Past Events

The Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility organizes or participates in numerous transportation-related events each year. Details about past events, including links to presentations and other relevant resources, when available, are listed below.

Dates Events
February 10, 2022  MTI Research Snaps Webinar: Artificial Intelligence for Real-Time Traffic Vision, Detection, Tracking, and Counting  -  Online

Traffic fatalities, which are on the rise, leave pedestrians and bicyclists highly vulnerable. Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered systems that monitor and manage traffic flow can significantly improve safety for everyone. Until recently, there was no effective automated system for monitoring the movement of vulnerable road users. MTI funded research contributed to the development and implementation of  an accurate, real-time, and automatic system based on Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision to monitor, detect, track, count, and manage traffic elements like pedestrians, bicyclists, cars, and more. This cost-effective system does NOT require installing new cameras. Instead, the system has been trained on videos captured from existing traffic cameras in Los Angeles. The results demonstrate more than 97% accuracy in pedestrian counting. We have presented the system’s features and capabilities in this webinar.

Presenters: Mohammad Pourhomayoun, PhD
February 10, 2022  How to Be Your Own Boss Without Going Broke or Crazy - Part 1  -  Online

Part 1: The Inspiration - Lessons Learned from Small Business Owners

WTS-SF Bay Area and the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) of San Jose State hosted a virtual event "How to Be Your Own Boss Without Going Broke or Crazy - Part 1." Thinking about starting a consulting business? While the idea is exciting, the actual process can be quite daunting. We created this three-part series about starting your own business to help you get on your way.

This first session was an opportunity to talk with three business owners about how they started off, what they've learned on the way, and their successes and challenges.

Panelists included:

  1. Eileen Goodwin, President, Apex Strategies
  2. Ronny Kraft, Planner, Ronny Kraft Consulting
  3. Dominic Tafoya, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, VST Engineering

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Tentative Dates of Upcoming Events in the Series

Part 2: The Paperwork - Understanding Forms & Certifications
Thursday, March 24, 2022
12:00p.m.- 1:00p.m. (PT)
Part 3: Getting Work - Building Your Client Base & Winning Contracts
Thursday, April 21, 2022
12:00p.m.- 1:00p.m. (PT)
January 28, 2022 to January 30, 2022  Student Leadership Summit 2022

MTI was a proud to co-sponsor of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) SJSU Student Leadership Summit (SLS), an event organized by students to promote guidance and professional development through fun events such as presentations, socials, and technical events. Previously hosted by California Polytechnic State University, it was a great honor to continue the tradition of providing opportunities on behalf of San Jose State University for students to network with professionals in the transportation sector and streamline their interpersonal and leadership skills.

January 27, 2022  MTI Research Snaps Webinar: Transportation to Combat Human Trafficking  -  Online

Human trafficking—a form of modern slavery—is the recruitment, transport, or transfer of persons using force, fraud, or coercion to exploit them for acts of labor or sex. According to the International Labor Organization, human trafficking is the fastest growing organized crime with approximately $150B in annual profits and 40.3M individuals trapped in slave-like conditions. 

The transportation industry plays a critical role in combating human trafficking as traffickers often rely on the transportation system to recruit, move, or transfer victims of human trafficking for either sex or forced labor. Additionally, transportation is used to move goods produced by forced and trafficked labor. 

This webinar shared the state-of-the-art efforts being used to combat this issue in the United States, including the role of transportation in facilitating effective prevention programs and increasing victim identification. It informed ongoing efforts on legislation, key initiatives, collaboration, data collection, and research on transportation.

PDH Credit Certificate.

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Presenters: Dr. Kezban Yagci Sokat
January 20, 2022  Aviation and Climate Change Forum  -  Online

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Aviation’s impact to climate change is significant; without mitigation, this impact is expected to grow as the industry recovers from the global pandemic. Climate change has a correspondingly large impact on aviation; changing weather patterns can affect aircraft performance, infrastructure, and operations. Over the coming decades, the decarbonization of the aviation sector will present numerous technological, policy, and environmental challenges, while extreme weather will create challenges and new requirements for aviation safety and growth.

On January 20, 2022, SJSU and its Mineta Transportation Institute hosted a virtual forum on Aviation and Climate Change to discuss these issues. The forum brought together Silicon Valley leaders in academia, government, and industry to showcase the regional capabilities available to address climate change and aviation challenges, and to encourage the public-private partnerships and collaborations needed to do so.

PDH Credit Certificate.

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Welcome and Forum Overview, Dr. Karen Philbrick, Executive Director, SJSU Mineta Transportation Institute and Dr. Tina Panontin, Director of Program Content, Professor of Practice, SJSU College of Engineering

Welcome and SJSU Perspective, Dr. Vincent Del Casino, Provost and Senior Vice President, SJSU

Silicon Valley Policy-Maker PerspectivesCongresswoman Zoe Lofgren, 19th District of California and Senator Dave Cortese, State Senate District 15

1. Aviation and Climate Change: Phenomenology


  • Dr. Minghui Diao, Associate Professor, SJSU College of Science, Department of Meteorology and Climate Science

  • Raj Pai, Senior Technologist, NASA Ames Research Center

2. Aviation and Climate Change: Strategic Frameworks


3. Aviation and Climate Change: Technology Advances


  • Dr. David Wagner, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, SJSU College of Engineering

  • Dr. Alison Bridger, Department Chair, SJSU College of Science, Department of Meteorology and Climate Science 

  • Shawn Engelland, Aerospace Engineer, NASA Ames Research Center

  • Dr. Mark Hansen, Professor of Transportation Engineering, UC Berkeley

  • Kevin James, Senior Aerospace Engineer, NASA Ames Research Center

  • Dr. Serena Alexander, Associate Professor at SJSU, Research Associate at MTI

4. Public Private Partnerships


  • Shivanjli Sharma, National Campaign Deputy Lead, NASA Ames Research Center

5. Industry Roundtable


  • Andrea Pesce, Director, Industry Alliances & Licensing, UC Santa Cruz


  • Amy Gross, Sustainability Lead, Joby Aviation

  • Chris Bley, Co-Founder & Director, Monterey Bay DART

  • David Merrill, CEO & Co-Founder, Elroy Air

  • Michael Read, Founder, Skybase

December 9, 2021  MTI Research Snaps Webinar: Accessibility Policy For Autonomous Public Transit   -  Online

One of the greatest advantages of autonomous vehicle technology is its potential to empower people to achieve mobility. This technology has significant potential to empower Americans with disabilities to move from A to B in ways previously unheard of. However, the realization of this potential depends on many stakeholders and potential obstacles. Vehicle manufactures, policy- makers, and state agencies all collaborate to accommodate the needs of disabled individuals at different stages of travel, through information system design, vehicle design, and infrastructure design. Integrating accessibility at this stage of the AV revolution would allow an opportunity to develop a transportation system that treats accessibility as a guiding principle, not as an afterthought. ADA regulations, along with universal design principles and assistive technologies, can maximize accessibility for all. We explored how through improved collaboration and adoption of best practices, the industry can learn to address the needs of individuals with disabilities.

PDH Credit Certificate. 

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Presenters: Drs. William "Billy" Riggs and Anurag Pande
December 3, 2021  ARTBA's 11th Annual Student Transportation Industry Video Contest  -  San José, CA

The Student Video Contest is an annual competition aimed at helping students gain a better understanding of the importance of transportation infrastructure investment to the U.S. economy and quality of life, and to learn more about the industry and potential transportation construction career opportunities.

ARTBA’s Research & Education Division sponsors the competition, which is divided into two age groups:

  • Elementary, middle or high school students
  • Post-secondary, college and graduate students

Winners are selected in each age group. First prize in each category is $500 and second place in each category is $250.

Videos should be no longer than 2 ½ minutes and feature audio.

View past submissions | Rules and regulations

*This contest is supported by MTI and it's Executive Director who also serves as ARTBA's President of Research and Education Division.
November 16, 2021  Advanced Driver Assistance Systems & Automated Features: Are They Driving Us to Safety?  -  Online

Automotive companies are constantly striving to enhance their vehicles to minimize and ultimately eliminate driver errors and enhance safety. Various advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated features are designed to warn, and in some cases, take over certain driving maneuvers. These systems are part of vehicles with driver assist technology, which are vital for the successful deployment of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) in the near future. What are these features? How do they work? How does a driver’s behavior vary when driving a vehicle with ADAS or automated features in rural, urban, and freeway driving scenarios? This webinar explored these questions based on research from evaluating drivers’ behavioral response to scenarios when driving vehicles with and without features like lane departure warning (LDW), blind spot warning (BSW), over speed warning (OSW), lane keep assist (LKA), and adaptive cruise control (acc).

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Presenters: Dr. Srinivas Pulugurtha and Raghuveeer Gouribhatla
November 8, 2021  Make the Connection: Next Stop Your Career  -  Online

WTS-SF Bay Area and the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) of San Jose State hosted this free virtual event "Make the Connection: Next Stop Your Career" that introduced Bay Area university students studying transportation to local professional organizations that offer networking, professional development opportunities, and/or scholarship opportunities. 

At this event, Bay Area university students studying transportation (all disciplines) were introduced to the many wonderful professional organizations in our region, including:

  • Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS)
  • American Planning Association (APA) 
  • American Public Works Association (APWA)
  • Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP)
  • Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO)
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
  • Intelligent Transportation Society of California (ITS California)
  • Latinos in Transit (LiT)

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October 29, 2021  SoFA Pocket Park Exploration  -  San José, CA

MTI is partnered with the SJSU Department of Urban Planning, Communivercity, and Veggielution on this community-based project. In order to gain broad participation in a downtown community survey exploring the habits of Downtown San Jose residents and the new SoFA Pocket Park, MTI co-hosted three outreach events, including two geared towards K-12 participants. 




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