On October 24 and 25, 2018, the Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility (C2M2) hosted the 6th Annual University Transportation Centers Conference for the Southeastern Region at the Madren Conference Center in Clemson, South Carolina. This gathering of students, faculty, staff, practitioners, and public officials from throughout the
Southeast is vital for discussing ongoing activities conducted within each UTC. The conference also serves to connect the academic, public and private sectors in the hopes of fostering collaborative relationships.
Close to 200 people attended this year’s conference, a mixture of students, researchers, and industry members, and provided an opportunity for student researchers and University Transportation Centers to showcase their ongoing research. This year’s conference featured Carla Bailo of the Center for Automotive Research as a keynote speaker, a state DOT Panel, research presentations by students and faculty with prizes for the top three student poster presentations and the top three student oral presentations, and a CAV technology demonstration. The theme for this year was Connected and Autonomous Travel, and was echoed in Ms. Bailo’s keynote address, titled “Smart Cities and the Future of Mobility: Safer, Accessible Connected,” and in our technology showcase, which featured an autonomous vehicle demo.
Dr. Chowdhury, C2M2 Director, and Ms. Charlotte Ryggs, C2M2 Program Coordinator, both from Clemson University, led the planning committee, which was made up of UTC directors from the Southeastern Region, with representatives from the Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE); the University of Florida Transportation Institute (UFTI); the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CURT); and other representatives from partnering schools to organize this year’s conference. On behalf of the planning committee, we would like to thank all of our supporting organizations.