Workshop on Autonomous Vehicles in Society comes to MSU May 18-19

It is co-sponsored by the MSU Center for Business and Social Analytics, in cooperation with the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, and the School of Planning, Design and Construction.

April 11, 2018

Photo of Hyder Radha, professor of Electrical And Computer Engineering, and Ph.d student Mohammed Al-Qizwini, working on an autonomous car at the Composite Vehicle Research Center.
Hyder Radha, professor of Electrical And Computer Engineering, and Ph.d student Mohammed Al-Qizwini, working on an autonomous car at the Composite Vehicle Research Center on Sept. 19, 2016. Photo by MSU Communications and Brand Strategy.

On May 18-19, 2018, a Workshop on Autonomous Vehicles in Society: Building a Research Agenda will take place at the MSU Henry Center for Executive Development in Lansing.

This event is the first in a series sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Research Collaboration Network on Work in the Age of Intelligent Machines. It is co-sponsored by the MSU Center for Business and Social Analytics, in cooperation with the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, and the School of Planning, Design and Construction.

Autonomous vehicles are coming. History shows that revolutionary change in transportation systems can have far-reaching social, economic, legal and ethical implications. This is not just a technical innovation.

Autonomous vehicles exemplify a broader phenomenon: “Intelligent, interactive and highly networked machines – with which people increasingly share their autonomy and agency – are a growing part of the landscape, particularly in regards to work.” The World Economic Forum (2016) describes these developments as a “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” signaling the scope and scale of the expected impacts.

The target audience includes business leaders, policy makers, and researchers who are interested in the social, economic aspects of autonomous vehicles. Participants should be interested in shaping the research agenda around this important societal phenomenon.

This workshop will produce an agenda for convergent, interdisciplinary research. To do so, attendees will gather from diverse perspectives (e.g., business, government, law, geography, psychology, computer science, urban planning and more) in order to identify common research themes related to this rapidly emerging technology.

This event will offer an opportunity for a shared repository for data, to support interdisciplinary research and to streamline interactions between business, policy makers and academia.

The focus of this workshop is to identify streams of research around this transformational new class of technologies. With a broad focus, it is hoped that scholars from a wide variety of disciplines may find common interests here.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Tom Mayor, KPMG principal, U.S. Industrial Manufacturing Strategy and Transformation Leader. Co-author of “Islands of Autonomy: How autonomous vehicles will emerge in cities around the world.”
  • Dan Sui, director, NSF Division of Social and Economic Sciences.

On May 18 at 1 p.m., Professor Mark Wilson and Associate Professor Eva Kassens-Noor, both from SPDC’s Urban & Regional Planning Program, will co-present on the link between public transport and autonomous vehicles using a public opinion survey of Michigan residents.

Other confirmed presenters include representatives from industry, government and academia. The program is designed to maximize the convergence of people and ideas, with posters, brief presentations and extensive breakout/discussion. 

To register for this free event and learn more, visit Autonomous Vehicles in Society Workshop. For questions, contact Professor Mark Wilson at wilsonmm@msu.edu.

Tags: urban and regional planning

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