We know that the value of TennSMART’s member meetings comes from the exchange of ideas and networking. That’s why we’re dedicated to creating a platform where our members can share the latest research, hear updates on ongoing projects and stay engaged on the issues driving intelligent mobility during this uncertain time.

We will hold our next virtual meeting Thursday, July 23. During this event, we will hear presentations from:

  • Jibonananda Sanyal, Group Leader for Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Computational Urban Sciences research group, who will provide updates on the Chattanooga Twin project; and
  • Rod Schebesch, Senior Vice President and Sector Leader of Transportation, and Yeatland Wong, Senior ITS Engineer, who will provide a glimpse into Stantec’s leading edge innovations, including the CV testbed and in-house AV planning/safety tools.

Note: We will share a Zoom link with all registrants prior to the event start.

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Background on Speakers

Jibonananda (Jibo) Sanyal, recently named one of Knoxville’s 40 under 40, serves as the Group Leader for Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Computational Urban Sciences research group. Jibo’s core expertise is at the intersection of high-performance computing, visualization, extreme scale data and analytics, modeling & simulation, AI, with applications in urban dynamics, energy, smart-grid, situational awareness, weather and flood impacts, emergency response and resiliency, building energy modeling, transportation, signals and predictive controls. Besides directing the activities of the group, Jibo leads a DOE funded Regional Mobility Project for Smart Cities which provide situational awareness, simulation, and data driven control for regional scale mobility and energy improvements for Chattanooga, TN. He also leads ORNL efforts in the Exascale Computing Initiative’s Urban Environment Simulation project which couples multi-physics and multi-scale models of weather, CFD, transportation, buildings, and socio-economics. Previously, he has served as the lead in transforming the EAGLE-I capability, which is DOE’s operational energy sector situational awareness tool for the nation, to be the key enabler of real-time energy sector information. He has a keen interest in science delivery, technology leadership, and sustainability.

Rod Schebesch is Senior Vice President, Sector Leader, Transportation at Stantec. Rod has spent his 27-year career delivering urban arterials, highways, freeways, interchanges, and light rail projects. He is leading our international Smart Mobility Program to facilitate the rapidly changing world of transportation. Rod’s focus? Implementing advanced transportation technology to build smarter cities and find infrastructure efficiencies that positively impact the built environment and improve safety and mobility. Rod and his smart mobility team are delivering tomorrow’s transportation, today. They are getting hands-on experience gained through our testbeds in Alberta, California, and Tennessee, while planning and deploying AVs (automated vehicles) and driverless shuttle buses, designing and installing CV (connected vehicles) networks, and helping cities plan for those technologies. Together, they are leveraging technology to revolutionize how we deliver transportation services—adding value by educating clients on how these technologies will redefine the movement of people and goods, with a smaller ecological footprint.

Yeatland Wong is Senior ITS Engineer at Stantec. From connected vehicle applications to lane reversal systems, Yeatland is working to make commutes easier, faster, and more enjoyable. A recognized expert in intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and smart mobility, he brings 18 years of experience in transportation planning and traffic operations. Before joining Stantec, Yeatland worked for the City of Calgary for over 10 years, delivering innovative ITS projects and managing a $1M annual ITS budget. He led the City’s first bluetooth-based travel time information system and managed several projects to implement advanced solutions that would improve safety and reduce congestion. Since joining Stantec, Yeatland has been part of the Active-Aurora team that designed the roadside equipment installations for Canada’s first connected vehicle testbed. He’s also working on a major traffic management center technology deployment in Tennessee and serves on the board of directors for ITS Canada.

View select presentations from our 2019 fall meeting:

U.S. DOT Truck Platooning Research Program – Tom Kearney, Freight Operations Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration

Innovations in Long Haul – Carson Spencer, Bridgestone Americas; Dr. Eric Thorn, Southwest Research Institute; and Dr. Stephanie Ivey, University of Memphis (moderator)

TennSMART Member Presentations – Bill Copeland, EPB; and Al Pramuk, Andy Lucyshyn, & Matt D’Angelo, Gresham Smith

IDIADA Update – Tom Brewer, President, Intelligent Mobility LLC

Last Mile Innovation – Rebecca Yeung, Staff Vice President of Service Experience Leadership, FedEx

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