Background Sessions 3:45-5:00pm

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

The Inn at Virginia Tech, Cascades and Drillfield

Roundtable Cascade A
Mobility and accessibility

Accessibility, mobility, impacts on people struggling with independence, groups with special needs

Barry Miller, The Biomechanics Helmet Lab

Roundtable Cascade B
Infrastructure: transportation, pedestrians and roads    

New/transformed infrastructure and habitat changes, ecological impacts, infrastructure resilience in the context of shifting weather patterns, infrastructural promise and needs

William Christopher, VTTI
Tracy McElroy, IIHCC Destination Area

Roundtable Drillfield
Values, culture, and choice

Social/cultural/political impacts, modes of development, values embedded in systems, politics of self-driving cars development and choices over time, affect and experience, local choices with global impacts   

Marcia Davitt, STS

The background discussions are led by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, the Department of Science, Technology, and Society, and the following University Destination and Strategic Growth Areas: Intelligent Infrastructure for Human Centered Communities, Integrated Security, Equity and Social Disparity in the Human Condition, Policy, and Adaptive Brain and Behavior.