CDM Smith Leads Interactive Workshop with Microsoft and State Departments of Transportation
ST. LOUIS—On October 8 in St. Louis, CDM Smith’s transportation team will facilitate an interactive workshop on emerging technologies at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) 2019 Annual Meeting.
The CDM Smith-sponsored knowledge session, titled “Beyond the Hype: Leveraging New Technologies from Planning through Project Delivery,” will feature presentations and breakout discussions with leaders from Microsoft and the Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas departments of transportation (DOT).
These talks will examine how DOTs can leverage new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), mixed reality design collaboration, and connected and autonomous vehicles to improve planning and operations.
“CDM Smith is investing significantly in research and development (R&D) around these technologies,” says David Neitz, Chief Information Officer, who is a member of Microsoft’s Services Executive Board, a guiding force beyond Microsoft’s deployment of AI across major industries. “Rather than be wary of AI, we want to help our clients understand how these tools can provide new insights using existing cameras combined with other large data sets to better deal with upcoming mobility challenges.”
Zubair Ghafoor, who is managing CDM Smith’s R&D efforts around AI and collaboration with clients including state DOTs as well as toll and transit agencies, believes its potential applications for the transportation are expansive. “Computer vision is maturing rapidly,” he says, “so it’s becoming feasible to apply machine learning models to video footage to improve tasks such as traffic data collection, highway infrastructure management, performance monitoring and safety risk identification.” Ghafoor notes that AI could also be used to strengthen traffic modeling and forecasting, as well as enable better predictive analytics.
AASHTO conference-goers can attend the knowledge session from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on October 8 in the Marriott St. Louis Grand’s Landmark 6 meeting room.
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Rather than be wary of AI, we want to help our clients understand how these tools can provide new insights ... to better deal with upcoming mobility challenges.