Leonard Transportation Center virtual event explores optimizing transportation equity through big data

In second Regional Mobility Dialogue of 2022, experts will examine how big data, artificial intelligence and intelligent technologies can improve equity in transportation systems  

ONTARIO, Calif. (April 12, 2022) – Now in its fifth year, the Regional Mobility Dialogue Series of the Leonard Transportation Center at Cal State San Bernardino is presenting the second of six all new dialogues for 2022 on topics relevant to the future of transportation in the Inland Empire. The next dialogue, titled “Optimizing Equity Through Big Data,” will be held on April 19, 2022, via live videoconference. The series is open to the public with platinum level sponsorship from HNTB Corporation, the San Bernardino International Airport and Ontario International Airport.

In this session, attendees will hear from transportation industry thought leaders about how to better understand transportation equity through the use of big data. Speakers in this session are:

  • Christopher Tzeng – Program manager, Western Riverside Council of Governments
  • Darin Welch – National geospatial and virtual engagement manager, HNTB Corp.
  • LTC Student Research Team
    • Holly Chea – MBA program, California State University, San Bernardino
    • Preston Reed – Computer science, University of California, Riverside
    • Sheng Tan – Civil engineering, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Big data can play a significant role in transportation equity, from identifying new opportunities for efficiency to supporting increased inclusiveness for communities and stakeholders. Several organizations in the region — including transit agencies, the private sector and local government — have been working to address transportation equity issues. In the quest to better understand underlying equity issues and impacts of activities, an increasing number of these agencies and businesses are embracing the possibilities and opportunities offered through the use of big data.

Since big data, AI and intelligent technologies emerged, many positive changes have occurred in the transportation industry. Stakeholders throughout the system can better identify the underlying issues and more clearly see the impacts of decisions being made by transportation agencies, businesses, and individuals.

Following presentations, attendees will engage in a discussion with an opportunity to share concerns and ideas with panelists, transportation professionals, policy makers, students and each other. Transportation experts from the platinum sponsors will facilitate this discussion and bring their experience and expertise to benefit the dialogue.

As part of CSUSB, the Leonard Transportation Center brings people together to provide the facts, discuss the major issues, and work to resolve them. The center is committed to the notion that finding solutions to the mobility challenges in Southern California is much more likely when people from all walks of life are engaged in the conversations.

Kimberly Collins, LTC executive director, said, “We are energized by the tremendous success of our first four years and invite anyone interested in being part of the conversation and solution to join us for this year’s innovative and engaging series.”

This dialogue, to be held on Tuesday, April 19 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., will be held virtually. A link to the videoconference will be provided upon registration. Attendees can register free of charge. Attendance is limited to the first 50 registrants, and pre-registration is required. To register, click here: https://forms.gle/UpGxyEzfFotmwr2T7.