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A richly varied line-up of 120 speakers, panelists, and presenters — reflecting an exceptional range of backgrounds, experience, and perspectives, and including a majority who are women — are headed to the Poconos for Pennsylvania’s third Automated Vehicle Summit on Sept. 4-6.

In releasing its official program agenda today, the PA AV Summit organizers announced that 52% of the experts on the program are women. Additionally, 18% are people of color. Overall, 59% of the Summit program participants are minorities and women, in keeping with the rapidly growing diversity of the transportation professions in Pennsylvania and nationally.

“We’re not aware of any other general-interest transportation conference with a speakers line-up so diverse as this PA AV Summit,” said Roger Cohen of PennDOT, and a member of the Summit Planning Committee. “But what really makes the program exciting is the abundance of views and experience that this extraordinary group of experts possesses.”

An AV Summit agenda like no other

The summit program kicks off at the Kalahari Convention Center in Pocono Manor with a keynote from Mark Rosekind, former National Highway Safety Administrator and chief safety officer at Zoox, the autonomous driving system developer.

Thursday morning’s session is headlined by transportation visionary and entrepreneur Robin Chase. Also on Thursday, Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Leslie S. Richards will lead a fireside chat on the intersection of technology and infrastructure with U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President Ed Mortimer and the Federal Highway Administration’s Shana Baker, the director of research, technology, and innovation management.

Thursday afternoon will spotlight remarks from Amy Ford, the head of the Mobility on Demand Alliance of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. The featured speaker at Friday’s closing session will be Cornell economist Erica Groshen, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the impact of automation on labor markets. Dr. Groshen’s topic will be “Preparing U.S. Workers and Employers for an Autonomous Vehicle Future.”

Also on the program Friday will be a panel of the AV developers currently doing testing on Pennsylvania’s public roadways. Other highlights include a scenario planning workshop, a panel on the emerging industry’s business and finance models, and another panel of experts on safety assurance and standard setting.

The PA AV Summit is convened by the Pennsylvania Department of TransportationPennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. It is hosted jointly by the Intelligent Transportation Society of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (MASITE).