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Hosted by the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Parsons, the workshop will explore how the work conducted at MIT is applied within the engineering industry. As part of a collaboration between MIT and Parsons, the workshop will consist of presentations from MIT faculty about their research relating to infrastructure, smart cities and transportation, as well as brief talks from representatives from Parsons.


Date: March 8, 2017



7:30-8am: Breakfast

8-10am session moderated by Markus Buehler

8-8:15am: Markus Buehler, Department Head, CEE and McAfee Professor of Engineering, MIT

Introduction & Overview

8:15-8:20am: Karl Koster, Director of the MIT Liaison Program (ILP)

Welcome and remarks

8:20-8:30am: Vladimir Bulovic, MIT Associate Dean for Innovation, Director, MIT Innovation Initiative

Innovation in the MIT Ecosystem

8:30-9am: Biff Lyons, Executive Vice President, Parsons Defense & Security Division, Parsons

Introduction to Parsons

9-9:30am: Moshe Ben-Akiva, Professor of CEE, Co-Director of Transportation Education Committee, MIT

Transportation Demand


9:30-10am: Break


10am-12pm moderated by Joanna Moody

10am-10:30: Lester Yoshida, Senior Vice President, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Parsons

Intelligent Transportation Systems, Connected Vehicles, and Autonomous Vehicles

10:30-11am: Sertac Karaman, Associate Professor of Aero-Astro, MIT

Autonomy-enabled Transportation Systems

11am-11:30am: Ali Jadbabaie, JR East Professor of CEE and Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS); Associate Director of IDSS, MIT

Network Science, Network Economics, Control and Multi-agent Systems

11:30am-noon: Gibran Hadj-Chikh, Director of Innovative Transport, Parsons

Smart City Infrastructure


Noon-1pm:  Lunch

12:30pm: Adam Rosenfield and Joanna Moody, MIT Transportation Student Group

1-3pm session moderated by Adam Rosenfield


1pm-1:30pm: Caitlin Mueller, Assistant Professor of Architecture and CEE, MIT

Design at the interface of architecture and structural engineering: Structural design and fabrication

1:30pm-2pm: Peter Mauritz, Senior Engineering Manager, Parsons

Megaproject implementation

2-2:30pm: Jinhua Zhao, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT

Transportation planning and policy

2:30pm-3pm Jay Williams, Vice President, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Parsons

Critical Infrastructure Protection


3-3:30pm: Break


3:30-5pm moderated by Nate Bailey

3:30-4pm: Saurabh Amin, Assistant Professor of CEE, MIT

Network control, resilient infrastructures; games and related topic

4-4:30pm: Carolina Osorio, Assistant Professor of CEE, MIT

Urban Transportation

4:30-5pm: Nour Kassassir Vice President and Technology Director, Parsons Business Technology Services, Parsons

Parsons MEA Smart City Approach


5pm: Reception with dinner

7pm: Adjourn


View event poster here.

Please send any questions to one@mit.edu.