarily revolves around the exploration and utilization of existing and emerging technologies. He also practices skills in programming and data science to help clients uncover new insights and make more data-driven decisions.

Panelists

Annie Chang

Director of Safety Programs
Lime

Annie is an urban planner and transport engineer. As the Director of Safety Programs at Lime, Annie finds ways to improve safety of Lime riders and those who share the road with them. Prior to Lime, Annie was the Head of New Mobility at SAE International, Innovative Mobility Lead at ITS America, and Transport Planner at the World Resources Institute.

Lindsey Van Parys

Manager, Road Systems
GHD Group

Mrs. Lindsey Van Parys, P.E., A GHD Principal, is a project manager and geographic lead in the Highway, Roads, and Bridges group in the US West. She has been with GHD since 2012 and has been working the transportation industry since 2006. She is a registered P.E. and has various other certifications. Her engineering background includes designing roundabouts, complete streets/streetscapes, multi-use trails, roadway and highway improvements, and many other various types of project. She has expertise in delivering projects from the conceptual stage through to construction.

Chris Svolopoulos

Associate Civil Engineer
Seattle DOT

Chris Svolopoulos is a licensed PE and Associate Civil Engineer with the Seattle Department of Transportation’s Vision Zero group. Using a combination of new technology and proactive data modeling approaches, SDOT is committed to addressing streetscape designs that disproportionately impact our most vulnerable roadway users.

Bill Singleton

Vice President
Ecopia.AI

Bill Singleton is the Vice President at Ecopia.AI and has been with the company for 6 years. His main responsibility is engaging with geospatial analytics partners to find new ways of combining vector base maps with alternate data sets to help public & private entities better understand and improve the communities in which they operate. Previously, Bill spent 5 years working in enterprise sales at Cisco Systems Canada, providing data center and voice solutions. Following this, he graduated with an MBA from the Ivey School of Business with a focus on entrepreneurship and managing high-growth companies.

Vanessa Skelton

Transportation Planning Lead
GHD Group

Vanessa is the Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering Lead for Canada with GHD. She is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience and her expertise lies in her ability to find solutions to meet the particular needs of the traffic operational problems in each project and to adeptly assess the various options. As an avid cyclist and dog walker, Vanessa regularly uses the trails, sidewalks and pathways in her community, which has provided a personal perspective on active travel. She has completed safety review studies and has provided recommendations to municipalities on localized improvements for identified safety concerns.

Franz Loewenherz

Principal Transportation Planner
City of Bellevue

Franz Loewenherz works for the City of Bellevue where he is a Principal Transportation Planner. In this role he leads Bellevue’s Vision Zero and Pedestrian and Bicycle Implementation Initiatives, transit partnerships including arterial HOV and alternative service delivery projects, and technology development partnerships with both the public and private sectors. Franz received his master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Washington and has more than 25 years of transportation sector experience.