D-STOP Maintained Tech Transfer Efforts in 2015
D-STOP researchers continue to be in demand, and continue to provide their expertise to a variety of outlets.
- Dr. Chandra Bhat was interviewed for TV news stories on the topics of the systemic financial costs of fatality crashes and the issue of securing self-driving vehicles from hackers, as well as quoted in a radio story on the safety and congestion benefits of introducing driverless platoons to our traffic networks. Bhat was quoted in a Tech Tuesday article, along with D-STOP’S Dr. Steve Boyles, on the integration of autonomous vehicles onto our current roadways.
- Dr. Jennifer Duthie was interviewed for a TV news story on new technology used to prevent wrong-way driving on access roads, and gave a presentation entitled “Driving Around in Circles, The Austin Area Traffic & Transportation Dilemma” on September 12, 2015, to the Austin Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The mission of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
In addition, Duthie was honored to be invited to be the transportation representative at a USDOT meeting on income inequality chaired by Under Secretary for Policy Peter Rogoff. She traveled to Washington DC for the September 29 meeting, which comprised a small group of community advocates; the discussion was designed to brainstorm for a new chapter (on income inequality) in the Beyond Traffic initiative. “It was an inspiring conversation,” Duthie noted. Undersecretary Rogoff focused on issues of connecting communities with jobs and increasing livability—not just access.
- The National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board invited Dr. Todd Humphreys to speak at their “GPS toughening” working group meeting on June 10 and then to present before the full Advisory Board on June 11. His presentation concerned GPS navigation message authentication as a means of “toughening” GPS receivers against unintentional and intentional GPS spoofing. As part of the presentation, Humphreys offered a categorization and an ordering of spoofing attacks and defenses that will be a good starting point for a proper civil GPS threat assessment. The National PNT Advisory Board provides independent advice to the U.S. government on GPS-related policy, planning, program management, and funding profiles in relation to the current state of national and international satellite navigation services.