Participants

Symposium

Participants

This symposium will bring together representatives of government agencies, industry, and academia who are instrumental in making CAV implementation in New York City a reality to share their unique insights and discuss pressing issues.

More information will be provided as speakers for each of the event’s sessions are confirmed.

Confirmed Speakers

Mahdieh Allahviranloo
Mahdieh Allahviranloo  
Assistant Professor

City College of New York 

Dr. Mahdieh Allahviranloo is an Assistant Professor at the department of Civil Engineering, City College of New York. Her research is focused on travel behavior analysis, activity pattern recognition, urban forms and its impacts on travelers’ choices, transportation networks modeling, and system resiliency analysis.

David Benevelli
David Benevelli  
Associate Vice President

TransCore 

David Benevelli is an Associate Vice-President at TransCore and has over 35 years of experience with TranCore and its predecessor, JHK & Associates, in the development of Traffic Control Systems. He has been heavily involved with the NYC Connected Vehicle Pilot Project.

Nat Bottigheimer
Nat Bottigheimer  
New Jersey Director

Regional Plan Association  

Nat is State Programs and New Jersey Director at the Regional Plan Association. He is responsible for engaging stakeholders and building support for RPA programs to expand economic opportunity, improve infrastructure and adapt to climate change across the region, and leads our research, planning and advocacy activities in New Jersey. An expert in transit-oriented development particularly, and coordinated land use and transportation planning more generally, Nat has extensive experience building collaborative relationships to advance policies, plans, programs, and projects that strengthen communities and meet transportation performance tests at the same time. Nat has lived in Princeton, NJ since 2012, and since then has biked the length of the Delaware from Port Jervis to Trenton; fished the shore from the Hackensack River to Corson’s Inlet; and served on the New Jersey team of President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force.

Prior to joining RPA, Nat led the opening of transportation planning firm Fehr & Peers’ first East Coast office in Washington, DC; served as an Assistant General Manager at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) in charge of planning, real estate, parking, and sustainability programs; and worked in the Secretary’s Office of the Maryland Department of Transportation. Nat has a master’s in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s in government from Harvard.

Marshall Brown
Marshall Brown  
Associate Professor

Princeton University  

Professor Marshall Brown is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Princeton University and serves as Director of the School of Architecture’s Center for Architecture, Urbanism, and Infrastructure (CAUI). He is both an expert practitioner and scholar, focusing on the integration of architecture, infrastructure and landscape.

Justin Cappos
Justin Cappos  
Professor

NYU Tandon School of Engineering 

Justin Cappos is a professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department at New York University. His research advances are adopted into production use by Docker, git, Python, VMware, IBM, automobiles, Cloudflare, Digital Ocean, and most Linux distributions. His Uptane project is integrated into Automotive Grade Linux and is being deployed for secure over-the-air updates by major automakers. His TUF project, which focuses on secure software distribution, was recently adopted by the Linux foundation and was the first cloud security technique standardized. Due to the practical impact of his work, Justin was named to Popular Science's Brilliant 10 list in 2013.

Siddharth Garg
Siddharth Garg  
Assistant Professor

NYU Tandon School of Engineering 

Siddharth Garg received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009, and a B.Tech. degree in Electrical Enginerring from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He joined NYU in Fall 2014 as an Assistant Professor, and prior to that, was an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo from 2010-2014. His general research interests are in computer engineering, and more particularly in secure, reliable and energy-efficient computing.

In 2016, Siddharth was listed in Popular Science Magazine's annual list of "Brilliant 10" researchers. Siddharth has received the NSF CAREER Award (2015), and paper awards at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P) 2016, USENIX Security Symposium 2013, at the Semiconductor Research Consortium TECHCON in 2010, and the International Symposium on Quality in Electronic Design (ISQED) in 2009. Siddharth also received the Angel G. Jordan Award from ECE department of Carnegie Mellon University for outstanding thesis contributions and service to the community. He serves on the technical program committee of several top conferences in the area of computer engineering and computer hardware, and has served as a reviewer for several IEEE and ACM journals.

Mark Geistfeld
Mark Geistfeld  
Professor

New York University School of Law 

Mark Geistfeld is the Sheila Lubetsky Birnbaum Professor of Civil Litigation at New York University School of Law, where he has been a member of the fulltime faculty since 1991. He was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School in 2014.

Geistfeld received his JD from Columbia University, after having served as editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review. He also received a PhD in economics from Columbia, with highest distinction, and a MA in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. His primary teaching areas are torts, products liability, and insurance. He has also taught law and economics.

Geistfeld’s research has extensively addressed the common-law rules governing the prevention of and compensation for physical harms. Much of his scholarship relies on insurance considerations due to the interplay between tort liability and insurance mechanisms. He has authored or co-authored four books and over 40 articles, often showing how difficult doctrinal issues can be resolved by systematic reliance on the underlying legal principles. He addresses the liability and insurance implications of autonomous vehicles in a recent work, “A Roadmap for Autonomous Vehicles: State Tort Liability, Automobile Insurance, and Federal Safety Regulation,” 105 California Law Review 1611 (2017). More recently, he analyzes the appropriate federal regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles in "The Regulatory Sweet Spot for Autonomous Vehicles," 53 Wake Forest Law Review 337 (2018). He has also discussed components of the pending federal legislation governing autonomous vehicles in "Why the Next Person Hit By a Driverless Car Might Not Be Able to Sue", Time, March 30, 2018.

Before joining the NYU Law faculty, Geistfeld spent a year as a litigation associate in the New York office of Dewey Ballantine, another year as a law clerk for Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and then another year as a litigation associate in the New York office of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett. He continues to stay involved in litigation practice, serving as an expert witness or legal consultant in tort or insurance-coverage cases.

Geistfeld is a senior editor of the Journal of Tort Law, an academic contributor to Black's Law Dictionary, and a referee for peer-reviewed scholarly journals, university presses, and governmental funding agencies. He formerly was the director of the Masters of Comparative Jurisprudence program at NYU, and is now a co-director of the NYU Center for Law and Economics.

Henry Greenidge
Henry Greenidge  
Manager for Government Affairs & Community Relations

Cruise Automation 

Henry L. Greenidge, Esq. is a government affairs professional and attorney who has focused on transportation, broadband, energy, and infrastructure policy.

Henry is currently East Coast Manager for Government Affairs & Community Relations at Cruise Automation, a GM subsidiary focused on self-driving cars.

Henry’s government experience includes positions at the NYC Mayor's office, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Henry has also worked in the private sector at Citigroup, N.A. and Clear Channel Communications (now iIHeartMedia, Inc.).

Jelena Kovacevic
Jelena Kovacevic  
Dean

NYU Tandon School of Engineering 

Dr. Jelena Kovacevic received the Dipl. Electr. Eng. degree from the EE Dept., Univ. of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1986, and the MS and PhD degrees from Columbia University, New York, NY, in 1988 and 1991, respectively. From 1991-2002, she was with Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ. She was a co-founder and Technical VP of xWaveforms, based in New York City, NY. She was also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University. In 2003, she joined Carnegie Mellon University.

She is a Fellow of the IEEE and EUSIPCO and a coauthor (with Martin Vetterli) of the book Wavelets and Subband Coding (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1995) as well as a coauthor (with Martin Vetterli and Vivek K Goyal) of Foundations of Signal Processing (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and Fourier and Wavelet Signal Processing (Cambridge University Press, 2015). She coauthored a top-10 cited paper in the Journ. of Applied and Computational Harmonic Analysis, a top-100 downloaded paper on IEEE Xplore and the paper for which Aleksandra Mojsilović received the Young Author Best Paper Award. Her paper on multidimensional filter banks and wavelets (with Martin Vetterli) was selected as one of the Fundamental Papers in Wavelet Theory. She received the Belgrade October Prize in 1986, the E.I. Jury Award at Columbia University in 1991 and the 2010 CIT Philip L. Dowd Fellowship Award from the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

Dawn Miller
Dawn Miller  
Chief of Staff & Chief Technology Officer

NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission 

Dawn Miller's responsibilities include advising the Commissioner on policy and operational issues, coordinating management of the 600 agency staff, strategic planning, management of priority agency initiatives, stakeholder relations, and communications. Current major projects include the Vision Zero traffic safety initiative, expanding access to service for people with disabilities, and policy development surrounding the use of new mobile technologies in the NYC for-hire industry.

Juvena Ng
Juvena Ng  
Research Specialist

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

Juvena Ng is a freight researcher and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she conducts nationwide freight studies and studies for freight initiatives such as off-hour delivery. Previous to RPI, she was a senior engineer and Beca and Surbana International Consultants in Singapore.

Arthur O’Connor
Arthur O’Connor 
Vice President

ITS-NY 

Arthur O’Connor is the Sr. ITS/Operations Engineer (Downstate) in the USDOT/FHWA New York City Metropolitan Office. He is responsible and provides overall leadership for all facets of the federally funded ITS program throughout the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island, including TRANSCOM.

Art has been with the USDOT/FHWA for approximately 31 years. He co-established the New York City Metropolitan Office in late 1996/early 1997 and has spent the last 22 years working very closely with all downstate partner agencies in the advancement of numerous ITS and operations programs and initiatives. He spent the previous 9 years in the USDOT/FHWA Boston (Cambridge) office as a Civil (highway) Engineer in a variety of traffic engineering, safety, and ITS related positions. He also spent the previous 6 years as a Structural Engineer in a number of private sector consultant construction engineering firms with specialization in the nuclear power industry.

Art has been an Adjunct Faculty Lecturer at Stony Brook University since the Fall, 2016. Previous academic experience included Adjunct Professor at his alma mater, Merrimack College. He is a frequent guest speaker at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Art holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science in Transportation Planning Engineering from the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, a Master in Business Administration from Suffolk University (Boston, MA), and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Merrimack College (North Andover, MA). He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Connecticut and New Jersey. He is an elected Board Member and currently serves as Vice President of ITS-NY. He is also a member of both ASCE and ITE.

Joseph Okpaku
Joseph Okpaku  
Vice President of Government Relations

Lyft 

Joseph Okpaku (oh-PAH-koo) is the Vice President of Government Relations at Lyft. Joseph oversees a team of over 30 people that has helped to create and implement, in less than four years, a nationwide legislative and regulatory framework for the ridesharing industry, including legislation in over 40 states and numerous municipalities. The Lyft Government Relations team has also been a leader in helping shape the creation of autonomous vehicle policy with a focus on the key role that ridesharing will play in the testing, deployment and adoption of AV technology. Joseph has testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation as well at the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection about the role that ridesharing has to play in the coming autonomous vehicle revolution.

Prior to joining Lyft’s Government Relations team, Joseph served as Chief of Staff for Councilmember Ash Kalra in San Jose, CA. During his tenure with Councilmember Kalra, Joseph advised on all policy matters, including the development and implementation of a first-of-its-kind land use ordinance limiting the growth of payday lending businesses, and an ordinance banning smoking in outdoor dining areas. Joseph also advised on political strategy, oversaw media communications, and coordinated the response to all constituent concerns.

Joseph, a native New Yorker, also worked for the Division of Enforcement of the New York Stock Exchange’s Regulation Department for six years, where he investigated large-scale trading violations by member firms. Joseph also spent over four years working as an Assistant District Attorney with a specialization in prosecuting domestic violence crimes in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office under Robert Morgenthau.

Shiv Panwar
Shivendra Panwar  
Professor

NYU Tandon School of Engineering 

Shivendra S. Panwar is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Polytechnic Institute of New York University. He received the B.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, in 1981, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1983 and 1986, respectively.

He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York, Brooklyn (now Polytechnic Institute of New York University). He is currently the Director of the New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT), and the Faculty Director of the NY City Media Lab. He spent the summer of 1987 as a Visiting Scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, and has been a Consultant to AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ. His research interests include the performance analysis and design of networks. Current work includes cooperative wireless networks, switch performance and multimedia transport over networks.

Ben Pierce
Ben Pierce  
Transportation Technology Program Lead

HDR  

Ben has spent 25 years researching and evaluating transportation technology. In 2015, he was one of the key architects and lead authors of the successful City of Columbus Smart City Challenge Application.

He has expertise in acquiring, managing and conducting impact studies to examine and assess transportation system policy and technology options. Other specialties include research, conceptual design, prototyping and deployment of Connected Vehicle technologies and Dynamic Mobility Applications.

Ben is a nationally recognized speaker and thought leader on transportation technology and smart cities. He is changing the conversation from transportation being a problem to it being the solution. Ben helps our clients see that the inclusion of technology makes transportation a means to solve societal problems—from infant mortality to connecting people to employment and beyond.

Eric Richardson
Eric Richardson  
Deputy Chief Fleet Management Officer

City of New York 

Eric Richardson is the Deputy Chief Fleet Management Officer at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). Eric serves as the liaison for DCAS to Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero Task Force and works in his role to implement the Vision Zero goals for NYC Fleet including the rollout of a citywide telematics system, the implementation of Vehicle to Vehicle systems in city owned vehicles, managing the city’s defensive driving program, administering the Safe Fleet Transition Plan, and creating partnerships across other government fleets, non-profit organizations, and advocacy groups to encourage best practices for vehicle fleets. Eric also worked with the National Guard in the wake of Superstorm Sandy in November 2012 coordinating an emergency fueling operation as the city recovered from the largest liquid fuels crisis in over 30 years. Eric has worked for DCAS since October 2001.

Joah Sapphire
Joah Sapphire  
Managing Partner, Axial+GDG and Researcher

University at Buffalo 

Joah Sapphire is a catalyst for innovation and possesses over twenty years of experience leading complex public and private organizations. Mr. Sapphire is the Founder and President of Global Dynamic Group, LLC. Previously he was Founding Partner of Verulam LLC, China Representative of Ospraie Management, LLC, CFO of NROTB, Deputy Commissioner of Suffolk County, Finance Director of Nassau County and Senior Analyst for the New York State Assembly.

Mr. Sapphire was a member of the organizing committees for the 3rd and 4th University Transportation Research Center Region 2 Symposiums on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and the first annual Transportation Informatics Tier 1 University Transportation Center conference entitled “Big Data Analytics Transforming Transportation Operations, Management and Safety.”

Cordell Schachter
Cordell Schachter  
Chief Technology Officer

New York City Department of Transportation 

Cordell Schachter is the Chief Technology Officer/CIO for the New York City Department of Transportation. He leads its IT & Telecom organization and department-wide initiatives to innovate safety, mobility, smart and accessible infrastructure, software development, mapping, communications, public data, and customer support. IT & Telecom has earned local, state, and national recognition for its work to make New York City Safer, Faster, and Smarter.

Cordell has over 30 years of experience in New York City government and technology management. He is a certified project manager by the Project Management Institute and IBM. He holds an MS in Management from NYU's Wagner School of Public Service and a BA in Economics from the State University of New York Buffalo. He serves on the board of directors of ITS America, and teaches as an adjunct Associate Professor at NYU’s Center for Urban Science + Progress.

Bruce Schaller
Bruce Schaller  
Principal

Schaller Consulting 

Bruce Schaller, Principal of Schaller Consulting, is a widely recognized expert in new mobility and for-hire services, public transit and urban traffic. He is the author of widely-cited reports assessing how new services such as Uber and Lyft have improved mobility and raised concerns about their impacts on traffic and transit in U.S. cities and developing prescriptions for public policy.

Mr. Schaller has consulted to government, for-profit and non-profit organizations throughout North America. Most recently, he served as Deputy Commissioner for Traffic and Planning at the New York City Department of Transportation, where he led the agency's widely-recognized innovations in street design, traffic management, parking policy, bus rapid transit and performance measurement. He also led NYCDOT's efforts on congestion pricing in 2007-08.

Sam Schwartz
Samuel I. Schwartz  
President

Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants 

Mr. Schwartz is President, and CEO of Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants, a firm that specializes in transportation planning and engineering. In addition to his 1982 to 1986 post as Traffic Commissioner at the New York City Department of Transportation, he has served as an adjunct professor of engineering at Cooper Union, Long Island University, and Brooklyn College. Mr. Schwartz is also the Inaugural Ted Kheel Fellow at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. Among the many roles he has held throughout his career, he is the acclaimed author of Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and The Fall of Cars, and No One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future (2018). He also pens the “Gridlock Sam” and “Transit Sam” columns in the New York Daily News and Downtown Express.

Mr. Schwartz serves on the board of the Regional Plan Association, the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. His accomplishments over the course of his career have been recognized with a wide array of awards, including, most recently, Transportation Alternatives’ David Gurin Award, Riders Alliance Honoree, the NYC Zoning Advisory Council Honor Award, and the AAA Traffic Safety Award.

Steven Shladover
Steven E. Shladover  

University of California Berkeley PATH Program 

Dr. Steven Shladover has been researching road vehicle automation systems for more than forty years, beginning with his masters and doctoral theses at M.I.T. in the 1970s. He was the Program Manager, Mobility at the California PATH Program of the Institute of Transportation Studies of the University of California at Berkeley until his retirement in November 2017. He led PATH’s pioneering research on automated highway systems, including its participation in the National Automated Highway Systems Consortium from 1994-98, and has continued research on fully and partially automated vehicle systems since then. This work has included definition of operating concepts, modeling of automated system operations and benefits, and design, development and testing of full-scale prototype vehicle systems. His target applications have included cooperative adaptive cruise control, automated truck platoons, automated buses and fully-automated vehicles in an automated highway system.

Dr. Shladover joined the PATH Program in 1989, after eleven years at Systems Control, Inc. and Systems Control Technology, Inc., where he led the company’s efforts in transportation systems engineering and computer-aided control engineering software products. He chaired the Transportation Research Board Committee on Intelligent Transportation Systems from 2004-2010, and currently chairs the TRB Committee on Vehicle-Highway Automation. He was the chairman of the Advanced Vehicle Control and Safety Systems Committee of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America from its founding in 1991 until 1997. Dr. Shladover leads the U.S. delegation to ISO/TC204/WG14, which develops international standards for “vehicle-roadway warning and control systems”

Evangelos Simoudis
Evangelos Simoudis  
Founder & Managing Director

Synapse Partners  

Evangelos has been working in Silicon Valley as a technologist, entrepreneur, corporate executive, and VC. Today he advises global corporations on Startup-Driven Innovation and information technology and invests in early stage startups working on big data applications. He is a recognized thought leader on corporate innovation, big data, cloud computing, and digital marketing platforms, a writer and speaker on these topics.

His current directorships include Singtel/Amobee, and Kite Solutions. Prior directorships include Brightroll (acquired by Yahoo!), Bristol Technology (acquired by Hewlett-Packard), Composite Software (acquired by Cisco), Confluent Software (acquired by Oracle Corporation), Exelate (acquired by Nielsen), Extole, Host Analytics, and Princeton Softech (acquired by IBM). Evangelos earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Brandeis University and a BS in electrical engineering from Caltech.

Patrick_Smith
Patrick Smith  
New Mobility Policy Analyst

New York City Department of Transportation 

Patrick Smith is the New Mobility Policy Analyst for the New York City Department of Transportation. Patrick coordinates and supports agency policy and strategy efforts related to emerging transportation technologies and services: particularly, connected and automated vehicles, shared mobility, and electric vehicles. Prior to his position on the Policy team, Patrick was a project manager in the NYC DOT Urban Design Group, where he worked on planning efforts and streetscape initiatives across the five boroughs.

Jennifer Strasser
Jennifer Strasser  
President

ITS-NY 

Jennifer B. Strasser is New York Office Director of Cambridge Systematics and one of three founding members of the New York operation. Jenn is a Principal of the firm with over 18 years of consulting experience in traffic engineering, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), transportation planning, project evaluations and program support. Most recently, she has been leading projects that involve applying ITS data to conduct performance measures analyses and developing software tools.

Jenn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Science Degree in ransportation Planning & Engineering from New York University (formerly known as Polytechnic University). She is a certified Project Management Professional.

Mohamad Talas
Mohamad Talas  
Director of Engineering

New York City Department of Transportation 

Dr. Talas bring long standing career experience in traffic engineering and continue with over 27 years in Traffic Engineering and Operation experience in New York City Department of Transportation. He currently serves as the Director for the NYC Department of Transportation ITS project Management, Research and Development where he supervises the Intelligent Transportation System projects and initiatives in New York City. These projects include the development and implementation of the New York City Traffic Computerization System at the Traffic Management Center modernizing and operating over 12,000 signals and the currently deployed Active Traffic Management System in in Manhattan(Midtown In Motion) and NYC Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment.

He has earned PHD in Transportation Planning and Engineering at NY-Poly University, Master degrees in Transportation, Planning and Engineering and master in Electrical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and a member in the Intelligent Transportation Systems America organizations and ITE and a member of Intelligent Transportation Systems Advance Transportation Controller National Standards

Sabina Uffer
Sabina Uffer  
Associate

BuroHappold 

Sabina Uffer is a social scientist leading projects at the intersection of urban development and infrastructure planning for public and private sector clients. Her expertise includes project management, strategic consulting, and workshop facilitation for resiliency, economic development, infrastructure, and mobility projects. Most recently, she led an initiative running “design sprints” with car manufacturers, technologists, urban planners and designers, and policy makers to better understand the potential impacts of connected and autonomous vehicles on cities across the globe. Before joining BuroHappold, she worked at the research institute LSE Cities in London. She has a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Geneva.

Veronica Vanterpool
Veronica Vanterpool  
Deputy Director

Vision Zero Network  

Veronica has spent more than a decade advancing a more balanced, transit-friendly and equitable transportation network throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. She worked closely with community residents, civic partners, agency leaders and elected and appointed officials to increase funding for transit, walking and biking infrastructure. Veronica was at the forefront of key issue campaigns in New York including congestion pricing, Complete Streets and Vision Zero. She has been a leading voice for transit in the NY metro region and was appointed in 2016 to the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the nation's largest transit system providing 2.6 billion transit trips per year, per the recommendation of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Prior to joining the Vision Zero Network, she served as executive director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, where she spent 10 years.

Sonam Velani
Sonam Velani  
Senior Advisor for Housing and Economic Development

NYC Mayor's Office  

Sonam Velani is passionate about cities and the infrastructure and technology that drives them forward. She is the Senior Advisor to New York City’s Deputy Mayor, and helps oversee $4.5 billion of investments to build new mobility options, create jobs in cutting-edge sectors, and increase affordable housing. Sonam implements public-private partnerships with startups and Fortune 50 firms in the tech, transportation, sustainability, finance, and healthcare sectors. She provides companies strategic and operational expertise to address urban challenges and scale in NYC. Sonam also manages city agencies and leads over a dozen cross-functional teams, fostering innovation to better align the public sector with the needs of the people it serves.

Previously, Sonam was an Urban Development Associate at the World Bank. She helped plan, finance, and implement investments across South Asia, including transit systems in India, coastal protection structures in Bangladesh, disaster response operations in Sri Lanka, and civic tech apps in Nepal. Sonam started her career at Goldman Sachs, where she financed over $10 billion of infrastructure projects for clients including the City of New York, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the Chicago Public Schools.

Jonathan Walker
Jonathan Walker  
Program Manager

US Department of Transportation  

Mr. Jonathan Walker has a major responsibility with the oversight of research and deployment for the Intelligent Transportation System Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) at the U.S. Department of Transportation. ITS JPO provides national leadership in research initiatives, monitoring relevant research, coordinating ITS research with other modes as well as external partners.

Mr. Walker received a Ph.D. in Engineering from Virginia Tech University, a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Johns Hopkins University (MD), and a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Howard University (DC). He serviced four (4) years in the U.S Marine Corps as an electro-mechanical technician and is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Maryland and Virginia as well as the District of Columbia.

Moderators

Joseph Chow
Joseph Chow
Assistant Professor & Deputy Director

NYU C2SMART Center 

Dr. Joseph Chow is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Urban Engineering and Deputy Director at the C2SMART University Transportation Center at NYU, and heads BUILT@NYU: the Behavioral Urban Informatics, Logistics, and Transport Laboratory. His research expertise lies in transportation systems, with emphasis on multimodal networks, behavioral urban logistics, smart cities, and transport economics. He is an NSF CAREER award recipient; he serves as the elected Vice Chair of the Urban Transportation SIG at INFORMS Transportation Science & Logistics Society, and is an appointed member of the Editorial Boards for Transportation Research Part B and the Committee on Transportation Network Modeling (ADB30) at the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. Prior to NYU, Dr. Chow was the Canada Research Chair in Transportation Systems Engineering at Ryerson University. From 2010 to 2012, he was a Lecturer at University of Southern California and a Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Irvine, where he led the development of a statewide freight forecast model for Caltrans. He has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from UC Irvine (‘10), and an M.Eng. (‘01) and B.S. (‘00) in Civil Engineering from Cornell University with a minor in Applied Math. Dr. Chow is a former Eisenhower and Eno Fellow and a licensed PE in NY.

Shri Iyer
Shri Iyer
Senior Associate Director

NYU C2SMART Center 

Shri Iyer oversees the operations of the center as well as agency outreach and strategic planning of the center. Shri previously worked at MTA New York City Transit, on promoting data-driven policy and analysis within the agency. He is also experienced in working with other New York City agencies, and brings with him extensive knowledge of the regional transportation system. Prior to working at the MTA, he worked in transportation research at Rutgers University where he participated in several city, state, and federal-sponsored research projects. Shri holds a M.S. in Civil Engineering (transportation) from Rutgers.

Li Jin
Li Jin
Assistant Professor

NYU C2SMART Center 

Li Jin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. His research interest is resilient operations of smart transportation systems, i.e. road networks with automatic traffic controls and connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). He studies the system-level impact of integration of CAV platoons into highway networks, and derived insights for traffic control. He particularly focuses on in the network’ resilience against cyber-physical perturbations including traffic incidents, platoon merges of connected heavy-duty vehicles, traffic signal malfunctions, and security failures. The main innovations of his approach includes macroscopic models for traffic flow with CAVs and stochastic (both spatially and temporally) models for random perturbations in road networks.

Camille Kamga
Camille Kamga  
Director

University Transportation Research Center  

Dr. Camille Kamga is Acting Director for the University Transportation Research Center, and is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at The City College of New York. The University Transportation Research Center is one of ten original National Centers, established in 1987, in recognition that transportation plays a key role in the nation's economy and in the quality of people's lives. Dr. Kamga oversees the administration of the Center activities and its information technology components, and works closely with federal, regional and state transportation planning and policy organizations. He also serves as member of the Board of Director of the Intelligent Transportation Society of NY - a professional group providing education and outreach to foster the understanding of ITS applications and technologies. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, specializing in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). He received his Masters in Civil Engineering, specializing in Transportation, in 1997, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Moncton in Canada. Dr. Kamga received a Certificate in Database Management from New York University in 2000. He is the 2006 recipient of the National Pikarsky Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Science and Technology from the Council of University Transportation Center. In addition to his research and administrative duties, Dr. Kamga has participated in numerous transportation-related projects at UTRC.

Sarah Kaufman
Sarah Kaufman
Associate Director

NYU Rudin Center for Transportation  

Sarah M. Kaufman is the Associate Director of the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, where she researches, advocates for and educates about cutting-edge technologies in transportation. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Planning, teaching Intelligent Cities and Advanced Projects in Urban Planning.

Ms. Kaufman leads several projects related to improving transportation through technology: Intelligent Paratransit, to rethink how we transport seniors and the disabled; Emerging Leaders in Transportation Fellowship, a program to enhance innovation at all levels of transportation planning and policymaking; and Job Access, a comparative study of how livelihoods are affected by level of access to mass transit in New York City.

Alain Kornhauser
Alain Kornhauser  
Professor

Princeton University  

Dr. Alain L. Kornhauser, Ph.D. Founded ALK Technologies, Inc. in 1979 and serves as Member of Board of Advisors and Director. Dr. Kornhauser full-time occupation is Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University, where he is also Director of the Interdepartmental Transportation Research Program, Co-Director of the Center for Transportation Information and Decision Engineering and an affiliated faculty member of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Dr. Kornhauser's recent research includes the application of large-scale network models, stochastic optimization techniques, and computer graphics to transportation problems. He is also studying fundamental aspects of human information processing, which he is applying to the design of neural networks, expert systems, robotics and automated highway systems. Another important area of Dr. Kornhauser's research focuses on the formulation, development and enhancement of planning, analysis and real-time management models for freight transportation systems, worldwide. These efforts have produced a broad range of analytical tools and software systems that are widely used throughout the transportation and logistics industry. ALK Technologies’ PCMILER product line is the industry standard for mileage and routing in North America. Dr. Kornhauser has also led the development of the CoPilot suite of portable in-vehicle navigation systems for consumers and business professionals. Recognized by numerous awards, CoPilot is setting the world standard for real-time, GPS based, turn-by-turn directions. CoPilot products that route door-to-door and dock-to-dock throughout the United States, Western Europe, and Australia are widely available for Pocket PC, Notebook and Tablet PC hardware platforms. He is a member of many professional societies, has been published extensively in scholarly journals and has made numerous presentations at professional conferences around the world. He has also completed 12 New York City marathons. Dr. Kornhauser received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1971.

Mitchell Moss
Mitchell Moss
Professor and Director

NYU Rudin Center for Transportation  

Mitchell L. Moss, Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, and Director of the Rudin Center for Transportation, has been described as a “New Yorkologist” by The New York Times. In 2017, he was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the "FIX NYC" advisory group to identify ways to raise revenue for mass transit and to reduce congestion.

Professor Moss has been on the faculty of New York University since 1973 and is also an Affiliated Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering in NYU's Tandon School of Engineering. He served as an adviser to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg during his first campaign for Mayor in 2001. From 1988 to 2003 he was Director of NYU’s Taub Urban Research Center and from 1983 to 2004 he was deputy to the Chairman of the Governor’s Council on Fiscal and Economic Priorities. Moss is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Association for a Better New York.

Professor Moss has directed research projects for the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and has been a consultant to leading corporations and government agencies. He has testified before the United States House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and has been an expert witness in litigation before the United States District Court, Southern District of New York. Moss has been a guest lecturer at the Fire Department of New York's Advanced Management Institute and has also lectured to US military officers for the Institute for Defense and Business. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Post, The New York Observer and Politico.com, as well as in leading scholarly journals.

Kaan Ozbay
Kaan Ozbay  
Professor and Director

NYU C2SMART Center 

Kaan M.A. Özbay is the Director of C2SMART Center and a professor at the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering in August 2013. Dr. Ozbay was a tenured full Professor at Rutgers University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering until July 2013. He joined Rutgers University as an Assistant Professor in July 1996. In 2008, he was a visiting scholar at the Operations Research and Financial Engineering (ORFE) Department at Princeton University. Dr. Ozbay’s research interests in transportation cover a wide range of topics including the development of simulation models of large scale complex transportation systems, advanced technology and sensing applications for Intelligent Transportation Systems, modeling and evaluation of traffic incident and emergency management systems, feedback based on-line real-time traffic control techniques, traffic safety, application of operations research techniques in network optimization and humanitarian inventory control, and transportation economics.

Dr. Ozbay is the recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award. He is the co-editor of a new book titled “Dynamic Traffic Control & Guidance” published by Springer Verlag’s “Complex Social, Economic and Engineered Networks” series in 2013. In addition to this book, Dr. Ozbay is the co-author of three other books titled “Feedback Based Ramp Metering for Intelligent Transportation Systems” published by Kluwer Academics in 2004, ”Feedback Control Theory for Dynamic Traffic Assignment,“ Springer-Verlag and “Incident Management for Intelligent Transportation Systems” published by Artech House publishers, both in 1999. Dr. Ozbay published approximately 300 refereed papers in scholarly journals and conference proceedings. He serves as the “Associate Editor” of Networks and Spatial Economic journal and Transportmetrica B: Transportation Dynamics journal. He is a member of the editorial board of the ITS journal.